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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Lonn, Mar 19, 2017.
These new models are unbelievable.
I have always loved Alfas. I had a friend in high school whose father had the dealership in CT-- he always had the coolest cars! Another friend used to race them.
I saw one last week leaving Amelia Island. Gorgeous! I run the numbers to see if a divorce would be worth it..
I used to work on a Doctor owned Alpha convertable that was immaculate. Do not remember the exact model or year, late 60's I think -
It has a header on it from the factory with dual carbs and is a bigtime boogie machine. Everything about the car is well thought out and the quality is thru the convertible.
This new Quadrifoglio is a class-beater ($70k+ performance car) -- all the auto journalist commentary I've heard is that they love it.
The motor is effectively a Ferrari California ($200k) twin-turbo V8 minus 2 cylinders. At the last minute, they decided it should only have an auto gearbox.
What will be interesting is its reliability as a used car in 3-5 years. Alpha didn't have a great record for reliability the last time they sold cars in the U.S.
They look absolutely outstanding but the built quality is really substandard.
I love how they drive, I really love the engines and the design is always another level.
If they only learn how to build the ****.
Life is good,
I'm guessing their reliability issues are in the past.
What the world needs are Italian-designed cars that are built with Japanese parts. Kind of like my '93 MR-2, which basically a Ferrari Dino with a Turbo.
They are getting great early reviews. The Quadrifoglio is an amazing car end to end. But I have already heard stories (more than one) of them quitting abruptly in traffic. Rather than buying an early one, I'd wait a bit.
I wouldn't count on it.
I sold a 1990 Alfa Romeo Spider to go to the Petaluma Roguestock last year.
I call myself an experienced driver, but I've never owned an Alfa Romeo! I don't think I ever will now!
I did have a Lancia Delta Integrale a long time ago and that was a beast! I wish I still had that one!
Way, way back a long time ago I had a Jaguar XK150. Noved the heck out of it, more problems than you can imagine. It was a '59 that I bought in 1967 from a friend's dad who hadn't taken the best care of it. It ate fuel pumps. All you had to do was open the hood and just look at those Solex carbs and it would be out of tune. Took every cent I could scrape up to keep it on the road. But O, it was glorious in the highway.
I hope that FCA survives and Alfa does well. I own a FIAT 500 which has been completely reliable for 4 years now. I do think that FCA's CEO is considering pulling the FIAT 500 model from US imports though. Full efficient small cars just aren't preferred by US consumers. The used electric version of the 500 sells for pennies now. Too bad it doesn't have a 200 mile range, and I don't think that FCA is working on a redesigned electric 500 that will have a longer range.
It should look good, after all they've just copied the BMW 3 series.
I'd want performance and reliability. To me, that says made in the US, Germany, or Japan. There is no arguing with how beautiful some Italian cars are, but I'm not sold on their reliability.
If you can afford that car you can afford the mechanic to keep it on the road. Just like the old Jaguars.
I love Alfa's and have had quite a few over the years, an old 175, 156 GTA, GTV spider, 2 159s and the missus had a 147. All excellent reliable cars and in every way just as a good as the Audi I have now. they always worked out really cheap to buy and run versus equivalent quality German cars too. The old 156 GTA was by far the best driving 4 door I've driven.
Lonn, I bought my xk150 for $800 in 1967. Spent more on upkeep than I did buying it. Had to go.
Here's a review of the Giulia