I got 99 problems,
and the batteries 1
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: United Kingdom
I've got a 159 1.9 Lusso. It's an amazing car. I'd say the only two downfalls to it are:
1. Fuel economy is pretty awful - I'm using Fuelly and averaging at just under 40mpg
2. The rear seats don't fold - A right pain, I can't get my surfboard in, I can't get a bike in without taking it all apart
Unless people had it done when they ordered the car, or you get a TI you won't get rear folding seats. I really, really, really wanted a TI because a) they look sweet with the chrome mirrors, the side skirts, the slightly lower suspension and the red Brembo calibers; however I couldn't justify the cost for tyres for the 19" alloys. If you look around, you'll see that there aren't many options for tyres, one type of budgets (Accelera, circa £100 a corner) which get really mixed reviews, then a couple premiums (bridgestones & continental, circa £250 - £300 a corner).
I've always ummered and errred about getting a remap to make the 1.9 a bit more spirited and to smooth out the turbo lag pulling away in first, however the weak, crappy GM gearbox has really put me off, as has the whole DPF MOT saga.
Question is, would I change him for a car that has better fuel economy and was more practical for my sporty lifestyle? Answer: HECK NO!! I love my Italian Stallion, when the missus finally gets her car I'll use that for all the practical things.
When the time comes to change the car I honestly have no idea what I'll get, there are no other Alfa's that cut it for me. I really wish they'd start making some more sleek looking cars, rather than the Mito and Giulietta, both just don't look like Alfa's, if the 4C was a bit more affordable I'd look at one of them :P
You're not a true petrolhead until you have owned at least one Alfa - Jezza