Well I have had the car since Friday and so far I can safely say I love it! Friday was an interesting day for the dealer in the things that went wrong... Firstly the sales dude spotted the door seal had come away on the drivers side which meant it needed replacing. So another coffee and a look around the Mangoletsi showroom again! Then when it came out of valet a light bulb warning light came on. At this point outside it was getting late and dark which meant that he didn't want to take chances with my safety so he ordered the lights be checked. Then when all seemed good he was showing me the features of the car when the engine conked out... It ran out of petrol! So he had to bog off to the nearest filling station to get fuel leaving me sat there in my new car unable to drive it! He chose an Abarth 500 to go there which was a good choice. While I was sat there a Brera 3.2 pulled away making a wonderful noise and also loved the sound of a 500 Twinair. But finally fuel was administered and I was able to go!
The car looks fantastic. It's Alfa Metallic red with the 18" dial alloys which gives it a presence. The interior, while dark, is very cosy and a nice place to sit. I was used to an automatic for the last couple of years (Prius) so a manual change is something I need to get used to but getting first gear has sometimes been hit and miss. And when cold it sometimes makes a little 'whooh' noise. But the gear change is something I'll get used to (plus its really sweet in other gears)
What amazes me is the dna system. I drive mostly in N... Which most of the time is fine. Other than the drudgery of the Runcorn bridge I have a smooth commute so I reckon with the Eco driving skills I picked up in my last car, I can get close to the 49mpg expected of it. But D turns the car into a beast! It's like I've bought a nice hatchback and a sports car in one body shell! In D the throttle is massively more responsive and the steering feels so weighty and direct.
All in all, I feel like me and Giuly are going to get on fine... I'll keep you posted.