again food for thought,
MPG is actually largely an irrelevance to me TBH as at 15k miles a year it won't kill me unless its really bad, the reason I ruled out the 3.2 GT is the combination of chocolate suspension, high road tax, inevitable unexpected maintenance, it being now likely over 10 years old, all of this when combined with poor MPG, especially on short journeys and traffic (what london driving is all about) makes it unviable as an option and potentially expensive in total running costs. The 3.2 brera has better build quality and being newer will likely be less prone to unexpected issues, the suspension is pretty solid in comparison to the GT/156/147 series of cars, so in a Brera I could allow poor MPG as the overall running costs are likely to be lower than a Busso engined example.
the cabin is nicer, the SV roof pleasant when spending lots of time sitting in traffic, the job I require the car to do has completely changed my ''hit list'' in terms of what I want from ''a daily'', I would be living in London all week with commutes to Guildford at weekends where as when Bought the GT 1.9 most of my driving was fast A roads, M-ways,B roads and Minimal town driving. it's quite a change in needs.
the GT will be up for sale this month Fatsweaty with 12 months ticket, she has just had 4 new tyres and a new master cylinder as well as all the other stuff done..just waiting to get the GTV through the MOT so I have a car whilst I look for a replacement..
Dan, I have thought about the Giulietta Cloverleaf, the manual, as I could not live with the TCT, I need to go and try one to get an idea of how they feel, but with london thrown into the mix believe it or not I am even considering a Mito QV or a maped 155 MA,as it will make a great town car whilst still having enough grunt to do the weekly M-way jaunts, I am sure Ned has a re-map for the multiair 155 bhp to around 200bhp so maybe buying one of those and popping it to Ned is the way to go, I suspect it will be cheaper than buying a QV...and having worked with Ned on the GT I know it will end up a cracking car.
even an abrath 500 might work, TBH I am gutted to be having to get rid of the GT , but town driving is just not fun on that car!!!
have'nt yet had a chance to drive a 3.2 brera but TBH I am not holding out much hope, unless I can learn to live with a ''dull drive'' and just enjoy the car for the stylish and capable crusier she is...might be time to ''grow up''
knew it would have to happen eventually but not loving the prospect
so I am hoping to find a solution that does not result in a boring car...the other option is to try and run the GTV for a while till I am settled in the new job and then as said before go and get a Giulia...hate the prospect of not owning a car outright though and the depreciation on a new car is
horrendous..and a 5 year PCP does not allow for changes in circumstance, and the nature of my work is that jobs tend to last 2-3 years tops.
what to do?!!!
ANY suggestions welcome...