A flawed beauty
Immobilizer failed after 2 months. Car was off the road for 3 weeks as keys had to be returned to Italy for a new 'keybox' to be made.
Rear wheel bearings had to be replaced after 6000 miles.
Due to very uneven tyre wear the tracking has had to be adjusted 3 times since new.
The bolt on the tracking rod seized after 30000 miles.
Faulty ABS sensor replaced after 31000 miles.
The rear brake hose (N/S) failed causing the brakes to seize. Both hoses and pads had to be replaced after 32000 miles.
The car is a delight to drive. The engine is quick and responsive.
Superb fuel economy on long motorway journeys - very thirsty on short trips.
Best looking saloon on the roads - bar none!
Handles extremely well. Great fun to throw around corners on country roads.
If only the reliability and build quality were better Alfa would have a world beater on its' hands.
Owning an Alfa is like parenting a difficult child - you love it despite its' faults.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th September, 2002