My wife was after this car for many years,after inspecting it i reluctantly bought it.I do the servicing myself(all alfa parts) and on time its never missed a beat and i have to say it looks fantastic.2001 on a Y plate only covered 44k i am planning to buy her the 1.9jtd version next.
I have to say that I love this car, it really is fantastic, and you generally feel sad to arrive at your destination.
The styling is fantastic, and there is no shortage of attention, commonly from BMW or other German car drivers, looking out from there Germanic bank volts.
The best advice I have is to avoid Alfa dealerships, here in Perth Australia I use a fantastic Alfa specialist called Cileberti motors, the costs for servicing is fair, and the workers are passionate and generally care about your car and your wallet.
The Alfa is comfortable, and I find rides reassuringly firmly, the Alfa give a feeling of great confidence, and that steering is fantastically nimble and the 156 handles with ease and agility, remaining flat.
And that engine, the sound is unreal and it urges more reves, the unit really appreciates rotating over 3500rpm.
The only little grip is limited storage compartments, but if you want a car that has lots of storage compartments, get a Megane.
I would firmly recommend this vehicle to anyone, and say it is the most intoxicating car I have ever owned, dare to be different!
Great work Alfa!
Being my first Alfa after a long line of Fiats I'm really chuffed with this car. Good to drive with a cabin that feels as though it fits around you, nicely weighted and direct steering and a willing motor make this my best car yet. Granted it's not the roomiest motor around and Alfa doesn't do well in the JD Power surveys (Mostly due to their poor dealer network I feel) but I love it. Having bought from an independant dealer I get good service and good rates on labour. It's going to take a lot to replace this one.
I've had my '04 2.0 JTS Lusso for 18 months and 35K miles and it still never fails to put a smile on my face when I drive it. True, it's got it's faults: the ride is harsh, the cabin is a bit cramped, the front end may ground out occassionally when hitting dips in the road at speed, the Fiat/Alfa dealers verge on incompetent, insurance is a bit steep and of course it's Italian so it's not got the German build quality but hey, those looks, engine noise, handling and overall character are superb (and I still average 34mpg)!!
If you want a practical(ish), sporty, charismatic car then the 156 is for you !!!!
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