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I am very much a newbie to 916 ownership having only had my GTV TS for six days now, I know that the first week can make or break a love affair with an Alfa and I am glad to say that I am very much in love! I was looking for a very usable car that would bring a sense of pride in ownership as well as a desire to keep what I view as a stunningly attractive future classic on the road and the 916 fits this with the added bonus of two seats in the back.

I set about searching all the usual online places eventually finding a newly listed bargain on Gumtree. A 2001 GTV TS in silver with the all important (for me) 17" Teledials with black leather in Lusso spec. Having trawled this forum and Squadra916 for helpful hints and tips as well as general inspiration I just wanted to share the experiences of my first week of ownership.

Overall I love the experience of the drive, the power is usable and the handling very good and I have been left wanting to try a V6! The car itself is pretty comfortable for me at 6ft although I am still mastering a graceful exit from the car when flanked by other cars in the car park!! Everything feels of pretty good quality apart from the speakers, which were never in danger of blocking out the all important engine notes. Whilst on the subject of engine my top tip to date would be use a fuel with a high RON factor as after five days of lumpy idle and running and full belly of Shell V-Power had these lumps levelled out and the engine purring nicely. Just how many expensive trips to the dealer or specialist could have been avoided??

So far the only change that has been made by me is on the head unit replacing a rather busy (for me) Sony unit and replacing it with a better performing yet too glossy (for me) Kenwood unit that I bought on the amount of features (Bluetooth, two USB slots, customisable display) and the potential of a nice unique install project for a very resaonble price of £99 reduced from £300. Happy me, happy wallet!

Oh I actually lie as a previous owner replaced the interior lights and the puddlelights with green tinted bulbs for a rather strange look, I have since changed these with crisp white LEDs giving a more modern feel.

Tomorrow will be a day with the spanner and an allen key as I begin to tinker looking to cure the following, of which if you have any top tips to save me time or money in putting these right please let me know.


  • Various door rattles, one of which sounds like glass
  • Upgrade rear speakers - I have bought FLi 6x9s which I believe plug straight in near enough and the fronts appear to have been done already
  • Clean anything that will help with the general running of the engine - Air/Fuel/Throttle
  • Investigate a brake squeak
  • Rattling from the boot
  • Replace headlight bulbs - Have purchased brighter/whiter bulbs
  • Plan the unque little install and maybe break our the Dremel
Thanks

Stu
 

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Really pleased you are enjoying your first "916". I agree with running them on V-Power, makes a big difference.
 

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Welcome to 916 ownerhip, the car looks fabulous... but then you're preaching to the converted. All 916 owners have one thing in common... an eye for stunning pininfarina style.

Brave of you buy off gumtree, but the niggles you list are minor and easily rectified, the engine bay looks way cleaner than most and points towards a well maintained car, carefully check the air intake ducts for splits, its v. common for the air intake flexi hose to throttle body to split with major loss of performance. Despite looking fine, on closer inspection, both my cars had splits here.

Don'y hesitate to use the search engine, 99 times out of 100 it will give you all the answers you need.
Drive, ENJOY and share your experience with the Forum.

I never tire of 916 pic's... so get posting!
 

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Good to see another happy GTV owner. I've owned mine for 6 months now and it still puts a smile on my face, the engine note is enough to cheer me up! I've also got the same issue with wind noise from the drivers side window but I haven't got around to sorting that out yet.

I've recently changed my headlight bulbs after one blew. It's a pretty straightforward job, just a case of unscrewing the plastic guards that cover the rear of the headlights. You'll then have access to the bulbs which just twist out of the back of the unit. The drivers side is a bit more fiddly to get the bulb out because there are several wires right behind it.

I say straightforward but mine was a pig to do because one of the screws on the drivers side guard had corroded really badly and wouldn't unscrew. But after a few hours of trying, finally got it shifted! :biglaugh:

I'll have to try running on V-Power, been using BP 95 RON or Tesco Ultimax?
 

