After Previously owning a 02 plate Veloce (sport pack) 1.8 I decided I wanted a 156 with a little more poke.
The interior upgrade (from mid 2002) made a huge difference to the cabin feel and look.
I have had only minor niggles with the GTA since ownership. Providing you give the car a good check over, you can find yourself quite a decent example. The steering rack is superb at only 1.75 turns lock to lock. However is has an atrocious turning circle.
The Alfa V6 sounds awesome as usual and I could quite happily drive it for the rest of my life. Petrol consumption isn't too bad. I can get 29MPG on a motorway if I cruise at 70 in 6th gear. However around town I rarely see about 20/23 MPG.
My car had a brake upgrade from the previous owner. As did all cars from November 2003 onwards. There was an issue with the brake discs warping easily so Alfa changed the disc size from 305mm to 330mm which made a big difference, especially when driven enthusiastically. I have also changed the differential to the Alfa Q2 and this made a huge difference to the handling of the car. Understeer is nor longer an issue that hinders the cars progress through a corner.
I love the chassis of the 156 and it is a very practical sports saloon.
Owning one of only 269 originally in the UK I can quite happily say that these cars are one of a kind and well worth having.
I own a '52 plate 2.0 JTS 165bhp. Bought it 4years old with 32,000 miles from a dealership at just over £5500 compared to its new cost of over £17000!!!!! At that price its a great used car bargain. I get a fuel economy of around 29mpg and the running costs can be expensive especially servicing. The car is not as well built as most german cars and the only problem I have is the engine management system light flashes but its fairly minor and suspension rattles a little bit bit again very minor. The bodywork is not well built with some minor scratches and stone chips. I would strongly recommend buying a manual version of any alfa romeo like what mine is , as the selespeed automatic gearbox always has problems with an expensive repair bill. Overall I find it a rewarding car to drive with its characteristic styling and looks with I love and different from boring german cars on the road these days. Alfa has come a long way from what they used to be. I fancy a 159 next!
I bought this car with 65,000 miles and a full service history, and had 35,000 trouble-free miles with only the usual service costs before problems began and I decided to sell it.
I am currently looking for another. It is definitely still one of the best-looking and best-driving saloons, and they come at great prices if you're willing to search and wait for the right one to become available.
Where do i start, this must be the worst car I have ever owned. I bought it in january 2008, and to date had the car for just over 2 weeks. electric, battry faults,brake and suspension problems. it has never been out of the garage. interior very basic, enhanced by silver dash trims but only surface to make look good.ride not too good either. A word of warning buy one that supplies 2 keys, believe it or not garage MISPLACED keys twice when in for repair, the first time took 9 days to get a replacement from alfa, then it has a whole day resetting the key to car, the second time took 8 days, also on each case the cd /radio has to be reset, this takes another full day at a specialist to do, avoid at all costs, I will be getting rid as soon as possible. the car may look good, but so did the titanic.
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