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The Alfa stays...

This is kinda a pointless post but I'm going to waffle on anyway.....

So my wife drives a 2000 156 2.0TS...we've had this car for nearly 8 years now..... there's 128k miles on the clock but she goes like new (we're still talking about the car here ok?)..... The car had a few (quite a few) niggles at the start of her life but once fixed the car has been 100% reliable for the last 5 years...

Anyway my wife decided two months ago she wanted to change the 156 for something else... somthing newer, cheaper to run and a bit "different".... we spent the last 6 weeks test driving cars..... Jag X-type, Mondeos, Saab-93's & 95's and a few older Mercs and BMWs....... She then annouced over the weekend (and I didn't prompt her) that she didn't find any of the cars exciting to drive so she want's to keep her 156 and review it again next year! So the 156 stays.

Amazing... I suggested we go for a diesel Saab 93 because she does around 40/50 miles a day. I thought the '93 was an ok-ish car and cheaper to run with a diesel engine..... I was told "No! I'd miss my Alfa.".... I think that sums it up... right??

........sorry for wasting your time again, but what is it about these dam cars... once they get under your skin........
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Yeah I was thinkin of getting a Saab too but the mrs was quick to put that idea to bed! Is the 2 litre TS that uneconomical??
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Yeah I was thinkin of getting a Saab too but the mrs was quick to put that idea to bed! Is the 2 litre TS that uneconomical??
If you think the 2.0 ts is uneconomical, wait 'till you live with a 1.6 ts like mine .. But I don't care
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This is kinda a pointless post but I'm going to waffle on anyway.....

So my wife drives a 2000 156 2.0TS...we've had this car for nearly 8 years now..... there's 128k miles on the clock but she goes like new (we're still talking about the car here ok?)..... The car had a few (quite a few) niggles at the start of her life but once fixed the car has been 100% reliable for the last 5 years...

Anyway my wife decided two months ago she wanted to change the 156 for something else... somthing newer, cheaper to run and a bit "different".... we spent the last 6 weeks test driving cars..... Jag X-type, Mondeos, Saab-93's & 95's and a few older Mercs and BMWs....... She then annouced over the weekend (and I didn't prompt her) that she didn't find any of the cars exciting to drive so she want's to keep her 156 and review it again next year! So the 156 stays.

Amazing... I suggested we go for a diesel Saab 93 because she does around 40/50 miles a day. I thought the '93 was an ok-ish car and cheaper to run with a diesel engine..... I was told "No! I'd miss my Alfa.".... I think that sums it up... right??

........sorry for wasting your time again, but what is it about these dam cars... once they get under your skin........
You have very good taste for marrying a lady with such good taste
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This is kinda a pointless post but I'm going to waffle on anyway.....

Amazing... I suggested we go for a diesel Saab 93 because she does around 40/50 miles a day. I thought the '93 was an ok-ish car and cheaper to run with a diesel engine..... I was told "No! I'd miss my Alfa.".... I think that sums it up... right??

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What an abosolute genius! Why didn't I think of that, show the wife, who has been driving arguably one of the most beautifully shaped and distinctive volume produced cars made in the last 10 years, an absolute t**d of car and diesel powered to boot, (effectively presenting no choice at all) and hey she politely says naff off I'm keeping what I've got! You played a real blinder with that one!

I've got to ask the obvious question, since your wife clearly has both taste and a desire not to blend in with the masses why didn't you have a look at a newer Alfa?

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Yeah I was thinkin of getting a Saab too but the mrs was quick to put that idea to bed! Is the 2 litre TS that uneconomical??
You'd usually get 35 mpg which aint to bad for such a powerful car.
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You'd usually get 35 mpg which aint to bad for such a powerful car.
That's what I used to return in mine. To be honest I can't see it working out much cheaper chopping in the TS which will run to 200k if looked after for something newer, any fuel savings will be swamped by the annual cost of depreciation of the newer car.
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Hey! I've got one of those too, a wife with taste I mean.. engine went in our 01 166, a little bit dejected I decided it was time for a change, brought her around to look at all the usual suspects, Audi, Bmw, bla bla, she sat in each and said (without even driving them) don't like it, and then came out with i think we should get another 166
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This is kinda a pointless post but I'm going to waffle on anyway.....

