Have I made a huge mistake??
All my life I've been surrounded by Alfa's. My dad had 2, my uncle owned a garage that specialized in maintenance/repairs of Alfa's so I suppose it was only natural that I'd own one. Well I finally did it, via a few BL cars, a handful of Fords, 2 Renaults (yes, I went back a second time) and other odds and sods that were neither fun nor inspiring.
Last week I started looking for a 156. I bid on one on ebay and then I saw it... A 'Buy It Now' for £600, it was too good to refuse. So I bought it and hated it from minute one. Not, I hasten to add, an Alfa 156 but a Lexus LS400. I don't know why I did it but fortunately I managed to swap it for a 156 2.5 V6, which makes me grin everytime I look at it.
I picked it up last night and drove back from Northampton to London more contented (as a driver!) than I have been since I owned a Triumph Dolomite Sprint. The M1 and M25 were a pleasure, something I never thought I'd say, and I just want to drive it at any opportunity now.
One drawback, I know the reputation Alfa's have and I'm worried I've just set myself up for a huge fall. But then I suppose that's one of the 'joys' of being an Alfa owner!