Hi, just registered...
Considering a GT diesel 1.9JTDM as my next company car. Have looked at the Blackline but our company scheme quoted stupid money for one (£100 more than a Lusso
The residuals look really great - they've just been revised upwards, with a GRV of 51% after 3yrs and 45K miles. All in leasing price is about £520 pcm including servicing, tyres and Group 15 insurance (ouch). I drive 32K per year, has anyone run a GT over 100K yet? (I don't pay for XS miles
Just can't chose between the GT and the VW EOS. I need the four seats and want something a little more fun for the family than the Mazda6 (now have an Audi A6 avant for removals duties). Have also looked at Volvo C30 (small boot, great ride), C70 (heavy, slow, too expensive), Astra CC (cheap), Renault CC (too small), Focus CC (leaking roof), Seat Leon FR (fast, hard and noisy), Civic Type R (22mpg but what a sound
), BMW 120d (desparation), and Saab convertible (overpriced and under made).
I enjoyed the drive of the GT the best, love the exclusivity (I once owned a VW Vento, any Vento owner will know what I mean
), and would appreciate the practicality - the dog can jump into the boot. BUT... the absence of a sun roof is a REAL downer. The Brera is far too much per month but has that great glass roof - my boys can't sit in the back.
Any comments, other than the "just order it"? For what it's worth I liked Alfa red and Rubino red (never seen one that colour), with a natural leather interior. Although the Blackline also looked very smart and is a great price (normally). Does the light interior wear OK? With two boys? Is black a safer bet?
Could anyone comment on dealers? I was very impressed with Palmers in St Albans, less so with Perry's Amersham (- previously Aylesbury). I've heard that dealer selection is probably the most important aspect of Alfa ownership. Car will be provided by Perry's, but can be serviced anywhere relatively near London, Oxon, Herts.