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AO Gold Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: South Africa
County: Western Cape
..."owning an old Alfa..."
It depends on who owned it before. I have 3 "old" alfas. My 156 is the best of the lot, 2006 TS Lusso, owned since it was a baby. But I owned it. Nothing broke on it. Still going strong in it's 5th year and only cost me maintenance. And you know what? She still drives like a brand new car. The leather looks new, the interior still smells of leather when I open the door. I went to test drive a brand new 320i the other day. I got back into my car and was happy to have it. The 320i was full of cheaper plastics and even though it didn't rattle, just the thought of having to touch that everyday turned me off! It also wasn't as comfortable.
Before the BMW I went to test drive the Honda Accord. I touched the door handle and recoiled! It looks chrome but is actually chromed plastic. I can't live with that level of cheapness!
I also own a GTV 3.0 that needs new rear suspension bushes and shocks. Those are normal wear and tear items.
Then I also own an Alfetta 159i (sold as the Alfetta Motronic or Alfetta Quadrifoglio Oro in other markets). It's a 1985 model. It's the first alfa I've owned, have it now for 14 years and I love it to bits. It requires more maintenace, but with this maintenance, it doesn't break down! 10 years ago i quit my job and sold everything and went back to study full time for 4 years, and kept the Alfetta as my daily drive. I had to neglect it during this period, but afterwards I caught up with all maintennace that was behind, and she still goes strong...
Just like with any other car, if you neglect it, it will break. If you maintain it, then it won't. Older Alfas just need a little more TLC and maintenance but then they will reward you with passion!