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Greetings all, after years of alegance to ford escorts ( mk3's) ive decided to get some money spent & buy a decent car to commute in, but me being me im not buying anything plain, so i fancy an alfa 156! ive test driven the cars & done a bit of research, and im on the look out for a 2000 W plate 2.0 TS Veloce, with leather & the big touring car style spoiler.

However, a mechanic friend of mine keeps disuading me about these cars as he says the 1.8 & 2.0 engines have a habit of dropping the bottom end, he says that the oil spray system which keeps the piston skirts cool fails as soon as the oil level drops below max, the pistons jam in the bores & chaos ensues.
How true is this??
He says the v6 is better but its will be a bit dear to insure & put juice in as i do 300 miles a week.

i dont want to but one only to have the engine let me down, im looking at spending 8-9k on one so i dont want the extra expense of an engine!!!
 

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Hi, Great choice for a commute car, dont be put off by your mechanic, I have a 98 156 2.0 twinspark with over 40,000, troublefree kms, and I have never heard of this happening, and doubt that it is a major fault as your friend suggests.
My oil is usualy below full at oil change time, and is always driven hard, but is still as smooth and quiet as it was when I got it.

Cheers, Terry
 

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Being from the States and not having first hand knowledge of the current 4 cyl engines, it's my understanding that the bottom ends are basically the same since the 750 series from the 1950s. If that's the case, then the bottom ends are virtually indestructable. Even if the occasional crank plug comes out and lowers the oil pressure by half, there are no longterm side effects (if it's repaired in a timely fashion, of course). Besides, the oil spray system is dependent on oil pressure, not oil level.
 

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Same thing for all Italian cars : check oil !!!! everywhere anytime :D This kind of engine "drink" a lot of oil.

I've a 156 1.6 with 65 000 km (bought at 62 000), no problems with it ;)
 

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Jim, ever since the second gen 155, all the 4 cyl in line engines from Alfa were derieved from the Fiat FIRE engine. Which has pretty much nothing to do with the gems that power our US based cars.

Cast iron block, Alum 4V head...

I would be shocked if the loss of a piston squirter would hurt an engine that bad- all they really do is keep the piston temps down, not lubricate the cylinders.

I think you would love this car.

Eric
 
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