Now I know the truth.
I avoided Alfas for 40 years, by reputation.
On my decent pension I can now afford the possible repairs. The 147 TS Lusso is a dream. Light, accurate, steering. Light clutch, smooth gearbox, TS engine revs lovely above 4000 rpm. The chassis is stable and tight in the twisties. Plenty of feedback from the road.
The car shows all the signs of a thoroughbred driver's car. Makes a Golf feel like a jelly. Why are so many people scared of Alfas? It's like some sort of conspiracy.