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Re: 71K on an 04 156. Any tips??
I went through the same process a month ago when I bought my 156. There are plenty more experienced people on here to advise (and its all useful) - but the general gist is to make sure the FSH is complete, and that the belts have been changed at the right time. On your car they should have been done twice now really - once at 35k-ish and right about now, if they haven't been done already.
I also bought an 04 156 - although it has only 34k miles - and the belts had been changed by the supplying main dealer at 29k as part of it's 3 year service.
The only real unknown you'll have is the same as anyone else who buys a second hand one - and that is you'll have to trust that previous owner(s) have kept the oil level up between services because if it's been low (and they do use oil) then the engine will have been weakened..... but there's no way to know if that happened unfortunately.
if it looks like a well maintained car, with the FSH showing the correct durations and the bekts changed in time then no reason to believe that 71k will be a problem PROVIDED it's at the right price (5k ish at a dealer?) and provided you know that if you keep it til over 100k miles then you'll not see it fetch much money after that when you come to change it.
Once you buy it though - you'll not be disappointed.