Why do we love them?
I'm not sure I can answer this.
I drive a 156GTA and my other half drives a 156 2.0JTS. Both are on balance great cars - although not very exclusive compared to the 33 I had about ten years ago.
Neither car copes with the winding bumpy roads of Saddleworth very well. The 2.0 has had problems with rear suspension on a couple of occasions and the GTA has suffered broken front anti roll bars at least four times (in two years), and by the sound the car is making they've just gone again.
Has anyone else suffered the anti roll bar problem? More to the point has anyone else found a solution?