I've owned 3 in the past two years. The first was an 58 plate black 159 1.9 Ti SW. Since my previous car was a 147 1.9 jtd the 159 felt slow in comparison and bitterly disappointed. But in terms of build quality it is a big jump and a vast improvement compare to the 147 era.
Being happy with the 159 SW Ti but not in its current form I had to wait around for a 2.4ti which is rare to find for sale and eventually found one 6 months later in Red
. When I test drove it I had that Alfa smile that I never quite got from the 1.9 and bought it straight away.
I was so happy to find one in red and the sound of the 2.4 is so much better than the 1.9. I've done 25k miles in the past 1.5 years and just sold it 2 weeks ago.It wasn't remap as I used it as a family car plus it was the 210hp version and more than sufficient for me. The only thing I did do is egr delete and power flex the lower wishbone when the suspension was done about a year ago.
Now my current car is another 2.4 Ti but qtronic. As I was driving both cars the qtronic has 10 less bhp and felt that there a bit of hesitation (maybe because it's a semi auto box).
So last week is was in for a major work with Loz at Autolusso South ,complete overhaul of the suspension include power flex,change qtronic gearbox oil,egr delete and remap,service,under seal and sub frame treatment, 4 wheels alignment and refurbished the alloys. With the egr delete plus the remap it has transformed the car and boy does it shift for an automatic.
I guess my recommendation would be a 2.4. Its a solid engine,it has a stronger box if you need to remap it and you dont have to worry like with the 1.9. It sounds better too. Yes the 2.0 will give you less issue with the egr but I'll buy another 2.4 anytime.