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Got my Fiat yesterday to replace the GT.
By popular request??, some pictures, not easy, the thing is nearly invisible. It goes along OK, but I am still driving round the bumps in
the road. Will be able to get some idea of MPG in a week or 2.

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What did Giugiaro have to do with the design-- Nothing that I can see.
Used to get frequent waves from Multipla drivers, but in 2 years nothing from Alfa drivers. Definitely out of it now, I'll never see another, probably wouldn't notice one either.
 

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Looks a real comfortable, long legged cruiser, that does KG. Good pictures, and as I said, if we get a lottery win, may opt for something like that to enjoy.:): Til' then, just cheap as chips motoring, but really we don't go that far, Costco off the North Orbital today, was a marathon run for us.:(:
 

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Hunter, I had to get an auto, my feet are losing contact. Oddly it hasn't really got much more space than the GT, but I think I got fair value, for a slightly tired GT. I gained 1 year, 35,000 miles and 9 months Fiat warranty. I need a co-pilot to work out the Sat-Nav/radio etc.

Bobda, The exterior doesn't even look.

ZF, I'm not doing the mileage now either, walk to the local Tesco, and I think the pics flatter it a bit. My leg does not go dead on the seats, which is fairly important. and it has a holder for my white stick.
Thanks for your kind comments gentlemen.

I think Giugiaro must have done the drawings then rubbed them out.
 

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It's a good car that deserved to catch on over here. The facelift continental model looks really good:cool:
 
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I like the Croma we had a 1.9 JTD and drove the **** outta it and it was great fun. Big bus but great car and really under rated unfortunetly:(
 

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Tried the 6 speed sequential auto box today, works well for me, already getting most gear changes so you can't feel it change.
On a small sample of 30 miles the on board average mpg shows 41, but overall will probably be less. I never trust them, so will report when I fill up next.
 

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The croma does look good for a large car.

I have yet to see one on the road around here though. :)
 

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No good starting a "Croma Wave". Never knowingly seen one on the road. Invisible? Must see what else uses the Fiat? sequential 6 speed auto, it really is good. Only sold 800 in UK total, and half of those are on car sales lots.
 
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I like your new car Keith. We always have autos too but the choice of diesels is quite limited unless you go German(ie expensive). The auto box with a diesel engine is a great combination in my opinion. Initial pull away can be more sluggish than a manual but after that the auto box keeps the engine in the power band and makes for good performance. Modern autos are a million miles away from the old slipping slush boxes of years ago, they suit us fine.
What do you mean by sequential? Is the Fiat not a full auto?
 

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The Fiat (or is it Aisin?) box has a dual mode, fully auto, or manually selecting the next gear up or down if in the right rev range. Change up one gear by moving the gear selection lever about half inch forward, which then springs back. Change down is the opposite.
Could be the same as the Brera and 159 2.4 auto option. The six speed ratios can be seen on Italiaspeed.com

This has to be the box of the future, apart from slightly higher fuel consumption. Thats why I will report on corrected mpg when I have done some, in comparable conditions to just under 50 mpg in the GT.
 

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I thought that the mechanicals came from the same parts bin as the 159. It definitely has 110pcd wheels (shared with the 159, Saab & Vauxhall) so I suppose theres perhaps more Alfa in there than you might imagine. Looks nice in there though.
 

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Glad you like it, it's basically a recent GM floorpan, but look what became of the Fiat Tipo. It has to do me for rest of my driving days. So I will compensate for the suspension setup, but must remember I don't have to drive round the bumps now, and can get round sharp corners with engaging reverse.
 
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The Fiat (or is it Ainsin?) box has a dual mode, fully auto, or manually selecting the next gear up or down if in the right rev range. Change up one gear by moving the gear selection lever about half inch forward, which then springs back. Change down is the opposite.
Could be the same as the Brera and 159 2.4 auto option. The six speed ratios can be seen on Autoitalia.com

This has to be the box of the future, apart from slightly higher fuel consumption. Thats why I will report on corrected mpg when I have done some, in comparable conditions to just under 50 mpg in the GT.
Ah I'm with you now, our C class had a similar arrangement, the stick was moved side to side when in Drive to effect up and down changes. Our Ford has a Durashift box which has to have the stick moved to the right to make sequential changes but also has buttons on the steering wheel if preferred. All variations on the Tiptronic theme. I wouldn't want to go back to an old type auto now.
 

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My daughter has the 1.9JTD version and really loves it.
Decent drive with loads of room ,and well equiped.

Not sure, but is the 150hp 1.9JTD 16v Croma engine the same Alfa use?
 

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Same engine, twin cam. As you see I needed an auto, and the 6 speed sequential is used in Brera and 159 autos. Still checking mpg, will be at least 2 weeks to use enough.
 
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