Hi guys, another newbie, and a potential new owner...
Had a test drive in a 159 1750 TBi Ti today, and what a fantastic car it is! It's been a long 3years in my company Golf and I'm now thinking of taking the cash instead and buying my own car. I can't quite afford new, so I'm looking at an ex-demo with a few thousand miles on the clock.
The Golf in question was/is a 170 Tdi, so it's been plenty of fun, but the 200bhp from the Alfa is just sublime and the constant surge from 2000rpm was definitely as good as the torquey diesel, without sounding like taxi! And there were no obvious knocks and rattles from the cockpit, unlike the Golf (who said VWs had good built quality?) contrary to the urban myths I've heard about Alfas
Just to give you a bit of back-story, I've had a few mechanical problems with the Golf but being a lease car it's never really bothered me as I've never had to wait too long for a tow to the garage, argue with the dealer, arrange a hire car, ask why the DPF needed regenerating twice, wonder why all the discs had to be replaced at 40,000 miles, and why I'm on my 3rd pair of front wheel bearings...oh yes, and I had the wings and doors realigned immediately after delivery and a new steering wheel fitted because the airbag was skewed - I mean so bad that it kept distracting me from actually driving!
I suppose what I'm say is that I'm fed up of staring at a VW interior and fed up of the stuck-up attitude of the VAG group but I'm still a bit nervous about owning my own company car. I don't expect a completely trouble-free Alfa-owning experience (all cars have problems at some point!) but anything I need to look out for? Also, any positive feedback on the 159 in general, the 1750 TBi, and the Scottish dealer network would really help put my mind at rest
After all, a few niggles can easily be offset by glancing out the window at my shiny new 159, can't they?!
p.s. realistic company car alternatives are the A3 140 Sport s-tronic and 320dED (on the list due to stupidly low emissions)