Re: GTV V6 6-speed advice
Is the car a practical everyday motor?
You'll struggle to take the family out for the weekend, but it can comforably accomodate you and a passenger. You can even take small amounts of luggage, say a couple of overnight bags. I doubt you could ever fit a suitcase in there though. Golf clubs are probably also out. The rear seats are not usable except in emergencies, eg dropping a couple of mates at the station. Think of them as extra luggage space, which you'll need as the boot is laughably small.
There are no cup holders, which is a good thing.
How expensive is it to run?
I get about 24 mpg from mine, but it goes up to about 30 if you are on the motorway. Insurance for the 3.0 is group 19 and will cost you an arm and a leg.
What are the service intervals like?
12,000 miles and cost around £400 but get more expensive later on in the cars life. The 60,000 service includes new sparkers which costs a bit more (about £450). The 72,000 includes cam belt which costs more too. These figures are from my local approved Alfa garage. You will probably get cheaper and arguably better service from an enthusiastic independant specialist.
How is it reliability-wise?
I've only done 6,000 miles in mine but it hasn't broken down. There are a lot of common problems which GTVs suffer from though. Air Flow meter, air bag light, suspension bushes, cam belt issues etc. You can probably expect to spend money on at least one of these. I've had my airbag light on twice (£40 quid to reset) and new bushes (about £250 for powerflex bushes and new trailing arms).
What should I be looking out for when going to view it?
Apart from the usual things when looking at any car.....knocking from the suspension when driving over bumps often means bushes are on the way. Check when the cambelt was last replaced. Check all electrics. Check it has been serviced on time. Check oil level and consistency, brown and thin is good, black and thick is bad.
Overall if it has been loved and cherished, especially by an Alfa enthusiast, then it will probably have been looked after well.
I've just re-read this post and it sounds quite negative. The GTV does have its downsides but there are many, many upsides and for me the good bits far outweigh the bad bits.
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