I've just joined the forum and thought I would let you know about my first year in the Alfa.
I bought a 2005 55 1.9 JTDM Veloce last November. I have now added 20k to the 14k it had already done. Great car, great performance, it gets driven hard, and always gives over 50mpg.
I bought it from Veloces in North London. Would I recommend them ? Maybe, be prepared to pay over the odds, more than main dealer prices in some cases. The car was absolutely mint though, it looked like it had done 14 miles not 14,000.
I have had it serviced at the Alfa Workshop in Royston, Herts and can thoroughly recommend them. It's due a service shortly and I will be going back there again.
Have I had any problems, well one of the rear speakers doesn't handle deep bass very well, and that is it ! No other problems whatsoever. Some of the trim could be better, but I'm comparing it to my wife's Audi A3. But the Alfa drives much better than the Audi, and as for looks, need I say more ?
Anyway, I need 2 new tyres, any recommendations ? I want decent grip, but I'm not a boy racer, I want good ride and low noise, and of course, a reasonable life from them. Not much really. No budget tyre recommendations please. I went there with a Saab 9-3 Turbo I had. Went for Falken, and they were awful !