Hi there, thanks for the reply. Yep,first impressions last ok! I,ve been thinking about it all weekend, and trying to weigh up the pros and cons of changing back to petrol, what with the price of it now, and going up again, also, as you rightly say, the 2.4, when going well, would eat the 2.0 in every respect. Put the foot down on mine,and the surge of power is mighty impressive, and i drive hard....no points yet i might add, i have a speed camera detector installed!...its saved my bacon numerous times!!!ol. The one i have is an immaculate 03, black,with the high spoiler, etc,veloce, and the previous owner uprated the suspension for harder springs, a tad bumpy at times, but i dont mind that at all.
Ok, whats gone wrong? here goes,lol.....since purchase in october last year, door pin broke, door almost off on the road, boot release broke, had to get replacement cable, aircon stopped working, i got a second hand pump,
wiper motor stopped during a major rain storm, which left me standed on the motor way, replacement motor installed, central locking stopped working, that cost and arm and a leg to fix!!, the tensioner on the auxiliary belt started squealing, so got the lot done, rear wheel bearing started rumbling, so got that sorted. I was in getting a service last week, and the mechanic noticed that the pulley- wheel, the anti-vibration one was starting to perish, so that was replaced, another arm and a leg!! the screen on the onboard pc has now gone blank, and the gearbox has decided to get really stiff coming out of 3rd gear, i can only assume its ready for a box shortly!! LOL, so in the essence of all that, and probably more to come, i think its time to put the hens in it!!!!
BUT.....i love it, and thats the crazy thing. I went and had a drive in a Lexus 200, for many reasons, priority being reliability, and they top the poll on that, lovely car, but hellish boring, theres no getting away from it, Alfa make a great driving car....absolutely NOTHING ELSE is going for them other than fantasic styling, but even now, that seems to be going wrong too!! Bearing in mind that this one is 03, with 79k on the clock, and a 2 owner car, with full history. I sometimes laugh when i think about the guy i bought it from, when he said to me he had spent a fortune on it, and nothing else should go wrong!! I think he just sold me, (unwittingly) a legacy in Alfas reliability.......ie, without doubt, the worst of any car manufacturer.
BUT, still....i love them, and still looking for another, if i can get one, and it might be the 2.0 i looked at.
Oh..On gumtree at the weekend, there was a grey 2.4 sw 03 with 140k on it, full history, in immaculate condition, roof rails, the whole heap, he was looking £1,200 for it, all bills there etc, so we got ready to go and look at it, but i rang just before we left home, and it had gone. He posted it on gumtree on friday night, away saturday morning!! grrrrrrrrr. Theres a big demand for the sw here, and very hard to find!! On the other side of the coin, the dealer who has the red sw that we looked at, admitted that not one single person has rang, or even looked at it, so the 'following' isnt here for petrol ones, so im sticking to my price, and how i value it, and have left him to think it over!!!