Finished the 166
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New Zealand
This one is tough on two fronts. In NZ (not much of a help!) diesel is for mugs, as although an Alfa diesel is definitely not a bad thing , a real Alfa is petrol powered. We have to pay diesel use K's, an arcane principle, but then again it makes much sense too. Then....there are no pollution charges in NZ, and this will remain true even though carbon trading is now a legal tax, mainly as NZ is a carbon sink - as is the West Midlands.
Alfa Petrol engines evolved to produce power with minimal emissions and extra-aordinary fuel economy. A quick squizz at the MOT's website indicates that, for the size of engine, and location (i.e. not in London) of your car, the benefit to you will be : No congestion charges. At all !
I do hope you'll buy this beast for another reason - she is MANUAL ! I cannot emphasise what a difference this makes to a car. With fuel prices on the increase (unless you convert the vehicle to a Yull Brown cell + tapped alternator + Martin's Hydrogen injectors - which I am working on right now - and ask me about it later), the gearbox and engine combination means that, litre for litre, you will get near equivalent fuel economy, and because the engine is proportionately lighter, a better ride.
Shame its not a 3.2 V6, but the 2.2 is a sprightly engine, plenty of grunt, and the noise is simply off the chart for yowl.
Go for it - wish I had the money to do the same !