Its a shame that the first post that caught my eye when i just signed in was this post, Its off putting to potential Alfa owners comming on here to have a look around before buying into the brand.
Its just shows how some people are really, all happy and want to tell the whole world about how good there car is, then the next day there throwing their toys out the pram, saying that ALL alfas are Rubbish, which quite simply is not true.
I currently run a 156 which has been in our family for 7 years now, its now sitting on 108k miles, its runs perfectly, has all the performance it should have, all this car has ever needed is servicing and general maintenance.
The band thankfully does still have the pestige factor, im always being asked the question, how do you afford that car ( im 22), little do they know the cars worth little over about £1000, but it still looks fantastic and has the appeal.
I understand you are having a bad experience with your car but please dont generalise YOUR car with everybody elses, Maybe you will have better luck with you bmw