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Hi,

Newbie here. Off out tomorrow morning to look at purchasing a 2nd hand 156.

Something around 1998 - 2000. Either 1.8 or 2.0 TS. I don't have a fortune to spend so high milers (80k+) will be my vehicle of choice to keep the initial cost down to around 2,000, unless I find a real bargain!

Any advice welcomed guy & girls.

Jay
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Hi,

Newbie here. Off out tomorrow morning to look at purchasing a 2nd hand 156.

Something around 1998 - 2000. Either 1.8 or 2.0 TS. I don't have a fortune to spend so high milers (80k+) will be my vehicle of choice to keep the initial cost down to around £2,000, unless I find a real bargain!

Any advice welcomed guy & girls.

Jay
firstly welcome to AO dude...

a few points

no real diff between 1.8 or 2.0 purely your choice

check that it has a full service history (preferably main dealer, if not reputable indie specialist)
cambelt and tensioners should be changed every 36k or 3 years...very important indeed...if not done this will cost you around the 300 pound mark from an indie and upwards of 500 from a main dealer. If the belt snaps..generally bang goes ur engine
check that it has two sets of keys..they are very expensive to get cut..circa 140 pounds with remote fob..early examples were issued with a master key which you will need to have.

if all the above is okay and it looks like it has been well looked after then go for it...the days of modern Alfa reliability problems are long gone .. a well maintained alfa will perform as well as, probably better, than any other manufacture

good luck in your hunting

 
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That's great to hear, thanks Mike.

Sorry to be a pain but what are the servicing charges like?

I can't wait to own one of the best looking motors around! (haven't been this excited since my son was born!!!)
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depends really on what service you are having and who is going to do it... a rough guide for AR main dealers is 80 pounds per hour plus ur parts..my indie for instance who specialises in italian cars charges 30 pounds per hr

 
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I'd drive her to Torquay for servicing to save 50 per hour!

Off to check for local Indie specialists now...
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