We've ran Alfa's since the Sud era, so Suds, 33's, 146, and still got 3 156's and a 147 now, and i can hand on heart say that they have rarely actually let us down, apart from the following issues, and one bad Sud, that following a poor rebuild (not me!) seemed to be permanently poorly!
Dead Batteries, well they dont last forever!
Dead MAF on 156, but thats Bosch so i blame the Jerries!
Failed 156 Auxiliary belt, which was German again!
A small collection of warning lights, all easily recitified
Even smaller collection of Fault Codes, even easier to rectify.
Usual 156/147 front suspension woes
Broken door handle and the red remotes were crap!
and thats about it.
the failed belt was the only occasion that we needed some assistance and were actually prevented from continuing.
compared to other stuff ive had as a trader or private owner, just about anything jap has been very reliable, ive had some vauxhalls that had dashboards like christmas trees, and their diagnostics are terribly vague, leaving you to guess and spend, guess and spend...
but never had any large mechanical failure from an Alfa, and i've probably been lucky enough to never had an Oil usage issue either.
Gotta Love em!
Many other manufacturers have dropped clangers and manage to escape the longevity of a poor reputation once earned, it still bugs the life out of me that some people think of Alfas as unreliable and rot boxes, and as a casual employee of my Father in Law's recovery and breakdown service, i can honestly say that ive not yet picked up an Alfa, and the most common collection at the moment would have to Merc for electronic failings, and not youre run of the mill C class 200's either, the big expensive stuff suffers even more so.
and as for Rot Boxes, i reckon Merc are using recycled Sud Sills at the moment, they are terrible from about 98 onwards....
Long Live Alfa Romeo....