I bought the 159 exactly 12 months ago to the day.
The Saab I was driving had been a disappointment over the last few months of ownership, so a change was due.
I had seen a few examples of Alfa Romeos at the same used dealer (Second City Motor, B’ham), even test driving a 2.0jts GT.
I was due for a meeting in Edgbaston on Friday evening, but this was cancelled, a quick look on the web told me that 3 159 1.9JTDMs had been delivered and were ready to view. So I made a call and popped over. After 30 mins I was hooked, paid a deposit and arranged to pick up the next day.
The wife and myself didn’t see eye to eye on the fact that I had dared to view a car without her, but on viewing the 159 on Saturday, she was smitten also!
During the past 12 months I have had the pleasure of joining AO, I have even had the pleasure of meeting 2 people off here, both called Marc bizarrely. Through the forum I have also found SimplyAlfas, a truly great independent Alfa specialist.
Having had my doubts at the beginning of this car relationship I am happy to say that they have all be false. 19K miles in and all is still rosy in the work of Alfa ownership. I have had a few hiccups, but with 79K on the clock in 3 years, these are to be expected.
Here is a breakdown (excuse the pun..) of what I have spent on the car to date…..gulp….
Purchase price: £8995 (minus £4500 part ex for the Saab) cost £4495
18” Horseshoe wheels and tyres £350
4X Accelera tyres (@£89) £356
Alu interior trim (from breakers yard) £50
Rear cargo net £10
Rear OS boot light cluster £0.99 (yep, you read it right….don’t you just love ebay..)
Angel Tune £250
Mud Flaps £44
Upper arm (replaced under warranty) £116
Air con pipe (not under warranty) £235
Full 72K service including cam belt £600
So in 12 months I have spent (on top of the purchase price) £1845.99 This has been slightly off set by the sale of the original 16” wheels @ £165 and the interior trim @£20. So the full expenditure, minus insurance, tax and diesel is £1660.99.
The main reason for the expense was me buying a Tourismo spec car, but wanting a Lusso, hence the upgrades. Is the money worth it? Absolutely. Apart from a not having a leather interior, the car is brilliant.
I am expecting to spend some more money in the next 6-12 months, as the miles rise so will the problems. But pound for pound I don’t think there is a car out there that can deliver the satisfaction of ownership that this one can.
I look on in envy at the Lusso and Ti spec cars, but then again people have spent double and more to get these cars. So I am satisfied with this car, for the time being….
What is next? Well, the wheels need a refurb. The lacquer is peeling now, and there is a scuff on one wheel, but at £250 I will have to wait a month or two to afford this. The front could do with a respray, 79K miles of stone chips are taking its toll. But again, £250ish is money I haven’t got right now.
In summary, 12 months of very satisfying ownership. I still have neck ache from looking back at the car every time I park up! I love the feel of driving the car, tootling and pressing on. I love the admiring glances, the “oooo, that must have cost a fortune..” comments. I love the torque of the engine, its reasonable economy and even the fact that is sounds ok for a diesel when pushed. I love that fact that nothing this side of a, well anything actually, looks this good for a 4 door saloon car. Niggles? Well, I get wet if the window is down and there is any water on the roof, the boot has a habit of raining on me when I open it in bad weather, the bleep bleep of the locking system is annoying, it seems to enjoy eating side light bulbs, and that is about it.
So anyone out there still thinking about buying a 159, stop thinking, start grinning!