Alfa Romeo commits to U.S. return

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  1. iGav macrumors G3

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    There you go Lord Blackadder, you were only saying this in the Brit Sports Car thread...

    Get saving fella. ;)

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  2. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Awesome.

    I've always dreamed of owning an Alfa.

    I think I'll be able to persuade my mother into getting a 159 by next summer if this rumor is indeed true. :cool:

    I'd love to see the 159 over here in the same form as the current car, because the design is absolutely stunning.
     
  3. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    What was the last Alfa model sold in the U.S.?

    Sublime engines though... :)
     
  4. bartelby macrumors Core

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    I hope you live in one of the warmer US states. Otherwise you can enjoy the quirky Italian electricals in Alfas.

    My old 146ti hates the cold (not that it gets really cold over here).

    The left indicator won't work
    Trying to keep the windows mist free is impossible (no weighty A/C in my car)
    The rear pads love to freeze to the discs overnight.
    And several other little things.

    But those problems are greatly out weighed by hearing a 2.0l Twin-Spark revving to 5000 (with another 2500 to go).
    I doubt the US will see any TS engines as they're being phased out for the JTS engines.

    I had a close look at a Brera the other day in Bristol.
    It's without doubt the most beautiful road car I've ever seen (after the Alfa SZ).


    Oh and TVR have laid off most of their workers while the Russian guy decides where to move it to.
    It's still going to have a UK "Presence" but not necessarily the production of the cars.
     
  5. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    I thought you had a 147?

    A couple of years ago... I was visiting friends, and he'd just bought a 1.8 Twin Spark 147, and after a few beers we sat in the car park (they lived in the middle of one ;)) just revving it to the 7500 redline... sweet, sweet music. :D
     
  6. iGary Guest

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    I had an Alfa Spyder. I do hope the reliability has improved. :rolleyes:
     
  7. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I was thinking that the last Alfa Romeo on the road happened to be a Honda/Acura. :D It has to have been over 10 years now since Alfa Romeo actually sold something and the Alfetta was probably the last model that actually sold well. However, the last model sold was the Spyder.

    Unless the quality is up and the funkiness is gone, theyll be gone quickly again.
     
  8. jaydub macrumors 6502a

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    This is great news! There needs to be someone who makes VW look reliable! :D
     
  9. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I believe that's why VW bought Lamborghini. ;)
     
  10. garybUK Guest

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    What are you talking about? VW are some of the most reliable cars out there!!!
     
  11. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I'm on my fourth VW now. I can't say that they're the worst but some of the most reliable? I don't think so. My repair orders tell a different story.

    Hopefully, Alfa Romeo can meet or beat VW in that regard.
     
  12. garybUK Guest

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    Well my family and friends have had a variety of golf / polo's and they have been superb very very well built and very reliable. Guess it maybe because they are built differently over there.

    Alfa's used to be shocking, known for rusting and they depreciate like hell. The new one does look a very nice car though.
     
  13. jaydub macrumors 6502a

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    I have owned four VW's as well. My motto was simple: I loved driving them, but I hated owning them.

    The funny part, however, is that I would do it all over again. I hope to buy a new passat someday.
     
  14. jayb2000 macrumors 6502a

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    Vw

    My 2002 Passat has been nothing but a pleasure.
    Besides basic stuff (oil, tires, etc) I have not had any issues.

    Back on Topic:
    That 159 Sport Wagon does look pretty sweet. Too bad we wont get the 200HP Diesel here.
     
  15. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Nope, a 97 146ti (2.0l Twinspark)
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    Oh and the old "ti"s and nothing like the new "ti"s.
    The new ones only have a 1.8 and they're no lighter than the standard 1.8.
     
  16. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    I live near Boston - but I'm sure the quality has greatly improved since they were last sold here.
     
  17. bartelby macrumors Core

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    My Alfa has quirky electronics, nothing serious though.
    Reliability wise it's been great. I have the full service details since the car was new. Right down to the receipt for 2 rubber grommets for the hand brake cable housing.
    She's done getting on for 150,000 miles and has had:
    2 sets of suspension
    2 clutches
    2 clutch cylinders.
    (meaning parts have been replaced once)
    3 radiators, 2 of which were punctured by small stones (which lead me to add the grill behind the front faring you can see on the photo above.)


    She's never failed to start, never broken down (you realise I'm tempting fate don't you) has only recently started to cost lots to get through MOTs as original parts needed replacing (clutch, suspension).
    She has been known to do 110 with 4 adults and a boot (trunk) full of stuff.

    And she even survived some little prick keying her from the front indicator to the back one on the passenger side.
     
  18. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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    Acid Trip.
     
  19. CompUser Guest

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    I must strongly disagree. Her Touareg has had so many problems in the almost 1 year we have owned it.

    Lets see....
    - Trunk would not unlock
    - Trunk would not latch shut
    - Starter died
    - 1 replaced Headlight bulb
    - License plate lights 2x
    - 1 Tail light bulb replaced
    - Broken Radio/nav buttons
    - Some suspension problem (ball joint?)

    Not quite as bad as my dads discovery (2003)
    - Stuck door lock LH-Rear 2x
    - Stuck door handle for tail gate
    - Broken sunroof
    - Oil leak
    - Power steering fluid leak
    - Windshield wiper fluid pump broke
    - Rear EAS control module
    - Dashboard lights galore
    - SRS Airbag error
    - Rear window roller downer mechanism
    - Fuel Pump
    ^^All I can think of off the top of my head

    I find it amazing that cars have been around for so long and many of them seem to be very unreliable. The Japanese and United States are the only ones that can get it right. Too bad american cars are so cheap and fugly.
     
  20. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    Personally I'd rather give up a little reliability for a car with a soul. ;)
     
  21. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Couldn't agree more!!
     
  22. Chundles macrumors G4

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    You guys don't have Alfa there? Gorgeous cars, the GT looks awesome as does the Brera. I'd love to see the 8C Competizione in production, I've heard rumours it could be on the way.

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  23. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    It's all about soul. Damn the reliability; learn to wrench it yourself.

    I'd rather have a leaky, creaky, mechanical nervous wreck of a classic British roadster than a brand new plastic Honda that never lets you down.

    And my parents own a new Civic. I hate it.
    It's to cars what McDonald's is to cuisine, what IKEA is to cabinetmaking.
     
  24. bartelby macrumors Core

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    It is going into production, a limited production I think.
    That moron Di Montezemolo has finally let Alfa make it.
     
  25. jaydub macrumors 6502a

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    I always thought the concept of a car with that X factor (you refer to it as soul) was total bs, but my Hondas (and my current Scion) don't come close to producing the driving satisfaction any of my VW's had. I drove a friend's 2005 Passat for a weekend and it really reminded me what I was missing. :\
     

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