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Hi There,

Just thought I'd pop in for some research. Getting ready to sell my Rover 75 and am looking for a replacement. Started off considering a Freelander, but am wavering a bit now to be honest.

I toyed with the idea of an Alfa quite some years ago, but at the time I just couldn't afford to insure and run the lovely 147 I had seen.

Now I am older, balder and my insurance has come down a tad I am considering an Alfa 156.

Never having owned one before all I have to go on is hearsay so I thought I would do some proper asking. The obvious concerns are reliability and build quality. A quick skim through the forums has shown me there is an issue with Cam belts?

Any advice, or tips would be very gratefully received. I am located in the North East (Durham) so if anyone knows a good dealer to go speak to that would be grand. I'm going to start off at Lyles of Newcastle and go from there. The sale of my car would have to fully fund the new vehicle so hopefully I'm looking at a budget of around £4000. Is it possible to get a decent 156 for that budget? I've seen a few within my price range.

Anyway - thanks for reading if you're still with me.

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Hi Bradalax. Welcome to AO and potential Alfa ownership.
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Hi welcome to AO and good luck finding the right 156.
Which model were you after?
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Sorry Alfaholic, didn't mean to ignore your question mate. I'm looking into the possibility of either a 1.8 or 2.0. I'm still trying to find out what the difference is between all the variations though! Lusso, Selespeed, Veloce etc etc!!

See my other thread for more though. Thanks for the welcome.

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/showthread.php?t=44939 (Potential new Alfa Owner looking for advice.)
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Once you commit you'll never go back. Go for the 2.0 petrol unless you're in the taxi game...
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