I have mixed feelings about the car. Most of the the issues a JTD has (turbo hose and EGR) have reared their ugly head however they are a doddle to fix. Not an issue at all for me.
I have replaced all my discs and pads but today's cars do that. I have done similar on my other two (older modern classics).
I have replaced upper wishbones front and droplinks (latter twice because I bought cheap 1st time) and rear top strut bushes (oddly called bearings) and longitudinal rear arms (excessive tyre wear) and consequently four new tyres. All this has taken place over about 25k miles.
Sounds **** (most dieseasals do IMO).
The ride is a little hard (17's) and it still has a slight knock.
That's all the crap.
It looks IMO fantastic, I always look over my shoulder when I walk away and it is parked right outside my kitchen window
, it feels relatively quick, the interior is sublime in grey leather and has had many comments regarding it, as has the looks.
The handling (for an average driver as I am) is brilliant and very confidence inspiring (compared to the two classics I have).
I owned a VW Passat which was a boringly nice car (in some ways) that cost money in repairs, sensors, water pump you name it. Crap car actually in many ways
However both the VW and the Alfa have design faults, the Alfa that suspension, the VW that stupid leaky front bulkhead but I put most of it down to previous owners and maintenance.
So IMO with newer cars it comes down to that. I would recommend one but at the same time suggest to buy with caution and just be aware what might happen down the line.
Same goes for for the VW. In fact I bought a 98 Audi A4 which is basically the same car and it did not suffer anything like the newer Passat. Go figure