If people think they can go out, buy a sports car thinking they can run it for nowt and it will run for ever.....THINK ON!
To be fair it's not impossible is it? Obviously no car runs forever but there are plenty of sports cars about with outstanding reliability and/or build quality, some of which are more reliable than your average A-B car and have that proper sports car addition - rear wheel drive. Here are some to choose from: Honda NSX and S2000; Toyota MR2 and Celica; Porsche (Any); BMW Z class and M-Series; Mazda MX-5; VW Golf R32...
I could go on and yeah, some above may not be considered equivalents or true sports cars, but they are performance cars nonetheless and all - as far as myself and the large majority of surveys are concerned - are better made and more reliable than the GTV. Some, the S2000 to name one, are more reliable than most "normal" cars.
Should the phrase "you have to care for the GTV" be rephrased to "you have to expect to constantly pay out for the GTV". You see, it's OK some of you stating you can deal with your own repairs and maintenance, but for those that can't it's money going out, sometimes for what can feel like every month, and quite possibly is with some people. A lot of owners, who do "care" for their GTV, what with regular servicing and attention, are still suffering from surprise problems and frustrations. So what level of "care" does the GTV need? Weekly services?
I'm not ignorant, I fully understand that if you're going to buy a GTV (or any Alfa for that matter) then you have to expect potential problems and budget for them. And anyone who goes into buying a GTV without doing their homework is foolish. But let's not use that to excuse the poor build quality and reliability of the GTV.
Clarkson put it well some years ago in one of his Telegraph columns...
Alfa Romeo are the best that a car can be right up until the point when they break down, which is a lot