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went to see two 156 today!

well i've decided to get to my Alfa ways, & went to see two 156, both 2ltr. first a silver 156, a bit tatty, & its timing belt was due to be replaced (i'm right in thinking 156 must have their belts etc changed every 36k or 3 years), also apparently water is getting into one of the spark plugs & by what i've seen it could need a new head gasket, which is a shame as it was dead cheap!!

second car has some problems, but its a dealer who is selling it, & he's going to fix the front suspension etc, put it through the NCT & its timing belt, tensioners, water pump etc were all replaced about 10k miles ago. It is more expensive but i feel its the better one to go for, the bodywork is also alot better, it has lots of stone chips on the front bumper (which would verify its mileage!) but i know a man who can sort that out for me!

so, hopefully, fingers crossed, i might own a very decent 156 before too long!

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You mean you trust a 2nd hand car sales men to change the timing belt etc? Where did you find the cars toby?
 
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ah yee of little faith!! :-) i'd never "trust" a used car salesman, but he seemed fairly genuine, & definitley seemed to know his stuff about Alfa's!

one was a private seller & the other a dealer in Dublin, yes i drove all the way to Dublin to see two 156!
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Lol, I drove from Cork to belfast to see Alfa's before lol. Lol fair enough toby but I'd still rather get a chunk a change off the car and send it to a lad that knows what he is at to do the belts
 
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Damien, thats a very very long drive, not sure i could have done that!!m BTW did you actually buy the Alfa in Belfast??

oh, just wondering, the 2ltrs have a wooden dash, would you know if it's easy to change the steering wheel from the factory fit leather, to a wooden one also (it'd be the wooden 156 wheel, not a spurious one)
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Lol, I didn't buy any of em they where all rotten so just didn't bother with them. Ya it's easy enough to change over steering wheels disconnect the battery and take off the airbag and then a big nut and away ya go.
 
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then that was a very very very long drive!! cheers for the info on the wheel.

where u effected by the floods at all??
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then that was a very very very long drive!! cheers for the info on the wheel.

where u effected by the floods at all??
If you come in Dublin again, give me a shout and I'll let you have a go in my car, and also could drive you to the person who's selling the car


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then that was a very very very long drive!! cheers for the info on the wheel.

where u effected by the floods at all??
No bother not sure what size nut you need but I've taken my wheel off a few times.

No thank god I'm miles away from any river so it's happy days here but a few of my friends have gotten caught out.
 
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Hi Toby and welcome along. I'm in Dublin myself so if you decide to come up again let us know and we can advise you on where to look. What and where are the two garages you went to in Dublin?
If you look on carzone there is loads of 156's. also go to Carsurvey.org - Car Reviews which I find very helpful. Its loaded with peoples experiences and advice about whatever car they bought with plenty of Alfa entries. As Damien said dont be afraid to get a car that needs a bit of work done because you can get it cheaper and with the change bring it to an Alfa specialist who will do it right and advise of anything else that might be wrong. Unfortunately most 2nd hand dealers think they know dont know Alfas but really dont. I'm speaking from experience

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Ya what mark said is correct i'd rather get a chunk of money off a car than trust anyone else to do work on it.
 
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To be fair, I bought my first Alfa from a used car dealer in Arklow and he replaced the timing belt (as I asked) but also told me that the variator needed to be replaced as well and so he did that too. I wasn't as well up on Alfas at that time, so wouldn't have known *all* the questions to ask. There are good ones and bad ones I guess.

If you buy in a car that needs work in Dublin, you could leave the car into Gerry Campbell and get the train back to Longford while he does his thing.

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Ahh ya but I saw the dodgeyist thing in the world there a couple of days ago someone did a timing belt in a V6 with tipp ex marks instead of cam locks the man was a lucky man not to batter the head off the car after the V6.
 
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the garage i went to was Yomac Cars, i know he's a used car dealer, but he genuinley seem to know his stuff
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Honestly if ya want one of us to go and have a look at it with ya not a bother. I'll be in Portloaise next week if ya want me to come and have a look at it with ya.
 
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I think Yomac seem to really over price their cars and were talking about 3-4 grand.
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i'll agree the 156 is Yomac is a bit more than other 156, but thats before we've "done a deal".

By the way if anyone knows of anyone selling a nice 156 (max €2000) let me know, max 2ltr engine!
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Have a look at this. Nice looking car. No price mentioned.
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just keep an eye on carzone, you will get early 156's for dirt cheap and might be in good condition the ones that were looked after
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That looks mint Gav, I wonder what the AMV is? Although the trim looks abit dodgy
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That looks mint Gav, I wonder what the AMV is? Although the trim looks abit dodgy
I think it looks ok, just looking at the other pic s of cars and I think it is just a dodgy camera they are taking them with.
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