As a GT owner, I can agree with you that the GT ride is VERY bad on our Australian roads. Even though the road may not look at all bad, the GT's suspension is easily caught out and will often bottom out with a resounding CRASH! The suspension must be bottoming out very easily and must be crashing on the bump stop limits.
This is annoying me so much that I have ordered and received (but not yet fitted at this stage) a set of Bilstein dampers and a set of Eibach springs for both front and rear. My car has done only 35,000 kilometres at this stage so I have decided to not replace the suspension bushes at this time because of the huge additional cost. I can only source PowerFlex bushes and they are VERY expensive. (Maybe I should replace the bushes as well - what do you think?????).
I have also ordered (and still waiting for) an aluminium engine guard to replace the original fibre one - this will give additional ground clearance I am told. This guard is available from [email protected]
but again, is very expensive, especially when you add in the shipping costs.
These new bits will be installed at my next major service when I will also be fitting a Q2 diff. The timing belt, idlers and tensioner will also be done at that time.
So, fingers crossed - I am hoping for a huge improvement in quality of ride and will report on my findings when the job is complete.
Well, I now know what is meant by a "well sorted" car! My beautiful silver 3.2 V6 GT is now the car I thought it would be when I first bought it nearly one year ago now.
It is a 2005 model and done only 39,000km. But back then, I didn't know about the "crashy" ride, the prone to break diff, the potential cam belt breakage problem and the cracked plastic water pump impellor problem. So one year down the track and with a thinner wallet and some barked knuckles, my GT is absolutely FANTASTIC and I can smile with confidence and joy every time I take it for a spin.
So why is it so good now? The first job was to replace the diff centre with the much discussed Q2 unit. I have reported on this in an earlier post but I say again, it is a job you can do yourself if you have the tools and a decent workshop (and hoist preferably). I also fitted Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs all round at the same time as the diff. The difference in handling is truly amazing and I don't have to worry about breaking the diff every time I accelerate away on left or right lock. Although the car is slightly lower, it is not causing a problem as I have fitted an aluminium engine guard in place of the old fibre one - this aluminium unit gives extra clearance under the car which effectively cancels out the potential lowering problem.
As I had now improved the handling so much, I decided to give it a full service which would include timing belt, auxiliary belt and water pump. Once again, I completed all of this work myself and the car is now just like new again, but with a completely different character.
The plastic water pump impellor WAS CRACKED (as mentioned on other posts on this forum) and as I said earlier, the car has done less than 40,000km! As this is a well known potential problem I would STRONGLY RECOMMEND that any V6 owners should have their water pumps changed to the matal impellor type as soon as possible.
The timing belt replacement was reasonably straight forward but I had previously purchased the special camshaft locking caps. I also replaced the auxiliary belt, idler pulleys and tensioner at the same time. The most difficult part of the whole job was to successfully tighten the new oil filter - I had to purchase a special 3-pronged wrench that locks in both directions (most only lock in the anti-clockwise direction that allows you to remove the filter).
So, as you can now imagine, I am a happy chappy and absolutely thrilled to bits with this beautiful well sorted Alfa GT. If any of you are worried about your GT's handling, go down the path I have described above - I promise you, you won't regret it!