After 18 months and 30,000 miles of Alfa driving I'm bidding goodbye to my GT Q2.
The Q2 is a beautiful car to drive on fast, open roads with a smooth surface. This winter, however, I've spent most of my time tip toeing between pot holes.
I'm happy to report that in my ownership the car was impeccable, refined, smooth, and had an excellent build quality. I didn't have any rear hatch, or dash rattles, no strange electrical problems. Tyre wear was very acceptable on the P-zero rossos (20k on the front and 30k+ on the rear).
My minor complaints relate to: i) paintwork which is unacceptably brittle; ii) the paint wear on the sill caused by the lower rubber seals on the doors. My major complaints are i) depreciation (nearly 50% in 18 months!), and; ii) the attitude of Alfa Romeo and their dealers. Whilst buying the car was an efficient process, not once was I made to feel special. Despite numerous attempts at registering I could never get hold of Alfa's in-house magazine (I'm still receiving Audi's). The service facilities were not of the high standard I would have expected and response from service managers poor. I'm still waiting answers to simple questions that I raised more than 12 months ago and have since repeated.
This is unlike my experience with Audi where I was treated royally, the service department were 1st class with spotless conditions and the response of service managers spot on.
If Alfa want to project a premium image and compete with the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Audi then they will have to raise their game. My experience suggests the cars are worthy of far better support from the backroom staff.
What did I change to. Don't laugh a Fiat Panda Cross 4 x 4. A very different vehicle, but in many ways one that is far more capable than the GT. Perfect for the deteriorating roads, and offers me the option of true 4 x 4 capability in poor weather/traction conditions. The car has adequate space for 2, excellent ergonomics, excellent fuel economy and barely perceptible acceleration! None the less my commute has been filled with smiles, fun when splashing through puddles, ability to see far ahead due to the high driving position, and a total time door to door which is....wait for it...identical to the same journey in the GT!
So all in I'm still smiling, having fun and enjoying my driving but in a different way. I'll miss the GT as I can honestly say it was the best drivers car...no best car that I have owned. It's only let down by Alfa Romeo.
Have fun everyone. I'll check in from time to time and maybe, one day, return to the fold.