I am still smiling a year later.....though god only knows why! The build quality is on a par with stuff you buy in the "Everything for a Pound" shop, the paintwork is layered in thousandths of a micron and the standard ICE reminds me of my old Dansette record player. Alfa UK are about as helpfull and understanding as the average GP's receptionist although I can not fault the dealerships....they are fighting a losing battle.
BUT.....The 156 handles as well as (from experience of ownership) a DB7,Integrale, and 308 gtb. It is almost as much fun as my old Charger but is still fun round corners! I forgive the car its minor faults (2 gearboxes, various Selespeed bits, minor rust at2 years old etc.etc)because quite simply I love it!