I'm David from Essex and I currently drive a Renaultsport Clio 197 Cup. I'm in the process of buying my first house and so some money needs to be saved! I wasn't sure which car to go for (I've looked at everything from Mk1 Mazda MX-5s to Volvo 850Rs!), but I've finally settled on the Alfa Romeo 156. They're very well priced (looking to spend £3-4k on one) and you can't really say no to the V6.
A friend of mine has a 2.0 litre one as his everyday car and I was surprised with how nice it was when I had a journey in it a while back - the V6 can only be better! I appreciate the 156 won't be as fast or handle like my Clio, although I'm quite looking forward to the more laid back demeanour of the Alfa.
I'm not fussed which colour (although red would be nice!), but it has to be a manual in excellent condition, preferably with <40k on the clock. I would prefer the estate, sorry, Sportwagon
, although I'm aware these are harder to come by than the saloon.
I do have a couple of questions, though:
1. Looking at insurance quotes, they list the different trim levels as Lusso, Turismo and Veloce. What's the difference and which is best?
2. What are the servicing intervals and when is the cam-belt due?
3. Are there any decent specialists in the Essex area?
4. Do they sound awesome?*
Thanks very much!
*Please tell me they do!