Yeah, I've done it!!
Well I finally managed to do it... got myself my first Alfa!! I'm one happy camper, an '07 159 3.2 Q4.
I looked around at the cars on the market right now and was completely numbed by the dull options available for my need/price range, and suddenly the 159 shone out like a beacon! Well so far so good, it's been a great experience - being involved in the driving experience in a way that I haven't had for quite a while.
Good to be part of the community, and I hope to talk with some of you soon!