Welcome to the forums Dan and first of all my sympathy for your strife... However I must admit it may have been a bit naive buying an Alfa without checking when the cambelt was last done mate...
Homework is the key to this marque, the more you read, the more you learn and the cheaper it will cost you in ownership in the long run....
They are a car that needs you, NAY requires you to get your hands dirty & you must keep on top of it....
Any one who takes on an Alfa and expects the same expectation of a warning/reminder light to come on the dash like a V.A.G./BMW derived marque is literaly asking for trouble!
What you WILL
get in return is a driving and ownership experience like nothing you have known before.. You WILL
be impressed of it capabilities & you WILL
I have to disagree with coments like "price versus what do you expect"
My last Alfa cost me £750
for a full ARSH, Last service 6,000 miles ago.
Every bill and receipt, even wheel balances logged, even wiper blades!.
A full MOT, six months tax.
85,000 miles, cambelt, waterpump, tensioners & idlers all changed at 74,000
New radiator and thermostat.
NEW MAF 3 months ago.
New brake discs and pads all round.
Poly bushes all round!
That's for a V6 Q-System on a 2001 V plate... So it is entirely possible to get a "minter" even at that price
, let no one tell you different... There are plenty of good, cheap Alfa's out there as well as bad one's with bad owners!
The only difference is I have owned a few Alfa's now and know what I'm looking for..... That is where the "homework" is so important...
Good luck in what you decide.... But..... Look on the bright side, at least you won't have to worry about the fundamental's for a long while once you have it sorted mate