In Reply to: You all need bringing up to date..... posted by Robert (UK) on October 31, 2000 at 02:11:34:
Over the years, Alfa (like Fiat) earned an unfavorable reputation here in the US. This was NOT by accident. They were unreliable, parts were expensive and nobody wanted to work on them. This reputation made it difficult if not impossible for them to market and sell their cars and make any money here. Hence, they finally gave up and pulled out.
Had BMW earned the same reputation in the 70s and 80s, they would also be dead in the US market.
The biggest flaw in your logic is when you describe 70s and 80s BMWs STILL on the road. This isn't living in the past. I think we can safely assume these cars are now high mileage 20-30 year old hand me down cars that are still running.
The Alfa's built during that period didn't survive the 70s and 80s. Most units became garage decor within 5 years. When you see an Alfa running now, rest assured that it is in the hands of a serious collector with a really nifty set of tools.
You can certainly count on me to steer clear of cheap Italian sports cars, indefinitely.