After approx 3 months of ownership (including a service, warranty work and water pump & cam-belt change) I though I'd give my thoughts on my 159Ti 2.0 16v, in black.
Firstly, I'd like to say I'd never even sat in an Alfa before I bought this car and I've come from a remapped Audi S3 (270bhp) and it's my first diesel, so a lot of firsts going on here (including my first saloon car).
The look = Stunning, lovely to look at inside and out. When you're sat in traffic, you notice the glances from people sat in their boring German cars ( I know, I was one of those before). Not much else to say really.
The drive = Excellent, one of the main reasons I bought this car was quite simply, how it felt on the road. Turn in precise, the grip is very good for what is essentially, a big, heavy, front wheel drive, 4 door saloon and at times, dare I say it, it even feels quite nimble! It's quiet, smooth and very comfortable, I find the seats are far superior to the leather recaros in my old S3. Obviously, losing 100bhp and AWD was going to be something I was going to miss but I've been pleasantly surprised on how quick it is, for what it is. I've gone from 17" 225/45 to 19" 235/40 and this was one thing I was worried about because the roads I drive are pretty poor. But again, very pleased on how it rides and is a lot less crashy than my old car. I think its the huge rolling diameter which helps iron out some of the bumps, and 19" rims do look rather sweet so no regrets with my choice there.
Niggles = The automatic windscreen wipers must have been developed by someone be on drugs, cos I don't know what they are doing half the time as it has no relevance to actual rain fall. The indicator automatic cancel is also a bit mental, I can only assume it was designed for Roman roads! I still can't work out how to tilt the headrest forward (not electric). It could do with a better aerial as radio signal can be a bit poor sometimes, but these are all (in my eyes) small things that do not take away from the driving experience.
I had a couple of warranty issues when I first bought the car, the lambda sensor needed replacing and I had excess play in the near side upper wishbone which was causing a banging noise, and caused chirping/squeaking noise when it was under 10 degrees C. All replaced, and no issues.
After reading (on here) about water pump cam-belt issues I decided to get those done, for peace of mind (48k). I spoke to my mechanic and asked him about how the parts had worn and he said there were no signs of wear on either the water pump or cam-belt, but he said the small pulley belt was looking a bit tired. Sorry for lack of technical terminology, but I'm no mechanic by any stretch of the imagination.
Verdict = Quite simply..............I love it! Very happy with my choice and what I would say to someone who like me, was not sure whether buying an Alfa is for them. It is, you just don't know it yet
Disclaimer: This is of course my opinion and things like ride etc are what I'm comparing against my Audi S3, and I had that for nearly 9 years. So others may disagree.