A bit late for Glenda, but maybe useful for future GT buyers. Bought a 2004 GT 2.0 JTS, 85k mls in May. First Alfa ever, and I absolutely love it! Here is my experience of the first months...
- a very solid and well designed car, a real drivers car. A Coupe with a surprisingly roomy boot if seats are folded and very practical. Beautifully, classy and an amazing interior
- does 32-36mpg, slightly better since ECU reset, but never less than 32 (measured refill)
- sills were crushed like on all GTs I looked at by bad jacking up, no rust, just cosmetic.
- ECU reset cured all dodgy window winding, occasional erratic idling and performance
- air conditioning needs recharge as not as cool as it should be (often neglected on all makes)
- to work the climate control requires a PHD as minimum education... Still no clue how it works.
- rear hatch squeaked a bit, resolved by wiping seals with silicon oil/grease. Worth doing all seals at this age of car, as dried out rubber can shrink and even strain window winders
- gear change stiff, not returning to middle position. Sorted by €6 parts, plenty of copper grease, polishing the shaft - an easy 90min DIY job and a good way to check a few things in the engine compartment.
- the odd bulb went, all replaced by Canbus LEDs, which might last a bit longer
- mirrors don't fold - alloy hinges probably rotten - a problem on many older cars
- yes, this one definitely drinks oil - 1l/1000km the good 5W60 stuff
- radiator return pipe split. Can happen to any engine. Make sure all pipes are in their clips.
- slightly moist seal on steering rack, trying Lucas steering rack sealer as a first option
- a bit of a grunt front right when taking off under full lock - suspect upper wishbone bushes
Everyone tells you not to buy an Alfa, but as soon as you have on, everyone admires it... Definitely a lot of car for €2,8k and in much better condition than other cars, as they are looked after by enthusiasts.