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Hi y'all

After much deliberation I've finally decided upon the GT. I've found a 05 plate 1.9 diesel in Hexham with 80k on the clock and decent specialist service history for £3950. It has full leather interior, bose sounds, the works. I think this seems pretty good to me - it seems to be immaculate and had cambelt done at 57k. I've read all the threads I can on this topic so I think I'm pretty clued up, but, is there anything else I need to look out for when buying a GT?
 

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Also. I've read a lot about remaps etc. how much do these typically cost, and would I have to replace the clutch at the same time? Also, do the K&N air filters make much difference to power output?
 

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That is a good price :)
I think the remap is about £300. Don't know much else about it though.

Welcome.

Cambelt and water pump (service). Drop links, wishbones as the latter seem to be rather inadequate.
 

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A re-map would cost about £300 but it does depend on who and where it is done.

A re-map does cause the whole transmission system to be put under more strain so parts wear out quicker - if you go for a very aggressive re-map then the clutch and diff could break quicker so it would be adviseable to upgrade these at the same time, but if it is not an aggressive re-map then these parts may last.
 

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Cheers, Malc. It jsut so happens the guy is winding down his retail business and is now selling to trade only, so I'm getting it for trade price.
 

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A re-map would cost about £300 but it does depend on who and where it is done.

A re-map does cause the whole transmission system to be put under more strain so parts wear out quicker - if you go for a very aggressive re-map then the clutch and diff could break quicker so it would be adviseable to upgrade these at the same time, but if it is not an aggressive re-map then these parts may last.
Thanks for all your help. I don't want to be too aggressive. Well maybe just a bit.
 

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Awesome price for the car! Well found...
If you can stretch to a post '07 GT though they have the newer 1.9 engine from saloon which is more powerful - 190bhp as standard!
 

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As was said earlier, watch if you get the remap as with any car, the wear and tear will decrease the life span of many mechanical components. That said, I have remapped my 1.9JTDM and it goes like stink:D You might be worth investing in a diff upgrade and brake upgrade too, no use all that power without control as a wise man once said;)
 

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Awesome price for the car! Well found...
If you can stretch to a post '07 GT though they have the newer 1.9 engine from saloon which is more powerful - 190bhp as standard!
:confused: No they don't.
GTs were all 150bhp - some of the later versions had a sport button which when activated upped the power to 170bhp.
 

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In my experience of remaps it would be wise to tone down the final output.

I'm going to get mine remapped and will be speaking to Celtic Tuning in Cornwall (although I am many miles away) Ive used them in the past and the service is excellent. Their aggressive remap for the 1.9jtdm is 212bhp with 300+ ftlb torque. I'm just starting to investigate whether there is a galletto 1260 option on Alfas to apply your own map. You extract your own map, email it to celtic, they tinker with it and send it back to you updated. You can then always re-map back if you sell the car. Its the cheap option to rolling roads and last time I did a car they charged £150 map only. Its a very simple process and takes 10-15 mins to extract / reapply.

The problem with having tons of torque is that theres a temptation to get lazy and floor it in 6th at 40mph rather than changing to 4th then planting. With peak torque set at around 2500rpm you're taking the transmission from minimum to maximum torque within a split second which is where the problems start.

With my previous car I had horrific clutch slip unless I managed it correctly by making sure I was in the correct gear for the correct speed (some say you should be doing this anyway but theres a difference between pootling, and overtaking), which kind of defeats the object of having a lot of low down torque.

I'd therefore advise if you're not wanting to change your clutch / flywheel to think carefully about what output you actually want. Alfa have clearly tested the Cloverleaf to 170bhp and 240ftlp torque so probably 10% over this mark is the safe limit as a rough quess.

I'll start a new thread once I work out the galletto route but I have a timing belt and waterpump to pay for before I start altering the power.
 

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Get it mapped at JJB in York but be aware that the extra torque might expose any weakness in the clutch and/or flywheel (as mentioned above).
 

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So, I'm now a proud owner of my first Alfa Romeo! I'll pick it up one night next week. Woohoo!
 
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