Details about 2001 Alfa Romeo 156 - 2.4 JTD Sportwagon - DieselSee original listing
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06 Mar, 2013 21:50:29 GMT
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Chesterfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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|Seller notes:||“Some signs of wear and tear commensurate with age and mileage - please see the item description for full details.”|
Alarm, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Driver Airbag, Immobiliser, Passenger Airbag, Rear seat belts, Safety Belt Pretensioners, Side Airbags
Alloy Wheels, Tuning
Leather Seats, Power-assisted Steering (PAS), Power Locks, Power Windows, Tilt Steering Wheel
AM/FM Stereo, CD Multichanger
2001 Alfa Romeo 156 2.4 JTD Sportwagon
MOT until September 17th 2013.
Four previous owners.
I’ve owned this car since 04/11/06; it was purchased with 92k on the clock and the current mileage is 140k. I’ve covered 48k wonderful miles in this stylish but practical, comfortable and very rapid 2.4 JTD Sportwagon.
The car has been completely reliable and never left me stranded anywhere, Alfa unreliability stories…pah!
My original plan was to run this car until it became worthless and died gracefully but I couldn't stop myself from fixing things! But sadly, it’s now for sale because my eye was caught by a 156 GTA…which is now sat on the drive haemorrhaging money!
I cover far fewer miles than I used to so the GTA's appalling fuel consumption doesn’t matter, but recently the JTD had been achieving 40mpg with local use and in the cold weather.
Originally a 140bhp model this car has been remapped to something like 190-200bhp. Sorry to be vague but I can’t be sure and don’t have any information about the remap. What I can tell you is how it drives, you will have bucket loads of power almost as soon as you touch the throttle and this old lady left our old 200bhp Brera for dead on a local dual carriageway (SWiMBO was not impressed!) a couple of years ago….this is a seriously quick car. I guarantee you will not be disappointed…but of course it can still be easily driven in a more sedate manner if that’s more your style!
Lowered on Eibach springs in August 2007 which improved the handling enormously, even on the current 15” alloy wheels.
The brakes are excellent, with this model featuring the larger 276mm rear discs (same as the GTA).
All the tyres have good tread.
The rear wiper works (common fault).
Rear load cover also works (common fault).
6-disc CD player in the boot.
Three point belts in the rear.
Front and side airbags.
Alfa alarm and immobiliser fully operational, as is the central locking (only one key though).
This car comes without the optional hearse bars which gives it a sleeker look than those with (imho) and also has the Veloce(?) sideskirts to add to the classic and sporty lines of the 156 Sportwagon.
Full leather interior in good condition and with minimal wear, the steering wheel was replaced with a nearly new item a couple of years ago which made a bigger difference to the interior ambience than I expected.
Recent work completed
Both belts, idlers and tensioners were VERY recently changed, last Friday (22/02/13) in fact, with ZERO miles on the car since.
I already had the kit in the garage so thought it might as well be fitted (old parts still with the car to prove!). That means you have the full 60-70k life of the belts and tensioners included in this sale, with no worries about when they’re going to go pop…not that this engine is particularly known for that problem (that’s the 16v & 20v’s forte).
Another clue to the potential longevity and value left in this vehicle is the drivetrain. Going back just over a couple of years, around £1k was spent in late 2010 on a new Dual Mass Flywheel, three piece clutch kit, crank seal, gearbox seals, driveshaft rubber boots, upper and lower wishbones, anti-rollbar and all the engine mounts (some are £100+ each!). The gearbox is noise free and smooth. My reduced mileage commenced over a year ago so the clutch and DMF will have only covered around 12-13k.
As part of all the above work I also took the opportunity to replace the “brake pipe of death” (which passes into the O/S wheelarch) with copper, all the way back to the ABS unit. Good thing I did, because the pipe disintegrated as soon as it was touched, there are lots of stories of this pipe failing so please check the condition of this small pipe if you’re looking at other 156s.
Other parts replaced during my six year ownership include the following:
- Crank driven auxiliary wheel (the expensive one with the rubber anti-vibration insert).
- Crank sensor around two years ago.
- Glowplugs all replaced around two years ago after one flagged a fault (still have the old ones if you want them!).
- Some vacuum pipes replaced with silicone.
- Both handbrake cables replaced.
- Rear suspension arms replaced.
- 4-wheel alignment after the suspension work.
Not so good…There’s a small hesitation around 3k revs under light acceleration (doesn’t occur on heavy acceleration), it’s always been present during my ownership but I’ve not been able to find a reason for it. The MAF was replaced when I first bought the car but did not cure the problem, however the fault hasn’t got any worse and doesn’t affect the driving experience; I just accelerate through it!
Roof resprayed – this should be a good thing in theory but the paint’s a bit “flat”. The job must have been done to cover the usual 156 screen rust, but it’s rough and the screen rust has come back. There’s also a rust scab on the roof.
Other body marks are a dint on the nsf wing (upper middle) and a less noticeable bend on the o/s front wing (near headlight).
There’s a 10mm mark on the bonnet and several stonechips commensurate with the car’s age and mileage, and some larger scratches on the rear bumper top.
The rear load area is a bit scruffy and the plastic scratched in places…well, it is an “estate” and has been invaluable for various household errands, including the usual tip runs!
One rear window doesn’t work…I kept forgetting to fix it as I don’t use the rears!
Paint has been gravel rashed from the lower return of the inner front wings allowing them to rust, but not too badly.
The air-conditioning doesn’t work – I’ve never tried to fix it so it could simply need a re-gas if you’re lucky, but I’d bet on a leak somewhere.
Unfortunately the car is no longer insured (passed to replacement car) or taxed so test drives will be a problem but you can run it up and down our drive! However, I feel I’ve been brutally honest in the description and the car has many good points (belts/DMF/clutch/etc) so hopefully you’ll feel able to bid with confidence.
As you’ll have gathered, this isn’t a show car….if that’s what you’re after then please check another car rather than be disappointed. But, it is a car that has been extremely reliable and had lots of very expensive parts (DMF alone was c.£400!) replaced in order to see it through the next few years as a great workhorse, or simply a cheap family car.
All inspections and (sensible) questions welcome, payment in cash is definitely preferred and please fetch the car within seven days of the auction close…it’s taking up much needed space and the funds are now required to feed a GTA!
Good luck…I will consider sensible offers above the starting price, but timewasters will be ignored, thanks for looking.