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  • Summary

    4 out of 5 4.0

    What does this car say about you?


    What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?

    Looks good / stylish but aren't Alfa's unreliable? Can't argue with any of that!

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    No. Unreliable and very poor turning circle plus poor driving position for me not great.

    What are you likely to buy next?

    BMW 5 series or Volvo V70.

  • Buying experience

    5 out of 5 5.0

    Type of dealer you bought from?

    Didn't buy from a dealer

    Did you buy this car new?


    What price did you pay?


    When did you buy the car?

    February 2011

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    Cheap and Jeremy Clarkson said you have to own an Alfa at least once.

    What was the dealer like?

  • Driving it

    4 out of 5 4.0

    What's it like to drive?

    Some occasional turbo lag but good pull from 1.9 diesel. Fast and economical. 6 gears make motorway cruising good. Bit small inside for me in drivers seat and long are short leg driving position is not good either. More than 2 hours driving can be uncomfortable.

    What's it like to park?

    Turning circle of a super tanker means maneuvering is not so easy. Rear visibility and mirrors poor. Front grille means overhang is long.

  • Living with it

    2 out of 5 2.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    Air con, twice and cost a fortune. Lots of bits fall off from time to time.

    What's most practical about your car?

    Sportwagen configuration gives reasonable load space.

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    6 gears.