I just came back from looking at a potential buy: 2007 159 V6 Q4, 36.000km. Test drove it and definitely I can swear there's a tiger under the hood. Car looks good in general and price is a tad cheaper than a new bimmer 318i which is the most I can stretch to.
However, there are a few cabin rattles, doors don't feel as solid nor cabin as soundproof as that on the germans...but then again, I guess one buys Alfa's for other reasons mainly (design, looks, engine...) I would like to get rid of rattles though. I noticed suspension is much softer than my current bimmer, but with bad road conditions over here, that is a good thing I guess.
Since it is Q4 I wont miss RWD, I don't particularly like FWD any more so that is a big plus for me, however the fact that this car is a bit outdated and out of warranty worries me a bit...especially should something go wrong as spare parts are expensive for imports.
Anyways, the machine looks sooo appealing to me that I need a little push in order to jump into the Alfa world. I'm a big car detailer fan so I know I'll be polishing it all day and it should pay off I guess.
Any views/advice/flags will be welcome! Thanks for reading.