Second Time Around
I wasn't *planning* on getting another Alfa.
3 cars back I had a 164 3.0V6 Lusso, bought used with 50k on it. I did around 100k miles in about 3 years with no major problems, and I *loved* that car!
I went to see a 156 1.9jtd sportwagon - mostly to convince myself that it would be impractical with 3 dogs to squeeze in the back.....
Then I took a test drive....... and put the deposit down. ;^)
Well, for an almost pristine '53 plate with only 38k on the clock for under £4k it would have been rude not to!
I don't know what it is about Alfas - this one is only the 8v 115bhp lump, not massively quick, and a big change from the 2.5V6 Gallant, which revved like a bike engine, and had enough grunt to pull away from standstill in 4th.
But the Alfa just feels...... sort of 'right' somehow.
A lot of friends are underwhelmed by it, but I just tell them they have no soull! no Passion!
Now I'm agonising over tuning it - buy a plug-in box for £100 or so, or get a proper re-map done for £300-ish?