The alfa im intrested in acquiring is the alfa 156 1.8l it has 65k on the clock not sure about service history ither how will i know this.
Now i've had same car for 3 years running and alls well , service'd every 6 months or less at times and never a problem toyota you see , am i in for a nigthmare of sorts if i pursue my alfa dream
advise of any sort is gone to be thank'd a lot ie what problems to look for before buying the car what problems to expect if all looks fine and i go ahead and buy where to purchase repair's plus service's and last question how much money will i expect to shed out over one year with this bella
Unless you are handy under the bonnet then stay away. Alfas are a wonderfull car ........when nothing is broken ....which is not often the case as they break alot. The fact that you are coming from a Toyota just makes matters worse. You cant have the faintest idea what you are in for. I love them but not to run everyday....Sorry all Alfa fans.
Seems like fair advise thanks a lot ED. I still am intrested so what of the amount of money im gone to be likely shiping out because i went ahead and bought the car.
And i suppose i could always become handy under the hood.With a little bit of advise we all can i think.
If the timing belt was done recently and the suspension sounds ok it mite be a good buy as their quite cheap.
With Alfas it can be endless. You really are gonna have to be prepared to learn quick. First thing is make sure the timing belt was done. Hopefully more of the Alfa lads on here will see this and advise you better how to prevent things going wrong.
Well the car owner assures me or anyone intrested in the car that yes the t belt has been done.Any thing besides the t belt barr you think may be needed afther i buy it.cheap yes 2k mark.Yep note taking ed i understand a lot of what your saying.
Just on the T-Belt. Dont take his word for it. If he got it done, then he should have a receipt, otherwise you will have to get it down yourself to be on the safe side. Dont you need to change the T-Belt at 30k miles or something low like that ??
Is the NCT due ? if it is then get him to put it through as a condition of sale
I think the droplinks are an issue, ie made of toffee and need to be replaced often.
If it sounds like a diesel then the variator is shot.
I just locked a similar Alfa thread, because it descended into the usual crap. Please keep this on topic folks.
BrianpOkerBoru - these are old threads taken from one of the previous stickies, but I doubt much new has been discussed here since them. Lots of relevant info there.
The Alfa Romeo Thread Collective
Are Alfas Any Good?
Alfa 156 thread
Alfa 156 buying advice thread
Alfa 147, any good?
Owner feelings towards Alfas
Positively the final Alfa Thread
Let's not exaggerate now.
Drive a 156 myself and haven't had a single problem since owning.
This thread gave me an unbelievable amount of help.
They do take more mainteance (both cost and time,) then any Jap car. But I still smile when I put the foot down in mine every day.
May advice, get one that has a full Alfa history, (Especially the timing belt done at recommended intervals,) preferably been babied by someone who looked after it, then get it checked by a competent mechanic and you could get a real gem.
Then learn how to keep the fluids topped up and how to preform oil and filter changes (which I learnt from scratch, not too hard.)
Alias No 9 gave probably the most definitve posts on buying & owning a 2nd hand 156 on these forums. Follow his advice and you won't go far wrong!
Do your homework OP and you will know what you are in for, (not the above by the way.)
If you think I am then you've never had the pleasure of owning one
Lad's all this advise is great im going off now to study in greater detail i'll be back l8tr hopefully cover a few things more all said thanks very much.
Okay im back from wandering through all that & am wondering is a alfa specialist needed if i go to check out the 156 or will my normal mechanic be fine.
And all the parts mentioned that wear out overtime are these easy to change diy and keep from really doin damage eg.steering track issue the bushes will inevitable give way and produce a knocking noise whenever over ramps.What time length do they last if i do 250km a week.
Me: Two years of ownership
My dad: 11 years of ownership
Seriously, keep the hyperbole to a minimum, or it's going to be yet another one of those Alfa threads.
Okay then OP....All Alfas are the most reliable cars on the road and never break..So says eoin.
Just trying to help the guy without my rose tinted glasses on. I somehow doubt you'll find many to agree with you.
I know 3 guys who've had Alfa 156's and all of them were very happy with the car, the biggest problem for them was selling it. Two ended up giving it away to family members and one used it to trade up.
Alfa's reputation seems to be affecting the resale value and potential buyers more than anything. Which is fine when you're buying the car, but bad when you're selling it.
My last Alfa was a 1978 Giulietta, and for a car that age I've had surprisingly few problems, my pet hate was the clutch, which kept going no matter what I did to it. In the end I sold the car to the guy that I bought it from, and that tells you a lot about Alfas and the people who drive them