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Should I buy a 147 or 156?

The title says it all really. I have one of each in my sights at the moment and I cant pick between them. I like the look of the outside of the 156 and the inside of the 147. The 147 is a 1.6ts but I didn't notice a whole lot of difference from the 1.8ts 156. They both have 102k miles and had timing belts done at 90k, the 147 is more expensive but the 156 costs more to tax and insure.

As you can see they're evenly matched so I think I'll just buy the first one to get five recommendations

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Hello again Mooman

It has to be the 157 then..............


................ok ok... it's down to personal lifestyle choice really. Do you want a boot or not? Do you prefer the hothatch look over the saloon sized car?

Having driven both if I was 21 again I'd go for the 147..... but being a 'bit older' now I'd go for the 156 because it's a bigger car and also this particular 156 has a bigger engine...

EDIT: Either way you will be very happy! Afterall you picked the best marque..
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I prefer the 156...thats why I bought one. Personnel choice really.
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I'd obviously say go for the 147, I've driven a few 156s as courtesy cars & they felt a bit soft & also seem to bottom out very easily Saying that I've the Sport Suspension option on the 147 & the 156s were Lusso spec so not really comparing like with like.

As already said it's a personal choice & I'm sure you'll be more than happy with whichever option you go for
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out of the two the 156, not just for the engine but for the interior too
 
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at that age i would go 156
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156 it is then

If I'm bored of this in a couple of months I'm holding ye responsible Hopefully I'll have it by this time tomorrow, I can't wait
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But.........................................




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yeah 156 without a doubt, but.........................

if you didnt notice a performance difference between the 1.6 147 and a 1.8 156, then there is something amiss with the 156, probably maf

there should be a very noticable difference in peformance, being more or less the same weight and 20bhp up on the 1.6

that 156 also looks like the veloce spec to, or sp1,2 or 3, depending on year. so even more so the 156.
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but you secretly want this
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yeah 156 without a doubt, but.........................

if you didnt notice a performance difference between the 1.6 147 and a 1.8 156, then there is something amiss with the 156, probably maf

there should be a very noticable difference in peformance, being more or less the same weight and 20bhp up on the 1.6

that 156 also looks like the veloce spec to, or sp1,2 or 3, depending on year. so even more so the 156.
At the risk of sounding a bit thick what's sp1,2 or 3?

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It's no secret but insurance is a bit of a killer
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my mums 2.4jtd was an awsome drive, made a great noise too, want one next
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you could buy mine too if you can lower yourself to 190bhp and 320ftlb, cheap insurance, cheaper tax, and twice the mpg!!!!!!

it is of course another oil cooker, but fettled a bit!

i really like the 147, and the hatchback shape doesn't really lose out to the 156 boot space, because thats not exactly cadillac proportions either.

I'm looking for a sportwagon as we speak because the recent family holiday proved just a tad too much for the boot space, yet we got an identical load in the ma' in laws 147, just loaded it differently.

nothing in it on cabin space either to be honest, but unless insurance dictates otherwise, i'd buy 2.0ts or bigger, personally speaking of course.

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Base your decision on looks. The 156's boot is crap so don't count that as a bonus feature, the rear seats don't fold either so it hasn't really got a "practicality" advantage. They're both very similar engines with the same service intervals/ costs and both seem to have pretty decent service historys.

If it's votes you want I vote 156 simply becuse I have one (and love my interior).
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then don't look even at the tax
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Base your decision on looks. The 156's boot is crap so don't count that as a bonus feature, the rear seats don't fold either so it hasn't really got a "practicality" advantage. They're both very similar engines with the same service intervals/ costs and both seem to have pretty decent service historys.

If it's votes you want I vote 156 simply becuse I have one (and love my interior).
my boots ok, sw seats fold, and if kids are involved at some point the 147 doesnt have isofix fittings
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my boots ok
Really? Do you not find the entry very high and narrow? It has been the biggest let down for me to be honest, my sierra was about the same size but had a brilliant boot.
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Really? Do you not find the entry very high and narrow? It has been the biggest let down for me to be honest, my sierra was about the same size but had a brilliant boot.
not really, could be a bigger opening, but the lip isnt the biggest iv seen, my stilo's lip was MASSIVE, and the lid folds far enough back to leave a decent sized opening for me

just waiting for the struts to break and the spoiler to smash my window or

and i love the interior, especially on the phase 1 facelifts, ala mine original outside, new inside, best of both
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you could buy mine too if you can lower yourself to 190bhp and 320ftlb, cheap insurance, cheaper tax, and twice the mpg!!!!!!

it is of course another oil cooker, but fettled a bit!

i really like the 147, and the hatchback shape doesn't really lose out to the 156 boot space, because thats not exactly cadillac proportions either.

I'm looking for a sportwagon as we speak because the recent family holiday proved just a tad too much for the boot space, yet we got an identical load in the ma' in laws 147, just loaded it differently.

nothing in it on cabin space either to be honest, but unless insurance dictates otherwise, i'd buy 2.0ts or bigger, personally speaking of course.

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Insurance is keeping me to the 1.8, otherwise I'd have the 2.0 liter. Practicality doesn't come into it for me, all I need a boot for is my hurleys. I hope to god I won't need isofix fittings for a good few years yet!!
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just waiting for the struts to break and the spoiler to smash my window or
My struts cracked at the top (where they connect to the actual bootlid) and it did clunk the window a few times but I was lucky enough not to break it. My BFOW has been removed since the respray in Jan
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Had the choice 2 yrs ago and went for the 147. Cheaper to run, tax. Though I'd probably ave went for the 2l given the choice and price available now.
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Had the choice 2 yrs ago and went for the 147. Cheaper to run, tax. Though I'd probably ave went for the 2l given the choice and price available now.
really, my 1.8 156 is cheaper to insure and mpg is better than my 1.6 147 was. weird

and tax is 10 pounds per year more, woohoo, my 1.8 156 is a fair bit quicker than my 1.6 147 was so i can live with that
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