Selling up soon :(
Join Date: Oct 2005
Having come from a Honda family, I took the plunge for an unreliable Alfa. I believe it is a myth.
They need to be serviced on the button, small problems fixed as they crop up, and use a mechanic who knows them (like Gerry in Ti Autos - good value and is an Alfa specialist).
Check the oil once a fortnight, look for any leaks under the car once a month or so.
If you do this, it should be as reliable as any other car.
Buying a late model 156 is a good idea, any problems throughout the early years are generally ironed out in later models.