Well we have the test drive booked on fri (the ti is only available mid week).
I think we will be hooked (my wife feels the same way I do).
We will look at the BMW as well , great engineering as it is and even though I will still have my 156 V6 I am not sure either of us could face driving around in a BMW (well my wife said she'd let me have the BMW and she'd keep driving the alfa).
I hope / dearly hope the 159 will put a smile on my face and we can decide once and for all.
Thanks for everyones input , i'll report back on how it goes.
Incidentally just a small point for all you dealers out there.
At audi I was offered coffee and pastries, coffee and weekend loan of a car at mercedes , at the alfa dealership, well there was a coffee vending machine over in the corner looking lonely.
Its a small thing but when looking at spending 33K plus on a new car a coffee would be nice !. If alfa romeo is going to drag itself up with new showrooms / dealer network then I think maybe they should visit some other marques dealerships as potential customers to see how its done.
It won't put me off of course and otherwise friendly / helpful but this is a premium car !.