Just today I've traded in my 159 2.4. It's been a typical Alfa experience, you know what you're letting yourself in for when you buy one though
I bought HF06DCV from Vine Place in Durham just over 2 years ago. It was a car to replace an RX-8 which was killing me on fuel bills and I was worried about its long term health prospects.
When I bought the 159 there were 72,000 miles on the clock and a full service history. It had just had a clutch and DMF so I wasn't too worried. I only managed about 6 weeks before a trip to Tints n'Tweaks in Ashington for the obligatory DPF core and remap. Absolutely transformed the car, would recommend getting them remapped* to anyone.
After a couple of months I had to have the steering rack changed, which the warranty company MB&G (Muggers, Burglars and Gits I'm guessing) kindly declined to pay for. Couple this with a stock 'issue' at the suppliers meant it spent a month in a garage having this done - just as well it wasn't the only car I have access to (see, that's an experienced Alfa owner thinking ahead
). Could probably have done it myself and saved a few hundred had I known, but never mind.
The cam belt was looking a bit tatty so that got changed along with the pulleys and aux belt. Alternator stretch belt was a proper **** of job though!
I had to put a lower and 2 upper suspension arms on.
Glow plugs needed changing and I learned the hard way not to buy Densos...
Some monkey had had the turbo and manifold off and refitted it all badly, which needed redoing - can't blame Alfa for that though.
The whole intake manifold was chock full o'crap, which needed cleaning out - bugger of a job that was!
There were the usual incidentals like a thermostat, servicing, battery and tyres etc.
All of this is not unexpected for the age/mileage really.
So I went toddling off to the Alfa dealer to look at a Giulietta Multiair, having secretly almost persuaded myself it was soon to be mine.
Wow, what a disappointment that was. Now don't have a go, I'm just being honest. I was actually quite gutted as I really wanted another Alfa.
There was a ticky tappet from cold on a car that had done 3,800 miles.
The plastic trims on the rear doors, front door cards and sills already had scratch marks on them - they feel hard and poor quality - not even as good a material as the 159 items were made from. I feel they might look quite old, quite soon.
The bonnet closed with a really nasty CLANG - akin to an old BL car. Even my old Fiat Cinquecento sounded more solid.
The trip computer showed it had averaged 27 mpg over 2,000 odd miles - which is only a few short of the claims from some on the G forum here.
The positives though - the cabin was great, the seats really good, the dash, air con and stereo spot on, boot roomy, the rear and side views fantastic, the front view - well, would be better with smaller headlights but still not bad. It just didn't set my pants on fire as an exciting drive though, and if we're honest - an Alfa should
So I've jumped to another make for now. Might be back at some point though, not ruling anything out!
Big thanks to all here on the forum that have helped me with my Alfa ownership. A properly good group of people
*Seek recommendations on here first for a company to do your remap...