new 156 owner
I recently bought a 1998 156 1.8 TS with what appears to be Lusso trim, ie 15 inch wheels, cloth standard velour interior and with a Momo wooden steering wheel. The car has done 89k miles and both the body and interior are very clean, bar the carpet which is worn on the driver's side footwell. The engine is glorious, but idles badly. It has used no oil in nearly 2 months.
That's the good bits!
It is taxed and MOTd and runs, but none of the dials worked, and the driver side electric window didn't work. Also only one key, which is pretty knackered. None of the interior lights worked and only a few high level brake light bulbs worked. Also I discovered when it rained that the sunroof leaked.
BUT, it was very cheap. Did I need it? No of course not, but it was there and I have never had one, and how hard could it be to get it right?
So much reading on line and ebaying has got it to a a pretty good point. Everything now works, although I haven't sorted the idle problem yet. The sunroof is now watertight after removing it and clearing the channels. Also got a brand new boxed and sealed original Alpine CD changer (mine was missing) for £16.00. A trip to IKEA to pacify the wife and collected from round the corner from IKEA Warrington. Fitted a new thermostat and rear discs and pads , Alfa originals cheaper than high street!
Then disaster.... A puncture. Also another tyre was worn, so two tyres needed. Or.... Look on EBay.
So arrived the second 156. Much man logic and a trip to IKEA Manchester to pacify my wife ( the car was in Manchester) and we (!) now have a 2002 156 2.0 TS Veloce, with very good trim 16 inch teledials, electric Recaro seats, rear electric windows etc. You can see where I am going with this cant you?
The bad bits, the engine is goosed. No oil pressure and the oil light is on, still it drove 60 miles from Manchester, so not all bad.
Wheels fitted, and back on the road.
Today's job has been to strip out the interior of both cars, with a view to upgrading my Lusso with the bits I like. I will keep you posted.