update facelift 166
As previously posted on here bought a facelift TI last week.
Thought I would post my experiences on my three previous 166s'.
my first 166 a basic t/s 5spd. was the most reliable car I have ever
owned, three and and a half years of trouble free motoring,however
I never liked the cream cloth interior,and of course inevitably the red
paint statrted to fade,quite noisy and not that economical (25.9mpg).
Earlier this year picked up a bargain 02 plate silver 2.5 v6 tourismo
90k. mls,silver with black leather,spent a lot of money getting this
right,however with a new clutch looming and an o/s wheel bearing
noisy I decided to part company,this was shod with 16" wheels,I have
to say this was a lovely car to drive with a very nice ride and plenty
of power from the smooth v6(amazing economy on a run 34mpg!,
about 25 mpg. overall.
Eventually I found a low miles prefacelift Super on a 53 plate (32k.)
I am going to surprise everyone on here by saying on B roads it
is one of the worst cars I have driven ,the suspension was way too
soft,the dive under braking was unacceptable and the torque steer
and tramlining across the poorly surfaced lanes around here was
frightening.Of course all this could have been sorted with decent
shocks and springs,but of course at major expense.
I had other minor issue with the car,air bag warning light,interior
light delay ,engine management light coming on,prematurely
corroded rear discs,centre locking problems,non cancelling left
indicator,all in all not a very good car,and I have to say in general
pretty poor build quality,On investigation found this car was built
late 2000,and registered Dec,2003 ,so had been sitting aroound for two years.
Anyway I wasnt' put off the marque and decided to look for a facelift,
lucky enough to find a nice TI,this one has just come off a 2yr. fiat
auto lease,it drives like a dream,everything is tight well screwed together,it handles well and is quiet and refined to drive,build quality
(especially the interior is light years ahead of the earlier ones),to
anyone thinking of getting a facelift,do it!!
This of course is what the 166 should have been built like originally,
and you can see why values are pretty firnm for these,makes those
two pre reg 3.2s' at £15k. advertised on Autotrader look cheap now!