Originally Posted by swizzle
It's a decent sedan if you'll put up with quality control issues, reliability nightmares, and high cost of repairs once out of warranty.
No worse than most things from Germany. As long you can DIY, most cars are ok. Then it just is a question of how much time are you ready to spend DIY. My last two Alfa's had no problems. One problem that happened to the older one was a result of maintenance. Leaves blocked the draining canal in front of the windshield, the 'basin' was filled with water, that entered the cabin on turns, and fried a resistor of the ventilation that was located behind the glove box so as the windshield wiper electric motor. Got used pieces for 55€ and this the job in 5 hours. You are perpetrating the same myth as Toyota truck guys on Jeep/Ram, and German car guys on American cars. You yourself said Toyota and Honda are no more the paragon of reliability, something I as a Japanese car liker admit being true.
Another anecdote is another Fiat in my family, no problems, only recently changed timing belt for the first time after 12 years and and 130K km.