I found your site after a recommendation from another AR owner. after discussions about, what now appears to be quite a common fault, the dreaded front end 'clunking'. Also someone i know who bought an AR 156 on a recommendation made by me, has the same problem (whoops).
anyway i have had my 156 since jan this year, with 40k on the clock. not having owned an alfa before i have been met with some sceptical comments by many, such as "what do you drive while it's being repaired" etc. (but i'm used to that as i also ride a motorbike that has something of an urban legend attached to it), but this is countered by many admiring looks and comments, 'so alls fair in love and... alfa romeo ownership', i guess?
anyway i'm in the south lincs, north cambs area so if there's anyone out there who is close then it would be good to hear from you but that doesn't discount anyone else.