Originally Posted by one5six
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.
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