I think i can offer an opinion here,
I bought a 147 Selespeed not more then 6 mnths ago, and its just had to have its Actuator replaced. A fairly costly repair.
But these past months have been great, which is why i'm getting it repaired, we all know alfa's arent the most reliable cars out there. But you know what who cares. I love driving it. Show me one Alfa owner that bought the alfa for its reliability and i'l show you 223 (number of registered members online with alfaowner now) that bought it for its passion.
And in my opinion the selespeed is the only option you have to go for if you want a bit of fun with a 147.
So Stelvio welcome to the selespeed club, we're our own breed too.