I believe the "m" stands for "modificata".
They did some jiggery pokery and modified the engine to make it more efficient.
Ah, nice one. Cheers.
I do remember hearing over on the Astra club I'm a member of that the engines changed later on to meet new regulations... so I'm guessing it's the same changes that were made at that point
I don't think the engine I've got is the more refined engine... Mine a 54 plate and one of the first Astras to be sold with the 1.9 CDTi...
Definitely something to look out for though, I think
The 6 speed Alfa box is a joy to use and quite tough too. Engine is the same as in your Astra so yes, same common faults, EGR valve sticking, swirl flaps gumming up (only on CF4 engines), plus there is the added Fiat/Alfa issue of waterpump seizure, just make sure it is changed with the cambelt every 4 years or 50k or thereabouts to be safe, the 6 year or 72k interval is too long in my opinion.
Other common issues on the GT is suspension wear, front upper & lower arms and front anti-roll bar in particular. Trim-wise, exterior door handles break, glovebox handles fall off, and there is a spot weld inside the boot lid that can break and cause a creaking noise from the rear when going over bumps.
Tuning/modifying, best upgrades you can do are better shocks (Koni FSD) with some lower springs (usually Eibach Pro), Alfa's own Q2 limited slip differential, 4-pot front brakes, and lastly a remap. Remap before doing all this is only going to help you go faster in a straight line.
So is the gearbox a different one between GM & Fiat then? That'll be good to know, as I keep hearing more and more gearbox failures on the Astra 1.9's... I know the Astra uses an M32 and the Vectra uses an F40 which doesn't seem to have any issues, but something about the way it mounts it won't fit in an Astra
That'll be one less worry then if I do opt for a 1.9 Alfa
Cheers for the heads up on the other faults as well, always good to be armed with a list of things to look for
It doesn't sound like the faults are really anything major, I'd guess things like the handles breaking aren't an expensive thing to fix if it happens... Rather have a handle break than a gearbox fail
That sounds like a decent set of mods, definitely something I'd look into
I can't say I've looked at one up close in person yet, but I did think the ride height looked a bit high in the photos I've been looking at... so the Eibach springs sound like a good option. I've been close to buying a set of Eibachs for my Astra as I've heard nothing but good things about them... What sort of drop does it give for the GT? I'm not one for the slammed look, but it's nice to have it just that little bit lower...
Also, on the subject of mods, I'd possibly be looking at changing the wheels as all the ones I've seen in my budget have 17's on and while they look nice, I don't think they fill the arches enough. I'm guessing the lower springs would assist with this, but I'd ideally like to get some 18's... At the same time, I like to keep things OEM-like, so I'm not into getting big in your face funky design wheels... What options are available? I like the multi-spoke ones, but haven't done a huge amount of research into it yet, so don't know what my choices are here
I wouldn't buy a V6 to commute unless it was reasonably short
I totally agree with that, which is why I'm looking at the 1.9 as well as the V6... The V6 will only become an option if I do find a job closer to home in reasonable time... As that way it'll either be a short drive, or I can use alternative transport (Cylcing, or dare I say it, get the bus
)... I've always wanted a V6 engined car, I love the sound of them... but as you say, they drink... so I can't buy one for a long distance commuter
As for modding, remember we're talking Alfa Romeo here, not Vauxhall Corsa with Uv lights under the sills, don't mean any offence by that at all and I'm absolutely not saying that's the kind of mod you're on about, but when you buy an Alfa, you're buying a bit of class and individuality already.
I totally understand that, I'm not into the big in your face modifications... Just subtle things really. As mentioned by someone above, handling modifications, maybe a bit of extra power in the form of a remap (and obviously the bits to cope with it)... I've done a couple of exterior mods to my current Astra, which are simply just getting rid of the chrome bits, removing some
of the badges to make it a bit cleaner... just small, subtle things
Get one and get used to people saying 'Alfa's, they rust don't they'
I've mentioned to one or two people that I'm thinking about getting an Alfa, and they've already said "I hope you've got AA membership". I'm not bothered by the "break down and rust all the time" reputation that seems to follow with Alfas. All cars have faults, it's just a case of finding out what they are and knowing what to expect... Looking after it is the key
The 3.2 V6 is the best engine I have ever had. if you can afford 17-20mpg then do it, you will absolutely love it!
I would definitely love to get the V6, but it's just a case of whether I can cut my commute or not