sorry i think i phrased things badly.
assuming you have 18's different tyres from different manufacturers will affect the ride as well.
whats the feed back on different 18" tyres
I am running the Michelin Pilot Sport 2's, first set lasted 24K I am now on my second set - again check the search there are multipage threads on the subject, including the one I started a few months back when mine were due for change! Pilot Sport 2 is good ride, amazing grip in the dry, good grip in the wet, good wear etc... imho of course. Each to their own but they suit how I drive and what I want my GT to do.
Hi I was on the look out for a GT aswell. Got a 2.0 147 at the moment. Can't decide between the 2.0 petrol or the 1.9 JDT. Has anybody got any views? My 147 is thirsty especially in traffic queues but averages about 27 mpg. On a longer run I can get about 33 mpg. Any views also on the exhaust note on the diesel version. Thanks
I have been out on business today (how many replies to this thread in one day away from a PC!) and over about 180 miles or so of motorway and A road, at the speed limit, I averaged 47MPG on the trip (prob slightly less in real life as trip is always optimistic in my experience). Same journey in my old 2L 156 would have been low 30's tops. So economy is good...
... the 147 will feel really firm vs 147 though, so if you drive a GT on 18"'s don't assume the 17"'s will feel more like the 147, as even on 17"'s the GT is a lot firmer than a 147.
It may feel really hard ride when you first drive one, however once you have tried a few motorway slip roads with those big long curves, and see just how well it grips with that setup, you will (a) be grinning for a while and (b) not be able to go back to a 147
Give the petrol a good run and appreciate what it's like to drive the car - the engine may 'only' produce 165PS but it wants to give you every last 1 of them, it's an absolute peach. I also have a 2004 200PS MG ZS V6 and there's not very much in it (recently did a 400 mile round trip with the wife and we needed to use both cars.
The sound track is also fantastic, it's £1000 cheaper which you can spend on Autodelta's remap and get a Novitec exhaust and still have £400 quid left!
My (wife's) GT averages around 30mpg, more on a long run.
I disagree, I find the 2L even with 165 BHP to be feel unexciting with the heavy curb weight of the GT, yes it sounds nicer at full chat and it revs to 7K not 4.5K however I find the pull of the weasel to be much nicer as s general driving experience to the 2L petrol which only produces more torque at higher revs.
Plenty of performance in the Diesel as well, more than enough for British traffic situations, great for overtaking just pull out and go no need to change down like the petrol.
Of course, this is all subjective, and all I can really recommend is that if you are thinking of buying, drive the 1.9 JTD before you buy the 2.0 Petrol you may be surprised...