The file on mine has everything, absolutely everything, certainly more than 'service book' recommends, and its 12 years old. As for the 2nd point, at this age you want a fat file surely, to show that all the regular stuff has been changed properly? I'd rather have a fat history file any day of the week - dont want to go straight out and have to change everything because its been neglected.
This car to me looks like an absolute bargain - another one that I'd buy myself if I had more space.
Pretty much this. These cars are quite old and to see they have things replaced is good. I bought a GTV which lacked service history- big mistake. Bought a car with what had to be the dodgiest road worthy certificate around because upon inspection there was a few grands worth of suspension stuff to be fixed (I am still working on getting it all done now .. 3 years later). That being said, the car was still alright and reliable enough just gave it a cambelt ASAP after buying and cruised fixing the rest.
Also, I just bought a 1999 156 with 200,000km on it and it didn't need any suspension arms nor is it making any suspension noise, just looks like a regular oil change every 10k and a cambelt every 60k. I didn't look that deep into the history though just made sure the cambelt was done so I don't get stuck with it within a year (just spent $2200 on my V6!)
Also- I don't know how it goes in the UK but in Australia those warranties that dealerships give are widely regarded to not be worth the paper they're written on.