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Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: United Kingdom
What surprises me is the naivety of some Alfa owners.
Unless they've lived in a cave for the last 40 years, they should tumble that Alfas can be a little brittle in certain areas. Love a duck, if that isn't bad enough, they should know that there's a valid reason why older Alfas (156, 147 to name but two) don't hold their value. However, IMHO, that's not necessarily a fair reflection on reliability.
Considering I've owned around 20 cars of most makes, I know to get a decent secondhand car, regardless of make, you'll need to start off at around 5k. Now given that most 156s now are sub-£1000, that makes them tremendous value.
My car is far from perfect but the 'make-goods' are very doable, but given it was a 1/5th of 5k, I can't really grumble. There's another reason why I'm keen to hang on to it: The colour. This sounds really innate and inherently dumb, but the colour on my car, although not a popular choice (guess), makes it stand out from others.
If the shoes don't fit, change the horse.