Some of you may be aware that I was looking for a GT for a while now. Something like 3 months actually. I viewed quite a few cars, but it was an exceedingly hard task to find a car that meet my requirements. Had to have Xenon lights and heated seats. Now I really did spend months chasing this, ringing around the dealers and everything. It even got to the point where I was so close to giving up on my spec that I was actually looking at both a 147 and two 156 GTA's that had every single thing I wanted except the right bodyshell (offered a circa 4000 pound discount though).
Anyway, eventually I found THE car. Fully loaded 2005 model, reasonable miles, Met. Black, Tan leather, xenons, 18's, even had 10 stack CD and PDC. It was missing the winter pack but as I was sick of waiting I've done a deal to have them swapped in the next time the dealer gets a car with the heated seats.
Put a deposit down last Saturday, and picked it up the Saturday just gone.
Got a bit of a suprise on insurance as no one was prepared to meet their internet quotes for some reason, so that was a bit of a bugger. Car drives beautifully, though it's a whole buch more wallowy than my GTV( and moreso than I remember my 156GTA to be) so you can't chuck it at a corner. First few days commuting have been quite nice, and fuel ecconomy is about what I expected if it's nursed, but drops like a stone when I press on!
There's a few niggles I wasn't expecting, like the arm rest creaks like a *******, FM recption is quite poor and coroded console badge. But obviously I'm pretty happy so far, and although it's not why I bought the car, the comments from friends and workmates, plus the reaction of general public is pretty satisfying!
It was an arduous wait, but I'm glad I put up with it because I really like this car.
I like it alot (heck I've bought two of them) but I don't think the 3.2 is the V6's best incarnation. even with only 160 hp the 2.5 in my Alfetta GTV6 was just so silky and happy to rev, plus sounded amazing. They were never the same as the 3.0 or 3.2. I do love the tourque and urge around 4500 though. And the delivery feels alot smoother than the GTA to me.
SR, I don't know if I'm buying that! I used to work for Ferrari you know, and I've driven more than my fair share of Fez road cars, does that qualify me, even if I'd prefer to beat them on the track?
I did have to consider a Renault Sport Megane, (get a good discount) but the GT has such class.
I do find it VERY wollowy in cornering, as you turn in it has a big roll and then takes a set. Fine for sweepers, but not much fun in a roundabout. It's not fantastic on bumps, but it's better than my GTV, even though that has new sachs dampers.
well done! patience and persistence has paid off. looks stunning.
i agree, there is some roll in the car. obviously it's a compromise; some new ARBs (eg: Eibach) should help, and also help turn-in if the rear is stiffer, but will probably make the ride worse. not sure.
i also think my old 156 2.0L TS was more chuckable, cos of less weight at the front.
any mods on the agenda? cos some new springs and dampers - even coilovers - will help for starters. and how many miles on the clock? and has it been serviced recently, with good oil (ie: to explain any lack of performance)?
The radio reception seems to be fine outside of London. Maybe it just got swamped?
TallPaul, I think the Wallow is a GT thing. The V6 is 50kg heavier total, but worst case that's a 3% weight shift to the front, and the car is half an inch lower to begin with. Besides, I test drove the JTD as well and it was wallowy too, but at first I put that down to the lag making the whole corner feel blunt.
Anyway, I'll just change my driving for a start. I might look at suspension mods later on. I'm sure the dampers should have more rebound than they do. Alfa really hasn't done a great job on the setup for this car. Shame.
Shiney, the car has 27k miles, august 05 car. It was serviced in January. I don't think they're anything wrong with the engine (wouldn't have bought it if I did). It's just mapped differently to the GTA. All the GT 3.2 I test drove felt the same. just a bit smother around that 4500 rpm peak.
No mods on the agenda yet. First I've got to get rid of the creaks and rattles, give it a proper clean and wax, and really get used to it. Then I might be looking at some suspension stuff, but it's a ways off yet!
Ultimately the roll is coming from the spring rates, but the speed of roll is coming from the soft damping and ARB's. If I stiffen the ARB's it shouldn't hurt general compliance, but will be a bit rougher if bump/potholes hit each wheel. I'll probably start with new dampers first, and see if it still needs bars after that.
How do you find the seats / lumbar support on the GTV V6 leather seats compared to the GT? I love the GTV V6 ( 2 friends have mint examples) however its a strange feeling compared to the newer car? The GTV V6 sings a great song and gives a great feeling of speed / road feedback however it feels as if you "slide from side to side" between your shoulders in the corners? The 2.0 std seats are the dogs and both cars are great on the track however having experiencd both the GTV and GT V6 on the track, the lap times are, as you would expect for a newer car, significantly better.
Neil, I think the seats in the GT are the best yet. A nice firm hold, without being uncomfortable or hard to get in and out of. I can compare them to the seats in the GTV 2.0, 156 2.0 and 156 GTA, and I'd say it's a good compromise. Better support than the GTV or 156 2.0 seats, support just as good as the GTA, but with a gerneral comfort matching the 2.0 models.