Hi all, am a prospective Alfa owner seriously contemplating my first purchase. Am struggling big time here and would appreciate some help. Here's the situation: want a 147, 2 options:
1) New 2.0 TS manual, no leather, no sunroof, essentially bare basics version. Manufactured 2004, but will arrive at dealer's in 2005, so will be registered as a 2005 car. Available in Jan 05 from dealer.
2) New 147 GTA manual, full option, but double the price of 2.0 TS. Earliest available Sep 05 from dealer.
Both cars not available for test drive at dealer. Test drove a 156 2.5 V6 manual instead, and really liked it.
Any user experience if 2.0 is powerful enough? Will a GTA be too much in the sense that it's got too much power and too difficult to drive?
Background: live in a crowded city where roads are narrow and hilly. Haven't touched a manual in years. 2.0TS is affordable, GTA seems to be too much and lack a bit of practicality due to large turning circle etc.
Will not consider 156, and like the looks of pre-face lift 147 better.
What to do?
Many thanks in advance for any advice.