Formerly 166, GT,
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Aug 2005
I feel I'm well enough qualified to comment I guess....
The 166 and the GT are completely different driving experiences. The 166 is a lovely comfortable cruiser, the GT is a bit more 'raw' in that there's more noise and the leather isn't as soft as the 166 etc. The 2 cars handle very differently as well, but that can also be heavily determined by what kind of suspension set up you have and what condition it is in.
Now, I have the V6 166, and the power is great, but the JTDm doesn't want for power either, especially when it's remapped as well. I can't compare the 2.0TS in a 166 with the 1.9JTDm in the GT, but I'm pretty sure the TS will have to work a bit harder to get the same sort of power that is available relatively easier in the JTDm.
The JTDm is a good engine, but not without it's issues. It's a 4 cylinder and can be quite rattly/rough, especially at lower speeds and when driving around town. Similar to the 166, you'll have a 6 speed gearbox and you'll need to get used to changing gears when in traffic as 1-3 is very short. It's generally reliable, timing belt and water pump is a longer interval than the TS, and you sometimes get issues with EGRs and MAFs, but that could be any car these days to be honest. No major clutch, turbo or gearbox issues.
Suspension on the GT is much harder than the 166. I've swapped mine out for a Koni/Eibach setup, that's a little better at dealing with crappy roads, but to be honest, the main benefit is in the handling. I've always ran 17s and 18s, I hate the look of the 16s, so the comfort is what it is.
Practically, the GT isn't bad, but the back seat is only really suitable for short journeys or children, but even then, access in/out is tight enough. Boot space is just ok, golf clubs are definitely a better fit in the 166.
Any particular reason why you'd look at a JTDm and not a 2.0JTS? Are you doing high enough mileage? The JTDm is good on the motorways for sure, but unless you're doing the mileage to justify it, I'd look at the JTS.
I like both my Alfas for very different reasons. But, I think if anyone was thinking of buying an Alfa, I'd probably tell them that for the money, the 166 is the best one out there now.
I'll happily let you have a spin in my GT if you want to see what a good JTD is like - it's been remapped, has a Q2 and the modified suspension. If you don't like this one, then the GT is not for you....
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