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Need advice, 159,147 or Giulietta

Hi All,

Currently have a GTV Twin Spark and a 156 2.4.

I may be getting a company car allowance which would allow me go for one of the above with a budget of around 9k.

The car would need to last me 5 years and would be used for a 40 mile round trip to work and also client meetings which would not be more than 1 or 2 days a week I would imagine and maybe 200 miles a week on average.

I have always wanted a 159 TI sports wagon however as I would be paying this off over 5 years I am a little hesitant as its a little long in the tooth.

I sat in a Veloce Giulietta last week, was very nice but I am worried the reviews are mediocre and it doesn't have the "god that looks lovely" factor the 159 has, but its a more modern car.

Them you have the wild card the 147 Ducatti Corse which maybe an option but again its an old model and I'm not sure I would want to drive that over 5 years.

Any input welcome, especially from people that have had a 159 and Giulietta which I am sure there are some of you around!
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Does your company not put an age limit on the car you can run? If, for example, the limit is 6 years and you buy a car that is 3 years old then they will force you to change it in 3 years which is not going to fit with your stated need to last 5 years. If you are using the car to visit clients then companies can be concerned about the effect on corporate image of using an older car hence the imposition of an age limit.
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I've been driving my 159ti for business for 4 years and love it.
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No age limit as far im aware just an allowance monthly to use on a car

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Is this going to replace one of the existing Alfas or be a 3rd car?


I'd take a Brera in place of a 159 anyday. Especially if doing long trip.
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It will replace the gtv but would be used for a family car as well so rules out a Brera

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I would go for a 159 sportwagon. Try and get as new model as you can with either the 1.75 petrol engine or 2.0 diesel engine these should easily last 5 years and the looks are timeless in my opinion - in fact its still the best looking car on the road IMOH. Plus it makes an excellent family car for transporting kids and luggage around.
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Is the 2.0 that much better than the 1.9? As the cost will jump up a fair amount to get the 2.0

I'm looking at cars with a 50k to 70k milage which I would think is run in but hopefully have allot of life left

What about clutches and cambelts? I guess this is the milage they are needed that's my only concern

Been told a clutch costs a fair amount on a 159 due to labour?

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I would go for a 159 sportwagon. Try and get as new model as you can with either the 1.75 petrol engine or 2.0 diesel engine these should easily last 5 years and the looks are timeless in my opinion - in fact its still the best looking car on the road IMOH. Plus it makes an excellent family car for transporting kids and luggage around.
Sound advice ! and I agree about the looks ... still the best looker ..
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If you're only doing 200 miles per week, I'd go for a benzina Ti. Latest model you can find.

In 5 years it'll only have 130,000 miles (80k now, plus 50k you will add) so plenty of life still in it, if you're tired of the shape by then.


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