Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: I would rather not say
Getting Past The Whole 'Age' Thing...
Looking to at some point trade my '07 Fiat Bravo 150 MJ Sport in - currently considering either a Brera, 159 TI or GT (all Diesels) - I change my mind depending on which has past me on the road last.
I'm desperately trying to like the Brera, as in the brochure its interior/exterior features are the most aesthetically appealing, plus it has Blue&Me and some form of Media Player is important to me. However, from a cost perspective my budget is only going to get me a 50k miler in reasonably good condition - the same money would be me a top of the line GT Cloverleaf with only a few thousand miles on. I also read that the Brera is better built, however they seem to have DPF/steering rack issues abound and as nice as the interior looks it feels cheap when I sit inside. It's also much less economical, reportedly slower and less fun to drive, less practical and more expensive on tyres. The 159 seems that car most suited to my spec/budget, however at 24 years of age I don't really want a 4 door saloon.
The factor that puts me off the GT is its age - I'd be buying a car with low miles to last me a period of several years, and this is a car thats already about 14 years old. Principally I'm interested as to how it holds up against the competition - how would an older car with double-wishbone suspension hold up against a much newer car with Macpherson struts for example? I'm also interested as ti how I could replicate my media player functionality - is the consensus to go for an iPod connect product or just replace the whole head unit? Personally I would like to retain the stock look of the car but don't want to have to plug the iPod in and turn it on everytime I start the car - it would need to be seamless and also hidden from sight, but also in reach of the driver - will any size iPod fit into the cubby by the gearstick? If a HU is the better approach, are there any models that fit flush into the GT, or is it much of a muchness?
Lastly, are there any changes to the later Blackline/GT models other than what is advertised in the spec - I appreciate the advertised additions, but has anything been done under the covers to improve reliability/drivability, or is a 2008 model largely the same as a 1999 car?
Thanks for your time and patience if you read this far!