I am looking for some advice and dare i say it reassurance with regard the alfa romeo GT. I currently have a TDI Golf which i use for work and do a significant amount of miles. I am looking to get something more classy and my first choice is a used 05 JTD GT. However i have heard from people that alfa's are constantly in the garage needing work. This would be unacceptable due to work commitments etc...
I saw a thread with a guy saying the car boot rattles and wheel bearings making noise etc... I have never had issues with the VW's Ive had and am worried ill be stuck with a car that looks good but is a pain. All reports and feedback would be appreciated
I owned a GT 1.9JTD from January 05 (bought new then) to October 06. It never gave any trouble and was a great car. Used to get 44mpg. Reason I sold it was I was just to afriad to dent it and found myself not using it much - I have other cars too.
So far, 8 months ownership, 10k miles and the worst I can say is the radio reception is pretty rubbish and the manual doesn't fit into the glovebox.
I've had problem-free and grin inducing driving so can only talk positively about GT JTDownership. I changed from a GTV V6 to a GT to cope with the mileage I do and have not regretted the decision - based on my current circumstances, (I'd have a 3.2 if I was commuting more locally!).
BTW - I had the boot rattle, but it was fixed without fuss or bother under warranty.
Have a test drive - there's no doubt you'll be smitten. Alfa ownership doesn'y have to purely be a heart of head decision anymore (let the sceptics continue driving their soul-less, clinical rep favourites) - enjoy the relative exclusivity of one of the best looking coupes on the road today.
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Good luck, the GT JTD is a superb car for what it is, bear in mind though that it won't be as economical as a Golf, I used to use a 130 TDI, whilst dull as dishwater it repeatedly did near 55-60mpg the GT does a good 20-25% less for a similar journey, not sure if that is useful info or not.
I don't have the JTD, but I'm sure the build quality is the same. I've had a few very small problems, the main one no fault of Alfa at all, but dodgy fuel. The others were to do with the dealer rather than the car.
I think if you're getting an 05 plate, then any delivery niggles will probably have been resolved, so you should be ok.
I had similar worries to you when I ordered a GT initially - one of the reasons I joined this site - but they have all been unfounded and I have not had one regret since buying the GT - quite the opposite
Go for it, you won't regret it either
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Ryan, I've had my GT JTD 5 months and covered just under 7k. No reliability problems at all. Had the rattle but think it's gone now. Dealers not the best but also dealt with a Merc dealer recently who were crap! Economy's ok, I stupidly had a Megane 1.9 Dci before the GT which averaged about 5 mpg better. Drive the GT for 5 mins and you won't care about 5 or 50 mpg!!! In my opinion, GO FOR IT!!
Had my GT (2.0 JTS) for 2 1/2 years and 30,000 miles before I changed it in for a Brera. Had almost no trouble apart from a few minor things that you might expect over 30,000 miles and would definitely recommend it. Go for it!
Completely different. It feels heavier and more solid, despite the smaller size. The ride and interior make it feel much "sportier" than the GT, and I actually find it more fun to drive. Technologically, it's definitely the "next generation" as compared to the GT, but it's ridiculously impractical. The rear seats are almost unusable due to lack of legroom - I can fit one person behind the passenger seat at a squeeze, if the passenger seat is pushed forward, the boot is small, with a very high lip, and there aren't many pockets for oddments of a useful size. Fortunately, I can live with all those problems as my wife has a RAV4. I found the GT a hugely enjoyable car to own and drive and have no hesitation recommending it. Which would I buy if I was buying again tomorrow? Definitely the Brera. Test drive both - I don't think you'll regret buying either of them.
My GT which is pretty new (Oct 2006), has very good radio reception indeed. Might be worthwhile having yours checked out. I did put a smear of Copperslip grease on the aerial screw thread as soon as I got the car, though it should not need it.