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Join Date: Jul 2008
Turning a 164 thru 90 degress in 14 feet?
I have been considering getting a 164. I drove a 164 24V a few years ago and was seduced by the looks, style and character.
I think the 164 has a dire turning circle due to the different front suspension to the other type 4 cars (SAAB 9000, Croma and Thema).
My garage is at a right angle (90 degrees) to the road. The road is a single track 'access only' lane of one car width. Between the garage door and the single track road there is our apron, which is also one car width wide.
So I have about 14 feet in front of the garage door to reverse the car into the garage in. I usually drive up the hill past the garage door and reverse down hill turning to the right, turning the rear in to the right (OS) and the front swinging round a bit to the left (NS).
I have backed an Audi 100 and Rover 600 in OK before, but I really suspect the poor lock of the Alfa 164 means it won't fit.
Will I be facing a 6 point turn, blocking the lane for legitimate users, and those using the lane as a 'rat run'?
I could leave the car outside, but cars have been vandalised outside the house on and off for 20 years. One hobby car became a donor after a window was smashed overnight.
Do 166s turn better than 164s in such manoeuvres?