Thanks for that advise. Asked a work colleague and they said to wait, but think i'll take your advise.
Any ideas on approx cost? and as it was only serviced about 8k ago, does it just need the cam belt/water pump doing, or another service as well?
As for why a got a diesel. I wanted an estate for getting the camping gear in the back and the 2 kids and the high tax and low MPG of the petrol put me off getting one of those (i'm getting an avergae 41mpg doing mostsly short trips) morelike 50 mpg when we head off down the motorway. I plan on keeping this for some time. It may take me twice as long to get to what most people wold do in 5 years, but with no other cars getting close to the style of a 159, why would i want to change? That is unless alfa bring out a new estate soon that i can afford (I doubt it) Or the 159 dies a horrible and unfixable death. (had a 147 for 7 years and the only thing done was new tyres and brake pads along the way, so fingers crosed this will be the same.)