How you doing Greg
I was in a similar position 10 months ago. Was sick of my british-made-car constantly being in the garage fault after fault. Decided to risk it, splash out on something that looked beautiful. A 159.
I'll be honest, I knew very little about Alfas, apart from I love the look of them. I know very little about cars in general though, and mechanics, so I have to put my trust in garages and nice people on here who help out!
I bought my 57 plate 1.9 with 84k on the clock. The following week had it booked in at my local indie and had the Cam belt/water pump and a general health check.
Since then, all has been good. Had an issue with a wheel bearing which I had to have replaced, and 6 months later failed under warrenty, but i suspect that was a dud part. Or a combination of shockingly poor roads here in the Black Country.
No other complaints really!
Its a lovely drive, pleasure on the eye, and I'm proud to drive it!