Hello everyone i want to buy a 156 1.6 or 1.8. I've heard a lot of people saying that they break down. Anyone who can enlighten me with this? Also what are the main issues to look at?
This, ive had a 147 and two GTs.Brilliant cars....but getting on a bit.
Absolutely, used car prices over here in the netherlands are much higher then in the UK for instance. I would also immagine a country with less snow and salt on the roads would produce less rusty cars. The front upper wisbones will wear more with a more bumpy road surface and speedhumps.The need for care and attention probably varies by the country where it’s run as does the used price?
Sounds decent, and i would expect less rust in greece, do look for a later model though, and make sure you inspect the underside carefully anyway.Here they start from 600€ but they are beat up for good ones you should spend at least 1500 to 2000.
I had a JTS in a GT, and that was a brilliant engine once i got used to the torque curve (was used to the much more high end power curve of a TS), but it had had a major overhaul including fixes to deal with the oil consumption etc.. I wouldnt have even looked at it otherwise. And the JTS engines in the 156 were an earlier version AFAIK, with perhaps more issues.As a former owner of a JTS, so would I. It was designed to run leaner to improve economy. Mine fried two head gaskets and a number 3 coil. (Apparently number 3 cylinder is at the hottest point).
The diesels where never sold here and the government is about to ban them in city center where i live. Also i cant import one from Germany or Italy due to euro 3 or lower cars got banned to import.I'd say the 156 to get is the 1.9 JTDM or 2.4, more economical and powerful than the petrol engines. As for Alfas in general, I daily drive a £300 GTV, and it has needed bushings and a radiator.
Yep.. current creeping rust on my 18yo 156 is gonna finish her off sooner or later....and I will be gutted when it happensI'd also say don't get a 156 in 2021 as they are very old cars now. Especially if your first question is whether a 20 odd year old car is reliable.
Go towards a 159 or Giulietta unless you've got the dedication to spend time and or money looking after a 156. If you're in the market for a 1.6 or 1.8 it suggests than you might not be... A cheap 156 now is going to need work to keep it going, too many things to easily list.
Yep it's the driver's side with me too... it's a shame.I've shelled out a small fortune getting the floor pan, front drivers/off side sill and right now the rear drivers/off side is being re-built and sprayed...
It's a bit late in the day but my 156 will barely see rain and sleep in a garage now. I'll rub down and rust treat the underside this Summer too. Hopefully that'll halt any major rust.
Personally I believe the 156 rusts the most on the near side front and off side rear corners as they are furthest away from the car's heat sources. There's almost nothing along where the exhaust lives...