Re: Shopping for a GT
Well after a lot of postings, a lot of reading and a lot of pondering I have finally traded in the 147 for a GT 2.0. It's a beautify car that drives so nicely.
I'd like to thanks Squadrone Rosso, TallPaul and shiny_car for the information they shared, especially regarding Bluetooth and iPod interfaces.
I few things I've learned: there are pros and cons with shopping for a new car as the year comes to an end. Sales staff are keen to add to their numbers but it can work against you as you will be pushed to make a decision before the year ends. The other lesson is that there is just as much haggling over the price of the car as it is over the financing. It definitely helped to get finance quotes from competitors.
Finally, Alfa Romeo really needs to pick up the game when it comes to options and accessories. Things like BT and iPod connections should come standard. Options to upgrade stereo, seat warming or cooling, wheels etc should be offered. I wanted 18" wheels but would have had to buy them as spare parts at the excessive cost of AUD$7,000. Yes, they make great cars but they need to give the buyer some choices.
Great car - great forum!