Originally Posted by Fraser
You may have seen this elsewher, but just to let you know I'm trading the 166 for a 2.4 JTD veloce 156.
The warranty runs out this month having paid for:
New Engine Block
Rebuild of Gearbox
Various suspension parts
On top of me paying for a new inlet manifold, suspension arms, drop link and HT leads.
There's also evidence the MAF is playing up again and one of the brackets and a heat shield dropped off the back box recently. All this plus mid-20's to the gallon and creaky doors means the car has to go.
I have really liked being in the car and driving it, but it's too old and I shudder to think of the running costs if it isn't warrantied.
The demonstrator that I'm buying is quite the best put together 156 I've been in to date and (whisper it) the JTD is fabulous. You'll catch me in the 156 forum from now on, but the 166 will be missed, despite its foibles.
you miserable b4stard - call that a problems list
What else can go wrong (could you extend the warranty?)
I had a duff 164 TS, but still stuck to Alfa & swapped then to a v6 155. I never got used to the feeling of being more cramped when driving, but the v6 kept my interest & I couldn't let my 155 go for a year after buying an [whispermode]Explorer[whisperoff]. I was eventually Alfa-less for only approx 4 weeks - as soon as the 155 had gone, I crashed the explorer, had it repaired & traded it for my 166, having realised that the Alfa virus was taking me over again. I looked at GTV's & 156 v6 SW's, but felt too cramped in them, so it had to be a 166 for the cabin space - luckily I could stretch to a good 3.0SL at the time.
When time comes (another 40k miles yet), I will almost certainly get a facelift 166 - or maybe a Gta or 3.2GT
Good luck with the JTD - don't forget to get Angel Tuning to talk to the ECU