I've said it before, I'll say it again, I didn't buy my GTV for it's reputation on reliability...
I completely agree GTV Rob. I bought my GTV with people laughing at me. Funnily enough it was only weeks after Top Gear did their bit on buying an Alfa for under a grand; Jezza bought the 75, Hammond the old Spider and May the 2.0 GTV. So I had friends and family asking why I was buying such a car. I answered: purely for the experience, nothing else.
You see, some people have never experienced anything other than your everyday A-B car and some simply don't understand the appeal of a sports car. My brother can see the appeal of speed but doesn't understand why I'd want a small, firm car. He has a BSR tuned Saab. It's quick but has all the soul and feel of a brick. The complete opposite of the GTV, which has character by the bucket load.
That said, I still empathise with those who feel cheated or let down by an Alfa. Let it be ignorance or constant bad luck, it's not nice buying what to many is their dream car, only to endure payout after payout. Some of us may be fortunate, we may have the funds or knowledge to get things sorted without too much inconvenience. Some are enthusiasts to the point of madness - treating any problem as a welcoming challenge (MG of owners of yonder know where I'm coming from!).
Those that aren't this fortunate do need a shoulder to cry on. An Alfa GTV is great fun, I've driven almost every car type available and there's only one or two that can hold a candle to the GTV in terms of price/performance. But don't expect that fun to last unless you're ready with your wallet or lucky. I don't, and I'll tell it like it is, hence my previous posts in this thread.