SOTW: ALFA ROMEO 156 2.5 V6
Everyone loves a pretty Italian, including Shed, but watch out because she could be high maintenance (the Italian, not Shed)
The Alfa 156 has a bit of a reputation, you see. Scarlett Johanssen covered in honey and holding a Faberge egg might not quite compare to its looks, but the 156 can be hard work. Distinctly patchy electrics, water leaks and blown head gaskets are the headline problems, but the engines can go pop in more spectacular fashion, too (just check out the number of 156s in the classifieds in need of a replacement engine and you'll see what we mean).
The chassis also received critical praise for its athletic prowess and, with just 2.2 turns lock to lock, the hyperactive steering added to the 156's B-road enthusiasm. A T Spark model even beat the usually all-conquering BMW 3-series in an Autocar twin test back in 1998 - quite a feat, even if it was against the soon-to-be-obsolete E36 model.
A brief look under the bonnet at the gorgeous chromed manifold is enough to convince you that there's something out of the ordinary going on, but it's the sound that is truly out of this world.
So it's a pretty big risk to take, sure, but this particular car looks tidy enough and even has some MOT left on it. And the 156 is a very pretty car with a fine voice. Go on, you know you want to...
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Alfa Romeo 156 2.5 V6 (1999)
104,000 miles £950
1999 T reg, 104,000 mls, 4 new tyres 2 weeks ago, 6 x airbags, immobiliser, ABS, aircon, elec mirrors, 4 x elec windows, power steering, remote central locking, front fogs, 6 disc cd changer, 17 inch alloys, imaculate interior with full black leather with stiched Alfa logos, spare wheel and complete origional Alfa tool kit. I am having to sell the car due to current personal cercumstances, it does drive superb and the engine is fantastic. The car will be sold as seen, any questions or inspections are more than welcome. It will have MOT till October but will need tax but i feel i have reflected this in the price compared to others of the same type.