Well Jillyflower, buying an Alfa is not what most people would call the sensible choice. Buying an Alfa is a question of passion, not sense, hence my original question as to whether it was possible for Alfistas to go against the grain and to talk me OUT of buying one and keeping the BMW, as that is what most "sensible" people would do.
It's a tricky question on any forum dedicated to a particular marque especially when you compare such distinctive and fundamentally different cars as the BMW and the Alfa. One is the epitome of stolid, Teutonic efficiency whilst the other is an embodiment of creative Italian automotive artistry. How can I justify to myself (not to mention my long suffering wife) that the smaller, less practical, more temperamental but achingly beautiful 159 is the car to replace the 5 series in our garage ?