I respect that t3yls...But as i said i like developing cars i have a passion for. Some people spend crap loads on golf, beer, prostitutes and holidays. I get a buzz from developing my GT. For me it feels twice the machine it was when i bought it. So validation wise im happy with that.
I do respect and understand your argument though.
I do miss whisky and hookers!..haven't been able to afford either since the GT!
seriously though..I wouldn't do it again although i'm very happy with the results....when you look at the final bill its silly and I could have had the Z4 coupe no problem on what I have spent including purchase price...still wouldn't give the economy 4 seats and boot space though. the GT will have to be trouble free for at least 30k other than service items to come close to paying me back what I have lavished on her.
but its a mentality that I understand, to clarify.
i'm a pro guitarist and have not bought a single guitar that didn't need work of some kind to make it the instrument I want, Fenders are crap out of the box and need IMO a set up, new pick-ups hardware and a bone nut, ..that's changing pretty much everything but the wood..! for most bedroom guitarists though good enough in stock form.
average cost of a fender is around £800 new , the cost of all the ''mods'' is roughly half of that, making fender the Alfa of the guitar world. I could buy a Tokai or PRS and play it on stage straight out of the box. but...
they will never have the ''magic'' of an imperfect but well sorted Fender Telecaster.
back to the Alfa's
they ARE fragile and its things like the endless triggers broom situation with the suspension parts make them expensive to own but when its all done its worth it.
that said once my ''final bit of work'' is done if she throws up any other problems of significance she will be going in favor of something German and more solidly built.
sod the passion and flair, my pockets are only so deep...and unlike the guitars the car is not my living nor a conduit through which I express myself creatively.
after the last year and first of Alfa ownership I can only come to the conclusion that the reputation for poor build quality is not entirely undeserved, I do hope in future that they rectify this and start serving up some consistent quality.
then a few cars down the line I can buy a nice used Guilia!