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Much of my family on my fathers side are loyal Alfa drivers. Of them, my aunt and uncle are biomedical engineers specializing in molecular imaging agents, and own a small research and development company in the Trentino-South Tyrol region of northern Italy. Their work requires that they travel frequently to rather distant neighboring regions oftentimes via automobile . They both rely on their Alfas to get them where they need to go with few complaints, and have been doing so for decades. My aunt currently drives a 147 1.9JTD turbodiesel, and my uncle drives a 166 3.0 24V V6, the latter of which I had the opportunity to drive on my last visit. It is an easy car to fall in love with... and is also one that few words can describe. AMAZING in short, and painfully beautiful. Unlike any car I have ever experienced.

Alfa Romeo has never been known for building particulary durable or reliable cars. But they are known for building highly individual automobiles that possess an unmatched sense of sensuality and spirit... which is why people buy them. Alfa Romeo has consistently created designs that have been passionately sculpted and styled, which have been formulated to perform enthusiastically (to say the least) with sport & performance oriented suspension and powerplant combinations within each model line and at all levels of economy. Their cars are highly expressive, more so than any other mid level make... offering a personality and driving experience that cannot be found in any of their competition.

My father owned a 1988 Milano Verde, and a 1994 164LS. Both cars were stunning. And both shared the same typically Alfa personality of requiring raised attention, care, and maintenance over the MB's he owned at the same time. Older models fall apart more and more with the turn of each season, unless they are pampered and kept garaged. The newer models have been siginifigantly improved and tend to hold together a bit better and longer, but the usuaql mechanical aspects of the cars remain fussy to say the least. Alfas require patience to own, but the investment in care is far more than returned when the car is running properly and you are planted behind the wheel. Its part of the ownership experience.

My aunt and uncle have little to complain about, as the typical Alfa issues are expected, and dealt with in return for a pleasantly unique driving experience. They do not have children, nor do they particularly want any; they have humorously expressed in the past "why have children when you own an Alfa Romeo? They are a labor of love, and return in compensation almost like a living organism" I honestly couldnt find an argument against that... I dont know of any car that posesses so many of the the fussy, futile, entertaining, loveable, personable characteristics that Alfas do... they are almost human like in their own mechanical spontaneity! My aunt and uncles serious complaints do not lie in regards to the Alfa product, but are direct towards the downfall in dealership service quality which has been a long time complaint from many of Alfas clients for a considerable amt. of time. But the loyal enthusiasts continue to drive Alfas, buy Alfas, and love them.

I cannot say I wouldnt be tempted to purchase an Alfa in the future if and when they make their return to the U.S. with a sedan. I'll still have my trusty MBZ's to fall back on when the inevitable Alfa mechanical fowl-ups occur. Theres no denying that their cars are some of the most compelling from a design and perfomance standpoint, and evoke incomparable levels of varying emotion. I guess I wont get a dog, OR have children either.

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That is pure propaganda by inferior curs crawling around in the mud.

You need to read more.

I read plenty you old two dollar forty cent Hoe
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It again shows the vastly superior Italian mind. The rest of the world was living in mud huts when we were building the Roman empire.

And you'll never catch up.


Whatever you THINK, but why do you still have that ugly butch bitch still as your avatar...if thats your idea of good looking, then thats all the intellect I need to judge your above statement..

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Maybe your bloodline is from the street, but I'm a descendant of the Roman Empire.
Vastly superior in every way.

Yes it is apparent you are a direct descendant of Incatatus.

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Never had an Alfa, but after a '74 E type, and two Rolls Royces I can tell you the bad reputations are well earned on the English side. These British pieces of shit are unbelievable, you have to own one to understand how deplorable they are compared to modern machinery, say a 1950 Cadillac or something. Sure they have some postive things going for them but so did Hitler and Sadam.
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Yes it is apparent you are a direct descendant of Incatatus.
LOL, Don't tell Gert, he'll be smacking his chops.
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As a current owner of a German car and and a Japanese car, I feel duty bound to locate and purchase an Italian car to complete the Axis. I'm thinking Maserati. I'd like one of the really sexy ones, please.

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It again shows the vastly superior Italian mind. The rest of the world was living in mud huts when we were building the Roman empire.
And you'll never catch up.
To bad that was the last thing of any importance that you did.
Kind of reminds me of that old saw:
Q: Why does the new Italian Navy have glass bottom ships?
A: So they can see the old Italian Navy.

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