Gonna enjoy this ride!
I have never considered owning an Alfa Romeo before - multiple family members have always considered them as an unreliable, expensive and exotic luxury. Following their staid advise, I have driven the 'sensible' road with Vauxhalls, Ford, Rovers, and the brief, but oft mocked deviation into Nissan 200sx.
After carefully researching newer Alfa's, I have come to the conclusion: "WHY NOT!"
So I bought a non-runner last month, my brother (mechanic spectaculare) basically did a service and replaced the variator, and today, I MOT'd, taxed and insured my new 156 2.0ts sportwagon. Apart from needing to leave the battery on charge overnight tonight so that the car will start, there is nothing wrong with her! She is beautiful, drives like a dream, cost me peanuts, and the parts that I had to get to service her cost no more in total than I have spent on my Vauxhall or Nissan.
The road tax is, admittedly, more expensive than I have had to pay on my usual car. But I figure that £50 extra every six months is a small price to pay for such a fun ride! I would pay that to have a day of 'fun' at a theme park with the family - why not pay it to have 6 months of exhilaration in a stylish and up-together Alfa!!
I will use the car nearly every day for work - I am a self-employed window cleaner (Industrial). My car is going to be used for transporting my reach and wash system trolley, and 5 jerry-cans of water, plus poles. They easily fit into the boot, with the rear seats stowed.
I have a wife and 3 small children. They do fit into the Alfa, but my wife is going to get a larger car for family excursions - probably a Rover 75. Now you understand why I NEED my sportwagon. Sanity level after driving Rover 75 with 3 children en tow is going to suffer. My Alfa will be my freedom - my claim for 'maleness' - my bite of the apple!
And I will need you guys to advise me on how to keep it on the road over the ensuing months and years! Please!!