Re: Alfa GT JTD advice & opinions please
1. 18's look fab but won't really give you any handling advantage I wouldn't have thought. The tyres will be bloody expensive and the rims will be more easily damaged down the many potholes we have...but they look fab!
2. No, the outside circumference of the tyres is as near as dammit the same.
3. Hmm, Alfa still officially recommend 72,000 for the belts on a diesel I think, but specialists such as Jamie Porter recommend 60,000 to be on the safe side.
4. Yes, the Q2 can be added and everyone here seems to love it. It'll cost around £500-£550 all in if you get it from Autolusso or the Alfa Workshop (Jamie Porter), neither of which are 'official' service centres, but probably better than most official ones.
5. I believe I'm right in saying if you have beige leather, the lower doors are matching - any GT owners?
6. Dunno about the carpets.
7. A couple of issues I've heard people mention are - look out for dings along the underside of the sills, apparently they are easily damaged by careless mechanics when raising on a hydraulic hoist. Also, because the door windows are frameless there can be some wind noise where the glass doesn't mate properly with the rubber around the door frame.
Clonks or knocks from the front (or rear) which may indicate worn suspension bushes/ball joints. This is not uncommon on 156/147/GT's, which all share the same wishbones and similar suspension set-up.
Finally, beware of sore cheeks, you may find your face has adopted a fixed grin after driving for a few minutes.