A defector, but
still an Alfista at
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Poole, Dorset
Deutschland 10, Sweden 1, Italia 1
I have a confession to make, ten of my last eleven cars have been German, and the other one was a Saab. One month ago I bought my very first Alfa, a 159 Sportwagon, and I haven't stopped smiling since. The Germans comprised six Golf GTis and four Audis, mostly good but mostly also ever so slightly dull. My last car was the Saab, in many respects the best car I've had, fast, comfortable, 100% fault and trouble free, but also sad to say the dullest of all. I was on the point of signing on the dotted line for a new Saab 9/3, when on a whim I drove to Meridian Bournemouth who are only about one mile from my home, I thought I'd kick myself if I committed to another three years of Saab ownership without at least sitting in a car I haven't been able to get out of my mind for a year or two, an Alfa 159, and I can thank Jeremy Clarkson for that. On a fairly brief experience, I can only praise Meridien, they know how to treat customers. After our initial chat, the salesman left me alone in the showroom for a few minutes. Then he returned to say he had a 159 outside on trade plates, and would I like to have a go? Just 200 metres down the road, I knew I had to have it, nothing else would do. The steering, the feel of the car on the road, is the best I've experienced since my first Mk1 Golf GTi back in 1982, the optional 45 section low profile tyres have a lot to do with it I suppose, but it's like driving a luxurious go kart. Early days of course, but I'm fairly certain that we're going to be very happy together.