I have owned my 2001 156 veloce since June, but only just registered to this site.
It seems a very helpful place for common issues with the alfas.....a few of these have happened to me personally since owning the car.
i bought the vehicle at the end of june last year,with a full service history and cambelt change after having lusted over them for a while, and decided to take the plunge despite the scare tactics people use to put you off alfas.
After 5 days of ownership, i found my car to have a major problem with the bottom end, the problem being that the cams had been starved of oil and followers virtually rounded off. (last lady was a female, who im guessing didn't really know about the oil consumption on these things!)
Anyway, after what seemed like an eternity i got my new engine in, and can now finally begin to enjoy this car.
I have the 1.8 ts veloce with sp2, and i can honestly say it is the best car i have owned.
Comfortable, great to look at, and never fails to start.
Look forward to posting more on this site soon.