159- pre purchase questions...
Long time lurker, and have been whittling down my list of "next car" possibilities, and a 159sw is now at the top of the list - which i am pretty happy about.
I am hectically busy at the moment but in about a month I hope to be able to have a weekend to go see a few, but before I do I wondered if I could pick your collective brains about a couple of points? It may well save me a long drive as there don't seem to be many near me, so it's going to be a long drive...
1) I have read on the HJ write-up that the front subframe can have rot issues. Is this going to be visible "on the forecourt" if I am having a good poke around wit a torch, or is it only visible when the under tray is removed?
2) I have driven a few cars recently which don't have space in the footwell next to the clutch pedal where you can rest your foot when you're just pootling along, and not changing gear. Can I assume that Alfa is going to pass this test (because it's actually a deal beaker)!
3) I've got 2 small kids (3 and 1). I'm aware that the sw has a high lip and not bags of room in the boot, but has anyone actually found it unworkable as a family car?