There are times you curse your alfa, when it has a niggly problem etc. Or in my case this weekend when I was thinking, why didn't I get a sportwagon as I needed to get a bookcase from ikea and no way would it fit in the saloon.
My problem was easily answered, a quick trip to my folks and I borrowed my parents Hyundai matrix, a pininfarina badged Korean quasi hatch/people carrier type vehicle, that can easily fit a flat pack bookcase from ikea. I dropped my car off, and did the right thing offering both my Dad and Mum the opportunity to use the GTA should they need to get out, both declined saying the little hyundai getz they also have would be more than enough should the need arise.
Now make no mistakes my Dads car is fantastic value for money, just over £10k for a fully loaded car with a 5 year warranty. But it made me realise just how damn good my car is, my GTA has the smaller 305mm brembos and needs new discs but quite frankly the brakes on the matrix were scary. They work and stop the car fine, but not in the confident way that the alfas do. And then there was the steering, it was like piloting a barge. It did have a much better turning circle (not hard) but every corner I took was a fight to turn the wheel an insane amount.
At the end of the day I was left wondering if there was another reason my Dad didn't want to drive the GTA
But it was good to get her back