Chris (et al).
I have had an extensive test drive in all conditions in a GT JTDm.
We're talking a day long blast around some of the best back roads Warwickshire has to offer (the testing route used by Aston & Jag
) plus the motorways. I've also had several lease cars (Pug 406 HDMi & TDCi Focus) and done well in excess of 30k in them (in one year). Wife also owned a 1.7DTi Astra a few years back. Even had a play in a 147 Q2 Sport
The engines are OK but for me, they lack the finesse of a well sorted petrol unit.
Compare directly to my previous 156 JTS Veloce, the JTDm units are inflexible (you get all that promise of power then hit a wall), the noise is agricultural (granted, the Fiat / Alfa engine is the best of the bunch though), all the torque makes the electronic chassis systems work overtime (now sorted via Q2 - soon to be fitted to our V6 GT) and then it comes to the pumps
Slippery, smelly oily stuff everywhere
Tried, tested, not for me, sorry, although I respect other peoples choices; these are just my reasons
Oh, and the GT handles like a 156 SW
Good but no where near as tight as the 156 saloon
Also, remember our car history - we owned 2 x 156 JTS Veloce's simultaneously. Changed the SW for the 3.2V6 GT, 156 saloon got totalled by some crinkly on 19/9/07
, along comes the 159Ti (best of the lot by quite some way, even if it could do with a tad more grunt and a few extra mpg
I'm rambling now but the defence (for petrol) rests its case