So, are we any nearer to finding a replacement yet?
Although it sounds that from what your are looking at, it will have no place on a classic car forum, we maybe all have use for the 'white goods' that passes for modern wheels.
But, more important how is the Triumph doing? Maybe that should be your everyday car and save money and score cool points at the same time. Don't rule it out so fast......
Triumph is fine. Not done any work recently due to work commitments (and this week my daughter and I have had the flu). It isn't really a practical day-to-day vehicle.
We've decided to go for the Jag X-Type estate, in diesel. It has the looks that appeal, the room required, and enough oomph to satisfy (I hope!). The only snag is I'll have to save the pennies a bit longer to get the right one. This is fine because the Alfa's MOT doesn't expire until Oct.
(BTW i know it isn't a classic, hence the post here instead of the 'Classic' section)
The Alfa 156 Sportwagon is a great car to drive. It's a real drivers car and our old 156 SW (a diesel bought from new in 2001) proved to be very reliable. The steering and suspension was great on B roads, less so over poor surfaces. The replacement 159 was a dissapointment for me, very comfortable on long dashes to Italy, but it was much less involving. The quality was impressive, but the H point was wrong and the driving experience far less entertaining. More of a comfortable tourer than a sports saloon.
The Jaguar is a nice car, I find very underrated and individual (at least here in Holland).
I wonder if you have considered one of these? I know Elliott recommended a Subaru already, but I'll guess he was talking about the Impreza. The Legacy is probably the best handling car in its class - arguably even better than the 3 Series - and has a classless classyness that is unmatched by almost anything else bar a Land Rover Defender. My parents live in the borders and all the farmers/rich landowners swear by them. Also the engine is potentially the most interesting two-litre you're likely to come across these days. I've heard the economy's not too clever though... I must admit it's hard to fault that Jag.
Depending on the list the MOT shows up, we've narrowed it down to the Jag and Audi A4 Avant (1.8 or 2.0 ltr).
Still getting shed-loads of fun from the Alfa though...
I think you should replace it with Audi A4. Because as u said its very smooth and comfortable . And if u will compare it with ur present Alfa u will definitely find some differences. You will not get all the features that u r getting from the Alfa. But Audi's collection is considered best. Final decision is yours.Goodluck.
Just a quick update.
My Alfa failed the MOT as expected, and cost almost £500 to make good. The car is hardly worth that much.
On Saturday we're going to view a Audi A4 Avant 1.9 diesel. I'll let you know my thoughts.