Well, I just realized that my car has come up to two years ownership with me.
All I can say , it has been an absolute pleasure. She has never let me down at all apart from my own stupid fault (ran out of fuel one day)
Nevermind.... You live and learn
So what has happened so far?
Well.... 16,000 miles of faultless operation that would put a VAG or BMW to absolute shame
She has been serviced well regardless of if she needed it or not.
The brake pad warning light came on a few weeks ago so new pads and discs were fitted accordingly and calipers refurbished and re-built promptly which is just normal wear and tear
No great hardship and to be expected really
She passed her MOT with no advisories a month ago with the tester who actually wanted to buy it off me!
Its not all plain sailing though, a couple of days ago the NSF upper wishbone ball joint started knocking so needless to say a brand new pair have been ordered and will be fitted promptly when they arrive(they have lasted 4 years BTW)... Again wear and tear with the local roads where I live
I love this car and is by far the best 156 and best car I have ever owned...FULL STOP
The moral of the story is:
Own one by all means but if you have a bad or even an indifferent experience with an Alfa Romeo, don't let it put you off.... You learn a lot very quickly from your first venture into the marque and the next one, you know exactly what you are looking for next time...
I now know what my next venture will be, a mint GTA 156 or a 159 V6 Q4... Thats assuming that the latter lives up to my expectations of what Alfa is truly all about
For now though , I am more than happy with my Q-System V6