I was a member of forum.alfa156.net. Superguinness recommended this site, and here I am.
I owned a 156 2.0 for 2,5 years - sold and now bought this 1999 166 TB a month ago.
both 156 & 166 plus my wifes' Laguna
The car is at 96 K Km. / preowned by 4 / had an engine braeakdown and fixed recently (total cost being 5,000 Pounds to last owner).
Rather than buying a seemingly fine one, I chose to go for an already messed but managed one.
I spent about 2,000 Pounds so far but this includes extras like 4 KONIs and HID conversion.
My persistent problems:
The clutch: shaky and nosiy when cold - probably due to 3rd party parts or slack at axle
The CC may malfunction at times - till the next engine shut down and start only.
TC seems not to work when necessary - the indicator does not light if and when engaged.
Apart from that I am fine.
I have just done around 1,500 kms so far - not still confident with it and driving like an elder, gearing up at 2,000 revs (actually enjoying the excellent torque at those revs)