166 2.0 Ts - Rip
I'm afraid that my 166 has died a rather violent death.
About three weeks ago I was on the motorway when the main bearings on the crank decided they had enough. This in turn snapped a con rod which left a rather sizeable hole in the engine block.
I got it towed to an alfa "specialist" who advised me on the damage; Second hand "reconditioned" engine + Clutch €2500...not too bad I suppose. I also got him to do a top to toe, just to see what else was waiting for me in the future.....he came back with nothing much bar the suspension....€1100 to tidy it up.....€3000 to put it right!
Mmmm....spend €5500 on a car worth no more that €6500 at best....don't think so! So we came to an arrangement, he took my 166as it was I gave him another €2500 and I walked away with a mint 156 2.0 Selespeed, with brand new piston rings, gaskets, timing kit, brakes, tyres, oil pump & clutch......happy days!
I did love my 166, however I have to admit, although the 156 is smaller, it is a far superior car. One thing I certainly will not miss about the 166 is the ****ty suspension, which you can do very little about without spending serious cash.
Well goodbye then, I'm off to the 156 section.