Simply fantastic... don't be scared of used Alfas
Front suspension, the ball joints and bushes in the top arm creak and knock.
Over boost problems.
Best things about this car. Looks and the way it drives and handles. The driving position is perfect for a very involving drive; the steering almost speaks to you. It makes driving a diesel very enjoyable.
The front suspension is a weak point, not helped by the shocking state of the UK's roads, so the top arms had to be replaced, as did the front anti roll bar links, which knocked; not dangerous, just annoying.
The engine is brilliant. OK, an over boost problem caused the EML light to come on and put me in limp home mode, but it was the boost control valve; not expensive, and a ten minute job to fit. It pulls like a train, and soo much torque, and no matter how I drive, it never returns less than 44mpg!
Driving an Alfa is a fantastic experience. It makes driving so much more fun. It's more involving, and I think shows imagination over choosing a BMW or a Golf.
Don't think because you drive an Alfa you'll be on first name terms with your local recovery firm.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th May, 2011