Down here in South Africa, we have a similar set up. Test must also be done if you sell the car. Problem is, if you keep the car for several years, then you can get away with it. I also don't agree with this system. It allows for sum real unroadworthy vehicles on the road, its simply not possible to have a copper at every road checking cars passing by...
That is a little aggressive, but they did do quiet alot of workif you consider it. Quick question though, did the Focus's have the same sportiness as the Alfa ?
Well.... I have had 2 Focus's.. A 1.4 and a 1.8 TDCI..
To be honest they have been the best cars I have owned.. Excellent handling, cheap insurance, looks good, never had a problem with them!! etc etc..
Now.. For the life storey...I had a bit of an accident with my 54reg 1.8 TDCI Focus (lets just say walls and cars dont mix!).. After the accident (The car was written off) I needed a cheap run around until my insurance money came through.. My mate was selling his Alfa 145 for £600 but he said it needed a bit of work doing on it.. (yeah £1800 later!!)... Anyway my insurance came through.. Its was not cost effective to get rid of the alfa with the amount of money I spent on it so iv ended up keepin it..
...So its in answer to your question yes the Alfa is sporty to drive (I cant get over how nice the engine sounds when you push it! Mustang springs to mind...)
At the mo iv got cheap tyres on (not my choice, came with the car) so cornering isnt good... just slides and squeels!
On the Focus I had Toyo Proxies T1R's.. They are fantastic, no loss of handling no matter the weather! Hopefully il be getting a set soon because im getting sick to death of sliding around corners even with the slightest bit of rain (even at 20mph! there like slicks!).... So im afraid to take it on a 'proper italian drive' incase it looses grip and I go sliding into another wall...Dont want that again!! The car goes like **** off a shoval at the moment (alot quicker than the Focus 1.8...not as much torque tho - well diesels have quite alot dont they? Plus I had the Focus chipped so it was running about 140bhp..I do miss the turbo though..)
If anyone is wondering what tyres to get... Definatly get the Toyo Proxies, they are standard on Suburu's and most other Jap cars.. Think I paid £80 per tyre on the Focus..
Thing is... I bought a Focus because its a nice looking mature car for a mature person.. I wanted to get out of the 'boy racer' cars like iv had in the past...
...Now with this Alfa I feel like a boy racer again!! The noise of the engine is standard! I had to do all sorts of things to my other cars to get them sounding something like!
Now that its sorted out properly I really enjoy driving it, I have noticed that the turning circle is very poor though!! (3point turn is now a 6 point turn!)