Scared by old reputations maybe?
I'm new here at AO. I owned a 1978(?) T Reg Guillieta from 1985-1987 loved it, but the cost to replace the clutch at that time was mega, think the gearbox was right on the back axel or something, any way sold it to a mate who still has it, but it hasn't turned a wheel for 10 years.
Any way my Astra diesel (yuk) has now completed 246k and its time for it to go. I am looking for a diesel replacement and would love a 156 2.4 JTD. The problem is that i have been influenced somewhat by the likes of Top Gear, although they seem to love Alfas they ridicule the reliability. I know that TG is perhaps a little too comedic and Hammond is only Clarksons minimee, but i am a bit worried. Any way sorry for the waffle, but i have seen a 2001 156 2.4JTD Estate with 99k. it has full Alfa history and a belt and water pump change at 72k (second change) its immaculate... i love it...but still have some concerns. i've read that this car 'eats suspension'. Is that right? would I need to change the suspension particularly often? I have changed jobs and now only do about 12k miles year. Any advice would be great