Being of sound body
AO Platinum Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
Hi Marc and welcome to AO.
I think the 1.9Ti is a great choice.
The 1.9 has a slight handling advantage over the 2.4 due to less weight in the nose and it is more economical though many swear by the sound and grunt of the bigger engine especially in later 210bhp form.
You can get close with a mapped 1.9 though for a few hundred quid and still get 46mpg instead of 25 -28 (I've heard worse and better) from the 2.4. I haven't had mine mapped but going off the many local guys' experience if I kept her I'd probably have mine done by Gus at Alfatune which gives you the best of both world's. Having driven Happy Man's old 1.9GT and been in Acapulco Al's 159 I'd vouch that it is seriously noticeably quicker and they say more economical too, so win-win. I also saw a Gus mapped 1.9GT give Ghosty's (now ex) 147GTA a very hard time around Oulton park last year from the passenger seat.
I've loved my Ti and it has had no problems worth mentioning (see sig below for running commentary). MPG has improved with miles now over 40 per tank and I can't recommend them enough.
I'm just deciding whether to change car - really tempted to buy out the GFV on my PCP for another two years while the Giulia arrives. At the risk of sounding like I'm pushing a sale, I will be getting a CAP valuation via my kid brother who buys vans and cars for a hire co (tomorrow if he remembers) and I'll be looking for somewhere between trade and retail for mine if you're interested. Certainly don't think it'd be much more than what you've seen (above) and at 47k almost half the mileage for a known car can't be bad. Feel free to ask in the NW lounge - everyone knows my car. If you want any info drop me a PM.
You asked about servicing costs. Main dealers quoted me a bit over £500 for the 42k service (done early) but Gus does a better job for about half the price. You might have a good indie over there though.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
2008-15 New 159Ti experience: overwhelmingly positive. Reliable and fun over nearly 100k.
6/9/12 - 15 New Mito 135MA Distinctive - 100% reliable 37k
Last edited by 73GTVJim; 10-08-11 at 18:39.