reasons not to
* have a look in the 156/147 section and you will see loads of owners scrathing their heads, me included at times.
* insurance will be a unavoidanle cost, a sele is an avoidable cost, so avoid it.
* in the UK seles typically sell for £500 less than a manual car because of their reputation.
* you need a dealer with an examiner to read the fault codes, unless you have one or have Alfa Diag yourself you are going to be high and dry. SA dealers do not seem to have the best reputation either from what I have picked up on here.
* a new actuator (the bit that cjanges the gears) is £800 if it fails, the parts is not servicable (well be Alfa anyway) so if a £10 sensor or a £1 seal fails, you have a £800 bill.
* a sele is only on the 2.0 engine, which bumps up the insurance
* a sele is no faster than a 2.0 manual
Reasons to buy
* great fun
* often cheaper that standard car because of reputation, so a good one can be a bargain
* often better specced than a regular 2.0, always get leather (here anyway) and the Bose hifi
* sele wheels look better IMO
* never a dull moment
I do like driving ours and thay are great fun when working well, which has took me a little while to sort but if you are unlucky enough to buy a bad one they can be your worst nightmare.