Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Motoring in Malaysia
I'm in an astoundingly good mood having bought my first Alfa - a 156.
It's the culmination of many years of yearning. At first I simply couldn't afford it, I was living in London and the only Alfa in my life were 30p tins of Alfabetti Spaghetti.
Then I started to make a little cash, not much - but enough to buy a second hand car. That said, I knew it would have to be a reliable motor as there would be no leftover notes for maintenance. I still didn't discount the Alfa but I wasn't sure.
It came to a head one evening when I was strolling back from work along Oxford Street. I saw a guy in a smart suit leaning on the side of his silver 156. He looked so cool. I'm not usually the sort to approach a stranger, but I was interested in learning about the car so I plucked up the courage to make an approach.
"What's she like to drive, mate?" I asked, full of blokey enthusiasm.
"I wish I knew, it's broken down AGAIN," he replied.
And pop went my dream for a few more years.
However, in 2006 I moved to Malaysia. I'm still not rich, but the cost of labour at the local garage is cheap. For the first time I could not only afford to buy an Alfa... but I could afford to maintain it too.
So last weekend I became the proud third owner of a silver, 1999 Selespeed 156. Yes it's old - but cars are expensive here. I had to pay £6,000 for my baby (seriously - stop laughing!).
But, for the money, it was basically that or a Proton - so I think I came out as a winner.
Anyway that's my story. It's nice to meet you all. I'm off to the technical room to find out what the strange knocking noise from the back of my car is.
Ah, the joys of Alfa ownership, I've waited a long time...