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147 GTA - Worth a purchase?

Hi there guys..

I'm relatively new to owning an Alfa Romeo, but since I took my little 147 out for a test-drive, I love my Alfa! Prior to owning a 147, I owned a Honda Civic Type-R (teenage years!), Vauxhall Astra GSi, and a humble Volvo V70! I have to say, the 147 never fails to put a smile on my face!

I keep passing a red 147 GTA on my way to work most mornings, and I think it is a beautiful little bit of kit! I had the privilege of seeing it take off past a row of cars on the bypass, it sounded quality!

Which leads me to wanting one, but rather than plunging into a decision blindfolded. I thought I would get your opinions on the GTA?

Is it a good car to drive? Is it fun? Are they reliable with good servicing and maintenance? What should I be looking out for?

I appreciate any input or experiences you've had with a GTA!

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Hi Jim,

Worth taking a look at the GTA forum if you're considering one.
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You keep passing? hope it's going in the other direction
I have never seen a GTA in the metal as of yet.
Can only imaging or dream what twice the engine size is like.
1600 a year road tax here in Ireland for the 3.2
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It's a beast!
It's a serious bit of kit and worth spending your time finding the right one. The Busso V6 is such a work of art and it performs too - Alfa heritage!
I'm on my second one now (it's a LHD as I'm currently in France) and I always look forward to gtting behind the wheel. I'm currently looking into upgrading the suspension becuase it's starting to age a bit.
Granted, they cost more to run than your everyday car but then you know that
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You keep passing? hope it's going in the other direction
I have never seen a GTA in the metal as of yet.
Can only imaging or dream what twice the engine size is like.
1600 a year road tax here in Ireland for the 3.2
1809

And if you fancy flying to Ireland
http://www.carzone.ie/search/Alfa-Ro...t?channel=CARS
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Crikey! £2,800 .... It would be worth buying that even if it is a dog ? I reckon breaking and slow sell would see you doubling your money.
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Crikey! £2,800 .... It would be worth buying that even if it is a dog ? I reckon breaking and slow sell would see you doubling your money.
Shipping to the uk for your target market makes that prohibitive....its bloody expensive to ship an engine

I reckon you could get it for 2500. And euro at a push, its been for sale for nearly a year. Heres another two 3.2 beauties.

Alfa Romeo 166 3.2 MANUAL 4DR Petrol 2005 Saloon for sale €4,400
Alfa GT 3.2 v6 fsh *3950*3950* For Sale in Cork : €3,950 - DoneDeal.ie

You can tell how difficult it is to sell a 3.2L alfa down here, by all that lovely greenery.

A 156gta was snapped up for around 3000 pounds down here a couple of months ago.

Pm for good price on parts for your 156 v6
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Great cars to drive and will keep the smile on your face for a very long time. If you check recent thread in the GTA lounge. Some people are spending 2/3k a year on these cars. Buying the best would probably help lower costs on the maintenance side but the bills are always going to be bigger than the 1.6
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Go to the GTA lounge and check out the threads there. If you get a well sorted car you may not need to spend much on it at all, apart from servicing and petrol of course. But you may get the modifying and tweaking bug, in which case get your wallet open.....
 
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You keep passing? hope it's going in the other direction
I have never seen a GTA in the metal as of yet.
Can only imaging or dream what twice the engine size is like.
1600 a year road tax here in Ireland for the 3.2
Lol.. I have been going the same direction a couple of times. I made an effort to get behind it a couple of times; but the GTA owner thinks I'm trying to initialise a race and disappears, these things are quick!

I have in the region of £7k to outlay on a vehicle, that should be enough to get a well looked after example should it not? I am aware that the maintenance on these, as well as unexpected repairs will be expensive. But I wouldn't expect to own a performance vehicle and not be hurting the wallet to fix something should it go bang.

I spend in the region of £65.00 a week commuting to work, I wouldn't say I'm an economic driver. My commute is marred by slow vehicles, farm machinery and buses - so overtakes are common most mornings/evenings.. All within the speed limit! I promise..

I cover about 250 miles a week, I was figuring that would increase to around £80 a week..

I probably couldn't sustain or justify owning one for longer than six months to a year. But I just wanna experience it for myself, stunningly beautiful car in my opinion
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Buy the diesel, put a GTA kit and its a win win
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Buy the diesel, put a GTA kit and its a win win
That is until you start it and are reminded that you are really in a tractor .
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