Re: Hello fr. Texas
Few Alfisti in the US? Well, that might be. The make hasn't been imported here since about '94. Rumors and rumors about GM doing something with it, but (yawn).
I had been an avid member of a US Alfa forum before my 164S went south on me. I had given that (beautiful black) car so much, and it wanted more. Changed out the engine, the transmission, the catalytic converter, the sun roof motor, with many tweaks in between. I woke up one morning and said "That's it! I'm turning Japanese!" That's when I dumped the 164 and bought the Mazda. A good car. I get what I expected from it.
The 164 just about turned me off to Alfas. I dropped out of the forum and spent little time thinking about cars of any make. I even dropped my AutoWeek subscription.
I've recently had the '82 out, and though my fuel pump problem can, uh hum, interrupt a road trip, it's still a blast to play with.
As you probably know, the US market is a mix of US and Japanese brands. Jags & Audis are rare. We have a decent mix of Bimmers and Benzes. And trucks. Lots of trucks. An occasional exotic like Bentley or Ferrari graces us here in the middle of Texas. Haven't seen anything French in quite a while. We do see the Swedes on a regular basis, though I'm kind of sour on Volvos after the one my (new) wife had. She's now a Toyota driver.
Did I mention trucks here in Texas? Yeah. Lots of trucks.