tech fail i'm sure...I'm confused... I posted a fairly lengthy reply earlier today, but it has gone - did I break some forum rules and the post has been pulled, or did technology fail and it never got posted?
good stuff adarlo, I have not yet bonded with my derv GT ..its better in every way than the JTS engined GT it replaced but I don't love it yet...i'm hoping the quaife, new clutch and eibach arb's will fix this but I suspect its the free revving petrol engine i'm missingi had a red 20V, beautiful car and much missed. It was bad enough having 2 booster seats in the back but i drew the line at having a baby seat in when little `un arrived.
kids cried when i sold it, and i wasn`t far off.
the sound , the interior , the body lines ,the engine etc etc etc
I've had 3 of these in various states of tune, the last one being an LE. (just swaped it for a 147 GTA) The engines are strong and can take being driven hard if looked after. The problems I found is that the majority of owners are focused on how much power they can get out of them at the expense of every thing else. Negleted brakes suspension and general maintenance.I've been looking at these and like you say a lot have been molested one way or another. Remapped to the eyeballs so you know they've been driven hard.
Diffs do explode but mainly on 350BHP + cars. The gear box is basically the same as the GTV, but has a Visco LSD.I would rate them above the Alfa GTV, as they are more reliable (no dodgy Diffs or dodgy rear suspension) are faster, better on fuel and have more room inside.
I suffered one breakdown on my 20VT when the throttle cable snapped, so make sure it is nice and smooth in operation. If it isn't get it changed before it leaves you stranded.