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The Alfas that I want are £3,500 plus, and for that sort of money, I can get 3 Volvos!!

One day, I will find my perfect diesel Alfa, but you get so much car for so little with a Volvo, I have to stay with the Swedish brand for the time being.

Still, I can always wash and hoover out my wifes 156 if I want to get close to some Italian styling.
 

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What Alfa? I used to have a V40 before the GT, the T4 version. Great car!


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I've been looking at 156 sw jtd's, but the ones I want seem to start at £3,600 or so. All my Volvos are petrol and I do 25-30k a year, so the payback on a diesel only take a year or so. I'm doing 29mpg at the moment, so if I can get that upto 45 or so.

T4's......nice. Mine are C70 T5, V70 R, and a 854 T-5R.
 
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Man, that is my ideal car. That mileage doesn't worry me either, so long as there's decent sh etc. What's just North of 2k please? Will you take a Volvo or 2 in part-ex? lol.
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cambelt etc done at that last one, late 2010.

i have done all 4 front arms this spring, new discs & pads front & rear too.

tempt me with an offer........

cash though, no volvo px's i'm afraid :D
 

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fully stamped service book up to 122k by njs

NJS Pershore for Specialist Servicing of Alfa-Romeo, Maserati, Lancia and Fiat - DFL

cambelt etc done at that last one, late 2010.

i have done all 4 front arms this spring, new discs & pads front & rear too.

tempt me with an offer........

cash though, no volvo px's i'm afraid :D

Cash all the way. Tell me though, so it's the 175bhp diesel, returning say 42 mpg? I would need to 'lose' a Volvo to do any deal though, but I am trying to sell a couple.
 
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Cash all the way. Tell me though, so it's the 175bhp diesel, returning say 42 mpg? I would need to 'lose' a Volvo to do any deal though, but I am trying to sell a couple.
yes, the 175bhp one. returns a tad over 41mpg for me, not driving like miss daisy but not ragging the arse off it either. no need to, the torque is what's addictive :cool: that's proper readings too, measured tank to tank, not using the onboared computer which seems to insist that it's in the 50's mpg :rolleyes:

6 speed gearbox helps too


oh, i retro fitted the cruise control stalk too. weren't fitted as standard on the ti for some reason :confused: very handy tool
 

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yes, the 175bhp one. returns a tad over 41mpg for me, not driving like miss daisy but not ragging the arse off it either. no need to, the torque is what's addictive :cool: that's proper readings too, measured tank to tank, not using the onboared computer which seems to insist that it's in the 50's mpg :rolleyes:

6 speed gearbox helps too


oh, i retro fitted the cruise control stalk too. weren't fitted as standard on the ti for some reason :confused: very handy tool
I'm going to speak to my mrs, who is lets say keen for me to break my Volvo mould. To go from 25-29 to 42 or so, is a massive saving with my mileage. I'm using V-Power Nitro Plus @ £1.42/litre whenever I can, so my fuel costs are large.
 
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I'm going to speak to my mrs, who is lets say keen for me to break my Volvo mould. To go from 25-29 to 42 or so, is a massive saving with my mileage. I'm using V-Power Nitro Plus @ £1.42/litre whenever I can, so my fuel costs are large.
the mrs chat, i'm familiar with that one :D

mine usually talks me out of selling anything, or tries to :rolleyes:

she kind of convinced me to keep this car though with a prefectly reasonable statement "what else can you get for the money that you will like?"

kind of true really.

always open to an offer though :thumbs:



know you're probably a long way off but i will be here next thursday evening, near lincoln.

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/lincolnshire/381713-lincs-evening-meet-marinas-boats-and-classic-cars-no-4-a.html

very welcome to come down, have a look and a ride in it, see if it's what you'd like to have. then talk about any deal you may have in mind, don't mind waiting. in no rush to sell, not even advertised anywhere :thumbs:
 

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the mrs chat, i'm familiar with that one :D

mine usually talks me out of selling anything, or tries to :rolleyes:

she kind of convinced me to keep this car though with a prefectly reasonable statement "what else can you get for the money that you will like?"

kind of true really.

always open to an offer though :thumbs:



know you're probably a long way off but i will be here next thursday evening, near lincoln.

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/lincolnshire/381713-lincs-evening-meet-marinas-boats-and-classic-cars-no-4-a.html

very welcome to come down, have a look and a ride in it, see if it's what you'd like to have. then talk about any deal you may have in mind, don't mind waiting. in no rush to sell, not even advertised anywhere :thumbs:
I'm working on her, and have started by showing her the photos, to which she immediately said ' that is a nice car', and remember that she's a real Alfa lover.

