Actually saying that the cambelt cost on the KV6 is about £200 less (including waterpump and belt kit and labour) than the Alfa V6 - I've just had it done by the same garage!
Nice one SimonSud - you know what, the other half did buy a flat cap for a laugh. We're just missing the tartan rug on the rear shelf now. As for the head gaskets, this is a totally different design to the K-series that were found in the 4-cylinder Rovers. No problems with the big wheels either, the car is totally standard. Infact as you're suggesting that I'm a bit of a Grandad at 26 years old, I might buy some 13" steel rims and put them on in replacement for the existing wheels, just for you. Or maybe if you have a spare set, we could do a swap and you can have my AlfaDiag set-up to keep in your boot for when your airbag light comes on! Oh and by the way, the cylinder head gasket went at a lower mileage on my Alfa engine, and also the rings as well, hence the rebuild i had done. The MG is still going strong, and has more miles on the clock.
What I was trying to say is this...My Alfa was very well maintained - If anything needed doing it was done. Realistically, how many people would be expecting to change suspension arms, drop links, roll bars, put up with rattles and bangs and knocks and with things falling off here and there, air bag lights etc? Not many I doubt. Some may argue that this adds to the Alfa owning experience, but many would just not be bothered with it - hardly suprising though is it. I'm not mocking the 156 at all, I loved every minute of owning my one, purely because I fell into the catogry of the Alfa Romeo fans. Not everyone is an Alfa fan, and I can see why Alfa's reputation is a bit on the low side. As another example, I owned three Lancia Delta's. They were absolutely fantastic cars in MY opinion, but were reknowned for rust and also patchy reliability. Mine were pristine both mechanically and bodywork-wise as I maintained them very well! But the a*se fell out of the UK market because they got a bad reputation for rust, newer models don't rust anymore, but people still associate Lancia's with rusting!
So really what I am trying to say is that if I had all these issues with my Alfa that was well maintained, then what are the ones like that aren't well maintained!!!!!!
I didn't buy an MG because I sold the Alfa, it isn't a replacement for that and i would never think twice at replacing an Alfa with an MG - it's just the other halfs car that we have left! I still need something more economical and sensible to drive to work in. Before any arguments start I was just making a point that in MY OPINION, the MG ZS 180 is a very good car, forgetting that really it's a re-badged Rover with a decent engine.
Whoever said an MG over an Alfa is like kicking Cameron Diaz out of bed for Hayley Cropper - that made me chuckle - yes I suppose you are right looking at it from the outside. But I reckon that Cameron Diaz would probably need much more unnecessary regular maintenence and start falling apart quicker than Hayley Cropper in that case!
Very true, but your not going to rush out and buy the "Cropper with the chopper" diamonds to get on her good side are you, which could explain so many HGF as mg owners aren't so taken with the cars, again just jest!
Fairplay to you though, MG made some decent motors and my wife has always wanted a yellow ZR, thankfully I've just brought her the GTV so lucky escape there, joking. I love Alfa's purely because how they make me feel when I get in and drive. I've owned 4 bmw's, 2 merc's, 2 RS turbo's, Reno 5 turbo, nova GTE, calibra, caviler 4x4 turbo, scenic, scubby wrx, disco and a 306 cab, plus drove thousands of range rovers & sports supercharged 400bhp, jags and martins.
Now if I had the money the Jags n martins would make my driving emotions explode, but in real terms and value for money, the Alfa's do it for me, that's not to say its everyone's taste, just mine. As always its a buyer's market so each to their own.