So my wife drives a 2000 156 2.0TS...we've had this car for nearly 8 years now..... there's 128k miles on the clock but she goes like new (we're still talking about the car here ok?)..... The car had a few (quite a few) niggles at the start of her life but once fixed the car has been 100% reliable for the last 5 years...

Anyway my wife decided two months ago she wanted to change the 156 for something else... somthing newer, cheaper to run and a bit "different".... we spent the last 6 weeks test driving cars..... Jag X-type, Mondeos, Saab-93's & 95's and a few older Mercs and BMWs....... She then annouced over the weekend (and I didn't prompt her) that she didn't find any of the cars exciting to drive so she want's to keep her 156 and review it again next year! So the 156 stays.

Amazing... I suggested we go for a diesel Saab 93 because she does around 40/50 miles a day. I thought the '93 was an ok-ish car and cheaper to run with a diesel engine..... I was told "No! I'd miss my Alfa.".... I think that sums it up... right??

........sorry for wasting your time again, but what is it about these dam cars... once they get under your skin........
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Hey! I've got one of those too, a wife with taste I mean.. engine went in our 01 166, a little bit dejected I decided it was time for a change, brought her around to look at all the usual suspects, Audi, Bmw, bla bla, she sat in each and said (without even driving them) don't like it, and then came out with i think we should get another 166
I want one each of the above ....and would be willing to pay going rate for them
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Naw, I'm keeping mine (leaving for Shannon in a few minutes to pick her up and the girls, Alan and myself had to rebuild the house, as they were gone for a week) Am...... yours drives a BMW.........
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Just bring them to our house its always pristine ! Just say you moved while she was away. Just bring the Alfa's that work with you , It would be great if I could get mine fixed !
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Naw, I'm keeping mine (leaving for Shannon in a few minutes to pick her up and the girls, Alan and myself had to rebuild the house, as they were gone for a week) Am...... yours drives a BMW.........
Well what can I say but
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I've got to ask the obvious question, since your wife clearly has both taste and a desire not to blend in with the masses why didn't you have a look at a newer Alfa?
Good point.... initally she though getting a newer 156 was poinless as she one she has already is in good nick... therefore she went looking at other cars..... now we're sticking with Alfa.

We can't afford a second 159 in the family so now it's back to looking at a younger 156's... Saloon shaped cars are a must for child seats for the 'Alfisti bambinos'.... so now I think this weekend coming we're going looking at a 156 Ti.... but it all comes down to price and quality...
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Hey! I've got one of those too, a wife with taste I mean.. engine went in our 01 166, a little bit dejected I decided it was time for a change, brought her around to look at all the usual suspects, Audi, Bmw, bla bla, she sat in each and said (without even driving them) don't like it, and then came out with i think we should get another 166
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These posts are what make this place great People enjoy reading these threads cherb so Keep on posting the more the merrier in this place is great.
Thanks for that.... it's good to talk to talk to other connoisseurs of fine motoring about this Alfaholism addiction...


Seriously though, I've noticed car hunting over the last 2 months that there is a large percentage of cars (we saw) are very very tatty. Don’t know if it’s just bad luck or what. One of the questions I’d ask when calling a garage or private seller is to just ask them to describe the condition of the car as best they can; that's a reasonable question, right? It seems like the expression "mint-car" means it's "the car with the hole".... i.e. in terrible nick. I saw a car from a small dealer here in Cork 3 weeks ago described as 'near perfect'; the bonnet didn't alone have paint chips but large bubbling rust balls! I know my budget is not huge but common selling a car with brown rust streaks running down from the boot-lid onto the rear bumper is a bit pre-1970's!! I took a Saab 95 for a test drive 6 weeks ago and the front suspension wishbones/bushings were knackered.. they were knocking/banging even on reasonable road surfaces and there was a worrying play or vagueness in the steering wheel. I was told by the dealer that that was normal since the car had ‘sports suspension’... hmmmmmm

