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hi y'all :)
have just registered, seems a decent site but colour scheme has sent me a bit :eek: :rolleyes: .
hope you peeps can give me a bit advice
am thinkin of tradin me rover 220 ( dont laugh too much) in for a m plate 155 1.8 ts but am getting conflicting info from the internet ( suprisingly!)
i wanna know will it be a 8v or 16v? it looks like a 16v but a couple of web sites say they werent introduced till 96? also what is there to look out for in particular? are parts really expensive ? can they be modified and at what kind of expense... just little things like induction kit zorst and lowering etc?
also i am in stoke on trent and was wondering if anyone knows of any specialists near by just in case :p as am not that good with muckanicks :tut:
the only thing i noticed with the car is oil pressure gauge not working but plenty oil in and no mayo etc?
cheers in advance for any replies i may get and hope to become a owner soon as it drove luvverly and seemed quite quick and sounded REALLY NICE :cool:


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An "M" reg will definately be an 8v. The websites are right, the 1.8 16v was introduced in May 1996 or May 95 for the 2.0.

Plenty of spares about these days, new and second hand. Steer clear of induction kits if I were you, don't seem to suit 155 for some reason unless you look at getting cold air in.

Lots of things to look out for as with any older car, specifically waht will depend on whether its an 8v or 16v.

Lowering is best done with Eibachs :D and finally.....you will not regret it!

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tyreburner said:
hi y'all :)
have just registered, seems a decent site but colour scheme has sent me a bit :eek: :rolleyes:
You can change to a lighter version in Profile/Edit Options....look at the bottom for "forum skin".

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I dont wish to get on anyones toes here... but wouldnt are new friend be well advise to try out a 2.0 Litre car before he buys ???

I drive a 1.8 16V, have done for 4 years now, and the difference to a 2.0 L 16 V is startling...

Ive had a loaner 156 2.0 L this week, very early one too... and that was a fast as a box of frogs on Nitro !!! going back to my 1.8 155 was a serious let down i can tell you.

Id try them all before i bought one, particularly the 1.8 s arnt that quick... damm im going to get in trouble for that i know.. :tut:
 
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Na, I know what you mean Cream....it's what you get used to. I used to think my 1.8 was quick until I drove the V6, just like you I guess. But, they can still be driven quickly and still handle well no matter which engine they have...........but you're right, the 2.0 is considered to be the best "all rounder" (yeright!!! Buy a V6 :p )

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Well the V6 is in a different league really.... but i enjoy the 1.8 round bends, so light and pointy, but i dont think that engine, or the engine in my car at least is particularly good, the power/torgue is to high up and its strained all the time trying to keep up. The 2.0 cars are so much more punchy and easy to go fast with..

from what i can remeber a tuned V6 is simply awsome... :(
 

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Any V6 is awesome :p :D :D

I dunno her 1.8 8 valve seems to go well yer just gotta rev it more to get the power out :D :D and it has the added bonus of NO CAMBELT to break :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Don`t worry about the cost or availability of running it Tyreburner just buy it and drive the bloody thing and ENJOY it :D :D :D

There`s always a good source of bits etc on here and all the help and advice you could ever need (and some of its useful :rolleyes: :p :p :cheese: )

Anything`s gotta be better than a Rover 220 :cheese: :cheese:

Btw the chances are the oil pressure gauge not working is the sender unit on the wife`s Silverstone its never worked :eek: as long as the oil light goes out it`ll be ok.............
 
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I agree, the 8v is fine and probably cheaper to run. BTW, if you buy it, I have a Squadra chip for sale which is supposed to release 12bhp (plug, plug, plug.... ;) )
My car is a 1.8litre 8v and it's not too bad.
I have a decatted Powerflow exhaust, chip and Green Cotton induction kit (for the V6). Also lowered using G&M suspension from the AO shop.

Wrinx is right about the induction kit. My car doesn't feel quicker with it, but it's quieter than the modified airbox/BMC filter I was using before.
 

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8 or 16 valve aye. My friend mike bought a 1.8 ts(1995)N reg and it was an 8 valve with a 16 valve badge on the back, go figure. Apparantly it had been there from factory new! :cheese:
 
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2.0 is very nice to drive. I have a 1996 1.8 8v and yes the higher revs are just great. :p
When the revs get past the approx 3700, the engine has a little surprise :D for you. Have it for 3 years now, had no engine problems yet. 16v´s little bit more power, but also a great car to drive. I wish i could buy them all.......... :cool:

Difficult choice has to be made.........
 
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hi,
well thanks to you all for the various advice and have bought it ....well have put deposit down collect it friday .
gave 300 and me rover...which means i got 500 for the rover :lol: :lol: :lol: FOOL!!!!!!
its really weird though as am sure it says 1.8 ts on back yet appears to be a twin cam ? :confused: but it is the air bag model which parkers says is faster than the 8v? i dunno i will probably take a trip to alfa when i pick it up and no doubt they will confirm it for me!

also cheers for the advice on the colour scheme ...i was blind but now i can see :cheese:
am sure you will all hear more from me as i will probably break loads of bits as i get carried away with my right foot.. :D
cheers for the warm welcome speak soon
Mick
 
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Good news :D

Your car will be a twin cam, Twinspark motor....just an 8v not the 16v ;)

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Welcome to the forum :)

Have had my 8valve Silverstone since December and have loved every day of it. Ok, I have had to replace the exhaust and a tyre - but who cares, that happens on every car. Just keep it serviced....... :eek:
 

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its really weird though as am sure it says 1.8 ts on back yet appears to be a twin cam ? :confused:
It will be a twin Cam just it`ll only have 8 Valves :rolleyes: oh and 8 spark plugs :D

Hope you enjoy Driving her as much as the rest of us do :D :D :D
 
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thanks for all the advice folks :D have picked her up now .....then couldnt get fuel in :eek: as key wouldnt fit fuel filler so out with the screwies and hitting stick put screw-driver in and turned and bloody thing wasnt locked!!!! :mad: havent had time play in it yet though as started work at 2am yesterday and finished at 1700 so just went bed !

hopefully today b4 mother in law comes to stay :eek: :eek: :eek:
cheers again
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