Once Alfa went "Modern" from 156 onwards the car were no longer the "drivers cars" of yore.
However,they were not as rusty,but sadly(imo)they just don`t ignite the passion anymore.
Absolutely. The 159 to me is like a pretty Italian Mondeo. Very competent, but there's nothing about it that marks it out as different to any other good modern FWD saloon.
Sadly the good old days of unique Alfas have gone, and Fiat killed it off really. The fizz of a Sud exhaust on the overrun, the clonky Alfetta gearchange, Monty Python interior design, the sound of the engine, the way they drove and the frustration when bits rusted/fell off is what made them for me. I do like 156's, but the 75 was the last proper Alfa Romeo - a car with some typical cranky design but no Fiat bits.
But considering how Fiat utterly destroyed Lancia, they've not made a bad job of Alfa.
The Sud is probebly the nicest handling Alfa ever, although the last 105 bhp cars on TRX tyres weren't as good. The Alfettas were fine once the dealer had set the geometry up - it only had to be slightly out for the thing to handle like a pig.
I never liked the 105 cars. They always felt like a Mark 4 Cortina with the rear axle wobbling about. The old Alfa farts would never admit it, but the Sud would run rings around them.