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Ok so i want an Alfo Coupe. Pref. a Brera, however i do have a long term gf and i could see myself moving the relationship on the the dreaded M word

Now i doubt i could convince her than an Alfa coupe is a good choice once we were married so i would want to buy it before hand (hehe) and theni can really enjoy it. Now the the thing is that i looked at the Brera this morning and it is quite a small car inside - back seat space is well....cramped! lol

Is the GT coupe any better - ie i could see me buying a Brera and having to sell it after a baby came along as its not big enough - could the GT be a better choice?

(Wow thats a scarey post! )

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(oh and for the record the Cardiff dealer was very helpful, and took me through all the options as i was a total novice, and treated me much better than BMW did! lol)
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You can fit a pram and then a pushchair in a GT boot (as long as don't have the bose option as the subwoofer takes up valuable space), and it's not too much of a problem with a kiddy seat in the back. I have even taken mine on a family holiday to the South of France with the Mrs & two kids with no complaint
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The only reasons we bought a GT over a Brera last year was interior space & the seats. The GT is a propper 4 seater with a decent boot. The Brera is better built and has a more competent chassis and the seats have been sorted to the 08 models. Both a lovely cars but if a family is on the cards, only the GT will cut it.
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get the brera - its your baby!!

no really, both are stunning, and both you'll love!
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you want a coupe with good rear space?

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how do the GTs drive compared to the Breras?

Or even the 159 estate...but im not odl enough for an estate or saloon yet! lol
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how do the GTs drive compared to the Breras?

Or even the 159 estate...but im not odl enough for an estate or saloon yet! lol
Estate!? ESTATE!?!?!?

It's a Sportwagon dear boy
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ahhh i couldnt rememeber what the word was and i new it wasnt touring! hehe
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Do what I did, get the GF/Wife a GT & then get yourself a Brera

The Brera
is better built
Blue & me is a godsend
Great looking
Better ride on 18" Alloys

The GT
has better body hugging seats
more room (boot space)
very nippy
Heavy clutch
Great looking


Not much in it really both cracking cars
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seeing as the gf isnt into cars and just wants something that works i was thinking a focus/gold lol

troulble is (and we are into fantasy future again) if we go so see parents/inlaws i would want to take the alfa (dad has a range, sister audi tt, and older brother a porsche (they are all lawyers lol))

I do love the brera it was the car that got be interested again in alfas.....
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Baby's are actually pretty small and will fit in the back of a GT or a Brera.
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Baby's are actually pretty small and will fit in the boot of a GT or a Brera.
I edited your quote to what you really meant.

Get a Brera. I'm assuming that you don't have kids yet, and if you're thinking about getting married then kids are probably a way off.

Get the Brera, enjoy it, and you can still use it for a few years when the kids come.

Then switch to a 159.

(That's my plan if you substitute Brera for Cup)
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Thanks Jimmer, that was what I meant.

Seriously however I've never really understood people who the second the twenty week scan is complete rush out and buy a people carrier.
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Get a Brera. I'm assuming that you don't have kids yet, and if you're thinking about getting married then kids are probably a way off.

Get the Brera, enjoy it, and you can still use it for a few years when the kids come.

Then switch to a 159.

My thoughts exactly.
The Brera will be fine for the 1st couple of years of your babies life, at least.
My Brera for now, & then a 159 or 159sw in a couple of years time. Engine type/size yet to be determined, but possibly the 2.4d. The 3.2 petrol is only going to get more expensive to run/harder to re-sell a few years down the line. But I reserve the right to change my mind.
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Do what I did, get the GF/Wife a GT & then get yourself a Brera

The Brera
is better built
Blue & me is a godsend
Great looking
Better ride on 18" Alloys

The GT
has better body hugging seats
more room (boot space)
very nippy
Heavy clutch
Great looking


Not much in it really both cracking cars
Agree with all of the above, but also worth adding although the Brera rides better (in terms of how it deals with pot holes e.t.c), it doesn't have the same agility/steering feel as the GT.
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Get a Brera.
What he said. You only need two seats.
The boot is bigger than a 147's more so
with the seats folded.
 
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A great choice to have to make. I choose the GT as it's what I could afford in the second hand market. I will be getting a Brera as soon as I can afford one...but the GT in the meantime will more than suffice!!!

If you can afford the Brera then do it...but I wouldn't be too upset about going for a GT

Remember the Brera will cost more in fuel and possibly insurance too

Enjoy the choice...either way you'll have one of the best two cars out there

P.S I'm married and have a 10 year old kid and bacxk seat size doesn't come into my choices at any popint. Does your missus have a car of her own?
 
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i must admit although i can afford a Brera i think my finances may well get stretched (i hyear weddings/babies are very expensive!!!) lol

and the fact there are lots of GTs about for around £10k cheaper than a new Brera, and after having one, and when I can afford 2 cars, I could get a Brera, and a 2nd car for the misses

can it be a sensible choice to by an alfa ever - i always thought it was a choice of heart over head for alfas! lol
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I think the GT is a very sensible car to buy right now. I got mine which I pick up next week for £10,700 with 6 months tax, a years warranty, MOT, they have done the cambelt for me....it's a 2.0 JTS with 36k on the clock with tan leather interior. You tell me what other car you could buy for that price with that spec that looks as good as the GT? Mark 4 Golf GTI's still go for that price!!
 
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I would go for the GT (only cos I made the same step from an Astra 1.8 like yourself!) - you will love it (squeaks and all!)
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I think the GT is a very sensible car to buy right now. I got mine which I pick up next week for £10,700 with 6 months tax, a years warranty, MOT, they have done the cambelt for me....it's a 2.0 JTS with 36k on the clock with tan leather interior. You tell me what other car you could buy for that price with that spec that looks as good as the GT? Mark 4 Golf GTI's still go for that price!!
thats an amazing deal.

As far as value for money goes im thinking the GT out weighs the Brera atm - an alfa coupe for around £10-13k whats not to like?

mikey2001 - whats the handling/speed/comfort etc like compared to the astra.


I think im going to have to take a proper drive in one over the weekend
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How about a GTV, they have no rear space at all, no boot at all, and drive like a go cart!

Also you can buy one for about £4000 in really good condition!

With the cash you saved, you could buy a 156 Sportwagon as well!
 
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i did think about the GTV but I am worried about reliability as I love drive it rather than having ti in teh dealer.

With a GTV i could sell ym astra, buy a GTV V6 pre 2001 and enjoy cheaper tax lol

More likely a 2.0 GTV, and pocket some cash as Im guess the GTVs arent going to depeciate much more. I would love a coupe

It depends how jobs go, if everything works out I think I am going to splash out and get a GT coupe as recently having driven one, and enjoyed the extra space over the brera (just felt nicer going down the motorway next to the trucks) and with the added value for money.

If things dont go so well, I can see me either selling the astra and getting a 156 (with the big spoiler, not sure what engine) or a GTV as I want a coupe

What do you think - what is a GTV like to live with? (sod the baby seat idea lol)
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GTLeigh drove Clare's GT 3.2 yesterday after is new 3.2 Brera. The GT is like a nuclear powered Go Cart and with the Q2 gets all the power to the road It's really pointy on the steering too

The ride is hard & crashy though & there are plenty of interior squeaks & creaks

The Brera is far more cosseting. It feels powerful but in a lazy sort of way. The throttle pedal is really long too (in the GT you press it with your big toe and it's like stepping on a land mine).

The ride & handling are excellent but the steering isn't as feelsome as the GT.

The GT is more fun but it feels "old" compared to the competence & quality of the new car.

Two very different but individually excellent cars.

Note. There is NO room in the back of the Brera

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