Many of you will know that I drive an Alfa Romeo, and have done so since 1987. I'm currently driving my seventh.
I know, I know. They have a reputation for poor reliability.
Generally speaking I haven't found this to be true. In all that time
I've only had three problems. One was a failed starter motor (if you
ever need a starter motor for an alfasud or an alfa 33 I've got one
in the garage). Another was a transaxle problem, and the third
occurred a couple of months ago.
My current car just passed it's tenth birthday. I didn’t mean to
keep it so long, but with just 44,000 miles on it, it's still in good
condition. Probably better than some I've bought in the past. Then it
stopped. On the way home from work. After maybe half an hour I got it
going. It then refused to start after I came out of the Pizza place
one Friday night. Had to get he RAC to tow me home. The local dealer claimed to have
fixed it, but three days later it stopped in the outside lane of a
dual carriageway during rush hour. Same RAC man. Thankfully he saw
the funny side of it.
This is where Alfa Romeo are let down. The dealers. The car wasn't
safe to drive, so I asked the service manager at my local dealer for
advice. He took the view that my problems were no concern of his. He
did this in a manner that was aggressive and intimidating. Clearly he
doesn't understand that he is the public face of the brand. I ended
up paying serious money to get someone to put the car on a truck and
deliver it to the dealer, where it would have a new sensor fitted,
and the annual service carried out. Except that they forgot to do the
On top of this, I spoke to the sales people, and was quoted “four
to five months” if I wanted to buy a new car.
So yesterday I bought this.