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Hi all,

Following up from my initial post, in which I received helpful advice from a number of you, I thought I’d post an update on the past three and a half weeks of ownership.

I picked up the car on 18 April 2020. Have been hopelessly in love ever since! Although, given the situation we’re all in as a result of lockdown, I haven’t yet had an opportunity to spend the weekend on the road for a nice long drive down the coast or up through country. Nonetheless I’ve still managed to spend as much time as I can finding reasons to drive a longer route to work and other essential outings haha

I had the car booked in at The Italian Job in Oakleigh on 4 May 2020, with 121,000km showing on the odo, for major service. The guys they’re were truly fantastic and happily kept me chatting forever about everything Alfa whilst giving me a tour of the place. It was essentially Disney Land for me haha

Anyway, had full service and check-up including belts changed and a new thermostat (parts for which I didn’t have to pay as the dealer where I bought the car supplied them as part of negotiating the purchase, thanks to the advice I received on this forum).

Luckily for me, upon picking up the car in the afternoon, the guys at the Italian job said the car is solid, and running / maintained well. They knew the car as had been the ones to service it last for previous owner in November 2019.

In hindsight, next time I buy an Alfa, I’ll have these guys inspect it before handing over the cash haha, because I seriously am lucky that I didn’t buy a ticking time bomb, having read lots about the JTS online since getting it. Apparently, car was well maintained, nothing to suggest engine has run low on oil/neglected, no signs of accident damage. Seriously, they said it’s amongst the best JTS in terms of mechanical conditions they’ve seen lately. Phew!

Other than the service, I fitted 4x Pirelli Dragon Sport, balanced and aligned. Were seriously cheap thanks to online discounting. The difference this made was obvious straight away in terms of ride comfort and road noise, so I’m very happy with them.

The drive is addictive. I hadn’t owned a manual car in over 6 years, and so glad to be back in one. Shift is a joy, and performance and the sound of the JTS adds further to the addiction.

I’ve been surprised with the fuel economy so far. Getting 8.9-9.1 L per 100km which seems great to me for mostly urban driving, that said this may change as traffic starts to become normal (heavier) as lock down eases. I’ve been using BP 98.

Everything else in the car seems to work as it should, including the AC and all electrics. Stereo still makes a decent sound, and the wood trimmed wheel and shifter are a joy to hold.

I am still getting used to the enormous turning circle!

Next on my list of things to do is to enquire around as to an economical way of obtaining a second key, as car only came with the one (code 3 type). Car did come with all other books and records etc. including the key and radio code cards.

I’ve also ordered front and rear replacement badges online which are coming in the post. The ones on the car, whilst not too bad, are beginning to suffer from typical fading.

A couple of other things that surprised me. No interior rattles! Well, none so far. Also, the rain sensing wipers actually work as intended. As in, they respond accurately to level of rain. I’ve previously seen some that were hopeless systems. Also the momo leather trim, other than smelling amazing haha, are so comfortable. Compared to my Fiat 500 at least (haha), storage around the cabin is quiet good (other than the lack of cupholders which I knew and happily traded off). Lastly, the cruise control works really well, maintaining set speed well and easy to use, god I missed not having this in the Fiat.

I think the neighbours think I’m crazy given the amount of time they have seen me polishing every interior and exterior part of the car throughout lockdown, cosmetically car is great for age and kms. I hope to keep it that way best I can!

Thanks again for the good advice prior to purchase and looking forward to an update post lockdown on how I go really stretching her legs over a weekend away 😊

Safe driving!

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Good to hear. How are you finding the Pirelli Dragon sports? You already answer that I see. I'm thinking of getting a pair for one of my car. To be fair they are bound to be better than the cheap chinese tyres I have on at the moment (which I find passable), but they seem about the cheapest well known brand tyre available.

I find them to be good with not having many or any rattles. I don't have any in my V6.
 

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Fantastic update Emilio..... lovely looking car....reminds me of the time many years ago when we got our first 156....was like a lovestruck schoolboy....sad but true.

Enjoy. (y)
 

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Great to hear of a 2.0 JTS in such good condition. Joined this forum because I had one, and I'm unusual in that I think the facelift is even better looking than the original 156. Mine is no longer on this Earth, but when it was running well it was my favourite ever car. Just to keep your neighbours convinced of your insanity, do check the oil level every time you clean your teeth.
 

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Great to hear of a 2.0 JTS in such good condition. Joined this forum because I had one, and I'm unusual in that I think the facelift is even better looking than the original 156. Mine is no longer on this Earth, but when it was running well it was my favourite ever car. Just to keep your neighbours convinced of your insanity, do check the oil level every time you clean your teeth.
I am one of those ones that "it's love at first sight".......I love my pre facelift 156.......but that does look rather nice.
 

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Good to hear you’ve bought a good one. My first Alfa was a pre-facelift 156 and I loved that car. Foolishly I ended up getting rid because of running and maintenance costs at the time which were hard for me to keep up with. Always regretted it because it’s not like it had any major problems, just ongoing wear and tear. Always fancied a facelift 156 and never had one. Enjoy.
 

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Dragon sport eh. I don't get the names some companies use sometimes. Dragon sport sounds like a video game from the 80s. Also very hard to find tyres that are actually attractive. I've got pilot sport 4 on my 156 and the E39. Good looking tyre with good performance.

How much did the major service end up costing roughly and was timing belt change a big part of it?

I almost went silver facelift sportwagon, but I could'n't resist the red (with bad clear coat lol) and black/tan interior. Finding the JTS to be a real lovely engine and the manual trans nice and smooth.
 
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