I collected my 159 2.4JTDm SW on Fridayafternoon from ES Jones in Flintshire. The dealer was excellent (I have another thread on this here: Dealer Recommendation
Anway I have barely driven the car seeing as the weekend was taken up with decorating and the like but Mrs dpat drove it quite a bit over the weekend and she loves it - she even took some rubbish to the tip
(rubbish was bagged and well wrapped of course
Anway onto the car, it is a 2006, 159 2.4JTDm in Titanio Grigio and it has black leather interior. the car has covered 14000 miles and still looks brand new. In fact it still smells brand new. The only marks on it are in the boot where the previous owner has been loading objects in and out and the plastic has become a little scuffed and on the inside of the car on the B-pillar plastic where when the driver has been taking off their seat belt the buckle has scratched the plastic. Annoying but I can live with it.
The car came with the standard 17' alloys and aluminium roof bars. I like the bars they look lovely. I like the wheels too - I was going to change them to the 17' sport alloys but decide against it as I think on the standard alloys the car looks very elegant. For some reason the 18' 'horseshoe' alloys didn't appeal to me on this car - I like those wheels but I think they suit the Brera better - IMHO of course. I also love the twin exhausts.
The car looks beautiful outside - it has a wide stance at the rear and the front does look nice and aggresive too. Inside is a delight - all standard Lusso toys (no Blue & Me
however - I did want this but will have to think of an alternative).
The seats are very different from the Momo ones that came on my 156 - with those I sat very low - the 159 seats are more 'armchair' like and until I get used to them I keep thinking I am sitting on them rather that in them - but with all the adjustments on them it easy to find a comfortable driving position. One thing I would say however is that with all the adjustments it may be worth considering (if buying new) the electric seats if more than one person is going to be driving the car often as especially if like me you are 6' and your wife is 5'
The interior is very well screwed together and a huge improvement over the 156. All the controls are within easy reach and feel nice to touch and use. The instrument stalks now carry a lot of features and it take a little while to get used them all but everything seems pretty logical to me. I understand what people say when they mention that the climate control rotary knobs are not as intuitive to use as those on the 156 - it does seem to take a couple of turns to set the temp. whereas with the 156, one turn was half a degree.
The little features like the red downlighters, lit speedo and rev counter needles, puddle lights, 2 boot lights, the starter button, etc etc all give the car a realy quality feel and make you feel special. I can't wait for it to get dark to switch on the lights and look at the dash - it is really lovely
This is my first diesel and
what a diesel. Okay so it is going to take me a little while to get used to the noise but the torque from the engine is incredible - I can only imagine what it would be like with a remap (
) but the standard 2.4 engine is fantastic. Once cruising you soon forget you are driving a diesel. Contrary to what some have said the engine does not run out of puff further the rev range - yes the rev range is shorter than a petrols but you'll soon have out-run most of these by the time you are ready to grab the next gear
6-speed box is good so far - I am finding the change between 1st and 2nd a little notchy but am putting this down to my unfamiliarity with the car and having to adjust my driving stlye.
The car handles and steers better than my 156 as well - I honestly didn't think it would and my jaw dropped and my smile increased when driving it home last night on some fast bends the car just stuck and cornered with ease - point the car and there it goes, it just eats up corners. The steering is heavier than the 156 but the right side of heavy and again IMHO gives good feedback - it is not instant perhaps as the 156 but then again the 159 is a different beast.
The ride is more comfortable than the 156, less crashy and more refined but as I say don't let this fool you into thinking that the car isn't up to some fast cornering - it is.
What else, well it is bigger inside (obviously than the 156) I don't have to put my seat all the way back, my children have lots of room, the boot is big enough for my needs (one 2 and a half year old, one 9 month old plus all they carry
). Some good storage compartments in the boot too - could have done with one or two more inside and the door bins are shallow too but I splitting hairs now
Glove box is a bit better than the 156
Fuel economy - well I don't know yet I have only had it a couple of days but if I get mid to late 30's I will be happy
Standard radio is good but I am thinking of either getting the Blaupunkt bluetooth adaptor fitted if possible or a new HU with bluetooth and a USB port (if I can find a make with steering wheel adaptors for the 159 as well).
I am also thinking of lowering the car using an Eibach kit - the 159 Ti uses this - but this is longer term, CrashWong has done this to his 159SW and it looks very nice
Overall I am very happy with my purchase, no rattles (so far) and I feel happy to have a quality car to drive while others are driving so called better regarded machines.