Your never going to believe this but.....I just bought an Alfa.
Its Blue and it goes forwards and
Actually its a 2004 156 1.9JDTm (140BHP) Veloce (Leather/sport trim) in metalic silver blue with 120,000 on the clock. Got a full service history (2 Owners) but needs a few bits sorted (Got it for 2k so....
(I checked for all the points on the old auto/parkers/rac etc etc - the twin climate control thing does not get very cold and the history points to some uneven rear tire issues ongoing but other than that its peachy...) Had a last big service about 7500 miles ago and a over £1k and has plenty of bills.
Spent all yesterday valeting the thing as its was in a right old state but the interior is in great condition. Guys perviously must have been motorway cruisers as leather was as new everywhere... (At night these things are like being inside a Tie-Fighter with all the reds and yellows flashing provocativly at me.... Heaven!!!)
Forgotten what its like to own a 2nd hand car that you chose yourself rather than by circumstance and enjoyed buffing the thing gleaming in the good weather yesterday. I have always looked at the 156 from afar with a lustfull eye and now I have got one.....
Its all shiny and leathery and is such a nice place to be.
So very very happy. (Even hearing a scraping noise going over the first speed bump which i think is an common engine cover fault?) My spirits have not been set back. As a newbie diesel engine, I'm genuinly shocked how quick these cars are and thought they sound a weird note to me - my god they shift some.....!!!
As for me I'm a vet on the net as they say but not mechanically minded so I imagine it will be prehaps the odd footy/political stephen fry like prose here and there with the odd - 'if I press this button will the car blow up...' kind of dumb technical question. I do love cars though and have kept all my previous ones in excelllent nick so I'm willing to chip in and learn so dont hold back!!!
Anyway I put a few piccies attached for those that want to have a butchers at my new bride.... I'm hoping she wont have too expensive tastes especially as her next birthday is coming up shortly and she might need some new kit!!!
And so to finish - a hearty welcome to all you noble stonecutters.... whos first with the paddle......?