The GTV is older, but more of an Alfa then the GT....... It has a certain charm and Ferrari feel to it. The GT jtdm would be my choice, it's quick, reliable and stunning to look at....... And once remapped a fast car. It's also actually a big car, four adults with luggage.
With the Gt budget for upper and lower wishbones. New clutch. Door handle. Drive shaft.
Gtv, not sure but I know the rear end bushes need some loving.
There are some very nice GT on eBay at the moment.
My 916 Spider feels very much like a Ferrari (lacks a bit of power as it is only a TS). I have experience of both. I have discussed it with friends on here and myself and Gaz agree that a V6 GTV is very similar to say an F355.
Ha -- I will be sure to check in, xdelta. How long did you search for yours? What were your criteria?
Ideally I'd like to go to have both a GT and a Spider, but I think I will have to start with the GT. The dog needs space at the back and we will be carrying luggage on trips anyway.
Does anyone know how it works with insurance and test drives in my case? I don't own a car currently so no insurance. Will a private seller be able to let me test drive? I imagine it will have to do with the private seller's insurance specifications.
It looks like 5k nets a good example, so that will have to be my budget for now.
Any other thoughts on candidates besides the GT? I'm looking for a coupe, as fuss-free as possible and cheap to run. Onus is really drivability and looks rather than speed. I was thinking of an RX-8, for example. Not the best looks, but the packaging, handling and low prices (about 2,500 gets you a good example) got me interested. But then I read all the reviews about the dreaded rotary engine and I thought I'd better stay away.
I have a Spider and GT. I'd say (by pure chance) the Spider has been less hassle. I don't agree that more money always buys better. In my experience the biggest issue with the GT is the front suspension, it really is crap, at least in standard form. I think (reading here) that polybush set ups are much better but I currently have no experience of that. I know the droplinks on mine are constantly knocking. May be just me but it's getting a bit tedious. As for the rest of the car it's pretty damn faultless IMO.
Just a few more points to consider, IMO:
- cloth interior is not desirable to buyers, so can be a problem to resell in future
- unless lowered, GT sits too high and looks wrong. I have lowering springs only, but that is not perfect. Different dampers were more than I was willing to spend (£1000 fitted for springs/dampers?)
- Unless you have bose stereo, standard headunit is pants. I have had to change headunit/front speakers and add a subwoofer in the boot for some bass!
- Anything less than 18" alloys look too small
- Standard 150bhp is ok but a bit slouchy. A tuning box or remap is what brings it more alive.
I have all of these, but they were done over nearly 8 years of ownership, so not noticed the £.
if I was to buy another GT, I would want the same again. If I look at my neighbours RX8, i don't think any of these requirements would be an issue. With your initial budget that you mentioned and planned mileage, I would be more tempted with the mazda.
- Same old thing though, you buy cloth cars cheaper so you sell them cheaper. The problem we all have is believing our car is better and therefore always worth more than the next. Rarely is this the case when selling a car.
- Why anyone would lower a GT is beyond me. Another criticism of mine (on 17" wheels) is the stupidly hard ride. My 916 and F355 both ride better than the GT. Maybe my back is just brittle
- Stereo is OK but the CD changer is sheite
- 17" is just fine, in fact I hate to think how it feels on 18"'s
- 150BHP seems good to me. I think a small hike to 170BHP might be of use but I've read issues with failed clutches above that.
I think it's fair to say one man's poison is another one's meat (sounds a bit iffy today that saying
Mazda, and Japanese cars in general are by and far the most reliable, they are what the Germans would like to think they are! The RX8 from what I read may be a bit of an exception, however its the dreadful economy (supercar regions) that would hurt me for general daily use.
If and when I replace my GT, it'l be a Maserati, Brera, 159 or maybe a Mercedes CLS, it changes regularly. I like the GT alot, but only once have I ever repeated the car I bought, my situation and reason then was totally different to today.