Would be interesting to get other drivers statistics on fuel costs, I can only vouch for myself but £80 usually suffices for a months worth of commuting, 35 miles a day, 24 days a month, not including pleasure.
For me the Alfa is a mode of transport, but also something to be proud of which I'm trying to do my best to look after. However I know alot of drivers out there buy it in petrol form and in bigger sized engines to fulfill the true sports car nature of the brand. For me anything over 2.0ltr would be massively impractical, however I'm only speculating. Can anyone else chime in on their monthly fuel bills and general overall mileage they rack up and for what purpose?
Would like to know how a 1.9/2.0 DERV fairs against a 2.4 DERV and against a 3.2 Petrol.
I kind of like the fact I can run the car on a low-tier, low-wage job. If I where struggling to run a 2.4/3.2 on a decent salary, the potential is there for needing to downsize in times of hardship which would be a massive shame and a another difficult alfa-decision.
The fuel savings potentially go into repairs / maintenance for the car.
However the 1.9 has temperamental gear boxes, so maybe the savings may be negated in the long run? On the flip side, the higher fuel cost of a 2.4 say would cost you more to fuel, but perhaps save you on bigger repair bills due to better boxes e.t.c? I guess it's all luck of the draw as to the condition of your car though.
Bit of derailment of the thread, but a concern of mine has been whether the car is worth the investment, i.e even if the car was repaired to near new condition, you're still stuck with a rather lack-lustre engine with it's faults. Is it better to to save your money and invest in the more reliable 2.0 or 2.4 litre models and in turn also get a nicer sounding engine? I wish I had known more about the model before I purchased, I would probably have gone with a 2.0 litre just for peace of mind (would also not have said no to a ti model too
I guess it's all down to budget and purpose. Social / Domestic / Pleasure or all of the above. Having an Alfa as a second car though would allow you to use it more as a weekend toy, so you could splash out on a petrol v6 if you're not doing massive commutes I suppose.