Thanks - looks like you've diagnosed my 156 noise problem
My first Alfa - a 51 plate 156 2.0 TS Lusso bought from Veloces. Generally been pretty good experience, although a couple of minor irritations with electricals.
I'm currently experiencing a vibration that only occurs on some journeys and disappears after a while. If I touch the brakes whilst the noise is there, it goes away. Sounds from this forum as though I need to get the brake pads looked at...
As far as servicing goes, I've been disappointed with my local Alfa dealers. Used the Fiat people in Kingston once and was very unimpressed. Then tried Wilson's in Epsom - the staff can be incredibly rude but they do seem to have sorted a couple of issues. Anyone got any suggestions? If not, thinking about taking it back to Veloces for servicing, albeit that's a fair distance away.
Also considering trading in for a 159....