Im new to AO and i thought i would share a bit of my Alfa's history before i ask about what to upgrade.
I own an early 2002 156 JTS which has approx 149k on the clock. Bought it around 4 years ago with 115k miles, an ex company execs car. It was in good condition apart from the drivers side skirt wasnt fixed properly at one end, no dents at all thought the alloys were in poor shaped (flaked and kerbed).
I remember when i bought it my mate wanted me to get a mint MG z180 which had only 31k miles and only £200 dearer 51 plate i think. It was the first time i think ive ever noticed a 156 and once i did the MG didnt stand a chance!
Over the years since i have to park in the street, vandals have keyed the wing and rear, kicked (im guessing) my front wheel arches and some kids have walked over the bonnet and roof...
Not been very lucky. Anyway i got all of that sorted, had an alfa spoiler put on and the alloys refurbed, new bolts/lockers/badges etc. Bought full leather interior off ebay and had some other cosmetic things done. Its still very much standard minus the orange indicators
Since then some idiot looks to have rubbed something abrasive on the bonnet but it will polish out. I was going to do more but disheartened as im worried about more damage.
I want to keep my Alfa, ive always said i would till it explodes (preferably with me not inside) but i would like to give it something extra to put a smile on my face. Its great to drive as is, though the suspension is way too spongy especially at speed on the local A road and doesnt inspire much confidence at all. At one time it scared the crap out of me while i was doing .. erm 70! thats it
I also seem to be suffering the usual low power problems ive read about. On occasion though it will run perfect and is a joy to drive, smooth throttle etc. Most of the time though its ok just not great.
I was thinking of buying a supersprint back box, not for performance but for the look and a better exhaust sound. I thought about a remap too but from what ive been reading its best to leave that till after you have finalised your upgrades. I dont have a lot of money, can put away £3-400 a month sometimes and i will have £900 or so saved at the end of this month.
Im stuck on what to do. My friends say im mad as i spent way too much on the car. Id never get it back if i sold it. I thought about saving and getting a newer Alfa but i love my 156 and the 2.0 is an ideal size for insurance etc (compared to 2.5 or higher) and while thirsty, not too bad.
Sorry for the long post! I know i must get the suspension sorted at some point but id like to get a bit more go. Not interested in top end power much just acceleration. Any not too expensive ideas?
Hope you can help!