Re: Are Alfas an object of desire or the subject of mirth
Often people envy you for your Alfa, but stop short of taking 'the risk' of buying one. I can understand, as Alfas history of teetering on bankruptcy, some chaotic design periods, occasional appalling back-up and the cheap russian steel rust fiasco have all left their legacy.
Put that next to VW whose worst sin is the boredom of some of their product over the last 50 years, and you begin to understand why Alfa, and Italian cars in general are seen as pretty, capricious, expensive and unreliable...cars to admire, but to let other people spend/waste their money on.
If Alfa can get back to building burstproof engines (as they used to), in good looking shells that don't rust, that handle reasonably and have good backup..then they stand a chance. Otherwise they will be history as the marque can only have so many chances.