Alfa customer service, or rather the lack of it, has helped me to make up my mind, I have just placed an order for a new Octaia 1.8 TSi DSG. They gave me a geat deal on the px £2000 more than Meridien Milano offered and £1300 more than anyone else so it looks like some one was waitng for the exact car, and with the no VAT offer I am even going to get some money back.
The dream was the Brera S and once that was swapped due to the poor quality engine, I never really felt the same need to stay with Alfa. The 159 Ti SW was a much better car by far, but the paint work problems and the complete lack of concern shown by ARUK was too much.
Good luck to those of you still fighting and those of you who are enjoying yor Alfas.
I have also just discovered DSG, its fantastic.