Hi there folks,
I used to post on here a few years back when I was car hunting but in the end I had a change of circumstances and sourced an Audi A4 1.9 TDi Quattro Sport rather than the Alfa Romeo 159 2.4Ti saloon I was promising myself.
Anyway, whilst the A4 has been a good, robust mile-muncher, I'm back researching the 159Ti model as I think that they still look spectacularly good!
I wonder if you kind peeps could perhaps enlighten me on the following: -
- Whilst I'm probably going to go diesel, the 1750 TBi model looks like good value. What can be done (if anything) to improve the heavy fuel consumption of this car? What sort of
improvements can a remap bring?
- What are the correct kerb weights (in kilos) of the 2.4 (210) manual (non-Q4), 2.0 JTDm (170), the 1.9 (150) and the 1750 TBi saloons?
- I see they carried out some weight saving measures to the range in mid-2007 which shaved roughly 45kgs off the kerb weight. Was this the only weight saving that AR carried
out during the 159s life? Or were the later models lightened further in any way too?
- Did they just change the dash and the seats for the end of line 2011 models or was there anything else?
- I've read some horror stories about people having problems with subframe rust. This would be enough to put almost anyone off the car.
Is this problem common? Is it
isolated to just a certain model year or a certain engine/model?
- How easy/expensive is the problem to properly fix?
- I have read that tyres on the Ti models can be hugely expensive if you opt for top brands such as Pirelli and Bridgestone etc. The standard tyre size of 235/40 ZR19 appears to be
quite unusual and there isn't much choice. Has anyone ever fitted a slightly different tyre size in order to save money? I can see that there is far more choice if you opt for say a
245/40 ZR19 tyre instead that is ever so slightly wider. Has anyone tried this? Is there a risk of problems by doing this?
- I have read that the 1.9 engined cars have the weaker gearbox fitted to them that is prone to failing by 80k miles or so. Does the gearbox fail in standard cars or does it only
tend to break after people have re-mapped their cars?
- How often does the cambelt/water pump need changing on the 2.0 JTDm engine? (miles/years)
Apologies for the large number of questions peeps. I've done lots of digging on this site and the rest of the web but there are still plenty of grey areas. Hopefully you guys can fill in some of the blanks for me?
Thanks in advance,