Well I'm at 1,300miles in my 2.0JTS (sportivo) Manual. I previously owned a 2.0TS base and I'd like to make the follwoing points:
1. Engine sound is a lot better than the old car, i mean A LOT better! I find it definately louder too and is reminisent of the sound of an old audi GT. I love putting the boot down! The engine is a lot more responsive too, that extra 15bhp and especially the extra torque make a big difference. The Jet Thrust Stoichometric system is definately impressive. (a good read for anyone with jts)
2. Handling has improved considerably, old TS began to heave a bit after 20k on the clock. I do find the stability management very handy in wet conditions but can also be a bit off-putting like when brakes are applied when you don't expect them, or they feel like they're sticking, so, sometimes i turn it off. Gear box is a bit tighter than the old, but i'd like it even tighter. I suppose the sports suspension has a lot to do with the better handling but i'm impressed.
3. Interior, I dunno what car you were in but the interior of my JTS is fantastic, the seats are firmer and more supportive, the new metallic console is great and the trip computer is very handy. Not one creak or squeek. The bose stereo system is amazing compared to the old one! Another point to note, I ordered an aftermarket sunroof and was a bit hesitant that it would not be of similar quality to the factory sun roof, boy was i wrong! This sun roof closes automatically when u switch off engine, has one push operation for both tilt and slide, goes further back than the factory and makes a lot less wind noise. Also it lets a lot less air in because this one has a little spoiler, Alfa's didn't, best thing i did was order this.
Only problem so far is a whining noise coming from engine thats relating directly to acceleration. Today mechanic took another look and finally thinks it's the AC unit giving this feedback. The noise is not too annoying (sounds like a little turbo) but i'm getting it fixed next week anyway.
Other than that I feel this is a far better car than my TS and i'm a happy man :-)
Paired up with my MX5 1.8 S-Special I couldn't ask for anything more.....
.... OK maybe a Marinello