Post by Bob Sherunckle Post by NeedforSwede2 Post by DervMan
Decided that I wouldn't find
something I really wanted so I'd take "near as" basically.
That's why I've been looking at auto and LPT 9000's as well as manual
aeros, Carltons and Merc SECs as well as small cars.
Even looked as Starlets and the like.
Gutted about that 145 though.
Whisper it. I had a 145 for a bit if you may remember. It broke
nothing, started every time and didn't really lose a great deal over
the piece at all. The engine sounded great and I loved the looks, but
the driving experience left me very very cold. The razor sharp turn
in and adjustability on the throtlle and steering I had bee hoping
for were just not there - at all. Squishy understeer was about it I'm
afraid - and that was on good quality tyres.
I'm with 'Bob' on this. My 155 would grip well if driven very hard indeed,
but under those boring day to day conditions where the last thing you want
is a car acting like a hyperactive puppy the 155 was just a pain, and not a
particularly swift pain at that. Nice enough car, but it screamed "I'm an
Italian sporting saloon" when all I wanted to do was listen to the stereo
and chill out. When I /was/ in a hurry the fucking thing wasn't quick enough
by a long long way, although it did handle ok, but as that's about 5% of my
driving it was pretty irrelevant.
The Safrane covers ground *much* more quickly with zero fuss. Roads the 155
would /just/. touch 90 on the Renault will *average* 80 on, in silence,
without much effort at all. A good 164 3.0 would be quicker, but more hard
Post by Bob Sherunckle
Sorry SteveH :-)
If I have another Alfa, it will be a 156 2.4JTD or a V6. for nowt -
I'd have a 164 24v, or a 75 3.0. The 156 has too many inherant problems for
me. Things like putting the clutch slave cylinder /inside/ the bellhousing
and making it a gearbox out job to replace on the 156 when on the 155 it was
a 20 minute job to do on the same gearbox strikes me as a backward step.
Especially as they've got a habit of popping on the 155 and 156.
Pete M - The Corporate Penguin.
Renault Safrane 2.5 Executive,
Range Rover Vogue EFI LPG,
Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 *For Sale*
"This is not 'Nam, this is bowling. There are rules"