Attention: Alfa Mechanics and Tech-heads
I know that the diesel vs. Petrol theme has been done to death here. However, it seems to me that most of the discussions seem to degenerate into those who like diesel vs. those who like petrol.
That's not what I'm interested in. To explain: I had a 156 2.0TS selespeed. The 159 looks beautiful to me and I will be test-driving a 159 2.2JTS tomorrow.
However, I have a very good relationship with an Alfa specialist mechanic (a younger guy, but still 30yrs, or so). He has worked on all sorts of Alfas, although he's never worked in the Alfa dealer workshop (his old man has had an independent Alfa workshop for 40 years). So, I called him and asked for his opinion.
In a nutshell, it was, go for diesel. However, he hasn't worked much on the 2.2JTS. However, his experience on the older JTS was that they were crap (compared with the 2.0TS, which were good). To further explain - I live in Australia, where the diesels have massively outsold the petrols.
He tells me that the diesels are an extremely solid engine and that, even with the turbo, they are a great build.
So, to my question: If there are any Alfa mechanics or other very experienced Alfa tech-heads out there, who are qualified to give their opinion, then I'd be very grateful if you would do so.
In particular, are is worries about the JTS warranted? Or has Alfa fixed this (this car is a 2007 model, BTW).
Thanks in advance.