2002 BMW 530i Sport
2006 Lotus Exige on order
2006 Lotus Exige on order
RotoRooterGuy said:Alfa Romeo, the Spider and Milano have always been cool cars in my book. I remember being at a party in Beverly Hills one time, all the hot cars show up.
This hep cat in a black Milano pulls up fitting right in. He looks like he jumped out of an Armani catalog and his car, while not a Rolls or Mercedes, fit right in. Everyone looked at him pulling up to the curb. So, guess that says a lot.
If one is willing to put up with the minor problems this car has, at times, Alfa's are a secret good deal IMHO.
Yeah, it's interesting to see that Fiat/Alfa tanked in the U.S. They are BIG in Europe and have some nice models.bevel450 said:I agree. They are pretty wonderful and it is a shame that poor quality and a lousy dealer network did them under as a practical purchase option years ago. I had a several of them but my favorite was a black '67 Spider ( with the beautiful boat tail) that had a 4" chop job and lowered, track suspension. There was nothing on the street that looked as threatening as that car.
Too bad that Italian cars got such a bad reputation for quality we may never see Alfas in the US again despite rumors to the contrary.
Oops, should be 1988 AFAIK they made the Alfa 75 in Europe well into the 90's though. In the US they went from 86-89.migz123 said:I didn't know that they still make that in 1998... that was my dream car in my college days (80's)... still like it very much!
Alfa is supposed to come back to the US with the 159 and Brera as early as next year. Their new director came from building the M division at BMW to what it is now and he said US reentry is key to their strategy.RotoRooterGuy said:Yeah, it's interesting to see that Fiat/Alfa tanked in the U.S. They are BIG in Europe and have some nice models.
http://alfaromeo.com/cgi-bin/pbrand.dll/ALFAROMEO_COM/models/[email protected]@@@[email protected]@@@&BV_EngineID=cccfaddhhjjdhmmcefecejgdfiidgnl.0
Note that in the "Select Countries" drop down window, the U.S. is NOT listed.
fraz said:Alfa is supposed to come back to the US with the 159 and Brera as early as next year. Their new director came from building the M division at BMW to what it is now and he said US reentry is key to their strategy.
Part of the reason the dealer network tanked was because they were not owned by Fiat at the time. They were owned and operated by the Italian government at the time which was a bad concept no matter how you slice it.
The problem with quality mainly stem from the fact that these are not Toyotas or Hondas. They need regular maintenance and timing belt/tensioners just like our Ducatis. Lots of people drove them into the ground and they got a bad rep. I can state for a fact that I can drive my car at redline ALL DAY LONG and it will not miss a beat. Why? Because I am religious on the timing belts and mechanical maintenance. The cosmetic part and paint... err... that'll happen some day
The new cars are completely different beasts with Saab chassis and GM/Maserati engines and Selectronic transmissions bred from Ferrari. They should be much more user friendly. I have never owned a new car but will be one of the first to buy a 4wd 159 when they get here!!!
A Cobb-tuned version? Neat. I've never invested much in aftermarket stuff for the cars or the bike for that matter.PC_tuner said:It's nice to know there's another suby fan on here
How do you like this STi?
Now I don't feel so bad about selling my '92 Mustang 5.0 LX coupe -- at least it's stlll in th family -- nephew is thrashing it now after 200,000 miles.brianmdavis said:Can you believe I had an original 1967 Mustang Cobra with a 428CJ I drove in high school. Perfect condition when I sold it for $3500.00. Only 800 built of this model.........
When I watch Barrett Jackson I hope not to see my car..I'd throw up....
Let's see president and CEO of Ferrari, president of Maserati, and chairman of FIAT...yeah maybe you should have.bevel450 said:His name was Luca de Montezemolo. Sure wish I had stayed in touch.