Considering a 156
Hello Alfa Owners, long term lurker, first time poster and, as per the title, hoping to become an Alfa owner too.
Just by way of background, Iím a latecomer to motoring having only learned to drive recently at the age of 40...something. For the past 18 months Iíve been pottering around in a very old Micra. Although I donít use the car much during the week Ė Iím fortunate to live in one of the few areas of Dublin with decent public transport Ė I now find myself having to drive longer distances once a fortnight or so, e.g. twice to Waterford and once to Belfast in the last month. Clearly I need a bigger car capable of taking a family of four long distances comfortably. Logically, some sort of MPV makes sense but, frankly, if I'm going to have a car I want a proper one that drives well and looks good. So, Iíve managed to persuade my wife that a used 156 is a sensible choice for a family car. Iím hoping you can help me in my search with some advice/pointers.
Basically, Iíve about Ä2K to spend and Iím considering a 156, 1.6 (for tax and insurance reasons), pre-2003 facelift, good condition, NCTíd, full service history, reasonable mileage, and leather interior. Preferably in the greater Dublin region, but willing to travel. I appreciate the importance of FSH but how important is mileage? I like the older styling but am I better paying more for a newer car? Should I do the sensible thing and buy a people carrier? And Iím flexible on all of the above for the right car.
Any advice will be appreciated.