The original question was asked a while back but just to give ( in my opinion obviously ) a slightly more accurate answer; for the benefit of anyone thinking of a similar purchase
make sure the cambelt all puleys and the water pump have been changed ,i reckon u need to change cam belt every 30k to be worry free, also test drive it and get it revvin make sure it doesnt die at about 4.5 to 5k revs cause that ll be the air flow meter there about £170 for a replacement , also if its a 6 speed manual check gear changes are smooth the top bush's go and there about £100 to get sorted , loadsa of torque when you need it ,fun on a and b roads and that engine note from 5.5 to emmmm 7k ish will always cheer you up ,
I'd always budget to change the belt on any second hand alfa unless there's a belt service receipt from a very reputable dealer in the book and even then I'd check it out. The commonest reasons for selingl fully working cars is the inability to to cope with paying as much for the upcoming clutch or cam belt change as the car is worth.
People will trot out this mistake all the time but It's the twin spark engine that needs the cambelt changing every 35.000
the JTD and V6s have prooved reliable in this respect and should do 60 thousand ( or 5 years ) safely. The time is important though as belts deteriorate slightly over time even sitting in the garage, unlike chains.
Top bushes for the clutch release arm are cheap and an easy diy change. but they don't make much difference on their own if the gear change is difficult there are probably other things need doing as well. bleed slave cylinder, change brake fluid, change master cylinder, new clutch, new release bearing, etc. I'd walk away from that one unless you know what it is and know you can fix it. Never believe the "an easy fix" line on ebay. if it was, they'd have done it.
Contrary to the above statement the V6 has the worst torque characteristics of all the 156 range.
but it does make the best power (other than the GTA obviously) and is very much fun to drive as stated using the high rev range and six speed box the sound of it guzzling down fuel at 14 or 15 miles to the gallon when you drive it that way is, as also stated above, superior to the noise of any other car I've owned.
Mine returns 29 to the gallon on a run, 6th gear being not
a motorway cruising overdrive, and about 22 around town, closer to 18 on a sunday blast.
You've gotta love 'em though