Ciao a tutti!
Hello all, after nearly a decade of living off company car scheme mercedes every year, i am now forced to look for a vehicle of my own - a daunting prospect indeed!
My criteria really was a good reliable diesel in a chassis which could go on forever if well looked after and serviced.
My original shortlist was 5-7K which put me in 60-80,000 mile VW, BMW and Merc territory. I was looking at BMW 3 series E46, VW Bora / skoda octavia and Merc C Coupe territory. Naturally this put me in 02 -04 plate territory for the above cars.
It got me to thinking outside of the box, and so I looked at Volvo S40 and also to 156's. I love the alfa look as does everyone, and I also like the quality of the leather on the seats and the simple finish inside. Then I saw the GT, and it's been love at first sight!
So my question is, as owners who have lived with these cars, what have you found have been the highs and lows of living with these cars? How reliable are the diesels and how unreliable are the electrics? I know the fiat diesel is a top rate unit, but I know that there has been a lot said about the rest of the car.
Since it's looking likely that my price range will realistically limit me to a car with around 80k on the clock, I can't really afford to be in garages or crawling underneath it, and I know that I won't get that with a german engine.
My ideal car is a black or red GT, or facelift 156 with tan leather and satnav / phone! - i've seen the units for sale on ebay, and wonder if it's easy to retrofit them or is it like mercs where you need to go back to dealerships to plug them into the computer to be recoded for the car?
The car will be my only hack, so has to be reliable - but as yo can all appreciate, I want to feel great driving it!
Your thoughts would be really appreciated, as I know a lot about the limits etc of the german cars, but these are all new! When it comes to alfa I'm limited to deciding with my eyeballs and not with my head!