No creaks from the E46 either, except for a speaker cover I broke, and the powered rear sun blind bouncing off the rear screen over rough roads. Very impressed for the age/stiffness. Good to hear the 159 can cope will miles well and doesn't fall apart over 100k (I'm looking at you Golf IV!).
Ah, well done Guy! Not sure which to envy more - the Q4 or the Stratos
Annoying when dealers leave adverts like that up just as click baiting though. Starts to deter me from using them with those sorts of sales strategy. "Sorry sir, that car's sold, but we've got this lovely example for just £*** more..."
If there's only 4 left then I think I'll give up on the Q4 aspect - I'm not that patient! I just they sounded fun for the RWD biased option with VDC off. I'd love a V6, but I'm doing about 15k miles a year in commuting, and I'm likely to be about another 10k miles this summer in a road trip around the EU, so a V6 would be a bit crippling, even with the (temporary?) low oil prices.
Still love to know how they compare for road noise though.
It's a better car in all respects to the 6 cylinder E46 in 2.4 guise.
I'd not go that far
The 330d can map to around 290bhp, which is better than the 2.4 manages, and they seem to be better on fuel than the 2.4s are based on online research. My average with complete lack of regard for MPG is around 36-45 depending on tyres (summer/winter) and temperature. (I've got 60.1mpg brim-to-brim as my best once, but that was a lot of very boring motorway driving!) Higher towing capacity by 300kg too. Also slightly cheaper for me to insure the E46 too, which did surprise me given some of the demographics in them! Deprecation on the E46 seems a bit better than the 159 I think, although I've not run any numbers, but they're two different generations of cars, so not directly compatible.
Granted, they're all minor objective points, but there's nothing like being a pedant
159 looks much nicer too, with a much more interesting interior, and better rust proofing. And there's no worries that the boot floor is going to head in a different direction to the rest of the car. Nowhere near as bland as just-another-BMW either - and you'll get out of side roads more often
They're different cars with different strengths/weaknesses aimed at different segments of the same market. I think each addresses its targets pretty well. The Alfa is the pretty, less-mainstream choice of the more interesting person, whereas the 3 series is the bland, Germanic model for the people who want to fit in with the other middle managers while not wanting to appear too left-wing. (Although I do love my 3, and I'm not in management - I first got it as a student