I'm based in Southend on Sea in Essex and currently own two Alfa's. One is a 2002 156 2.4JTD Sportwagon (Turismo) with Bose in Rosso Red. Second, fairly recent acquisition is a 2009 159 1.9JTDm Saloon (Lusso) in Stromboli Grey. Love them both but feel the 2.4 has the upper hand when pulling away from the lights!
From my experience I have fond memories of my Alfa's (and any I have come in to contact with), with no real upsets or breakdowns to report! Dare I say, more reliable than German cars I have owned before!
Anyway, I look forward to sharing experiences and helping out technically in any way that I can.
Ciao for now!