just joined the forum so a quick intro.
I have just given my beloved Nov 1999 156 2.0 TS (one of the sports pack versions) to a mtbing mate in Birmingham as it was in need of a new clutch (actually probably just the master and/or slave cylinders) and I decided I needed something to put my Turner Flux inside rather than using a boot rack. Probably going to regret it but at least I will get to see it again
Drove it up to Birmingham from Surrey and got within 2 miles of the garage before it got stuck in gear with a non-working clutch
That car had been great - had to bleed the clutch one before and also had a breakdown from corroded electrical contcts, and that was it since I had it from 8 months old. It was an ex-rental.
Before that I had a Black 2.0 TS non sports-pack which was also nice but had a small array of problems, so I traded it in for the red one. Also had that from 8 months old - this time an Alfa sales reps car.
This time I am getting a 2004 GT with 37k on the clock as I commute on the train and don't do more than 4k miles a year. Most of the time driving it now will have my mtb in the back so I can always ride home when it breaks down...
Test drives this time round included a 147 Ducatti Corsa (1yr old 47k and £9.8k at Perrys now...) but the wife found the suspension too hard, and the looks a little ordinary for her.
Then tried a 2.0 JTS GT with 16 inch alloys and a 1.9 JTDM GT with 18 inch alloys.
Thought the 18inch alloys were a little too much so went for the 17inch alloys on a 2.0 JTS as the ride and handling seemed better to me. Also seemed easier to drive at the speed limit, which I found the red 156 was good at. The petrol also seems more involving compared to the diesel for me.
Only other alfa I have driven was when I learnt to drive on my dads' 1750 GTV (the Bertone one).