I have been a 159 Ti owner for 2years now and have really enjoyed the car. Cant say a bad word about it. I have been fortunate enough to own a rare white 2009 model which has meant that i have pretty much been driving round in the most exclusive 159 colour schemes... Best colour in my opinion.
However, the one problem i do have is that i have recently put the car on the market with desirable selling points such as impeccable service/ maintenance history, 12 months MoT, 6 months tax, new tyres, new discs and pads, new cambelt and water pump etc.... BUT it would appear that i paid a premium for the WHITE when i bought the car 2 years ago. Im pretty certain that this is the only car i have ever known to suffer from such a premium due to the colour alone.
Now that i am trying to sell the car (at a premium admittedly) i have realised that the Alfa Romeo audience is quite a niche market. This cloud of unreliability still shadows Alfa although the 159 is a completely sound mechanical and electrical automobile.
Can anyone therefore advise where is best to advertise my car as Autotrader, Ebay and Gumtree seem to be attracting time wasters and people trying to use unreliability as an excuse for putting in ridiculous offers.
I had similar issues to you in trying to sell my 159 1.9 Lusso. I had some outragous scam attempts and despite a few calls from what appeared to be genuine buyers, they were all too far away to bother coming to view which is what I believed needed to happen as the car was/is really nice. I tried Pistonheads (which I successfully sold my previous 156 through) and Autotrader and also Motors.co.uk which is free.
I couldn't fathom the lack of interest, I thought I had the car reasonably priced, in fact it was the cheapest of all comparable age/mileage/condition that was advertised at the time. I had a few calls from car dealers offering to sell on my behalf (so they could market it without any investment) and was a bit dubious at first but eventually agreed to do this (needed the space) with a garage that seemed legit and were confident they could sell and give me something close to what I felt the car was worth. I had done this before many years ago with a motorbike and it worked pretty well. This process is still ongoing and it appears my car has now sold subject to a finance application going through for the purchaser.
Somewhat frustratingly, I have recently had a couple of enquiries from interested buyers who have seen the car on Motors.co.uk which I hadn't realised was still running and I was on the verge of pulling the car out when they 'sold' it and I have this backup if the sale falls through.
I think Alfa are very much a niche market, you either love them or have swallowed the unreliability bullsh1te and wouldn't touch one with a bargepole. My two have both been superbly reliable and I would probably be buying another if there were a viable option but the difficult sale of mine has put me off a little bit to be honest. I also think sites like this whilst being invaluable in many ways also breed a lot of negativity about certain models, sometimes I believe a little unfairly and I think the 1.9 M32 gearbox issue is one of them. I'm convinced this affected my attempts at selling.
Anyway, enough of my rambling, I miss my 159 a lot, have succumbed to the lure of a boring German alternative (A6 Avant)*awaits the flaming* which is a far superior car in every way apart from the rather important aspects like 'fun' and 'soul'. I will hopefully return to Alfa at some point eventually when the Guilia is launched.
If you want any info on the dealer I am using to sell, please pm me, I don't really want to post details whilst the sale is still going through!
Good luck with your sale.