15 months on from my first and thus far only Alfa, a 159 1.9 jdtm and just check the faults I have had and the cost.....
New wiper arm & bonnet paint touch up due to chaffing -Warranty
New ECS - Warranty (£1000) (post multi fault codes)
Replaced passenger wishbone arm -Warranty Cost unknown
Headlight switch unit replaced (due to being unable to turn lights off at all & loss of dashboard menu) £500 -me pay
Cam belt & water pump replacement/ service £440 - me pay
Clutch replaced due to slip under load £800 - me pay
Front tyres replaced (I don't like slicks) £300 me pay
inlet manifold replaced (swirl valve bar totally worn & oval) Not sure on cost but expecting around £350+ as waiting for the bill. Job done & I only just picked up car this evening)
Now, call me a sceptic if you like but all in all I am starting to think that the claim that Alfa has it's shop in order since the 'old days of rust-buckets' seems a little premature.
£2500+ on repairs since I bought it 15 months ago does stretch the limits of my love for the car somewhat.
Yes, I am still married albeit my good wife spits tacks when I mention what has now become 'My Car' and not 'Our Car'!
However, there is something that still makes me smile and despite our great British weather combined with a rather challenged bank balance of late I am still like a child with his favourite toy when the opportunity to drive absolutely anywhere, no matter the distance presents itself (or when I make some ropey excuse to have a need to go off for an hour in it)
What is is that causes this? No other car or indeed motor bike has ever had such an attraction to me when it comes to transportation! I haven't even had a remap to boast about ...YET....
I used to scorn at a friend when he used to tell me his tales of great expenditure on his 156 and wondered why he kept his Alfa for so may years. Alas he has succumbed to the spell of economy and the need to transport his huge dog around & replaced it but as I reflect there are great similarities.
Tell me, how long before the cost outweighs the heart?
Anyone else been on this journey?