Alfa Romeo 156 SW 2.5 V6 Impulse Buy....

Alfa Romeo 156 SW 2.5 V6 Impulse Buy....

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MiniMan64

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13,534 posts

152 months

Wednesday 15th March 2017
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OpulentBob said:
rxe said:
These are just great cars, and with some tactical suspension upgrades, the handling can easily match the engine.

Only downside with a V6 is the thirst. I've recently picked up a (temporary) 140 mile a day commute which was costing about £160 a week in the 3.2, so I got a diesel 10v SW for £380. It has dropped the weekly fuel bill to about £60, and will officially pay for itself next week (man maths, not including tax and insurance). I'm just amazed that a £380 Alfa is coping with 750 miles a week with no obvious signs of distress.
MPG isn't too bad in the 2.5, I averaged 27mpg over 2 years, and was over 30mpg on a motorway run. A slightly longer 6th gear would do wonders.
I can only justify the V6 because I only have a 5 miles commute everyday. The short journey through a down does the MPG no favours at all, I usually get about 220miles to a tank which about 20mpg I think. You're right though, it'll do 30mpg+ on a long steady run, very pleasant.

Zombie

1,484 posts

157 months

Wednesday 15th March 2017
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bananachips said:
Never a dull moment is an understatement! [url |http://thumbsnap.com/jeD2Nonk[/url]

Good to see your enjoying it!
What's the front spoiler? Leon Cupra R?

Vitorio

4,296 posts

105 months

Wednesday 15th March 2017
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Zombie said:
What's the front spoiler? Leon Cupra R?
I think novitec

http://shop.alfisti.net/Tuning-Styling/Alfa-156/Bo...

bananachips

237 posts

109 months

Wednesday 15th March 2017
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Zombie said:
What's the front spoiler? Leon Cupra R?
No sir, a Novitec splitter from http://www.altosportivo.co.uk/Alfa-Romeo-156-Styli...


MiniMan64

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13,534 posts

152 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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The rollercoaster of ownership continues...after last months victory of sorting the badge a down was sure to follow....

MOT is due to had to bite the bullet on a job I've been avoiding for a while, ABS/handbrake light stay on, while the ABS was fine, a light on is an MOT failure these days. Joy.

Solution was a new ABS unit, after a protracted saga involving the purchase of an incorrect unit and my own disorganisation it was fitted yesterday, lights off, VICTORY!

And then the check engine light came on returning from the garage. Arse. Cleared it off back at the garage. Got home and it's back. Double arse. There's no obvious running fault so I'm guessing it's just some bd electrical problem somewhere but crappy bloody timing!

Plan is to go in for the MOT tomrrow, make sure there's no other failures, fail on a stupid bloody yellow light, get it back for a check again, hope it's not some major problem, pass the retest.

Somehow I doubt it will be that smooth.

Alfas.....yay!

bananachips

237 posts

109 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Good luck! But there is another option... Bulbs can go missing sometimes :rollseyes:

maxdb

1,416 posts

119 months

Thursday 6th April 2017
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Have you tried changing or charging the battery. I had an engine light come on before due to a low battery as it can cause some issues.

e21Mark

14,475 posts

135 months

Thursday 6th April 2017
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I'm not really into estates but these look bloody lovely. There's something so stylish about their interiors too. Any more recent pics?

MiniMan64

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13,534 posts

152 months

Monday 10th April 2017
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e21Mark said:
I'm not really into estates but these look bloody lovely. There's something so stylish about their interiors too. Any more recent pics?
I'll get some once it's had a wash! Parking in dusty car parks and several tip runs have left it a bit grotty!

As for the MOT, turns out a check engine light isn't a fail as long as emissions are okay which they were. Needed a suspension arm at the front but went through on everything else. These things seem to chew through front suspension at a rate of knots anyway so I'll count that as a win!

The dripping oil and engine light will have to wait for the next schoool holidays now

MiniMan64

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13,534 posts

152 months

Friday 12th April 2019
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Still running but it’s been a tough last 6 months, I don’t think the Alfa likes getting close to 100k!

Needed replacement rear arms to get through last years MOT and then in the last 6 months it’s needed both rear struts replaced after they collapsed (no fun) and then it needed the coil packs done after developing a misfire. For added bonus points the neighbours son revered into it too. Then this years MOT resulted in more work to fix an oil leak and more frustratingly (and more stereotypically Alfa) several hundred quids of welding on the rear floor .

I love this car more than any other I’ve owned bar one but the bills are adding up at the moment. Feel like I’ve committed now with the investment plus I need to keep reminding myself that if was only £1400 to start with! My head says that yearly maintenance costs are equivalent to the depreciation on something more expensive, man-maths at its finest!

Kitchski

6,382 posts

193 months

Friday 12th April 2019
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MiniMan64 said:
My head says that yearly maintenance costs are equivalent to the depreciation on something more expensive, man-maths at its finest!
They most certainly are, and there are no newer cars in the same kind of category that look or sound as good as this.

MiniMan64

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13,534 posts

152 months

Friday 12th April 2019
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Kitchski said:
MiniMan64 said:
My head says that yearly maintenance costs are equivalent to the depreciation on something more expensive, man-maths at its finest!
They most certainly are, and there are no newer cars in the same kind of category that look or sound as good as this.
Funnily enough that’s a question I often ask myself. I’m really not a fan of the ‘Big 3’ German estate brands so if you want a relatively quick estate that looks good inside and out and has a stonking characterful engine, what are your options?

Kitchski

6,382 posts

193 months

Friday 12th April 2019
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MiniMan64 said:
Funnily enough that’s a question I often ask myself. I’m really not a fan of the ‘Big 3’ German estate brands so if you want a relatively quick estate that looks good inside and out and has a stonking characterful engine, what are your options?
I don't think there is anything, personally. Closest I'd come is a mk4 Mondeo Titanium 2.5T estate, with some subtle exhaust and intake mods to amplify the noise a bit. They drive really well, go OK, look pretty understated (for a Mondy) and a 5-cyl engine gives anything character! Or maybe a Volvo V50 with an R-Design kit and the same engine. Or a 159....but the V6 has a Vauxhall engine! eek

I think you're stuck though. Cars like these don't really get made any more, so aside from corrosion issues; tax costs; fuel economy; less-than-idea safety ratings and potential reliability woes, I'd keep the 156!

rxe

4,554 posts

65 months

Friday 12th April 2019
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MiniMan64 said:
Still running but it’s been a tough last 6 months, I don’t think the Alfa likes getting close to 100k!

Needed replacement rear arms to get through last years MOT and then in the last 6 months it’s needed both rear struts replaced after they collapsed (no fun) and then it needed the coil packs done after developing a misfire. For added bonus points the neighbours son revered into it too. Then this years MOT resulted in more work to fix an oil leak and more frustratingly (and more stereotypically Alfa) several hundred quids of welding on the rear floor .

I love this car more than any other I’ve owned bar one but the bills are adding up at the moment. Feel like I’ve committed now with the investment plus I need to keep reminding myself that if was only £1400 to start with! My head says that yearly maintenance costs are equivalent to the depreciation on something more expensive, man-maths at its finest!
The rear floors - yes .... done loads of these. As long as the rot is cut out and the repair is slathered in underseal, they are OK. It is worth tatking the bungs out of the sills (front of rear wheel arch) and shooting your favourite rust preventative in there. Strut failure is also a classic issue - the water collects in the spring pan and due to the total lack of decent paint, it rots from the top down. Of course you can't see the rot until the pan lands on the wheel....

100K is fine. My V6 saloon is 105K, the diesel is 150K. Must be coming up for a clutch soon enough though?

aland75

48 posts

39 months

Friday 12th April 2019
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MiniMan64 said:
Funnily enough that’s a question I often ask myself. I’m really not a fan of the ‘Big 3’ German estate brands so if you want a relatively quick estate that looks good inside and out and has a stonking characterful engine, what are your options?
Good looks are in the eye of the beholder, but I rather like the performance and noise of my Volvo V70R...