smoke. Lots of it!
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: United Kingdom
I get asked everyday at work whether my car has broken down yet or not.
Almost three months of trouble free driving so far (more than I expected to be honest).
Reliability is such an emotive subject and it is impossible to get a definitive statement on whether modern Alfas as 'reliable' or not because eveyone's experiences can be so varied.
However, I think a lot of the continued bad press is linked as much to the appauling dealer support than directly to the performance of the cars. Also, look at Mercedes. You only need someone like Clarkson harping on about build quality and the mud sticks for years!
Used Car Magazine recently did a feature on the 147 in which they basically summed up by saying that really there was no reason why Alfas shouldn't be as reliable as the next car, but they do need looking after. Skimp on servicing at your peril (and don't forget to change the cambelt!).
My plan was to walk into the Alfa ownership experience with my eyes open. I researched the costs & likely faults etc and weighed all the potentially negative factors against the perceived benefits. Heart ruled head to a certain extent but even it she breaks down tomorrow, I am glad I took the plunge cos I absolutely love owning an Alfa. It's brilliant.
I think a bit of unreliability adds to the charm and character of the brand. Reliability goes hand in hand with sterile, efficient, characterless, teutonic BMWs and Audis. I always wanted an Audi, but not anymore.