Yeah its one of those questions again, sorry
I have been here a little while now, and I am looking to get a 147/156 the favourite being a 156JTS. I have always owned Italian motors so generally know what I am letting myself in for, and contrary to rumour my belief is that yes the electrics and panel fit could be better, but the rust problem is banished and mechanically FIAT/ALFA make good strong engines... that just need regular belt changes
However, I had heard rumour that the JTS was not as strong an engine as the TS. I haven't read anything about that here but does this have any truth to it?
As an aside, every time I have changed car its been Italian and I have this battle of should I get an Italian car, will I let myself in for trouble but have been pleasantly surprised. All have never let me down, and despite what the motor press can say, my current Punto 1.4 is great. 40+mpg local, 6speaker CD, comfy interior and very good dual zone climate control. LOL and with 95bhp in a small car it has surprised a lot of people, not least a friend with a company BMW 318convertible. I will never forget my passenger at the time looking in the mirror and shouting 'He's going backwards!!'
I had concidered, other cars and was shocked at what I found.
Honda civic type-R - a friend has one and is very happy, but they are not that well built. Lots of complaints about bad fit and rattles, poor paint work.
Seat Leon Cupra - It has the 1.8T VAG engine, I did a search as a friend had a audi A4 and experienced the coil problem more than once. in the whole VAG range over 500,000 cars are affected!!! How come they don't get the slating alfa have for much more minor problems!
So I have come full circle and want the alfa again
Its going to wait til either late this year or this time next. Hopefully with a bit of warranty left I will get decent price for the punto, but having bought it new I want to get good value from it.