Oldie but Newbie
Hello fellow Alfa nuts.
I've returned to the fold after an absence of 30+ years. In the 80's my family and I owned, for a number of years, 2 Alfa garages on the south coast, so I've a fair knowledge of what being an Alfa owner is all about. It was described to me once like being in love with a beautiful woman, 'when they are good they are very good and when they are bad they are.....'well you know the rest.
Anyway, I'm now officially retired although I do have a part time job to help finance cars, holidays etc. In a mad moment I decided to depart from the boring cars like Merc estates, Suzuki Grand Vitara etc and by myself what is arguably the best looking saloon of the past couple of decades, an '08 159 2.4 jtdm with 60000 miles on the clock. It was a bit of a barn find having only covered 1000 miles in the past two years before being put up for sale and left, literally in a barn for 5 months, covered in bird droppings, until I bought it a month ago. You can imagine I was very concerned about it's health and the state of the bodywork so I naturally bought it for a price that reflected my concerns, fingers crossed. I immediately washed it off and was surprised to find that the paintwork was pretty reasonable. Because the service history was a bit sketchy I booked it in to my local garage for a cam belt etc and a major service, it also suffered from poor cold starting so a set of glo plugs were fitted, total cost £900. Plus 4 tyres (Barrum, try them they are good) for another £450. Since then it has had an air flow sensor, it went onto limp mode a few times and this was diagnosed as the problem, plus a pre heat ecu as the glo plugs didn't cure the cold start prob. This has still not cured it and I will post a question on the tech.page.
Anyway despite all this I can honestly say when it runs properly it is without doubt one the best cars I've ever driven plus it makes me smile every time I look at it.
It is not as charismatic as possibly some of the Alfa's I've owned and I've had a few, Sprint Veloce, GTV6 and a Montreal, but it is certainly the best looking and the most practical.
Hopefully it will continue to impress me.