A159 - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
I have been lurking for a while, but now having just purchased an ď06Ē 6,000mile 159SW 1.9JTD Lusso, itís time to join in and share a few thoughts after just the 1st 1,000 miles.
The Good Ė
The driving position is excellent with fantastic electric leather seats and with everything easy to hand. The engine is a delight with quite sufficient oomph for me, quiet enough for a diesel and a really nice turbo? whine at low speed to offset the mild grumble. Gears are still a bit notchy, but I like the short shift and the ratios seem spot on. Inside the cabin the fit and finish are fine, with no rattles or squeaks and a general feeling of solidity not found on my previous Saab. At speed itís quiet, with handsfree calls a pleasure, with only the slight firmness of the 18Ē wheels to contend with, but they do look great, so what did I expect? The standard stereo sounds great and the trip computer thingy is one of the best I have come across. Best of all I like detail, such as the red downlights (as per Beemers) the lit speedo needles and the fact they even put fabric on the seat belt holders to keep them quiet. The interior is truly a delight but at night it positively glows.
Contrary to otherís experience the auto wipers and lights seem to work as intended and I rarely bother touching the climate control as just leaving it at 19 does the job whatever the weather.
The Bad- If only I could get those great seats an inch lower to stop my head brushing the ceiling. Any ideas?
The MPG!!!! I know itís supposed to be heavy, but I am currently getting only 39mpg (mainly motorway) where as the same driving style and route in my Saab 9-3 2.0t petrol gave me 36mpg. The tyres are pumped up and the trip checks with the miles per tank. I believe the diesel engine is also the same as the Saabís and users on their forum regularly report 50mpg, with a car weighing only slightly less. Am I missing something or will it improve magically when it gets over 10k on it?
The service manual for it is for a 156 so the intervals are wrong, so presumably there is one for the 159 I can get from ARUK?
The Ugly-Only joking, itís like a supermodel, but with manners and a penchant for a McBurger every now and again.