I am looking at replacing my poorly 147 1.6ts with a GT JTDm 16v. I have started a new commute doing about 500 miles per week mostly motorway so it feels like the ideal choice to me.
I have read the following guides but I have a few extra questions if any of my erudite forumites can help.
Alfa Romeo GT Buyer's Guide
The Alfa Romeo JTD engine
1. Is the oil consumption on the diesel as heavy as the petrol engine which are designed for around 1ltr per 1000 miles?
2. I have seen people posting about heavy clutches on the Diesel, what is the usual cause of this?
3. I'm assuming that the top and bottom arms, drop links are as weak on the GT as the 147 and are best replaced with Poly, is this assumption correct?
4. One of the cars I am looking at has suede seats, they look weird yet strangely compelling, has anyone seen these before and if so are they specific to a special edition?
I'm sure I'll think of more but that's a start
I have seen the suede seats and they do compel..they compel me to remove them,burn them and replace with leather...!
won't help resale at all and IMO just look wrong in a GT..wait for one with a leather interior..
things to look out for..
well i would want to see on the history.
clutch,flywheel,upper and lower wishbones,egr delete,swirl flap delete if a CF4 especially..some replaced sensors would be good ,maf especially as its expensive and they can fail with effects to MPG and performance, turbo should be whistle free and spooling no later than 2k with no limp mode or overboost symptoms and ideally you want one that has been replaced/refurbed if you are buying one above the 125k mark.
check windows step properly and that the door handles look and feel solid, wing mirrors must fold in and out as well, if it has rear parkers check them as well and you should also pay heed to difficult gear changes (top hat bushes) a heavy clutch (normal but not really bad) and high bite point as this could be clutch itself, or a cylinder, normally slave.
buy on condition and history rather than mileage and make sure it has had the belts done on time and that they are not overdue or nearly due.
oil coolers and unions are another common fault and generally need looking at on earlier high mileage examples but TBH the corrosion issue seems to be down to whether Guiseppe and Franco could be bothered to underseal the car properly on that day...so inspect regardless.
check your upper and lower turbo hoses and small vac hoses visually but expect to replace if over 75k miles without having been done.
lift the boot and floor carpets and check for damp and rust as some time the front scuttle can block leading to water ingress into the passenger foot well.
do all these inspections plus a good look at the paperwork and you should be able to get a good one with no nasty surprises waiting for you...also if you have an elm 327 and torque app pro or even better a laptop and multiscan its worth reading the codes for peace of mind.
best of luck