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Howdy forum, I'm on the hunt for a budget 156. I was originally looking for a JTD but I just cannot seem to find them for sale (missed my ideal one on Flea-bay).

Am now considering a petrol one (paying less to make up for economy)

Any recommendations on what model? 1.8 or 2.0? Any varient particularily good?

I like the idea of Selespeed but have been warned off them - how unreliable are they? Are they good to drive? Is it true they change gear when you dont want them to?

I am attempting to spend under £2k (inc leather) - will this be a dog?

I have seen a couple at 2k, with leather and about 75k.

This car will be doing about 16k a year - will it cope ok?

I am pretty practical and geek for info so running cost wise would either do it myself or use a mechanic friend (unless specialist job) and probably upgrade parts as they needed it (eg suspension)

Are there any known probs with high mileage JTD's (under £3k)?

Thanks all!
 
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if your going for petrol and want to keep your insurance down and slightly reduce your maintenance costs...imo the 1.8 is the one to go for ...

no problems with a cheap example as long as it has been well maintained...it is an absolute must to ensure that the cambelt and tensioners are changed every 36k or 3 years, whichever is sooner ( circa 250-300 at an indie and anything from 500+ from a dealer) and that the oil has been regularly changed and fully topped up (some twinnies do like using oil, with a dipstick check every week)...

also check that it has all its keys, they are expensive to get cut and reprogrammed...


happy alfa hunting


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Find the nearest auction and try there.....you should be able to pick up a cheap 156 - however they are quite hard to find now.
 

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You should be able to find a JTD for around 3 - 4k with about 60 - 70K, but be wary of turbo problems. have a good test drive and check for the dreaded injector warning light at the end of the rev guage or weird power surges / lack of power.

I'm toying with the idea of selling mine, but after replacing the Turbo in June and getting everything else seen too I'm not to sure at the moment (spent about £1500 on it in the 6 months).
 
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da_murphster said:
Thanks for replies.

Can anyone clarify whether the Selespeed is a sensible option or not?

More a personal choice, someone else was asking this recently. Several people on here run selespeed's and love them, others not so much. The early selespeed systems were unreliable and have given them a bad image, but the more modern ones are great systems and much more reliable. I have a selespeed and I am planning on getting rid due to problems, however the majority of these aren't selespeed related (and mine is the early type) .

Basically just use your own judgement, check the fluid level is correct when looking at the car and see how well it drives.
 

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Older 156s can suffer from variator rattle, cam belt failure (already mentioned), suspension bushes (rear trailing arms and front wishbonse - top AND bottom), rust around the two bits of chassis that hang down either side of the leading edge of each front wheelarch and hold the front bumper and the wheelarch liners, radiator corrosion. My wife's is a 1999 1.8 and has about 80,000 on it now. Other than the cam belt stripping its teeth at 57,000, it has been very reliable and is still on its original battery and tailbox!
 
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