As it says in the title, my 2007 GT Q2 has just been part-exed.
I have had for 12 months, have done nearly 20K miles in that time. She has had the following work in that time:
cam belt/water pump
lower turbo hose
2x rear discs/pads
4 wheel alignment
new gear knob
2x upper arms.......
The ownership experience has been a mixed one really. I had to scratch the coupe itch, and with 2 lads the Brera was never ever going to cut it.
We have driven all over in her; camping in Devon, camping in Ross on Wye, even a 3K mile trip to Italy! And she has managed all of these with ease, not even breaking a sweat.
The reason why I came to this conclusion was prompted by a thread on here called "I'm glad I bought a GT and not a 159". It really got me thinking.
I love the way the GT handles, especially with the Q2. It grips, and grips and grips. It almost never loses traction, even in the wet, even when pushing on. But this has a down side, and that is the day to day comfort and handling. It is harsh, at times unbearably so. The 18" wheels, low profile tyres and harder suspension set up on the Q2 gives a tough ride through towns and over any surface that is not perfect.
So smooth A and B roads are an utter blast! But they are few and far between. The roads across Brum are generally shocking, making me wince, cringe and at times cry as the GT crashes over them.
I could have invested in new shocks/springs as many on here have done, but I wan't sure that would answer all the other issues I have with the GT.
It is clearly from an older generation of design and build. And this can be seen in the quality and fit of some of the plastics and interior trim.
It looks incredible, on the right roads it is superb, but as any everyday driver, it doesn't work for me.
We toyed with keeping it as a weekend car, but I needed the money in it to buy another car.
So a sad day for me really. On Friday morning at 10am the GT will be handed over to the car salesman. I will drive away in the newer car with a slightly sad heart.
But on the upside, I am still in the Alfa club as I will be coming away with a 58 plate 159 LE! Whoo hoo!
Driving the two side by side on the same road really was chalk and cheese. The 159 is quieter, smoother and more comfortable, but no where near as engaging as the GT. But I don't always want to be totally "engaged" and feeling the road. Sometimes I want to relax and enjoy the drive.
So, much appreciated support and help from this forum, but i'm off to the darkside, back to the 159/Brera forum!
Heres a quick preview of the newer car: