Since Iíve had it about a month and sorted most of the niggles I was aware of when I bought it, I though it was time for a quick review type thingy.
So I spent nearly 6 months looking for this car, and Iím glad I stuck with it.
The way people were talking when I said I was looking for an Alfa, I was expecting to have my mechanic and bank manager on speed dial. So far, so good though, apart from the minor niggles I was aware of. Now Iím not deluded, and Iím expecting some issues to arise as some point, but I have not had to use my bike to get to work once! It seems Alfa reliability is not as bad as its reputation suggests; or maybe this reputation is based on the opinion of people who are not really Ďin the knowí.
I think as long as you do your research (which this site has helped with a lot
), and go into Alfa ownership with your eyes open, you should be fine.
It still makes me smile when I get compliments from my mates/work colleagues about the car, knowing they spent MUCH more on their bland, mundane, (admittedly newer), Astra, Ibiza, Focus etc.
So to sum up, itís a hoot to drive, it looks great and so far reliability has been better than I expected.
Sorry for the ramble and thanks for reading. Lastly I would like to say thanks to all you guys for the help so far.