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So, I'm definitely considering a 156GTA as my next car, and I'll likely be swapping this year. The only other cars which currently interst me are the Jag X-type 3.0 - which is possibly still a little 'old man' for me, and the Volvo S60R - which is still a little too expensive, and seems VERY rare on the used market.

So, a few questions which I wonder if people could help me with.

1) What's the agreed cambelt schedule with these? I'm sure I remember that the V6 isn't as worrisome as the TS in this regard, am I right? Thinking that, if I buy an early example, it'll be a 2002 - will I be needing a cambelt change within a year?

2) How expensive are the cambelt services on the GTA?

3) Do the saloons rear seats fold down? And how big is the boot? (If anyone can compare the boot size to that of a Fiat Coupe, that'd be fantastically helpful!)

4) What's the standard ICE set-up? CD-player? CD-changer? Will it play MP3 CD's? Is it bespoke dash-fitted, or can it easily be replaced with an aftermarket head unit?
 

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A good choice sir!

1. Not really clear, Im getting mine done to be on the safe side (48k mile service)
2. Called garage yesterday, awaiting a price:rolleyes:
3.No, 378L i think
4.BOSE as standard with a single slot player, wont play mp3. Dension ice link to ipod v easy to fit though
 

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PR said:
3.No, 378L i think
OK... Anyone know how big a Coupe boot is? :D

Cheers for the info PR, I'd be very interested to hear what your dealers tell you.
 

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I think cambelt service is around £600 from an Alfa specialist, may be a little more if you have the variators replaced.

good luck you know you want one ;-)
 

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Don't want an SW. While I like their look, they're pointlessly big for me, and I don't like the whole estate car, can't ever leave anything in the boot thing.

There's a georgeous black saloon on Autotrader at the mo for £12k, but I've not saved quite enough for that yet. For that matter, I'm not really ready to change yet anyway. Another couple of months at least I reckon.
 

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Oh, and the Coupe boot is 295 litres, so that's a usefully large difference I think.
 

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Yes I would have thought that the boot would be larger.

Other GTA costs Ive found fairly reasonable, I get my tyres for about £105 each (PZero Rossos), and I usually get around 27 mpg though I don't do much town driving. They don't tend to use much oil, but when they do they use 10w60 which can be a little pricey. Apart from that they're a hoot!:cool:
 

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To PR's list I'd add the following:

Anti Roll bar drop links are something I needed to do twice in 2 years...

48-60K is fine for a belt change - depending on how hard it's been driven - track day cars should be done probably about 36K.

The radiator was going on mine at 59K and 4.5 years when I got rid.

As for the boot it's 378L with a ski hatch in the arm rest that I've used for 3m lengths of 2by4

It's a brilliant motorway cruiser - effortless and 6th will pull from about 15-20mph... and on a quiet run it will return over 29mpg at 78MPh...

I was getting about 17K from a front pair of GY eagle f1's.

Head unit is unique fit same as facelift 156 so you can get a converter. The Bose system makes uprating a pain in the arse and isn't brilliant - if you can get hold of one without I'd replace the speakers and headunit with some decent quality components & an MP3 compatible one and not bother with the CD changer - some units aupport an aftermarket steering wheel control for the 156's..

Simes.
 

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Can you remember off hand what size tyres it takes (assuming the teledial alloys, since they're what I'll be trying for)?
 

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Bazza:

What you going to do with the 20VT Coupe ???

Or will the GTA, be 'in addition to'........:D
No, I'll have to get rid unfortunately. Don't have the space or money to keep her.
She'll probably go in part-x, although I'll probably stick her on here too in case anyone wants her - as I have a general dislike to giving the dealer yet more profit on the deal.
 

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Bazza I went from a fiat coupe LE to my 156GTA. You will miss the turbo but thats about it!! Boot is huge compared to the coupe, Steering is fantastic - turning circle, pin sharp steering etc. The first corner I took in the GTA I was still in coupe mode and nearly threw the car off the road :D

Car is ideal for town or motorway and is as comfy as the coupe but has heated seats, better climate control and a few extra toys. The coupe had a nice interior but the GTA just goes that little bit further.

Fuel is probably slightly worse than the coupe (mine was 285BHP) but it does depend on your right foot - As it always does!!

Cam belts are straight forward compared to the coupes, no stories of removing the engines just tilting them if needs be like the "proper" coupe garages started doing. I guess prices would be the same as the coupe and parts are all available from Alternative Autos - If you have a coupe you should know about them already ;)

Agree with the rad and drop links and upper parts all being weak points on the GTA. Take a test drive over speed bumps and listen for squeeks. I just replaced most of mine including the springs - The weight of the engine tires the springs and makes it look squated at the front.
The radiator tends to go at the bottom where moisture sits.

You will miss the coupe but the GTA package is superb and I know what I would choose again given the choice.

Lots of tuning parts out there if you decide to go that route. I have a ragazzon exhuast, strut brace, xenons and autodelta intake and to be honest thats as far as I would go. With our first child due in the next few weeks I had to go from the tuned coupe to the GTA for the extra room, the mods I have carried out are minor but still allow you to enjoy the comforts and peformance when required.

Funny the amount of ex coup guys go for the alfa GTA!!

Si
 

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bazza said:
Don't want an SW. While I like their look, they're pointlessly big for me
I would have a very serious think about this Bazza. They are no bigger "overall" than the 4 door. Same length, same chassis. But the flexibility of the folding rear seats and removable parcel shelf is a huge advantage.
:)
Oh yes, and they look a lot better too.
:D

Just give me the nod when you need pram chat.
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The GTA is a brilliant choice but the 'R' volvo's are also quite stunning for what they are to.
 

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RicksAlfas said:
I would have a very serious think about this Bazza. They are no bigger "overall" than the 4 door. Same length, same chassis. But the flexibility of the folding rear seats and removable parcel shelf is a huge advantage.
:)
Oh yes, and they look a lot better too.
:D

Just give me the nod when you need pram chat.
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DOes the SW have a solid parcel shelf then? So in general use the boot is covered anyway? Hmmm.....
If so, that takes away one of my main reasons for discounting it.
 

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Oh, can someone give me a quick run over what I need to look for regarding the brake disc problems there were on the GTA's?
And, for that matter, what else I should be looking for when viewing.
 
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