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I may have to swap my 52 plate 147 2.0 ts for a 156td
Can someone give me any advise on what they are like. I have to spend max £4200 or £4300.
I have seen some y reg or 51 plates 2.4 tdi - for approx 4k with fairl low milage for a diesel - are they this cheap for a reason?
How economical are they?

Any help gratefully accepted

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They are that cheap because thats the going rate!

You can expect over 40 mpg with a heavy right foot and it'll be quicker than your TS to boot

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I bought my 2001Y 2.4 JTD SWagon back in August 06 for the kind of money you are talking about. I sold my 166 Super Lusso 3.0 V6, which I miss naturally, for about the same money, it cost me 100 quid to change basically.

I find the Sportwagon suits me very well and have been able to make good use of the load space when required and turbo diesel is a revelation.

I bought it at 83k (cambelt etc had been changed at 60k). service at 72k in Oct 05. More work done in Feb 06 at 78k including uprated Tarox F/discs/pads as well as essential maintenance work, this was a good owner investing in himself and his car, bill was 800ish, maybe self employed like me.

Next owner at did'nt do a lot, oil service (verbal, no evidence), could'nt even be bothered to clean the car but had a good story and was local so I went for it on the strength of the previous service history and the fact that this guy had only run it for a couple of k.

Since August I've been flat out and only had time for oil and air filter plus 2 new tyres (Michelin) all done at National Tyres (great when you're pushed for time.

So, great for 13,000 miles and then the auto tensioner seized resulting in meltdown of auxillary drive belt (loss of power steering, alternator and aircon pump). Parts required:- Auto Tensioner, Aux Belt, Main (or man?) tensioner and guide pulley.(total cost 189 gbp)

I had major service done at same time (96k), Total bill came to 456 quid at an excellent Alfa specialist I discovered recently.

He certainly has worked his magic because the car is on a whole new level and I'm looking forward to my next 13k. (well not really but it has to be done, may as well enjoy it :inlove: )

Combine that with minimum of 500 miles per tank and this is one grateful '1st diesel' geezer.

One thing I have noticed, having only had 164's and 166's previously, is that the 156's are generally more delicate, not for the kak/heavy handed. Finesse and care required when using controls, opening shutting doors etc. Lots of TLC, just like you'd expect to give in a good relationship ;)

Rule of thumb:- check pedigree and service history, try and talk to the last but one owner to see if any recurring faults etc, because they are not selling the car they have nothing to lose from an open discussion.

I've bought Alfa's (and Saabs) since i've been self employed because I find they are an absolute bargain second hand as long as you know what you are getting into. If you maintain the car well there's no reason you should'nt get a fair price when you sell on because perceptive buyers will be looking for that 'extra' you've put into the car.

Got to be the best time of year to buy, if you can find a good JTD
 
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Duno how you guys get your consumption...I've had a 2000 2.4 JTD saloon and now have a 2001 2.4 Sportwagon, in both I only managed 30-32mpg in mixed driving.

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wrinx said:
Duno how you guys get your consumption...I've had a 2000 2.4 JTD saloon and now have a 2001 2.4 Sportwagon, in both I only managed 30-32mpg in mixed driving.

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I can give an example of my mileage from 3pm on Saturday 20/1 to 7am Sunday 21/1 in my 2001 156 2.4 JTD Sportwagon.

A 635.5 mile round trip from Lancs via Portsmouth and Hastings back to Lancs.

I left with a full tank and at 337 miles on the A21 outside St Leonards I replaced the used diesel with 37.61 litres (8.265 gallons) to get back to a full tank again.

Please check my sums but I make that 8.96 miles per litre or 40.77 miles per gallon.

AA routefinder estimates 11 hours drive time which would give 57.73 miles per hour average.

My actual drive time was 9.5 hours giving me a 66.89 m.p.h. average.

Cruising speed on M ways (M6, M40, M3, M27, M25) was often 85/90 so I'm sure that if I kept to 70mph over sustained periods I could push mpg on that kind of run to 45, 50 mpg maybe.

Admittedly, although weather was not ideal, wet and windy etc, I encountered no hold ups and traffic was flowing consistently and as I travelled back through the night, minimal.

I hope this is helpful info, the car has just had its 96k service last week and is running and sounding alfabeautific.
 
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