To add to starkers comment, most garages will come across and Alfa Romeo and grumble at doing any more on them, WHY? well I put it down to laziness.
Unlike your average VW, Audi or BMW parts don't just simply come off, a mechanic will have to move the odd cable and battery bracket thus more work,, but honestly they are fine to work on but as long as you have found a peach or as close as a peach then no worries.
Get some images up, post the mileage etc etc.
But Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy, most people that have never owned an Alfa will always mock... And wrongly so.