I'm joining the bye-bye 159 club this week.
My 1.9JtdM Lusso has turned 102,000 reliable miles and been a joy. I would have kept it for another couple of years to 150,000 miles, but I needed a bigger estate to carry my race car bits and bobs.
At 102,000 miles it feels as well screwed together as my last car (530d) did, and has been much more reliable than my previous A4 1.9.
No electrical glitches, no trim rattles - it has been impressive. It's had a couple of creaks up front recently, one of which was cured with a reconditioned driveshaft, and the other one has hints of being the creaky steering rack (although it hasn't got any worse in the last 20,000 miles so I'm living with it....). Water pumps and tensioners can be a bit weak, so mine were replaced at 48,000 and 98,000 miles, along with the cambelt. Apart from that, it was all routine servicing.
I post this for two reasons, one as a tribute to 159 solidity and one as a cheap plug for the cheapest 159 on sale at the moment. If you want an honest car, with a creak! (that has been factored into the price) let me know as it is auctioned this week before I throw it in for p/x instead.
I'd love the car to go to a fellow enthusiast. As you can see from the ebay advert, I've been upfront about my creaks!