Im gona be honest, i had a master plan when i bought my low mileage one owner clover 170. Most of what i have been done is uprating the car in every single area. So to be fair if i'd kept her std she would have been fine and cost me hardly anything apart from the swirl flap saga.. I could never own a standard GT, i don't mean that disrespectfully to anyone who has a standard example. Having owned a GT before and experienced what can be achieved by modifying the chassis etc, i missed my last modified GT like hell. God knows i undertook and built a modified show car performance audi. And also bagged a magazine feature. I still hankered for another GT.
I have driven a lot of performance machines, but as an all rounder a modified GT is hard to beat. So i had total faith in what i was doing. And had planned it for a good while before. Personally there is sod all out there that excites me without spending 20k more, to compete with my modified GT. And running costs, fuel, road tax is unbelievably reasonable.
I agree! I have to remind myself this is my second GT, (first one was written off in the work car park) and when looking to replace that car I went and drove EVERYTHING! my budget was anything up to 10k cash as I had nearly 5 back from the insurance and some other cash available (I don't now!) and you know what..? nothing was really doing it in the way the GT did, everything else was more of a compromise than I was prepared to make.
BMW Z4 coupe (looked great but thirsty and no boot space for guitars or back seats for passengers) GT wins
BMW 320D felt heavy and boring, interior was bland saw 5 on the test drive GT wins same for the 520D
SAAB 93 turbo , the only other real non alfa contender and it was a close call, probably would not have cost as much in suspension parts same engine so a good remap would also have been do-able but very middle aged! and again interior was so uninspiring GT wins
Audi TT coupe, very nice to look at but again common as muck, not as beautiful as the GT and handling was not exciting at all poor boot space and economy...GT wins
Brera, again a close call and the 2.4 JTDm was a VERY close contender but in the end funny shaped boot, less rear space and felt heavy and uninspired to drive, poor economy for a derv and just weirdly ugly from some angles and gorgeous from others. GT wins
Mazda 6, sat in it...couldn't even bring myself to drive it ...that's how boring the interior was...I spend 4 hours a day in my car, I have to like being there. GT wins
didn't bother with Mercs so much as most are auto, the manual boxes leave a bit to be desired. and nothing I honestly loved the look of in the range...
Porsche boxster, Fun to drive but I think the lack of space and the very sporty nature of it would get tiring on long drives, poor economy and boot space, no rear seats GT wins.
jag XK8, love this car always have but again auto box and poor economy. one day though I would love one and there is a company that does a manual conversion and some suspension work. 4.2 litres of jaguar V8...when we move and have the garage space I will do this.
Vauxhall double no!
Gents you see the problem don't you..? our GT's just stand out in a sea of boring euroboxes and still manage to be practical and economical. and TBH on the 30k a year I drive any car bar a Honda would have cost me 2K to run factoring in servicing x3 MOT and tyres x 6.. 4 fronts and one rear pair annually.
all the extra I have spent is on modding..I think in stock form its no less reliable or expensive to own than any other derv of that generation....apart from wishbones.
good luck with the sale DNG you do deserve to recover some of your cost's and the V6's need responsible owners who will take care of them, not little
with a few grand in the pocket who will run them into the ground, I hope you find such a buyer.
we must all be nutty as squirrel **** spending the money we do. that said i don't smoke and barely drink, so it's just what some would spend in a year on those vices, and you have to have something to keep you out of trouble.
DNG if i was going to do it it would have to be s swap mate...although I think £4800 is very reasonable I just don't have that available at the mo, it would require a meet up some driving and a sit down over an expensive malt. and for me an inspection by Loz so I can make a decision based on no nasty surprises down the line, and same for you for your peace of mind.
good luck whichever you decide, I love my car so am easy either way..