Re: Never, ever again!
I've had several alfas now. None of them have been totally reliable, but they have been an acceptable compromise for the pleasure of owning them.
When I turn up in an Alfa, I get sick of comments like "oh, you made it then" but now I think it is very true!
There are many happy owners out there, but the early 159's seem to be littered with problems, even those who claim to have reliable ones have had a few niggles.
But the big problem is the systemic failings and culture which is associated with the brand where the problems do not get sorted out.
If you ask me, the problems seem to originate from head office and are a feature of the brand.
If you are lucky enough to get a good car you can accept the odd failing. If you get a lemon (which there is a very high chance with an early 159 2.4) you are stuffed.
I think this forum shows that you can get great pleasure from an Alfa, but it's one hell of a gamble and Alfa ownership is not for the feint hearted.
The cars can be great, or completely useless. But the support is a complete joke.