I've been lurking around here for a while, but decided to become official yesterday after reading the 'the silent majority' thread.
I got my 147 two years ago and discovered this place about six months later when the alfa-isms started and I became very well known at the local dealers
I think I've definitely caught the Alfa bug though, because despite Alfas best efforts all want to know nowadays is whether the 149 will be out before I'm due a replacement - early 2009 - (looks like it's going to be close), or if the boss-man will increase my budget into 159 territory.
Things have improved with the 147 in case your wondering (where's that big plank?), although I do like to keep one problem current as the car seems to prefer it that way, at the minute it's the back wiper, oh and the the alarm going off when you open the boot with the remote, which I've given up on getting fixed & just unlock the car first (when I remember to, if I don't remember the car soon reminds me).
PS this is the only forum I've ever joined so go easy on me, also I don't have a descent connection at home so I'm only here during work, and if I want that 159 I should really get back to doing some now.