Well i've just bought my first Alfa and so am also glad to have joined whats seems to be a really decent forum - so good to be here!!
I've just bought an Alfa Romeo 156 1.8ts - 2000/X with 77k miles. It cost me £2600 at auction and i absolutely love it.
I bought it from Blackbushe auction on a sold as seen basis which was a bit nervy, but its got FASH and one previous owner (a lease company) who changed the cambelt at 69k along with the water pump.
The only issue, and it doesnt bother me so much but probably explains why its cheap, is that its white. Still was £1100 under trade book so well chuffed.
Well i was a bit nervous as i've heard about alfa reliability but thought that was sometimes anecdotal so wanted to give it a try but i must say its sooo much better than i imagined the 1.8 to be. fast enough, cosseting ride, smooth and not all that thirsty (got it with a pippetes worth of fuel and put 63.33 litres in and so far done 265 miles on half a tank).
The only problems in the week i've had it so far have been:
new valve for tyre needed: £5
new number plate lightbulb: 79p
new sidelight 6w buld : £4.99 (!) from halfords
new wiper blades: £18
and, er, thats it.
Now it didnt have alloys so have obtained a set of 16'' teledials off of ebay for £350 with 4 7mm depth left Pirelli p6000's and they get fitted today so fingers crossed they're all ok, and also have spent £300 on new pioneer deh77 stereo and new door speakers to make it sound nice.
Also have order crystal side indicators, chrome number plate surrounds as i think they'll match the white (and get rid of the dealer surround) and a new front number plate with Alfa badge. dont want to chav it up, just make it a little smoother.
i came from a Golf GTI mk3 8v and this is a hundred thousand times nicer and rattles less! also good to have a 3 year newer car with 10k miles less with change left from sale of golf!! result.
Sorry to rant on but so happy with it (touch wood) and just happy to be here!!!
if anyone has any tips i need to keep an eye out for at this miles etc please let me know!!