Re: Hi, 156 engine replacement questions
Evil Scotsman says
"the alfa is lovely to look at....but i'm swapping mine after 2 months of owning it. Its only 4 wi 56k but its been in for a lot of bits and now it needs more. Next its back to VAG or BMW and never ever will I buy another alfa, sorry lads."
Sorry to hear that, but it really is the luck of the draw. I bought our 2.4JTD in March 07 completely blind off ebay with 42k on it. Its now done 67k and it hasn't missed a beat...so far. We are very impressed with it, but I agree that the quality of fixtures and fittings is not as good as it should be.
I would also say from the heart that 159 is far far better made than 156, so keep an open mind. Whilst 156 was a massive step forward in looks, it was regrettably a step backwards in quality and reliability from the 164, and Alfa have taken this on board with the 159, and hopefully the cars to come.
My brother had bucket load of trouble with his Golf and a Polo, and he won't go back to them, And my brand new Golf Gti needed a clutch after 5k, but otherwise I loved it.