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I'm afraid that my 166 has died a rather violent death.

About three weeks ago I was on the motorway when the main bearings on the crank decided they had enough. This in turn snapped a con rod which left a rather sizeable hole in the engine block.

I got it towed to an alfa "specialist" who advised me on the damage; Second hand "reconditioned" engine + Clutch €2500...not too bad I suppose. I also got him to do a top to toe, just to see what else was waiting for me in the future.....he came back with nothing much bar the suspension....€1100 to tidy it up.....€3000 to put it right!

Mmmm....spend €5500 on a car worth no more that €6500 at best....don't think so! So we came to an arrangement, he took my 166as it was I gave him another €2500 and I walked away with a mint 156 2.0 Selespeed, with brand new piston rings, gaskets, timing kit, brakes, tyres, oil pump & clutch......happy days!

I did love my 166, however I have to admit, although the 156 is smaller, it is a far superior car. One thing I certainly will not miss about the 166 is the ****ty suspension, which you can do very little about without spending serious cash.

Well goodbye then, I'm off to the 156 section.
 

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Goodbye!!!!

Can't agree about the 156 - the 166 is in a different league for quality & feel, and comfort IMHO of course :D
 

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however I have to admit, although the 156 is smaller, it is a far superior car.
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Ummmm.........crap.

I like the 156 and would consider one no problem.

But that statement? Crap.
 

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I have had a 156 2.0TS and currently have a '04 new shape 166 2.0TS and ta 156 2.4JTD 20V MJET - completely different animals - the 166 is a more sedate drive and is an executive motor - the 156 is a mad thing that makes you want to thrash it.

The 166 suspension (I think they revamped it for the 2003 relaunch) is brilliant compared to the 156.

I just wish Alfa hads shoved the 20V Mjet in UK bound 166s.
 
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sorry to hear the news about your 166, although good news that you now have a 156...

i have to agree with the previous posts...they are two completely different beasts and therefore impossible to compare...both are great in their own ways...
 

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I agree with Mike, sorry to hear about your problems though :)
 
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