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hi all im new on here and about to sell my golf gti to buy a 156. Was wondering whats the best model on a 2.5k budget. I travell 50 miles a day to work and back on nice tight roads. Not to sure if i want to go the diesel route but all feedback welcomed. Cheers :thumbs:

Also thought about buyimg one for £1500 ish and getting a specialist to fix anythimg that might be wrong with the remaining budget. Not sure if its worth buying an older one tho. Decisions decisions
 

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For that money you should get a really good lowish mileage 2 litre TS with sportpack and leather interior. If you get a pre 2001 example you will have cheaper road tax.

Have a look through this site and you will get a good idea about what to look for.
 

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world is your oyster!
you can get all sorts for that money, guess it depends where you live though, head north of london and the money falls of the price of a car, i hate that!
 
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For that money you should get a really good lowish mileage 2 litre TS with sportpack and leather interior. If you get a pre 2001 example you will have cheaper road tax.

Have a look through this site and you will get a good idea about what to look for.
Agreed, 2.0 TS is a cracker, and with Sport Pack 2 is spot on. Personally I wouldn't be too concerned about leather as the SP2 cloth trim is nice.
 

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I'd have thought you'd be flat out getting a diesel at that price point

If that's your total budget, then i'd get the cheapest 2.0L TS (sportwagon) you can find. The SW is by far the more gorgeous car. Then get everything done (belts, variator, waterpump, thermostat, radiator, suspension) at least that way you KNOW you will be okay for a while.

Most every 156 (any price point) will need these things doing for peace of mind (unless there is a recent documented history)
 

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I've had my 2001 51 plate 156 2.0TS Veloce for the past 4 years and it is probably worth about 2.5k now. They are great cars as long as it has been maintained, so a FSH is a must. I would recommend this model and engine size.

Go for a Veloce, as you get the side skirts and sports suspension. I personally think the 156 looks a little bare without the skirts. Mine is in black with sports cloth seats, which I prefer to leather, and quite similar looking to the photo link by magicsy above.

Also ensure that the cambelt, idler and tensioner (and balance belt and tensioner on 2.0TS) has been changed. Alfa has reviewed its service intervals to 36,000 miles or 3 years for the cam belt, even thouth it will say 72,000 or 6 years in the service book. If it hasn't been done this will cost about £400.

I think the tax is cheaper if registered before March 2001, when they just go on engine size. After that they go on emmisions and the tax is higher. Unfortunately mine was registered in September 2001, so I miss out on the cheaper tax.

Have a look on Autotraders website, theres loads for sale.
 

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yeah that does look a tidy enough one. Not a fan of the spoiler either. im to old for that 34 now:cry: Still amazing what you can get for so little outlay. Cheers for that

V6 is lovely i really like that one. Not to sure about the running costs on it tho. What kind of mpg can i expect out of one of them
 
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yeah that does look a tidy enough one. Not a fan of the spoiler either. im to old for that 34 now:cry: Still amazing what you can get for so little outlay. Cheers for that

V6 is lovely i really like that one. Not to sure about the running costs on it tho. What kind of mpg can i expect out of one of them
Cripes, probably similar to a GTA - low 20s to 30 MPG depending how you drive.

Have to say, I'd go for the V6 as the sound and the extra umph is well worth it, although cambelt change is much more expensive (not a problem for now with that example).
 

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silver v6 is a very nice example.
you get around 28mpg motorway. using the 6th gear.
but you dont buy a V6 for mpg ;)
Very true but i'm an assistant golf pro and until i'm qualified in 3 years moneys a bit tight and probably best staying away from the v6. I tend to drive pretty hard so low 20s doesnt sound ideal. Although when pressing on in my gti i only get about 26. V6 would certainly ease the pain of having to sell my bike earlier this year tho:p
 

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think the twinspark is about same as a GTI for speed.
i personally would only ever have a v6 now. went to a GTV twinny and didnt like it.
V6 all the way. so long as you dont drive long journeys :lol:
 
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Very true but i'm an assistant golf pro and until i'm qualified in 3 years moneys a bit tight and probably best staying away from the v6. I tend to drive pretty hard so low 20s doesnt sound ideal. Although when pressing on in my gti i only get about 26. V6 would certainly ease the pain of having to sell my bike earlier this year tho:p
... with a stainless steel exhaust, which generally give a nicer exhaust note. :)

If you want great mileage, how about an alternative 156 :)

Alfa Romeo : £2750 - Angel Tuning 2.4 JTD Veloce

I was stunned when I drove one of these when they first came out - nearly didn't have the GTA!
 

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... with a stainless steel exhaust, which generally give a nicer exhaust note. :)

If you want great mileage, how about an alternative 156 :)

Alfa Romeo : £2750 - Angel Tuning 2.4 JTD Veloce

I was stunned when I drove one of these when they first came out - nearly didn't have the GTA!
Again thats a cracking looking motor. Diesels never handle as well though and on the bumpy winding quiet roads i drive to work each day it would be a shame to not exploit a cars handling to its full potential :lol:
 

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Alfa would need some tom foolery as they have some bodyroll, lowered or sports pack plus uprated shocks are a must.
if you have 2500 i would personally buy a cheap one thats got new clutch and camblet done recent with history then add some subtle mods to get the best out of her ;)............

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Alfa would need some tom foolery as they have some bodyroll, lowered or sports pack plus uprated shocks are a must.
if you have 2500 i would personally buy a cheap one thats got new clutch and camblet done recent with history then add some subtle mods to get the best out of her ;)............

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Sounds like a plan. Budgets can change too as i have a set of 19" bbs lm split rims from my old audi a4 tucked away in my mates garage. With the goodyear eagle f1 tyres that are on them they would fetch 1500 all day long. Oh oh i can feel another project coming on methinks.
 
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