Very nice and you seem to be gaining quite a collection there
I have a 156 JTS Sportwagon (I think the same colour as your wifes 156).
One question since I have only recently tested a new 159 JTD sedan. How do you find the 159 in comparison to the 156 ? For I have been wondering if a 159 Sportwagon might be the logical replacement for my car when I am ready to change. Dave
Sorry it took me some time to answer.
In my opinion the 159 and and the 156 are completly different cars to drive. The 156 is a smaller sporty car, and with the 2,0 JTS really fast.
The 159 is bigger, and much more limo-like. It drives nice and easy, we have just driven from Denmark to Austria and back (1400 km), it was a plesure.
I must admit, Alfa Romeo (and I) chose the wrong engine for my 159 !
The 1,9 JTS isn't a real Alfa machine, and it is to small for the 159. You should minimum take the 2,2 JTS, if you want to keep the 156-feeling, when you "push the pedal". I have not tested the dieselversion
The 1,9 engine looks nice, but thats it . GM did a really bad job, forcing Alfa to put this Holden engine in the 159. Maybe it is good in a ordenary australian car (no offence), but it is simply to lazy and thirsty compared to the real Alfa 2,0 JTS.
My 159 is redesigned (by Alfa Romeo Denmark) to a S-van model.
You take a normal Sportswagon - takes out the backseat, makes a new floor, takes the windowhandles of the backdoors, and then its no longer a luxorycar but "workcar". It is OK to use it as a normal car.
In Denmark the importers do that to reduced the tax on the numberplates ("commercial cars" is taxed at a much lower rate), and that means a LOT of money in Denmark.
On a normal 159 Sportswagon: factory price + 180% (numberplatetax) + 25% VAT (National robbery)
On the S-van, the platetax is half.