NORMAL WEAR??? I had a Peugeot 106 with 110.000 km and i never had to replace the ball joints, my fathers'previous car, Seat Ibiza with 160.000 km never replaced too, my cousin's Corolla never faulted during the 9 years he has it. My neighbour has a Honda Civic with 350.000 km (!!!!) and had replaced only the coolant reservoir all these years..
Once when i had my Peugeot for normal service i complained to the mechanic for a noise from the interior, he freaked out and shouted to me that the car is not Italian! Complaining for the same reason to my Alfa's mechanic, he looked at me in the eye and told me "sorry, Italians are crap, i will do anything possible to fix it but i cant make promises."
I have the car 6 months and i call my mechanic by his first name, i never did that before for years.
Lets face it guys, we bought an Alfa. Best looking, superior handling, but thats it. You cant have all these and have reliability at the same time. At least not at this price.
Enjoy the handling, the beauty.