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Hey Everyone!

I'm new to this Forum and this is my first ever post. I have always loved Alfa's but never owned one. Had been saving for a while as I was intending to buy a Brera (still love the Berea and intend on owning one at some point) but the idea of buying a GTV now kept eating away at me and a few weeks ago I went for it and purchased a 2001 2.0 TS Black GTV and loving it!!!
It has the Aero body kit and 17" Teledials and is a beautiful looking car and fab to drive. Its definitley the best looking car I have ever owned. As I have been reading the GTV is prone to a few niggles so thought I'd ask a few questions on here and be fab if someone could give me some advice.
Firstly the engine temp gauge does not seem to work, occ it has worked for 10 mins but it soon goes back to 0. Has anyone else had this happen and has a fix for it?? The petrol gauge works fine however a couple of times it has all of a suden gone to empty (when half full) but then seems to sort its self out and go back to correct place.

Second question is regarding keys. The car only came with one key and its pretty tempremental. The button works opening and closing the car and activating the alarm etc but I would like to set a new set of keys if possible. Does anyone know of any pretty cheap ways of doing this?

Lastly it has a few dints and scrapes (as you'd expect from a 10 year old car) but I'm thinking of having them fixed. Anyone had exp's of taking therir GTV to a body shop and costs involved for for getting both car doors fixed up.

Any help would be gratefully received and thanks for reading if you have got down to this point. Cheers!!!
 

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Engine temp will almost certainly be thermostat
You can get keys rebuilt by forum member Chris via his ebay shop cheaply with a fast turnaround, search members directory for his contact details
With regards local bodyshops best get a few quotes, have a look at the bodyshops work in their unit and go from there.
 

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Firstly the engine temp gauge does not seem to work, occ it has worked for 10 mins but it soon goes back to 0. Has anyone else had this happen and has a fix for it?? The petrol gauge works fine however a couple of times it has all of a suden gone to empty (when half full) but then seems to sort its self out and go back to correct place.
If the temp gauge and fuel gauge are both erratic, first port of call for me would be the connections to that cluster of gauges. Plenty of guides on here about removing the center console/dash which you need to do to access it..
 

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Hello and welcome! Don't forget to wave at other Alfisti...

Loads of guides and "how to's" on hear and the search facility is great too. I had a similar problem with the temp gauge on my 156 V6 and had the rad, radiator and temp sensor fixed before finally realising what was up with it - if you try the simple fixes first it can save you time and money!

Try wiping the locking/alarm sensor near the rear view mirror with an alcohol wipe before getting the keys re-furbished, the GTVs are a bit sensitive to not receiving the signal from the remote. Getting a new key cut and coded is not cheap but you should be able to get a full set of locks/keys/ECU from a dead car at a reasonable ptice - it depends on how proficient you are with a set of spanners.....
 

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You've done the right thing with the GTV purchase. While the Brera might have the visual appeal the GTV is so much more fun to drive. I had a 2.2 SV Brera and sure it was a head turner and great to look at but the driving pleasure of my 916 Spider and my GTV wins hands down
 

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Thanks for all the replies! Will look into all the suggestions, I'm kinda thinking the temp gauge may be a connection issue as it does sporadically work sometimes. So that could be an easy fix. I'm considering taking it to an Alfa specialist in Leeds, called Turin Motors for a service in the new year, so they might have a few ideas too. Has anyone ever used this garage and if so would you recommend???
I have started getting excited every time I see another Alfa so will def wave in future! haha
A-John- wow seems like you have had my dream garage, I would love to own a Brera & My GTV, so that's my aim for the future. I only realised recently that the Brera replaced the GTV so no wonder there two of my fave cars.
J-Flower, You may well see me as I don't live too far away from Armley! So if you see a sexy black GTV it may well be me as I have not seen many round here. Which is why I like the car even more! So give me a toot if your passing.
 

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Hey Everyone!

I'm new to this Forum and this is my first ever post. I have always loved Alfa's but never owned one. Had been saving for a while as I was intending to buy a Brera (still love the Berea and intend on owning one at some point) but the idea of buying a GTV now kept eating away at me and a few weeks ago I went for it and purchased a 2001 2.0 TS Black GTV and loving it!!!
It has the Aero body kit and 17" Teledials and is a beautiful looking car and fab to drive. Its definitley the best looking car I have ever owned. As I have been reading the GTV is prone to a few niggles so thought I'd ask a few questions on here and be fab if someone could give me some advice.
Firstly the engine temp gauge does not seem to work, occ it has worked for 10 mins but it soon goes back to 0. Has anyone else had this happen and has a fix for it?? The petrol gauge works fine however a couple of times it has all of a suden gone to empty (when half full) but then seems to sort its self out and go back to correct place.

Second question is regarding keys. The car only came with one key and its pretty tempremental. The button works opening and closing the car and activating the alarm etc but I would like to set a new set of keys if possible. Does anyone know of any pretty cheap ways of doing this?

Lastly it has a few dints and scrapes (as you'd expect from a 10 year old car) but I'm thinking of having them fixed. Anyone had exp's of taking therir GTV to a body shop and costs involved for for getting both car doors fixed up.

Any help would be gratefully received and thanks for reading if you have got down to this point. Cheers!!!
for keys try here Alfa Romeo Specialist, and body shop i can recommend an amazing place near me in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, bit of a drive but he's really good i had a spoiler fitted and sprayed, and both doors removed and resprayed for £300 and his work and colour match is spot on
 

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If you are prepared to drive down the M1 a spot on Alfa garage would be AFH1 in Mansfield. Just off junction 29 and ask for Martin.
Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Hyundai Specialist | Mansfield Notts, UK, AFH1
There is a very good bodyshop who has repainted my Cup ( getting rid of all the " Pink bits" ) in huthwaite not to far away from AFH1 close to junction 28 of the M1) - let me know if it is of interest for details
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Thanks for all the replies! Will look into all the suggestions, I'm kinda thinking the temp gauge may be a connection issue as it does sporadically work sometimes. So that could be an easy fix.
I had the same thoughts about my 156 but it ended up being the thermostat - stuck open - even on a long drive the gauge barely registered. I think the gauges are not all that accurate at lower temperatures - i.e. if the engine's running at 60 degrees or less, the gauge will probably not even read 60. The thermostat is a really common failing so I think you should start with replacing that yourself. You could always remove it and see if it can hold water in the top hose outlet before you shell out £38 for a replacement.

-Alex
 
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