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After wanting an Alfa since a kid, I got one a GTD, paid top dollar(£'s) for a what I thought was a good un. One owner, service history real good nick. I loved her well, did the suspension all round to almost new, gave her sweet sticky rubber shoes, every bit and bob fixed and tightened, so she handled sweet. When she did drive. I stupidly bought a diesel. First time in my life. Never will I ever buy a oil burner again, truck, van or digger ok. Not a car. I eventually got to the breaking point with the fuel pipe issue, I posted on here regarding the issue, fuel pipe after fuel pipe cracked and no one could give us an answer, even specialist diesel engineers just shook their head. Alfa changed the common rail to the GTD in 06, so one can suspect. Nonetheless, my Italian Mistress is gone and has been replaced with a top notch mini-muscle Ford Mondeo. Boring? Nah, a V6 this time. A sweet tight 40k old mans car. Being bit of a freak it I have already slapped a twin Freeflo system on and will shortly have some nasty branches and induction bolted on. Man, I have always loved Alfa Romeos but ownership has left a bitter taste. The drive and the cornering was fantastic, there is a certain feeling you get driving them that sits a smile on your face and the shape of them is something strangely sexual. Keep those Alfa wheels rolling guys. Arrivederci from the weezel
 

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sorry you didn't have a great experience with your GT, to be fair every marque has its issues , on top of that you can just be unlucky!

my wife's brand new Peugeot 208 has been a PITA from the off having been back to the dealer 6 times in as many months once for 5 weeks!..her old Honda Civic developed braking issues we never got to the bottom of at 100k despite changing slave and master cylinders, pads discs and refurbing the calipers..we scrapped it in the end!

have fun with the new ford ..:thumbup:
 

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why you started yourself with AR with a diesel in the 1st place? and then got the v6 petrol ford???? not that wrong about AR diesels or petrol fords, but... the sequence should be: get the v6 Alfa Romeo and then try the AR JTD.

EDIT: you would discard trying the JTD the time you got the petrol v6 anyway..............
 

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After wanting an Alfa since a kid, I got one a GTD, paid top dollar(£'s) for a what I thought was a good un. One owner, service history real good nick. I loved her well, did the suspension all round to almost new, gave her sweet sticky rubber shoes, every bit and bob fixed and tightened, so she handled sweet. When she did drive. I stupidly bought a diesel. First time in my life. Never will I ever buy a oil burner again, truck, van or digger ok. Not a car. I eventually got to the breaking point with the fuel pipe issue, I posted on here regarding the issue, fuel pipe after fuel pipe cracked and no one could give us an answer, even specialist diesel engineers just shook their head. Alfa changed the common rail to the GTD in 06, so one can suspect. Nonetheless, my Italian Mistress is gone and has been replaced with a top notch mini-muscle Ford Mondeo. Boring? Nah, a V6 this time. A sweet tight 40k old mans car. Being bit of a freak it I have already slapped a twin Freeflo system on and will shortly have some nasty branches and induction bolted on. Man, I have always loved Alfa Romeos but ownership has left a bitter taste. The drive and the cornering was fantastic, there is a certain feeling you get driving them that sits a smile on your face and the shape of them is something strangely sexual. Keep those Alfa wheels rolling guys. Arrivederci from the weezel
Sorry to hear about your experience. My Alfa is great.
 

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Sorry to hear about your experience. My Alfa is great.

:biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:


short and to the point dgmayhead, it's funny how people will judge a marque based on the one potentially badly maintained ragged and possibly high mileage example they have bought! Mine's great too..:thumbup:


in the case of my OH's brand new Peugeot though, no excuse for either the multiple faults or the P**s poor customer service.
 

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:biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:


short and to the point dgmayhead, it's funny how people will judge a marque based on the one potentially badly maintained ragged and possibly high mileage example they have bought! Mine's great too..:thumbup:


in the case of my OH's brand new Peugeot though, no excuse for either the multiple faults or the P**s poor customer service.
It is a Peugot though......the French are even worse than Italians at putting cars together :D
 

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it's funny how people will judge a marque based on the one potentially badly maintained ragged and possibly high mileage example
The one in the Op's reference point was none of those things though.
But what better experience than actually owning one. They you've see for yourself.

Saying that this op does sound like they have been particularly unlucky.
Expectation too. I bought an Alfa 166 and its cost me another 60% the value of the car to have silly things done and a clutch. Let alone the cam belt that needs doing etc.

Its unfortunate but once its done fingers crossed it'll just work.

Now if something else was fail that's big again I'd hate the brand. And its not like it hasn't happened before with my 147. But I struggled through and had a very reliable car for two years paying out hardly anything after it all.

Some times it really is pot luck.
 

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I bought mine with no service history, it's rusty as hell and has some shocking panel gaps up front and 7 previous happy keepers. I had very low expectations but it's actually one of the more reliable cars I've owned. 40,000 miles in 3 years and only let me down once when the back shock absorber collapsed. If I can sort my welding skills out before mot time I might even put another cam belt on it!
 

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You sound like a decent chap. Sorry you had an obviously S'hite experience with your car.
I also come from V6's and stunning audi 5cld turbo engines. And now i have a modified GT clover 170 "jtd". And apart from the slight diesel noise on start up it is f'king awesome.
I was fortunate enough to drive a busso GT recently, and as gorgeous and sweet as it sounded, i got very bored quickly. I missed my hybrid turbo usable midrange wallop. You have to be patient and develop these cars.
You bought a mondeo:paperbag:?? Why not a focus at least that has a better chassis. Anyhow all the best mate and enjoy the Mondeo.

Damien.
 
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