After months of hesitation I finally decided to buy my first Alfa, I collected my 2008 1.8ts GT blackline yesterday and suddenly understand what you lot are on about. Went for a drive yesterday and just kept smiling, and I can't stop looking at it. The wife thinks I'm in mid-life crisis but having had lots of reliable family cars its just so nice to have something that looks and drives like the GT. Yes there are a couple of issues, mainly with the suspension (checked the forum for some ideas) and it will go back for fixing under warranty, but I think I can say already that this will be my favourite car in 20 years of driving. Look forward to lots more miles!