Re: Has the 159 been a failure or is too early to tell?
I was going to start a new thread, but I'll post here instead seeing as its most appropiate.
I have just had my test drive in a 2.4 JTD SW and was mainly underwhelmed. There were things I loved about it, but things I was rather disappointed with too.
The engine - I did not check to see how many miles were on it, but it felt extremely unresponsive. I am not sure if it was down to the throttle response or what, but what I do know is that the turbo does not even begin to wind up at all, until 2k revs (according to the boost gauge and salesman). It just felt sooo slow though. Even when the revs rised above 2k it did not really take off.
I hopped back into my 147 afterwards and it felt (and did) go like a rocket was up its ar5e!
Needless to say I am not impressed with the 2.4 and I look forward to drive a 1.9 SW.
The engine noise when you revved it though - OMG - Why buy a petrol, petrol heads?....this engine totally amazed me. The 4cyl unit I have purrs and growls along nicely, but can be course when you rev it. The 2.4 though makes this gorgeous sound and is soo smooth and quiet as you rev it, although the usual diesel trait is still there at tickover.
The handling - Brilliant!. Cornered flat, although I didn't really push it!
The ride - Longer wheel base and some decent suspension (unlike the jelly like 147's!) made the ride compliant yet sporty. It absorbed pot holes very well indeed. No doubt the mass in excess kerbweight helps too.
The transmission and steering - The steering is very much like the 147 which is good and the transmission was light and easy to use, although the gear change was ever so slightly notchy - note the 'slightly' though!
Seats - nice and comfortable and supportive, as most Alfas have always been of course.
Overall - Very nice car, but far too heavy and too slugish especially when you bear in mind 200bhp, and a 2.4 5 cylinder and its a bit pricy.
I would like to drive the 1.9 SW for comparassion in the near future.
Would I buy one? - maybe when the 147 gets too old and expensive to run but for now the 147 (to me) is just such a lovely all rounder I think the 147 will be staying with me for some time yet (especially as the money I have lost on it!).
Last edited by alfa_147_jtd_16v; 22-07-06 at 13:18.