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Baby on the way. Need a larger car than we have at present. Am thinking about a used 156 or 166 (budget 12k tops, so probably the former). I've heard all the usual horror stories but I still want to drive something a bit special, and Alfa fits the bill. Are there any dealers in the Cambridge area (or South and West of there) who buck the trend and are helpful and reliable?
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Can't help you there from Japan but best wishes for the baby (and the Alfa of course )
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Welcome to AO, £12k will get you a damn fine 156 or 166, just weigh up the options engine wise and take the dive , you won't regret it
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What are you thinking of man?!?! Don't do it...Alfas!!!

Err....just a little point, a few people have been on the forum and moaned about the lack of boot space for baby gear in a 156. You might want to look at the capacity and loading angle (or whatever it is) for your pram etc....but then I think people have far too much stuff for babies these days

You could consider a Sportwagon but I think they actually have slightly less boot space!!! Just easeir to get at.

No idea about 166s.

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Quite a few people use Sportwagon's as baby transports, as Wrinx said technically the boot is slighty smaller than a saloon, but being a hatch it's easier to load and you can stack it higher behind the nets.

12K would put you in a delivery mileage brand spanker if you haggle. Natural choice of Engines is probably the 2.0JTS Petrol if you are coming out of an MX5, but don't overlook the diesels, the 2.4-20V will out pull the petrol easily, with almost GTA matching mid range punch.

Come to think of it 12K would get you a good second hand 3.2 V6, GTA Sportwagon... very special

The 166's a great looking car, but beware of eye watering depreciation in our prejudiced market

Don't worry too much about the fabled Alfa reliabilty problems, apart from Spaghetti suspension bushes, (Make sure they change them at about 12K under the warrenty), they are no better and no worse than the majority of cars.

Good look with the car and the new arrival and welcome to AO.
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Re: thinking about an Alfa

Wrinx's is right,

If your wife wants one of those large mclaren thingy's you know suspension air filled tyres and 10" alloys (no seriously that's an option). a 156 even a sportwagon is a no go, if you can stay sensible on the buggy front a sportwagon is sensible..

The 166 is a good possibility though, and given the depreciation on them you should pick one up for less than your target - autotrader doesn't seem to have one for more than 10K. Leather with babies is a must makes cleaning so much easier. and If youre a clarkson fan the 166 is special to him getting a chapter in "I know you got soul"....

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Welcome to AO.

Best wishes for you and your wife and baby.

And yes, as a former 156 owner, I can assure you that the boot is miniscule.

Good luck with your search.
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Thanks for the advice and the good wishes, guys.
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Re: thinking about an Alfa

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Come to think of it 12K would get you a good second hand 3.2 V6, GTA Sportwagon... very special

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Coo! Are good ones really that cheap now? Not sure I'd recommend the GTA's fuel economy (and tyre wear?) to a new family-man unless he has no worries about running costs.

I'd agree that a sportwagon is perfectly usable for hauling a baby - the amount of stuff you cart around reduces dramatically after a few months too! I'd just check with the buggy you've bought because some of those are mini-monster trucks themselves!

A 166 is a huge saloon and good used value. Go sit in each - you'll just know which is right for you.

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Hi Eversdonian. Welcome to AO.
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