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Hi all,

Please allow me to introduce myself. My father works in the motor trade and has just bought a 99 T reg GTV 2.0 TS. Having driven one years ago and loved it, I am seriously considering buying the car. I am currently 'borrowing' the car for a week of commuting to see how I get on with it.

My current car is a BMW 3 Series Touring, so am going from an extreme of praticality to one of impeded headroom, bootspace and rear leg room!

My questions are:

1. I commute 400 miles a week (A road / M way). Is the GTV a realistic car for this purpose?

2. What sort of fuel economy can I expect? I have read un-offical car review figures of 30mpg but this sounds harsh. Can I expect more for the type of driving I will predominantly be doing?

3. Having owned a 75 V6 years ago and recently a Ducati 748, I fully understanding the meaning of italian reliability. Is the GTV considered a generally reliable car?

4. Knowing that Alfa main dealers are horrific for spare parts (both in service and price IMHO), is there a recommended alternative?

Any help is much appreciated at this stage. Basically, my head says no, but my heart very much says yes!!!

Kindest regards

H
 

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Hello H,

It's difficult to answer but here's my go:
1) 400 miles per week is no problem, it's a pleasure unless it's all stop and go traffic! But a GTV will be less quiet and comfy than a BMW so you'll be more tired but more happy after driving.
2) MPG you'll have to calculate yourself but a TS will on average use about 10-12 liters per 100 KM, depending on the weight of your right foot.
3) Yes its reliable if maintained correctly (esp. suspension, cambelt and 8 sparkplugs) and GTV's don't rust at all!
4) Independent Alfa specialist are better and cheaper then dealers so try to find a good one in your area.

Finally, follow your hart but make sure there's some room in your wallet, because you need to be prepared for surprises, but thats part of the charm of owning an Italian sportscar!
 

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in answer to your questions.

1) no problem
2) 27mpg is probably nearer the mark, 30mpg plus is achieveable but unlikley as you will want to 'drive' the car
3)same as you Ducati change the belts regularly aprt from that the GTv is probably far more reliable than the Duke or the 75. just check oil and tyre wear regularly [ie weekly]
4) local indie is probably the best rout as they will know the car better than most main dealers and hourly rates will be less.

just but it stop hanging around buy it you know you want to and it will make sense. lets be honest 3 series touring is not really the biggest most practical car out there any way let alone being quite common these days
 

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I agree with all of the above - my mpg figures are slightly different though.

I invariably get 30mpg and I like to drive in a lively manner - it is not rare to hit 7k revs when changing gear. I spent a week deliberately driving for economy - max speed 60 and in highest gear that was comfortable - result 32mpg and I have never been so bored in my life.

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I agree with the above, and I too get about 30 mpg :)
 

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Agree with all above advice.

With that sort of mileage check your oil level at least twice a week. The TS engines are known for using oil, don't let the level drop below 3/4. Also verify the belts, variator have been recently changed, the service interval on these is 36k.
 

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I always get more than 33 mpg, better than my 33 Sportwagon. Best I've had is 45 mpg and that was in Germany on my way to see my brother in Prague, oh and by the way that was averaging 85 mph! True. Its all how you put the power down, lots of hard down on the accelerator followed by lots of hard braking does not contribute to mpg or getting anywhere faster. I've always managed good mileage on the motorcycles, in the cars and flying the Monsun. As for comfort after driving 650 miles I've never felt fatigued in the GTV. So if you're talking about 40 miles in one go there are no problems apart, perhaps, from face-ache from grinning so hard!
 

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Go for it!! I've had my GTV 2 litre for six years and it has now done 93,000 miles. It has been extremely reliable and is very well built. I commute on country lanes and so have had the rear suspension rebuilt twice, once by a main dealer (outrageously expensive, but I didn't know any better) and once by a local specialist (cheaper and they had far more knowledge), but other than that I've spent very little unexpected money on it outside normal servicing.
I don't check mpg so can't really comment on that, and I don't consider it very quiet on the motorway, but if you fancy it then you're sure to end up loving it!
 

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Thanks for all you replies so far guys.

I have now checked mpg by refilling the tank and I am averaging 34mpg. This compares with 36mpg with the BMW Touring so I happy that the difference is so small.

I have gone through the service history - car has covered 84,000 miles. FARSH with new rear subframe at 42k miles. New belts at 72k miles so everthing is pointed ever closer to me having the car!!!!

Initial impressions are (obviously) the lack of room and at over 6ft I have to sink into the seat a bit to fit under the sunroof. The lack of bootspace will also take some getting used to.

However.......when I put my foot down, I forget all about the impracticalities! Oh my God, I forgot just what a cracking engine the 2.0L TS is!!

A couple of jobs to do include new front tyres - can anyone recommend a good tyre for the GTV. Will I go wrong with Toyo Proxes or Yokohamas?

Also the central locking does not work along with the courtesy light when I unlock the door. Fuses are intact. Is this a common problem.

Finally, I have no rear heated screen with no warning light if I press the heated screen button on the console. Fuse is also intact. Again, is this a common problem / easy fix.

Anyway, looks like I'll be on here a bit more from now on. IMHO, you can learn more from owners club forums from a few hours browsing that you could pretty much anywhere else and it is great to see such a following of fellow enthusiasts.

Cheers guys

H
 

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Courtesy light can't really help there, mine initially didn't work and one day started to and hasn't stopped working. Maybe try and clean up door contacts. Also worth doing is removing and cleaning all fuses under the bonnet, they can become quite corroded, smear with wd40 or the battery terminal gel to keep the contacts clean.

Heated rear screen is a common problem, remove the fuse and see if the plastic has melted, this can happen. There was I believe a recall for this. I have simply removed mmy fuse, but haven't got around to re routing the wires to a seperate fuse holder. Its too bloody cold !
 

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rear screen is a common problem i think it relates to a weak connection somewhere behind/under the dash which your local indie should be able to sort out. sunroof does intrude somewhat which is annoying and why i bought one without.

you could swap the limp home wheel for a can of spray foam. alternatively just make sure the missus has a sensible car whenyou need touse a boot;)
 
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