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Things you didn't know your Alfa (GT) could do...

This thread is inspired by a similar one in the Jaguar X-Type forum that I used to contribute to a lot.

Essentially - what features have you discovered about your GT that aren't documented in the handbook (or at least you never expected to find in there...). Some examples for the Jag X-type was that the headlamp washers only operate every 6th time the windscreen washers are sprayed (and not at all if the low windscreen washer water light is on), and that if the fog lights are on they will extinguish if you turn on the main beam lights.

First off on the GT - there's an alarm beep that sounds if you attempt to pull away with the handbrake on!
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How ever do you find that out?




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No!

Pulling the handbrake on in a traffic jam while the car was almost at a standstill. Car beeped and I thought something had gone wrong. Then I put two and two together and tried pulling away with the handbrake on just enough to light the warning lamp but not enough that the brake was doing anything and it happened again until I released the handle.

As I said - this thread is about things that took you (pleasantly) by surprise about some design feature of the car......
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Or if you try to pull away with a door open, or a passenger tries to open the door before the vehicle has stopped...
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I don't really know too much about GT's but I know that if you try to shift from 5th to reverse mistaking it for 4th at 80mph in a Mitsubishi Lancer you need clean underwear and valium for the person in the passenger seat.
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One thing I liked about a MkV golf GTi, with the correct combination of preset movements on the climate control it would then give full readouts of the ECU, road speed, RPM etc off the cilamte control display
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The boot rattles. Doesn't say that in the handbook!!
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The boot rattles. Doesn't say that in the handbook!!


Perhaps it isn't seating properly?
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i hear that boot rattle in my sleep arrrrrrgh!!! kinda part of of owning an alfa!
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I don't thing the GT's got too many hidden secrets, only thing that springs to mind is when locked, hold the unlock button on the remote and the windows will drop. That may be in that handbook, but, let's face it, who reads that? Only thing I've ever used it for was trying to figure out how the AC works....and I still don't fully understand it.

If you flash the headlights soon after turning off the ignition the headlights will stay on for 30 seconds, plus 30 second increments for more flashes to a maximun of (I think) 3 minutes. It's the follow you/me home feature which is also in the handbook......probably.

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If you flash the headlights soon after turning off the ignition the headlights will stay on for 30 seconds, plus 30 second increments for more flashes to a maximun of (I think) 3 minutes. It's the follow you/me home feature which is also in the handbook......probably.
That's the sort of thing this thread is for (along with the climate/ECU display thingy - shame that was for a Golf). I bet most of us didn't know that and have learned something.

The Jag had a button on the keyfob for doing the same thing (as, famously, does the new VW Passat...)
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The boot rattles. Doesn't say that in the handbook!!
That is neither pleasant nor a surprise. Pay attention at the back please....
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im just still surprised about the milage the jtd gets.... and everyone tells me alfas guzzle like no tomorrow
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At night with your lights on, if you hold down the '-' menu button on the dash to the right of the steering wheel, the dash computer will illuminate only the speedo and / or rev counter (can't recall which!). Completely pointless but looks good...
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I used the heated seats in my 147 (it has GT front seats so I'm allowed to post this here...) and was pleasantly surprised to feel a nice warmth coming from the lumbar support as well as the base of the seat
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At night with your lights on, if you hold down the '-' menu button on the dash to the right of the steering wheel, the dash computer will illuminate only the speedo and / or rev counter (can't recall which!).
Tried this one this morning. It's the speedo BTW!

This is exactly what this thread is all about.
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Never knew that!. Does it work like a Saab Night Panel and light up the fuel guage if low and the temp guage if high??
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I tried the follow me home trick this evening- Had always known about it but never actually did it! Pretty cool but I don't know how much I'll use it
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Never knew that!. Does it work like a Saab Night Panel and light up the fuel guage if low and the temp guage if high??
The fuel guage is unlit but when low still displays the amber warning light solo. Neat trick. Pointless, but neat. Pity it doesn't turn off the blue headlight lazer
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Pity it doesn't turn off the blue headlight lazer
The what!?
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If you lift the middle armrest up a second time it slopes further down in a 'double down' position.
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If you lift the middle armrest up a second time it slopes further down in a 'double down' position.
Also there is a storage compartment in the middle armrest
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Pity it doesn't turn off the blue headlight lazer
Ditto!. It's probably that bright so you can see it in daylight?, but c'mon it doesn't have to be that BRIGHT!
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What is this blue headlight laser you speak of!?
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