This is the Readers Digest version
At the time I bought my Alfa it seemed like such a good plan.
Sell the reliable (no, really) and well sorted 3 door Stilo JTD to a mate and buy a nice black 5 door Alfa 147 Ti.
So I did.
That's when the troubles started, the like of which I've never experienced with an Italian car - and I've had a few Italian cars over the years.
In a nutshell the car is now on gearbox number 3, actually that would be gearbox 4, if you count one that went 'missing in the post', clutch number 2 and MAF number 2 too. Oh, and a rebuilt rear wiper motor.
Now in fairness this has - more or less - all been covered under the one year comprehensive warranty that came as part of the deal to buy the car in the first place. Boy, am I glad I got that in the deal...... I'd be utterly skint by now if it weren't for the warranty. The upshot is most of the mechanics, the DET and the service staff at Donald MacKenzie have got to know my mood swings well
I can't quibble their willingness to resolve issues.
When you consider that I only bought it in October 2010 and it's the last day of May 2011 as I write, you might be surprised to know the car spent a grand total of 9 weeks away at the dealer being fixed.
I'd not really 'bonded' with it until recently. In fact I resented seeing it at all.
Can't think why.
The only reason I've 'bonded' with it now is I've had my first two weeks with no issues at all and have spent the last two days washing, tar spotting, cleaning and polishing the car with the occasional help of my good lady wife. Black cars are always tricky to get right but it looks incredibly
good and that very nearly almost makes up for all the hassles to date. In theory, there's not much left to go wrong although I'm pretty sure the suspension needs an overhaul. It's not 100% right, bushes maybe but I suspect the struts are a smidgen soft. I might swap them out for something else, but I will not be lowering the car any time soon.
So here I am, still with an addiction to Italian motors. Will I ever
Almost certainly not