Following the unfortunate demise of my last car, it took me a while to decide what to replace it with.
My car had reached three years old and despite a sinuous, bumpy new commute that did not suit it, I could not think of anything suitable to replace it. As a result, I decided to indulge it with a few enhancements when its 48k service was due.
Well, finally the faithful Alfa made it home to the UK again from the frozen East and has now sadly growled off to a new life in the West Country...
After three years abroad, I finally returned to the UK full-time in December 2008 and it was time for new wheels...
The Alfa learns to adapt to life back in the (former) USSR, playing high-speed chicken in Moscow's take-no-prisoners traffic.
Three years. A long time to own a car, by the standards of most enthusiasts. My GTA faced two major challenges â€“ I had budget available to replace it, and a change of commute meant using roads far less favourable to the car. Would I keep it?..
Two steps forward, one step back. Thatâ€™s a familiar concept to many Alfa owners, who can find their affection for their cars tempered by some of the realities of ownership, and one that Iâ€™m going to explore in this third entry.
It's easy to identify my greatest pleasure in owning an Alfa 156. When I finish typing this sentence, I can look out of my office window as the evening sun plays on it's dark shape and stare contentedly for a while.
Having purchased my Alfa in England where I have a house but don't actually live, the obvious thing to do was to drive it over to where I do live. Obvious, unless that's Moscow. But I'm not one to let a small thing like Europe get in my way.
The first article explained more about the selection and purchase of the GTA and covered the time up to the end of 2005, this time I hope to explain a little more about the ownership and driving experiences of car through 2006.