Hey I know what you mean about the reliability of these so called modern Alfas. I mean, mine needed to have some minor cosmetic surgery recently as a result of an errant rock leaping out and hitting the 156 on the side skirt, and slightly denting the cill, at my brother's home.
This sort of thing wouldn't have happened in the old days. No way !! Damn they don't make metal and plastic as strong as it used to be.
And so in the interim I have had to slum it by driving around in one of my brother's spare car (his collection is now well over 90, so he has a few spare), and a French car of all things. A $2k banger, Peugot 406 manual, 3.0, 24v quad cam V6. How can that sort of technology compare with the Alfas. Sacre blu !