I have a bonus sat in the Bank, but we just can't have 5 cars, as I couldn't even get them all insured. A Volvo would have to go to have any chance of bringing another car in. I'm trying very hard to sell my Gul, and have several interested people, but you know how they can all come to nothing.
 

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Mind if I butt in gents?

Before I bought my current JTD GT, I had the petrol 2.0 petrol turbo T4 V40 Volvo, so can possibly compare.

My GT has been remapped to around 185bhp, also has 6 speed like the 175bhp SW & has similar front suspension. I also had a 156 twin spark saloon before the Volvo.

The T4 was a dream on a long journey, & the Alfa sport seats in the GT and seats in the 156 are not far behind, good support on both brands.

The T4 returned around 29-30mpg, the Alfa diesel walks all over that, no question. Not sure about 0-60 in the diesel 156 SW but on a standard 150bhp diesel it's around 9.5 secs, so the SW will be quicker. The 2.0 petrol turbo in the Volvo was just over 7 secs.

The T4 was a sports estate but sure, rolled in tight turns a bit, but I've heard the Alfa SW is better than Volvo on the bends.

The Alfa has a great drivers cabin, lots of nicely laid out switches, the air con is great, individual climate control too!

I hope this helped a little. If not, tell me to bugger off ;-)

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Mind if I butt in gents?

Before I bought my current JTD GT, I had the petrol 2.0 petrol turbo T4 V40 Volvo, so can possibly compare.

My GT has been remapped to around 185bhp, also has 6 speed like the 175bhp SW & has similar front suspension. I also had a 156 twin spark saloon before the Volvo.

The T4 was a dream on a long journey, & the Alfa sport seats in the GT and seats in the 156 are not far behind, good support on both brands.

The T4 returned around 29-30mpg, the Alfa diesel walks all over that, no question. Not sure about 0-60 in the diesel 156 SW but on a standard 150bhp diesel it's around 9.5 secs, so the SW will be quicker. The 2.0 petrol turbo in the Volvo was just over 7 secs.

The T4 was a sports estate but sure, rolled in tight turns a bit, but I've heard the Alfa SW is better than Volvo on the bends.

The Alfa has a great drivers cabin, lots of nicely laid out switches, the air con is great, individual climate control too!

I hope this helped a little. If not, tell me to bugger off ;-)

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Thanks for the above. I think all that you've done is make me want an Alfa more than I already did. I will keep the V70 as I need the space of the boot for a special dog cage that I had made, and it has self leveling rear shocks for towing the caravan. I will also keep the C70 as that is an awesome car that with 240bhp will still return 35mpg. The Gul sadly, is the one that would have to go.

No need to bugger off..........lol.
 

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Should have added that although I know you Ovlov owners love your cars, Alfa owners are passionate about our Alfas too, so you'll like that too.

And above all, it's an Alfa. Even the SW is a beautiful car, better than most other brands saloons. I forgot too say that we had a 156 SW diesel as a pool car at work a few years ago. It was fantastic to drive, though I only used it half a dozen times.

Get the SW, become an Alfaholic!


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Should have added that although I know you Ovlov owners love your cars, Alfa owners are passionate about our Alfas too, so you'll like that too.

And above all, it's an Alfa. Even the SW is a beautiful car, better than most other brands saloons. I forgot too say that we had a 156 SW diesel as a pool car at work a few years ago. It was fantastic to drive, though I only used it half a dozen times.

Get the SW, become an Alfaholic!


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Like I say, my wife loves them, and she would love me to get one and lose a Volvo or two. We had a jtd 115 years ago, and even that went well. I'm in no mad rush, but if I'm getting a diesel, then I may as well make it an Alfa, and then I'd still have 2 Volvos left.
 

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ive just had to get rid of my 156 1.8TS SW for economic reasons..it needed work doing, but basically my wife needed something much smaller and more fuel efficient for town driving.

i have to say i have never been as upset about trading a car in as i was that day(and not just because they gave me scrap value, lol).

Fair enough, i cant say what a 156 diesel will be like, but driving the 156 was a special thing...the ride was hard, but you could chuck it round a corner with consummate ease, and the steering was almost go-kart like...then there was the cabin, all geared towrds the driver.....


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I'm in the market for a sub 1k diesel Volvo to smoke around in, when not using my Transit and the Spider is garaged up for the winter.
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This thread is very interesting, primarily because whilst i prefer an Alfa, my wife loves her Volvos. I have to admit to quite liking them too, they always feel like they were designed by grown-ups for sensible people.
 
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