AO Platinum Member
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
The reputation is a 70's 80's throwback.
They are wonderful cars and I think the newer the more reliable.
In essence they are no different to any other marque. They all have little niggles.
My one complaint over three older Alfas has been suspension wear. It seems excessive but go on another marque forum and you'll find genuine honest folk will tell you of the problems on that marque.
One last thing, be prepared for a bit on envy channelled through comments like "At the garage again?" etc.
I went from a creaking 159 to a Mercedes. The latter is a little older and higher miles but whereas the electric door mirrors were faultless on the 159 (and initially the MB) they don't work any longer (German electricity not working, who'd have thought).
Headlight washers don't work on the MB either and used to, guess what? The 159's were fine.
If you like it do it.
I'm not going anywhere, I'm just going.
Statements above are all my own opinion and not fact.