Tony - I have been an Alfa Romeo owner since 1984. How about you guys? 5 Alfasuds, a 33 16v, 164TS, 75 1.8 Turbo, 75 TS.
I've only owned the 166 and a 155, so there's no comparison to your experience of the marque. However, I always wanted an old GTV6 and an Alfasud Ti when I was younger (and couldn't afford them!).
I also love old classic BMW's - like Alfa Romeo, they don't make them like they used to. Why you need to be so blinkered is beyond me, but I am a CAR enthusiast. There are other cars out there you know
I'm not blinkered, Andy. I've driven around 50 different cars in my time, from Mini to Porsche & Maserati...even BMWs
. My girlfriend has a new one and I have driven it a lot. I recently spent many hours driving it from Süd Tirol back to Berlin. It's well built and is reliable but do I like it? Do I get any thrill from driving it? Does it put a smile on my face when I slip behind the wheel? Nope! And the cost, especially if you add the options, is outrageous. For me, German cars are utterly efficient but they are lacking in soul, in style, in character. I work in Germany and I know the German people and their mentality. You can see why they produce the cars they do. I've driven old and new VWs, Audis, BMWs, Porsches and they just don't have the Italian style or the French character. The only German car which appeals to me is a Mercedes CL600 and I don't have a spare £100K at the moment
I would love to know upon what basis you form your opinion?
But, hey, as I've said many times before, each to his own. BMW sell a lot more cars than Alfa or Citroen and good luck to them. They're just not what I would buy given a free choice. Incidentally, one of my girlfriend's neighbours has a CSL...