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Finally i'm an Alfa owner.....156 1.8 TS

Hi all,

Just thought i'd introduce myself... I've been an Alfa fan for years and have just been given the opportunity to own my first.
I've been offered a 1999 reg 156 1.8 tspark for small money. It's a friends company car and as it's 5 years old the company are getting rid.
I was going to ask the usual questions about reliabilty etc, but I drove it last weekend and now I don't care...... I understand the addiction now!!

Looking forward to being a member..

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Hi Andy,

Welcome to AO. When youve got it, take some photos and post them here. Hope you enjoy your time here!

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Another Andy... Welcome
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As soon as I have some photos i'll get them up.....Thanks for the welcome
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Welcome ... and don't be scared ... most of them sounds grazy, but they don't bite
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Welcome to AO Andy


Sounds like you have been bitten badly by the bug!!! Looking forward to the pics



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... and don't be scared ... most of them sounds grazy, but they don't bite

....but some of them are grazy ( ) and bite too
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....but some of them are grazy ( ) and bite too
Okey ... you are right ... some of them are grazy and some bite ...

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Buy it, Buy it & erm.....buy it!!!!
ask as many questions on here as you want later!

Oh, Welcome to AO
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Buy it, Buy it & erm.....buy it!!!!
ask as many questions on here as you want later!

Oh, Welcome to AO
Hi there, on this site you have sevral Irish owners, myself included.

Tell us more about this *cheap* car?

Its as easyt o ask now before buying as after wards when your stranded ono the N7 or M50 in peak traffic.
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This must be the most welcoming forum on the web.....Thanks again for the welcome, everyone.

Luckily, B-B.. I live and work inside the car park that is the M50, but I take your point...
The motor in question is a 99 156, 1.8 T-spark dark blue, beige leather interior, pepper pot alloys... 51K on the clock. It's a fleet car, 2 'owners' including my mate who has it at the moment. I know it's been serviced regularily but I'd be fairly sure that the oil is not checked every 2 weeks. It's on it's second timing belt, i'm sure of this because my mate had to be rescued from outside Carlow when the last one went (at 47K) ! (20 minutes after picking it up from a service) Subsequently, the engine was rebuilt and it runs like new, as far as i can tell..
Bearing in mind that it's only going to cost me between 4 & 5K, does this sound like a good car, or what else do I need to find out about it to be sure? I know it's going to cost me more in maintenance than my current car (1.2 Clio ) but since i've driven it I don't care. Even if I don't buy this one i'm getting an AR but I don't want to buy a dog. Any help would be greatly appreciated..
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Sounds pretty good deal to me - if u get it around 4 or 4.5, you have checked out the cam belt issues and as its had a rebuild, i reckon it's a good buy!
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Hi there, on this site you have sevral Irish owners, myself included.
It clearly says Scotland under my avatar

Anyway fair point,

As you know the sellers and the cars history, I think your safe enough!!
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Got for it, price seems good, as does the spec.
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hay Andy welcome to the nut house can't say i blaim u after your test drive! i felt exacully the same when i test drove mine! sounds like a good buy and spec and if you know the preveas owner and u trust him! your on a winner
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Thanks guys.......I'm totally sold on this car but it's good to hear from experienced owners. I'm well and truly bitten by the AR bug....every time I pass a 156 it makes me smile coz i'll be driving one soon...(hopefully!) I'm annoying the hell out of my mate taking 'test drives' ....I figure if I annoy him enough he'll get his new car sooner and i'll get my dream car......the wait is killing me.........

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Well, the wait was longer than expected!! But i'm finally an Alfa owner! What a car....
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Well, the wait was longer than expected!! But i'm finally an Alfa owner! What a car....


So where is the car????

We have been waiting 8 months for some pics!!!! Get posting!!!





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Worth waiting for then, was it?

Finally welcome to Alfa Ownership.........
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Hi Andy. Welcome to the exclusive 1999 156 1.8 T-Spark owners club.
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Congrats Andy, and good luck with her.
I had one of these as a courtesy car for a while and thought the 1.8 engine was very sweet.

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Thanks guys....Pics will follow as soon as I get a camera. The 1.8 is sweet alright.....bit of a dead spot at 1.5 - 2K in 2nd but i'm sure that's easily fixed.....like all things Alfa!!
I've just talked my way INTO a meeting so that I can go driving!! Is this what it's like owning an AR?
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1.5K? - Your rev meter must be broken!
I didn't know it could go that low

Only messin, its a fair comment.
Alfas are prety much in "low fuel consumption mode" at that rev range the pay back is greater acceleration at higher revs.
They pull okay from 2500, and really only come properly alive over 3K as the valve timing changes, but cruise fine at lower revs.
Best not to try too many overtaking manouveres in 5th!
3rd gear is very useful though for overtaking though.

One of the joys of Alfahood is changing gears.

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The 1.8 is sweet alright.....bit of a dead spot at 1.5 - 2K in 2nd

I'm not a doctor - but I really do recommend braking later
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1.5K? - Your rev meter must be broken!
I didn't know it could go that low

Only messin, its a fair comment.
Alfas are prety much in "low fuel consumption mode" at that rev range the pay back is greater acceleration at higher revs.
They pull okay from 2500, and really only come properly alive over 3K as the valve timing changes, but cruise fine at lower revs.
Best not to try too many overtaking manouveres in 5th!
3rd gear is very useful though for overtaking though.

One of the joys of Alfahood is changing gears.

TB
Spot on. I owned a GTV 2.0l then a 156 2.0l Sportswagon anything under 3000 was a bit dead but over 3000 and you take off. I now have a 147 GTA its like conncord in any rev range.
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Do you know Paddy?
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Do you know Paddy?

I live in Ireland, There's a few Paddy's about An AO member, i assume?
Turbo paddy? I've seen the car once, if it's that mad 147 you speak of.
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