Hi, just a quick intoduction as i've recently joined the Alfa clan, after trading in my unloved Nissan 200 SX for a 04 Alfa Gt and would therefore like to give you my initial impressions of my Alfa. Firstly, let me explode one widely held myth as peddled by journals such as 'What Car,' which state that all Alfas' suffer from horrendous depreciation. Well, if my 3 month long search for an afforadable Gt is anything to go by nothing could be further from the truth. I ended up paying 14K for a mint Jtd with leather interior, it really was take it or leave it from the dealer no negotiation on price, as their were buyers waiting, this car had really held its value exceptionally well.
Where to start, well for the first time in 15 years, I creep into the garage at night (whilst no ones watching) just to sit in the car, or just to look at it.
The car feels solid as a rock, the quality of the materials used far supass' those of the Nissan, whose plastic interior was a constant turn off.
There is a genuine feeling of pride in owning the car that I had never experienced with the Nissan, which although mechanically profficient, never once brought any sense of pride.
The little touches, the badge, the key ring, the fact that the wording on the dash are in Italian and the fact that it is simply beatiful, all make ownership a joy. I could never imagine posting this on the Nissan owners site.
My local dealer has just lost its franchise, (Caledonia Preston) and I am now left with a 2 hour round trip to Mangoletsis. I understand there were problems but I would prefer an average dealership to none at all.
My thoughts on this sight? What a caring, helpful lot of enthusiastic owners you are! However, trawling this site reminds me of reading one of my wifes many self help medical books, i.e after reading all the various posts I seem to have aquired or am showing symptoms of every form of mechanical defect that I never thought even existed prior to reading about them.
Anyway, I am ranting on far too much, but in summary I am really proud of my Alfa, and lam looking forward to the happy years ahead. Forza.