I would agree with the sentiments expressed - GeoffCapes put it quite well - 'You buy an Alfa with your heart - not your head'.
An Alfa Romeo - GENERALLY is much like a relationship with 'that bird' you always fancied but always felt she was a little too out of your league....until you gain the resources and experience to be able to 'look after her' and reap the rewards after the investment has been made...
I am on my second 156 - having had many vehicles in my life, my 156 Turismo was like the love of my life. I loved that car so much, I shed a tear or two seeing it being winched out of the 'Hidden ditch', written off after trying to avoid a cat in the road (stupid cat!!).
I waited 6 months when I was able to get another ( since then I was driving a very reliable but boring Vauxhall Vectra). I found her - I metallic-blood red 2.0 156 Lusso with leather seats - 30,000 miles on the clock - pristine. This is the 'Giugiaro' design - the same design agency in Turin that has collaborated with Lamboughini. I take a minute or 2 to admire the lines and form of the car each time I lock the vehicle. I never did that with any other car even ones I have owned from new - like the Audi A4 or the Golf GTi I had a number of years ago.
I sound like an old git (I'm in my late 30's) but if you work hard, save your pennies, stick to a reliable jap or low end German car like a golf...etc - Get a regular job - the great thing about Alfa - if you can call it that is that the resale values are very low which means you can pick up a bargain when you can afford it..
I drive the beautiful 2l JTS 156 Lusso, styled by the Giugiaro design team - also used by Lamborghini