Alfetta a problem, but 164 was the catastrophe
My understanding is that in 1991 Alfa decided to not bring out the convertible they supposedly had been developing with some Japanese lightbulb factory (Mazda) and let them bring it out. Instead the directors were determined to make a car better than Lexus and sell in to the US Market using Chrysler dealers as well as their previous Alfa dealerships. AND THERE WAS A WONDERFUL GUARANTEE. They would even tow disabled cars back to the dealers for repair.
But nobody at Chrysler knew how to fix them and the reputation for reliability went out the window to the point that only 600 cars were sold in 1995 when Alfa quit the American market. They swore never to return until ten years had passed to avoid obligations on the 164 cars. So I waited. And waited. I kept driving my old cars. The 8c Sportiva came out for those who could afford them. I couldn't. Finally, in 2015 (20, not 10 years after leaving the US) Alfa came out with the 4c (and my wife would not crawl in and out) and then later the Giulia and Stelvio (which I have been watching, but already have too many Alfa cars).
Mazda's Miata, meanwhile, became the world's best selling convertible ever. And Alfa worked with them again, but the convertible that came out end up with Fiat. And, of course, Mazda has its new convertible too.
Then, when the Giulia and Stelvia, for some reason, Alfa tried to come up with lots of new dealers, skipping over some of those who had kept servicing us as far as possible. So what in the world is happening!! I can understand why some of those totally new dealers might not make it, and I know the wonderful head of Alfa recently died, but I certainly do hope the company keeps selling in the US and this particular dealer (with its self proclaimed "biggest Alfa Dealer in US" ad is not a forerunner of version II American market abandonment. Lots of new Alfa cars in Seattle. They are like and they should sell.
Once again, this is what I was told, but I have no expertise as to Italian auto sales in the US. I am only an Alfanut who saw his first one in Germany at age 25 and fell in love with it. I do know that many in the Northwest Alfa Romeo Club who know of my large home garage have given me their 164 cars expecting me to be able to get them running and pass them on to others. I have tried that. Problem is that if something goes wrong I get the car back. They can't find anyone who wants to work on them or can't afford to pay. But, frankly, they are more computer than mechanical and some things I can't figure out how to fix yet either.
I apologize if what I relate is not factual. It is what I have been told by others and I would very much appreciate being told the real facts. I was also led to believe that Volkswagon wanted to buy Alfa when it was owned by Fiat and not separate, and that it is only lately again a "stand alone" company. The news in this thread is very troubling to me.