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is that a bad thing?
course not! It's a very nice description of the "Alfa bug" we all have.
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I was in a similar situation _before_ I bought the Alfa. I had a look at the BMW 850 (the old shape), Volvo S80 T6, '68 Ford Mustang V8, Audi S6 Avant (the one before the "George Michael beard" front), Jaguar XJ, but the Alfa Romeo 166 was the clear winner.
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Thanks for that.... it's good to talk to talk to other connoisseurs of fine motoring about this Alfaholism addiction...


Seriously though, I've noticed car hunting over the last 2 months that there is a large percentage of cars (we saw) are very very tatty. Donít know if itís just bad luck or what. One of the questions Iíd ask when calling a garage or private seller is to just ask them to describe the condition of the car as best they can; that's a reasonable question, right? It seems like the expression "mint-car" means it's "the car with the hole".... i.e. in terrible nick. I saw a car from a small dealer here in Cork 3 weeks ago described as 'near perfect'; the bonnet didn't alone have paint chips but large bubbling rust balls! I know my budget is not huge but common selling a car with brown rust streaks running down from the boot-lid onto the rear bumper is a bit pre-1970's!! I took a Saab 95 for a test drive 6 weeks ago and the front suspension wishbones/bushings were knackered.. they were knocking/banging even on reasonable road surfaces and there was a worrying play or vagueness in the steering wheel. I was told by the dealer that that was normal since the car had Ďsports suspensioní... hmmmmmm

There are a couple of threads running on the useless information contained in car sales adverts, maybe we need to start one on the useless information people say when selling them as well!

I think you're unlikely to get good info about Alfas from small or even large traders who just sell any marque, better off with a specialist, at least you have better chance of them knowing what they are talking about!

Buying a used car is a minefield, there is always a reason people sell off cars and I dare say one of them isn't often that it's in absolutely perfect condition (exception being collectors cars)! If you've got a good car that you know, then sticking with it is often the best option!
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Thanks for that.... it's good to talk to talk to other connoisseurs of fine motoring about this Alfaholism addiction...


Seriously though, I've noticed car hunting over the last 2 months that there is a large percentage of cars (we saw) are very very tatty. Don’t know if it’s just bad luck or what. One of the questions I’d ask when calling a garage or private seller is to just ask them to describe the condition of the car as best they can; that's a reasonable question, right? It seems like the expression "mint-car" means it's "the car with the hole".... i.e. in terrible nick. I saw a car from a small dealer here in Cork 3 weeks ago described as 'near perfect'; the bonnet didn't alone have paint chips but large bubbling rust balls! I know my budget is not huge but common selling a car with brown rust streaks running down from the boot-lid onto the rear bumper is a bit pre-1970's!! I took a Saab 95 for a test drive 6 weeks ago and the front suspension wishbones/bushings were knackered.. they were knocking/banging even on reasonable road surfaces and there was a worrying play or vagueness in the steering wheel. I was told by the dealer that that was normal since the car had ‘sports suspension’... hmmmmmm
Ahh man get used to the bad descriptions I remember when I getting my 146 it took over 20 cars and a lot of effort and trying to find the right one but you have to be paitent to be fair. It's a right pain in the gee but you'll get there. Shame you didn't want a 156 Ti a couple of months ago ya missed out on the cleanest one in Ireland.

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I was in a similar situation _before_ I bought the Alfa. I had a look at the BMW 850 (the old shape), Volvo S80 T6, '68 Ford Mustang V8, Audi S6 Avant (the one before the "George Michael beard" front), Jaguar XJ, but the Alfa Romeo 166 was the clear winner.
Lol Klap you craic me up I do like the 850 I have to say.
 
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Its like when Auctioneers are selling house's "Existing Boundary " means a ditch at the end of the Garden . I love this "mint Condition" in adds . We have as Damien says seen quite a few "minter's" in our quest for cars over the years . To me it was the salesman chewing Wrigleys !
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