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Alfa 159 2.4 JTDm 16 53.33%
BMW 535d 5 16.67%
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I do a lot of miles - up to 1000 a week, so it's got to be reasonably economical. I'm getting around 40mpg from my 156 2.4 JTD, so close that would be good, however I can afford to go a tad lower.
It's got to be at least as big as the 156, the bigger the better really.

I've narrowed it down to 2 options;

Alfa 159 2.4 JTDm (preferably a Ti)
BMW 535d (E60)

Remapped the 159 will be around 240, the Beemer around 340 bhp.
I prefer the look and feel of the Alfa, but I can't get away from the power of the BM.
I'd prefer an auto (I'm getting lazy), but I just cannot bring myself to buy an automatic Alfa - it's bad enough that it'll be another diesel!

I'm open to other options - but I can be very picky. I'm going to guess the budget will be around 5-8k. I'm not too fussed about buying high mileage - I'll kill it anyway!


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I voted Alfa, because I have to.
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Alfa, if you're doing so many miles a week, I guess most of them will be motorway?

In such a case 240bhp is more than adequate, in my opinion.

If getting an auto BMW be weary of the 'sealed' gearboxes, make sure the fluid has been changed, big bill possible if not done. Also 2 turbos, instead of one, means more to go wrong.
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I'd prefer an auto (I'm getting lazy), but I just cannot bring myself to buy an automatic Alfa - it's bad enough that it'll be another diesel!!
I'd see a Qtronic 159 as a plus rather than a minus, on the down side don't expect the same economy in a 159 as the 156.

You'd have to hold a gun to my head to make me buy a BMW, it's difficult enough getting out of side turnings already
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This is an alfa forum.. So you know the results already lol, but yeah the alfa looks nicer and will be special , but the 535d is my choice

The bmw does feel very big though, really a 159 should be compared with a 3 series
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alfa for me but as above, the two arent comparable, should be the 3 series beemer and they are awful.
 
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Yup, I don't like the E90 3er and Alfa don't do anything to compete size wise with the 5er.
I know the 159/535 aren't comparable per se, that's why my choice is so difficult.
Yes, whilst a lot of my driving in motorway type, this will be my sole car (not keeping the XKR), so I want something that I can boot about when I want to.
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Alfa 159 2.4 JTDm (preferably a Ti)
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I'm going to guess the budget will be around 5-8k.

Don't forget to budget another K for tyres on a Ti
a cheaper alternative is available though mentioning no names
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If the Beemer has the twin-turbo 3.0 diesel engine, then that one, had the standard 280bhp for a while, brilliant...
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I think you'll find tyres expensive for both of my options.
Saying that, I can get them fairly cheap anyway so it's not a major concern.

And yes, the 535d is the twin-turbo
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I think you'll find tyres expensive for both of my options.

True although the range available for the Ti in the correct size & rating is probably a bit more limited.
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Of the above two it would have to be the BMW...

How about an E92 though with the same engine, IMO it is a much better looking car than the 5 series.
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BMW, far better car

Then you can get rid of Lissa's pimp wagon
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Of the above two it would have to be the BMW...

How about an E92 though with the same engine, IMO it is a much better looking car than the 5 series.
I do quite like the 3er coupe, but I don't think they are quite in my price range. Still think I'd prefer the 5er too.

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Then you can get rid of Lissa's pimp wagon
Don't knock the pimp wagon! I'm glad we chose that over the Porsche though.
Lissa loves it, so hopefully we'll keep it a little longer than we did her previous 3ers
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As mentioned it's an Alfa forum. FWIW they both seem good cars and I doubt I would be disappointed with any of them.
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How big is the boot on a Brera, compared to a 159?
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How big is the boot on a Brera, compared to a 159?
Brera boot is massive, with a tiny opening
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Hmmmm, tiny opening is ok, provided it's a decent sized boot.
I'll look into it. The Mrs won't be pleased with me having a 2+2, but then we have the X5 to use as the family carriage.
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I would definitely look at the Brera. It's a lot more practical than some non-Brera owners
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I think that is probably what I'm going to go for actually.
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