I'm just a few weeks into owning my first Alfa.
It's just a 147 1.6 - I wanted a manual that wasn't unduly thirsty, but I also didn't want a euro-box.
I added to the list PAS, aircon and leather seats, a big enough boot for our dog occasionally, room in the back for our two children (again occasionally) and a bit of fun.
I also didn't want to spend a fortune for something, say, six years old.
Go on, try and come up with an alternative.
Peugeot 207? Have you seen the way they upholster those seats?
Fiat...er, what Stilo, Brava? Well in a couple of years the Grand Punto looks good, but until then, no.
Anything Japanese? Look at them!
OK, BMW... I'm sorry, but there are just so many on the roads and they all look the same. They are indeed good cars, but they have no soul - spend a million pounds on optional extras and your car will still look like your neighbour's base 3 series. And actually I don't much like the look of them.
So it's the 147...after someone else has paid the depreciation.
Oh, and it's Alfa Red.