Hi all - I appreciate that muh of this has been asked before but I thought I would put all my concerns into one post and hopefully will be a proud Alfa driver shortly!!
Some background - I currently drive a 1996 2.0 MR2 GT T-Bar which I have had for c. 3 years. It is now getting a bit long in the tooth and I have set out on a quest for something newer and given the MR2 is going to start costing money to repair - less high maintenance.
The Toyota was great but with a 6 month old baby completely impractical - I can go out with him or with the wife but not with both so the time has come for a 2 + 2!
So, first concern, can I get a child seat in the back (rear facing at the moment) and then later front facing? The current consensus on the forum is that I should be okay (mamas and papas sounds like the boy!) but if anyone can confirm - or even post a pic to appease the wife that would be great! Also, the wife wants something her and the sprog can, if I have her car, just jump in and drive with minimal hassle?
So, other than the small baby, the only other factor is my mileage.... about 6000 miles a year, mainly commuting through town to work with the odd client meeting - although if these are too frequent I take the wifes diesel A4.
I am fairly smitten with this car
. What do we think? Is it likely to be an expensive mistake or a joy to own? The mileage looks high - should I be put off by this or do you think my relativly low mileage will even things out over the next year or so?
Finally - I have heard (and read) some horror stories about alfa ownership - do you think I would regret this purchase? I really dont want to be condemmed to a life of sensible family cars and given that I spend 90% of my time driving alone this looks perfect? Am I looking at it with rose-tinted glasses?
Thanks in advance, any replies are appreciated as I am planning a test drive today