I'm and expat and currently live landlocked in the middle of Spain 200 km north of Madrid. I'm a newby here on this site (hence the post in the Introduce Yourself section) and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of September to become the owner of a 159 2.4 SW ti, hopefully, Q4 (....when the wife finally gives me the green light. Unfortunately for me it's a joint effort and have to take her opinion into account
) . I've been following one for sale for a while and the bloke seems to be "stuck" with it as he has not been able to offload it since the end of last year when the ad first got published. It does get me thinking of why he can't seem to sell it. It has 75000 +/- km's and looks to be in A1 condition. As I'm forced to look at the silver lining of my wife's irritating stand (the wait till september), I'm hoping one will pop up with the added feature of a sunroof (rarer altogether) and white (impossible i figure). The wife has also restricted me to keeping within the borders of Spain which further restricts my chances of encountering that ideal car but, to her credit , the transfer of "foreign" plates to spanish plates is pretty costly (around €3000) .... I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed.
I'll be taking my inlaw's uncle (Jaguar mechanic) to give whatever car I look at the complete run through and with his expertise my mechanical worries are minimal, I am just a "backyard mechanic" and do all the minor work myself on my current car. My current car is a '98 Honda Civic 5 door 2.0i td with K&N panel filter (with the intake hose disconnected from the engine compartment and hung for clean air) and a Rover Ron piggy back tuning box which has allowed me to raise the pressure on my turbo. For a 1200 kilo car it goes like stink and have managed to cause Audi & BMW owners to frown on several occasions. I've even stumbled on a 159 2.4 ti sedan in my travels and managed to keep on his tail (if there was only a 6 speed gearbox for my car!
I might have had the edge... broke my tired gearbox in the process...oooops) therefore I'm 100% sold on the 2.4 diesel. Unfortunately the 159 sw is a heavy car so I'm sure I'll miss the Honda every now and then..... I'll get over it I'm sure
If any of you guys can give me some tips on what common problems and their symptoms to look out for on the 2.4 q4, it would be very appreciated.
A big hello to all,