Not the best of starts
I am a new member,having recently taken ownership of a new 159ti (the 2.2 petrol version) and have had an "interesting" first couple of weeks that's for sure!
I waited 2 weeks for delivery of my car after having been told it had arrived in the country and even though we've had bad weather etc. I think the real reason was Alfa were in a desperate rush to get the Mito out to all their dealers,therefore those who had ordered cars were put to the back of the queue with the transporters.
Upon finally collecting the car (and having been given a free set of mats by the dealer,Wilson's of Chadwell Heath,as a thank you for being so patient) I drove from the dealership to my office in London,a total of 17 miles. Home-time came around,I got in the car expectantly for my first "proper" drive on the motorway home,put the key in the dash,depressed the clutch,hit the start button and ... NOTHING !!
To cut a long story short,the AA came out and messed about in the engine for a bit,told me the car would have to be recovered (which they couldn't do until the next day because of the snow) and leaving yours truly to begin the train/boat/plane experience of getting home to a slightly isolated Essex village. If it wasn't for the fact I'm self-employed and can take the odd day off to sort out these sort of things it would have been a far worse experience. It turned out eventually that there was a loose earth wire on the battery ... so much for quality control.
All in all not a good start,but now the car is running sweet and no further problems. Having come from a BMW 325 coupe previously I would say that the handling is not as good as the Bimmer but isn't far off. Acceleration is also slower,but that's to be expected from a 2.2 engine and is probably a good thing as it will preserve my licence !!
I just hope it doesn't break down again in the near future as I'm only just getting over the cries of "we told you so" from everyone I know after the last experience ... fingers crossed.