I bought my 2008 GT Blackline diesel three years ago when the running costs of 20,000 miles a year on a heavily modded Fiat Coupe became silly. I bought it cheap (just over £4k) as it had 150,000 miles on the clock. I knew that with that mileage, a biggish bill was an inevitability and I have always been prepared to call it a day and send it to the breakers if repair became too expensive. However, despite trying very hard not to get too attached to it, I've failed and I rather like the rattly old beast.
In the three years I've had it, I've put another 62,000 miles on it, so its now on 212,000 and still going strong. In those three years its had the following:-
New top & bottom front wishbones as soon as I had it, inc droplinks and ARB bushes
Secondhand shocks & springs
clutch & flywheel
remap & EGR delete
Rear suspension arms x4
Cambelt and water pump (twice)
Its now desperately in need of upper wishbones again, but I'm told that 60,000 miles isn't a bad mileage from them. I'm also just about to fit a pair of secondhand driveshafts after the inner joint developed a huge amount of play and a serious vibration at anything above 70mph.
The aspect that prompted this post was the fact that I've monitored the fuel consumption since I had it and despite the fairly hefty mileage, the stats are as follows:-
Exactly 100 tanks of fuel (always a full tank)
12.2p per mile
So - with 212,000 miles on it, how long does it have left? Do these old diesel lumps go on forever? Whilst I've been promising myself a "nice car" (Merc CLS 320CDi, Audi A8 3.0TDi, BMW 535D etc) for the daily commute up and down the M42, I'm beginning to think that the smart thing to do is just keep running the GT until it dies. I'm pretty certain I'd struggle to sell it now anyway, so I might as well hang onto it
So - my first Alfa is a rattly, smoky old diesel, and I'm still hooked.....