Re: Reliable 159s
I've had a long history of owning Alfas, and bought a 159 2.4 diesel a couple of months ago. The fuel injection failed. I then bought a 3.2 Q4. The CD changer wasn't working, the electric seats malfunctioned, the vehicle developed a tappet-like noise when the engine reached operating temperature, and the differential had a pronounced whine in fourth gear.
Neither of the two last problems could be fixed by the (very cooperative) dealership after three weeks, and, in frustration, they offered to buy the car back. The importers (Alfa Australia) didn't want to know.
The 159 was simply the best looking car under AUD100,000, but owning it was like having permanent root canal treatment. Alfa Romeos might be, as they say in the ads, "Driven by Passion", but they are still made by Italians.
I've now bought a BMW. Doesn't look as good.