I havent worked on suspension before on these cars yet but i can tell you it is the hardest car to work on, well the 156 and the 147 is. The most un imaginable place they put components that cant be accessed. Give you an example, the alternator on on the 2.0TS is at least 3hrs work for me, the radiator is 3hrs, you have to pull the bumper off. Its not a easy car to work on and i have worked on Seaking helicopters. But there are worse cars out there, the maserati 2.5 engine requires to be removed to access starter motor!!!
But in all honesty i would say buy an Alfa, it will be the most rewarding car, and you will never want to drive anything else. You will always compare other cars to an Alfa, and nothing else will satisfy you. Unless you win lotto and can afford a supercar.