Hi All, just joined & hoping to pick up a wealth of excellent info here
It's been a long slog but I've been hunting for a nice 159 for ages now but finally went for an 05 156 2.5 V6 - more in a mo...
I'm a Brit ex-pat living in Norway and, though I've been here a few years, I still cannot get my head around the price of cars here... The car taxes really penalise big engines & high power. Accordingly, in deference to the also excruciating income-tax system, I've been driving junk buckets for years... now nuff's nuff - I NEED a nice car again!!!
I'm an old petrol head and truth be told, a bit of a Porsche fiend, however, a little older, greyer with requisite wife, daughter, dog,etc I must be sensible & get more of an ahem, family car.....
Not wanting to join in with the throngs of bmaudvwmercies; being a bike nut too & having owned several Ducatis (still got a 916SPS), the ONLY acceptable solution is an Alfa... !
Loved the shape of the 156 for years, love the 159 even more & really wanted one but out of 60 odd for sale in this country over the last several months, only three or four petrol cars came up for sale!!!!! Seems everyone in Norway is going diesel, a true manifestation of the draconian tax system... So, to get more of a petrol selection (no arguments for diesel here please, I'll not bite); I started looking at the 156 models & along came a gorgeous, black on black 2.5 V6 Sportwagon - I just had to have it! I do actually also prefer the shape of the SW over the saloon... maybe I'm weird...
Did the investigations, researched the history, had an autotest & closed the deal this evening, the seller himself is a complete Alfa nut & extremely helpful & honest so I'm really happy to take this car from such a guy (it's even noted in one of the service receipts "this owner is very thorough" (read anal?)!!!
Hopefully I pick it up on Saturday, when the money clears the seller's account & then I'll give it a valet, find a nice location & get some good shots for a follow up post ;-)
Mods I fancy are already burning holes in my (empty) pockets: Sports suspension & upgraded brakes for starters (lots of twisties here
), maybe even an Autodelta 3.3 conversion down the line
!!! (nice Q conversion - get this: in Norway if you increase the power / capacity of your engine, you must pay more tax based on the value of the power AND capacity hikes!!!!)
Well that was a h3ll of a long winded hello post so Cheers for Now