Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: United Kingdom
County: North Lanarkshire
Hi, new GT JTDm owner from Lanarkshire
great to be part of the forum... only joined last week and already I have gained good insight into these wonderful vehicles...
new owner of a December 2005 registered GT JTD m with 103k miles
Stromboli Grey with leather interior and a manual 6-speed... upgrades per original invoice and shipping note were leathers, parking sensors, 17" alloys and 10-disc changer...
Two-owner car with full Dealer or Alfa Specialist History
Never owned a car with quite so many receipts to back up her history... (a credit to the previous owners)
new Clutch at 70k, timing belt and water pump (2nd set) done at 90k
The car idle is smooth, pulls like a train and stopping is acceptable enough; the car had been laid-up for a month as pervious owner bought a larger family vehicle so i'm sure the brakes will clean up with some driving
The car has a few "niggles" though and is reason why I could haggle on the price...
She needs fixing/attention to;
OS lower wishbone and drop-link
Stiff Clutch pedal
Stiff Horizontal gear-selector
Temp gauge fluctuates between 75 and 90 dependant on driving/idle
All common ailments from what I've read this week in the GT "how to" section and I will be cracking on with them as soon as the weather beaks (already bought the suspension parts and ordered linkage bushes)
Additional jobs to do: so that I know she will be in a healthy state for my tweaks
Decoke inlet manifold and EGR
Blank swirl flaps (have read my model year may not have these installed.. hope so)
Fit EGR restrictor blanks until I can get have the delete/remap done
Check / Clean MAP
So seeing as I paid a good price for her; I have circa £1000 to spend on tweaks ,,,
(poss. £1500 if I lie to me missus).
any advice on what to go for first; where to get them or if anyone has something for sale(??)
1. remap / EGR delete
2. lower cat pipe
4. Uprated ARB (front or both??)
5. 18" alloys (would need to be Alfa models)
6. Poss. new intake manifold (dependant on condition of old one) Yes/No..??
6. Water/Meth injection (not 1st phase)
I am not an aggressive driver..... but I am a spirited driver when the mood takes me
I will be running the car for a few months as my daily driver circa 500mle per week.. then she will revert being a "weekend" car come springtime & to use ad hoc.......