Thought I'd better say hello as I have just joined........
I am on my 3rd Alfa, now got 159 1.9 JTDM Lusso (September) and had 2 x 156's before that (2.4JTD and 1.9 JTD 16v Veloce). My Missus runs a 147 JTD 16v and I have a TVR S2 for top down fun!
I am a massive Alfa fan, as you can see and despite all the jibes from the ignorant, I have very little trouble from any of them - despite doing 30k miles per year..........I am aware tyre wear can be an issue and will update you an mine, if it helps!
Oh - 1 quick question: the 147 has had a 48k service recently, is it worth having the cambelt/water pump changed as well or can it wait until the 60k service? ATB, Al