My 159 new from August 08 - Steering wheel shaft is rusted very badly ( under steering wheel behind pedals - check yours ! ). All wheels nuts rusted, rear boot sill rust, under bonnet bolts rusted , rust noticed several other places - My love affair with Alfa Romeo is over I'm afraid. I 've always loved cars ..especially Alfa Romeo and put up with my lovely 156. But now as soon as I can afford to get rid of the 159 I will. Its not just rust ..the whole build quality is appalling. Squeaks, rattles, wind whistle over 50km per hour , uneven tyre wear , woeful fuel consumption ,intermittent performance , wipers don't clear the windscreen , door locks failed , boot release broke , passenger seat belt currently useless, Rear boot leaks , Dash board is not fitted straight , bluetooth works sometimes, Water in rear lights and front fog lights ...that is from top of my head ..the list goes on, It was actually a pleasure to drive my wife's ford focus at the weekend ... the peace , no rattles or squeaks , great comfort and good fuel economy \ performance ...it makes you realise what a crap car the 159 truly is . I used to love this car for about a month. A lot of you may disagree ... love is blind.