Hello all: Having eventually sold the previous Alfa (a 2.0ltr 146), I collected the replacement from Edinburgh a few weeks ago - a 3.0 GTV in dark blue. It's a 1999 P2 car, but has only done 52k miles, and has a full service history back to day one.
First impressions (well, immediate impressions!) were of how much quicker it felt compared to the 146. In fact, going through the village here it's actually very difficult to stick to 30! Haven't really extended it so far (honest, officer) but I know enough to say that it's easily the quickest car I've driven in many years! And the engine note is well worth turning down the CD for!
I've only had a few journeys as yet, but luckily the drive down to work takes me for about 20 miles of terrific roads alongside Loch Maree for much of the way - hardly a trial............
In true Alfa fashion, however, it has already spent a few days under the spanner! The pipes going in to the oil cooler started leaking, so that was a "must do". Hideous job. Anyway, that sorted, there's nothing at all to be looked at just now that I'm aware of.
I've attached a photo, I hope - aside from a few days of sun, the weather hasn't really been good enough for photos, so that's all I have just now. (Excuse the cat prints on the bonnet!)
Surprised the first thing you really note in the GTV is the 'gun slot' of a front windscreen. That was certainly the first thing I noticed.
When I changed from the 2.0 GTV to the 3.0 V6 I was amazed at the power. Particularly when accelerating onto roundabouts!! I would often over rev the engine until I got used to finding the biting point on the clutch.
Enjoy the real kick up the backside the V6 gives you when you let her go.
Just watch out when pushing on in the twisty bits........sometimes the chassis set up can't really cope with all that power. If you can put up with the firmer ride you might want to consider lowering springs and adjustable shocks......that'll keep her well planted on the road.
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