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Join Date: May 2009
Location: United Kingdom
I can understand the frustration with a dodgy car but not the generalisation that all Alfas are bad. My first Alfa is a GT and owned for 2 weeks, grin has yet to wear off...!! The missus owns a C class Merc and they sit side by side on the driveway. Everyone that sees me cleaning the GT says it's a beautiful car but they'd never own one because of the stories!! But me, well, I have owned 2 FTOs that I loved, a MX3 that I loved, a Mini that was nothing but hassle, a Megane convertable that was nothing but electric issues, a Fiesta that I broke by driving it to work in the cold...!! A Volvo that would only die if you shot it with a tank but couldn't turn corners. Her Merc maybe better built, have a bigger engine, come with more extras than you can sneeze at yet she prefers my Alfa. Weird.
My Italian!! boss drives a 156 that is 8 years old and he's owned from new. Forgets to put oil in it to the point he has burnt it dry 3 times, doesn't car about squeaks, knocks etc and has lost his keys twice. Finally this week the cambelt blew and ripped itself apart. His thoughts? "Its Italian Rob and these are the things you go through to own Italian!!". He's trading it in for a GT.
Basically Alfa ownership should come down to what makes you happy, and as soon as the grin wears off I'll let you know. Off to Southampton with the wife so it's smiling all the way from me in Oxford.