I'm really glad to join a group of people who value beauty of design and alfa character, over the car reliability statistics.
I belive those who choose alfa, choose something more than a car and are at least one step ahead in respect of 'automobile initiation' comparing to mainstream toyota or volkswagen buyers.
I've heard so many times from 'car specialist' that I should have got an audi or VW or a merc instead of wasting money on alfa.
It is sad to hear this common opinion and difficult to argue with it.
To me alfa is most of all a beautifull car sticking out from others in the streets and I hope many alfa owners share the same view.
Personally, I had owned a 145 alfa for 7 years and it served me greatly throughout this time.
Now I have 166 with 2.4 jtd 180hp engine. Even though it is diesel I must admit it proved to go well together with the car.