Never, ever again!
DON'T EVER BUY AN ALFA 159 2.4, or any other Alfa for that matter.
My Sportwagon is dreadful. It keeps going wrong. The gearchange is awful. The MPG is usually sub 30. The tyres seem to melt after 10 - 12K. And it rattles at any speed over 40MPH.
It has been back to the dealers so many times I have lost count.
Last summer, the local dealer suggested I talk with ARUK, which I did. I wrote a letter detailing all the problems and I described how I had lost faith in the car and did not want to keep it. Nick Jackson at ARUK said they would swap it for another similar one, and I even agreed to pay the difference in book price if they could find me another one.
Sadly, the only one they offered was equally as bad. It had broken down 7 times in 15k, and it appears that the owner got shot of it after it died again on the M6. The problems seemed to be very similar to mine.
Nick did offer me an extra 1 year warranty if he failed to find me a replacement vehicle, but promised to keep looking. In all, Nick was very pleasant and appeared to be trying to help. The last time I spoke, he told me he would write to me confirming the extended warranty.
Nick left ARUK before Christmas and nobody took up my case. Then I started over again with someone called Martin, who also seems to have vanished. The case has now been transferred to AR in Italy. I had a call from a guy called John today. They have reviewed my case, withdrawn the offer to replace the car, withdrawn the offer of an extended warranty and "as a gesture of goodwill" offered me a £100 voucher to spend at a main dealer.
I have given him 2 weeks to get this sorted or I will start a one man assault on the Alfa brand in the UK.
I was a committed Alfa fan - I have had numerous Alfas which I have loved - the 159 is an awful car and the customer service is appalling.