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Thank you for the tips so far, very helpful :)

It does have a full service history to 98k and sits at 101k now so has been looked after and will continue to be so.
 

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Excellent choice , I'm eight years with mine and still love looking back at her in car parks,so much so treated myself to a spider as well last year .

Your car looks super nice in the photos.

Don't forget to check oil levels monthly ,

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Don't forget to check oil levels monthly
Depends on how much you drive. The CF3 Twinsparks use more oil than the CF1 and CF2 due to thinner piston rings. Mine is from 2002 with 57k miles on the clock. It uses a litre every 910 miles.
 
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Braved the weather for a little bit today and managed to change the headlight bulbs which has made a nice difference to visibility and emphasises the headlights.

Well popping the rear speaker covers off showed me that the FLi 6x9s would never drop straight in! Trip to Halfords for a quick exchange for the 6" version which do drop straight in and work lovely for my level of audio enjoyment. One strange quirk was that the left and right channels were mixed up so at some point someone had a little tinker in the back there or back in 2001 they let the factory work experience boy loose on a car!!

That's as far as I've got today...oh one more thing is that on my first full tank of petrol I achieved 364.9 miles. How does that compare with what you all achieve??
 

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That mileage is about the same as I achieve.
 

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Hello and welcome Stupree
I love the little F****ers. I am currently on No7 in the last 13 years and I have totalled every single one of them. Been hospitalised due to 2 of them and divorced due to one of them:jester:
You do not need any ICE - All rattles/squeaks and vibrations are part of the deal and looking out of your window at 4 in the morning to just admire him/her is totally OCD but understandable.
I have had both V6s and TSs and have to say that apart from the noise and straight line power, it is a Twinnie for me every time. I am a very sad 56 year old and to avoid ending up like me , you now have 2 choices; Forget all about Alfas or die bored.
As a great man once said: give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime, let him drive an Alfa just once and he will forget all about the fish stuff.
 

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Thanks for the warnings Alibob...I've done divorce before and this is my first Alfa but not my first ever obsession. The Mrs has plenty of coping strategies for my indulgences and she actually sees this one as healthy! I actually think she likes that this stays outside.
 

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Braved the weather for a little bit today and managed to change the headlight bulbs which has made a nice difference to visibility and emphasises the headlights.

Well popping the rear speaker covers off showed me that the FLi 6x9s would never drop straight in! Trip to Halfords for a quick exchange for the 6" version which do drop straight in and work lovely for my level of audio enjoyment. One strange quirk was that the left and right channels were mixed up so at some point someone had a little tinker in the back there or back in 2001 they let the factory work experience boy loose on a car!!

That's as far as I've got today...oh one more thing is that on my first full tank of petrol I achieved 364.9 miles. How does that compare with what you all achieve??
Hi which 6'' inch speakers did you get from Halfords?
 

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FLi Integrator 6

Nice and cheap, sound reasonable and are well worth the time and money as the difference is really noticeable.
 

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Looks a very nice well looked after example. I would give her a service, when was the cam belt etc last changed? If it's within timescales, you can tinker away to your hearts content, but if not get the service done before anything else.
 

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Looks a very nice well looked after example. I would give her a service, when was the cam belt etc last changed? If it's within timescales, you can tinker away to your hearts content, but if not get the service done before anything else.
Thanks! Cambelt was done at 83k, having this done was essential for any car I looked at buying as I did not want the hassle or the expense. I just wanted to drive!!
 

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I do have a PM awaiting reply and I am not being rude, I think I may need to hit a certain number of posts first?!?!
 

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The car looks very nice indeed...always liked them in silver:)
Mines coming out of storage next month for the summer and it will be my 14th with it and I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas.
It drinks oil and always has but has never gone wrong and has not one rattle or squeak.
There is a new orange Huracan in my neighbourhood and i wouldn't swop my GTV for it....well you know what i mean.
Enjoy the car mate.
 
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