Advantages Eye catching looks - relatively rare
Disadvantages Other peoples perceptions
I purchased my 1.6 Lusso in June 2002 from a car supermarket. I had been torn bewteen the 147 and the new Mini. I visited both dealers - the Alfa dealer was keen but couldn't come down to my price, whilst the Mini dealer was very much "I can sell 10 of these tomorrow - why should I bother trying to help you!". Frustrated I visited a car supermarket and was somewhat bewildered by the choice on offer. I would strongly recommend it to anyone - even if you don't buy from them. Seeing the car in full colour beats trying to imagine it from the 2 inch square card in the showroom.The supermarket offered a favourable rate on my car and at £12,300 it was £2300 less than list. I picked it up a few days later and was suprised to wait in-line for the keys along with about 10 other people collecting at that time. Once they hand over the keys you are on your own. I much prefer this to having a slime ball in a "Man at C&A" suit pointing out the obvious for a £2300 premium! Rather remiss of me not to check when buying, but I was pleasantly surprised by the extras I didn't know the car had. As it had been imported (from Ireland) the Supermarket had cut a deal with the supplier to add the optional 17" alloys and a boot mounted 10 disc autochanger - bargain - these would be about another £800 at list price.
Anyway, down to the car itself. As a Lusso model it comes with:
Climate control with individual control for driver and passenger.
Computer to tell you everything you never wanted to know - mpg/average speed/distance etc and rather usefully if a bulb blows - how often to you follow someone with only one brakelight!
Cruise Control - great for motorways and avoiding tickets in 30mph zones!
Airbags galore - it's almost worth crashing to see all 6 airbags go off - it must be like a bouncy castle!
Electric windows with rear lock facility to stop little hands playing.
ABS brakes and traction control.
Single slot dash mounted CD player
The worlds smallest glovebox - the lid looks huge but open it up and you can just about fit a box of matches in there!
Follow me home lights - pull the light stalk back a few times and the lights stay on for a while so you can find the front door at night.
Central locking with a separate button for just opening the boot - handy when your struggling with shopping.
Probably lots of other things I haven't found yet.
You soon learn to live with people staring at you as you drive by and the sideways glances at the traffic lights.
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