Thanks for all your replies
I still have a couple of questions:
Benallenuk (2 posts back) mentioned a swirl flap bar mod, can you explain this, and does it remove the potential sticking swirl flap problem?
As expected, I've had some negative comments from friends re reliability of Alfas, (and from my better half, who fancies a Saab!). I'm reasonably happy with this issue given what I've read on the forum, but one friend mentioned that his neighbour had an older Alfa, and was quoted something like £800 for a new exhaust! Are parts really that expensive? Just how much is an exhaust for a 159? I've checked prices for other "wear & tear" parts (brake pads etc), but I intend buying from a dealer and getiing a warranty, or arranging a warranty myself (I know, that's another issue!) but can't find prices for an exhaust.
Incidentally, the prices I looked at were from "online automotive" - examples.... front discs £71 a pair + vat, front pads £35, DPF £350.
Thanks again in anticipation!
PS, checked out Saab reliability online.............. I win that round!