I remember when a company I used to work for ordered 6 new Vectras. They duly arrived, all identical models, colours, most of them even had consecutive number plates on. Within a month 5 of them had needed a visit from the AA at the roadside.
* All 6 of them consumed oil almost literally faster than you could pour it in - we were high mileage drivers and you could top up the oil on Sunday and by Thursday the level had dropped off the bottom of the dipstick again. This went on forever, it didn't slow down as the engines bedded in.
* The engine warning light would come on more less every day on my car, and then go into limp mode with zero engine power. That was 'entertaining' as it would usually come on when you stopped at the roundabout on a motorway exit, then leave you stranded halfway out into the road when you failed to pull out properly.
* If you idled the engine for more than 5 minutes, there would be so much smoke when you drove off that, and I'm not exaggerating, you couldn't see out the back window in the mirror.
* In the 6 months I had the car (I left the company for other reasons), it spent more than 3 months in the garage being 'fixed'. I actually did more miles in the Astra courtesy car than I did in my own Vectra.
* It rolled off it's handbrake and through the garden wall of the house opposite. I know I pulled it on - the driveway was so steep there was no way I could have even got out the car with the handbrake off. Luckily, it was a very quiet road I lived on.
* 5 of the cars blew the hose off beween the turbo and the manifold. Vauxhall hadn't put jubilee clips on (this was the cause of the 5 roadside breakdowns).
I know Vauxhall aren't renowned for Lexus-like reliability, but I hope the above illustrates that it's far from the case that Alfas are particularly unreliable compared to 'all other makes' as some people like to make out!
Unsurprisingly, I've never owned another Vauxhall, and there's a snowball's chance in hell that I ever will!