Hello. With the exception of a few posts in the rant room, I'm new to this forum. I have previously owned a Alfa Romeo 147 but didn't find this site until searching for information prior to collecting my new 156 Sportwagon (1.9 JTD 16V M-JET Veloce).
It seems like a really good place for like minded alfa lovers, and I'm impressed with the friendliness and helpfulness of the majority of the members here. I hope you will accept me into your community!!!
About the Sportwagon. What can I say? I love it. It's in Lipari Grey, with the light grey Alfatex interior (light grey/lighter grey dash combination).
The front grill looks quite imtimidating
I've only just driven it for a few miles back to work from the dealer. It pulls very well all the way through the revs (the 147 1.6 TS used to kick in around 4500rpm). The extra gear is going to take a little getting used to having (half way back to work I realised I had it to use).
Things that aren't as good as the 147:
The windscreen washers on the 147 would wipe away the water from the jets, pause for a bit then do a final wipe to get rid of the little left over splashes. The 156 omits the final wipe...
The windscreen wipers just look plain girly compared to the 147!
The button for cycling the info screen is on the opposite stalk (that's going to take a bit of time to get used to!).
For the wife... The vantity lamps under the sun visors need to be manually switched on/off (I think they were automatic on the 147).
When I opened the boot I really had to slam it to get the latch to engage shut. Is this normal? Or does it require a little use before loosening up?
The dealer didn't say anything about running the engine in. Is this required? What would you guys recommend?
Tonight I'm going to fit the Dension Ice Link lead for my iPod. And if it's still light enough I'll take some pictures of the car to post here, for you guys to have a look. If not I'll do it tomorrow before it starts getting dirty from this rubbish weather we are having.
Thanks for reading.