Thanks for the reponses guys it's appreciated.
I have given it some further thought and I am not going to be put off by the horror stories i've read and as a back up i am also going to get a RAC (or if anyone can suggest better) warranty on the car as long as I keep it and if anything does go wrong at least they would cover it, or the vast majority of it and of course get it fixed at a alfa specialist if anything does go wrong.
So now my next question is Selespeed or Manual? apprantly the build date for this car is rather old July 2003 i think it was.
Selespeed really does appeal to me for the city mode (getting old and lazy) but Manual i assume is the "safe bet"
I have a couple of questions:
1> Basicaly I've been offered a 3door Manual 2.0 or a 5door Selespeed 2.0, what holds its value more? or the same?
2> The 3door has had it's headunit (cd/radio) stolen, now replacing it is obviously very easy, but the problem is the $@"! who nicked the head unit out took scissors to the wires , so if anyone has a parts catalogue on CD i'd appreciate if someone could check to see where the loom starts and it it is soley for the sound system and not intergrated into other wiring looms.
As if it's not a huge job i want to replace the wiring, but if it is a big job i suppose i will get a new loom and extend the wiring by attach colour to colour wires together and hope that works
Any help would be greatly appreciated, ps, i've just won a auction for a alfa 147 headunit with phone prep for 30 quid so i am leaning towards alfa at the moment