Re: Stone chips!
The most (and only) really disappointing thing about my 156 is the extent to which the front end has suffered from stone chips. It is Ocean Mist metallic and now has several on both the bumper and bonnet. They aren't small either - a couple of them are quite noticeable. My wife's Fiesta, three years older, and similar metallic colouring, has fantastic paintwork - not a chip anywhere to be found. She reckons that it is the way I drive - too close to the cars in front...... could be true, but I think maybe the Alfa paintwork is not as "robust" as it could be.