Well, all good things come to an end apparently, and after 5 and a half years I bid my 3.0 V6 GTV a final farewell last Saturday morning.
Itís been an awesome
car for me, though in the first couple of years I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with it. Back then and to this day I never liked that over-firm suspension that crashed over any road imperfections, and it also took a while to get used to that light steering and throttle. The servicing bills were a bit surprising too: over 100% more than I was used to Ė and that was from coming from another performance car (2.9 VR6 Corrado).
Somewhere down the line the penny started to drop for me though. I eventually realised that if you want a really good looking car, one that's relatively rare and goes so well, it comes at a cost: accept it or sell it. I decided to accept it and enjoyed my car more and more the longer I had it.
Forget the scare stories out there with Alfas, I can say in 5.5 years and 25k miles the Alfa has been rock solid, it never missed a beat for me and never let me down. And maybe thereís some truth to Alfas having soul, to an Alfa making some sort of emotional connection... I also have to admit to missing it a little now itís gone (when I think of that car I think of 'me') and I feel slightly odd when I realise I don't have it anymore!
Ultimately though I just fancied a new toy, so it's gone to a fellow forum user, teaforvicar. Thankfully I think he possesses some OCD like myself and so I think he'll be keeping the car in the manner to which it is accustomed! Best of luck with it buddy
So this is a kind of farewell to everyone but Iíd like to say best of luck to everyone with their GTVs, especially those that I've 'digitallyí known for years from the gtvv6/sportsalfa days like SimonT, fants, Alexb, earthman etc. And if anyone is thinking of getting a V6 GTV: find yourself a good one and you won't regret it. Itís still one of the best-looking cars on the road and is incredible value for money I think.
Iíll also mention Alfa Aid in Maidenhead who serviced the car for me. They're not exactly local for me but they're well worth the 100 mile round trip as they know their Alfas and got it right first time for me every time: I can't recommend them enough.
Anyway Iíll take this last opportunity to show off the car one last time (I couldn't resist
And hereís a couple of the new toy below too...
It's very different from the Alfa: it's a one-owner 55 plate M3 convertible in silver grey, stacked with a crazy amount of toys (including TV) and that trick SMG gearbox which is pretty cool... Oh, and it has quite an engine too with a crazy 343bhp from its 3.2 straight six... Fingers crossed it behaves and I enjoy it if not as much then nearly as much as my Alfa