New owner, my 1st experiences !
Hi, just thought I would introduce myself. I am new to the forum and to Alfa's. I have just bought a 96 GTV 2.0 TS having sold my last car, a 94 SAAB 900s and wanting to put a bit more character back into my driving.
I am mad about bikes and previously owned a Ducati 996, that I sold to buy a new Yamaha R1. However, since reverting back to Jap machinery a large chunk of 'Italian Soul' has been removed from my life. Hence, I suppose I bought the GTV as I missed the Ducati somewhat. It is true that there is something charasmatic that the Italians build into their thoroughbred sports machinery that the rest of the world have never been able to capture.
I just love the GTV. That engine note is to die for, and the looks... It is a mini Ferrari!!. However, my first week of ownership nearly ended in disaster. I bought the car from a non-alfa main dealer and it was supposed to have had a full service to Alfa specification before I picked it up (62000 mile service). In addition, I also paid for new Cam belt & tensioner. When I picked the car up I noticed a knocking and occasional squeaking noise from the rear end so I took it to an Alfa specialist for inspection (ALFATUNE, St Helens). They confirmed that the wishbones had moved on the subframe and needed replacing. They also pointed out that the first sign of this happening is uneven tyre wear. I was then shown the rear tyres on my car, that were almost brand new right across their profile up until an inch from their inner most edges, where they were completely bald. I was told that this should have definately been picked up on a full service/MOT.
I subsequently took the car back to where I purchased it and the salesman was apologetic and booked the car in for 3 days later. Unfortunately, before the car went in, my girlfriend and I where driving in the rain and all of a sudden the back end of the car whippped round to meet the front whilst on a roundabout, with no provocation. We mounted the kerb at about 15-20 mph and ruined the nearside front alloy and tyre. We nearly went head on into traffic as well!!. After the accident, which appears to me to be soley down to the fact that the worn bushes/wishbones, causing the camber angle to be wrong and putting the full weight of the vehicle onto the bald section of rear tyres. Bald tyre plus rain = disaster. I stormed back into the dealer and explained what had just happened. I was really sorry and said he would get everything sorted and send the car to an Alfa dealer for a full inspection and for the suspension etc. to be fixed.
The car is going to be offroad for at least a week.......damn.