Help! Possible newbie GTV owner. Advice needed!
Please allow me to introduce myself. My father works in the motor trade and has just bought a 99 T reg GTV 2.0 TS. Having driven one years ago and loved it, I am seriously considering buying the car. I am currently 'borrowing' the car for a week of commuting to see how I get on with it.
My current car is a BMW 3 Series Touring, so am going from an extreme of praticality to one of impeded headroom, bootspace and rear leg room!
My questions are:
1. I commute 400 miles a week (A road / M way). Is the GTV a realistic car for this purpose?
2. What sort of fuel economy can I expect? I have read un-offical car review figures of 30mpg but this sounds harsh. Can I expect more for the type of driving I will predominantly be doing?
3. Having owned a 75 V6 years ago and recently a Ducati 748, I fully understanding the meaning of italian reliability. Is the GTV considered a generally reliable car?
4. Knowing that Alfa main dealers are horrific for spare parts (both in service and price IMHO), is there a recommended alternative?
Any help is much appreciated at this stage. Basically, my head says no, but my heart very much says yes!!!