Happy New Year
It always annoys me when folks (and the press) find it easy to question the reliability of Alfa Romeos and Fiats because of the reputation they earned in the 60’s and 70’s. You may say I was lucky but I’ll share my experience: In 1986 I bought a new Alfa Spider. After 19 years it was sold in 2005. It enjoyed many reliable miles including a 1500-mile round trip from Kansas City to Colorado when it was 15 years old. In 1994 I leased a new Alfa 164 LS for 3 years. With 75,000 miles I had intended to buy it but the buy-in price was well above market so I passed. Later in 1998, eager to own another, I purchased a used 164 LS with 38,000 miles. I added 126,000 miles over the next seven years and it was sold in 2005 (with many highway miles). I enjoyed every mile on those two cars with one exception, which I’ll tell you about. On the ’95, with high mileage, one time out in the boonies I had a water pump failure and had to spend the night in a small town until the part came the next day. But never any electrical issues. I’ve been around long enough to own many cars and those two Alfa sedans stand out not only for the driving experience, but reliability. Today the Guilia and Stelvio are modern cars built in a state-of-the-art plant and I would have no qualms about their ownership based on a question of reliability. Sadly, I don’t currently own one but I’m excited about the time when I will. In the meantime I'll be driving our Toyota Avalon or my '89 C900 Turbo Convertible.
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