Hello fellow addicts.
I bought my sexy Red 3.0L V6 Super Lusso 166 in November 2010 from a similar enthusiast.
It's my first Alfa & I'm smitten.
I've never been that much into cars as I have never been able to afford anything remotely interesting. I think I was spoiled by a father who had Mk 2 Jags, Humber Sceptres, MGs, Vintage Healey Tickfords etc. so I've been mostly amused by motorbikes & recently a WW2 Truck!
I'm a "poor" 53 year old mining equipment design engineer and my brain still bleeds at the amount of car I have got for £1500 !!
My remit was I wanted something with comfort and style & a bit different. And CHEAP!
Not worried about fuel consumption (
) or reliability, as I cycle to work. I'm pretty handy with engineering & maintenance (I changed out my Renault clutch lying in the snow just before getting the Alfa) so I am not put off by a little work. I bought it with new cambelts & pullies & 120K on the clock. It's got some knocks & dints but I have been running it, reliably, for 2narf years (135K now) and I am loving it. Absolutely loving it. The engine is a delight and has run faultlessly. It's not a sports car, I don't drive like that any more, but it still makes me smile every time I sit in the black momo seats & listen to that V6 burble. I have a Benelli Tornado motorbike (there's no hope is there?) and it has the same, never ending crescendo of power from nothing revs to max out (12K in the Benelli's case).
Yes, there are niggles, the boot lid has to be dropped from just the right height to catch, I have intermittent cruise control which is really annoying, and there is the "very" worrying intermittent ABS light which could see it off the road! Maintenance: I have had to replace both front bottom suspension arms & broken springs & the rear merc bushes are next. The clutch was going when I bought it, but hidden by the electronics. That went last year but I found a fantastic Indian gentleman who did it for me for £450! (That should see it to 200K). One rear door doesn't unlock & the SatNav has croaked, but I have Tom Tom. The biggest trouble I have had is with headlights and sidelights. As a designer, I cannot quantify the bucket of vitriol I have for the way they design modern cars. Someone needs to have their nads trod on. (Tip: Halfords fit bulbs for £3.99)
All in all, I am still very much smiling, and so is my girlfriend !