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Hi there. Looking to buy a GTV in the next month or so. Has anyone compiled an average running cost list? would be interesting to see exactly how much £££ my lust is going to cost me :lol:
 
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Silly Question!! depends on how good your new car is! If its a banger then heaps of cash but if its been looked after then it should be as reliable as any other car! Main check is cambelt and pulleys,water pump and variator,plus the suspension.If they are done you should be ok but if not get them done!Read the buyers guide and go from there...
Give us a clue on your budget and then maybe we can all try to steer you towards a good one....
 

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If you put down a budget of lots and lots you will be pleasantly suprised :lol:
 

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2.0? 3.0?

Can vary from 'normal' maintenance bills to thousands each year. Buy the best you can, buy a cherished one and you should be OK. For a 3.0 I find my annual service at a reputable Alfa specialist in the south of the country is around the £800 mark on average, but that invariably includes me asking them to attend to every possible issue and sort any door dings that GTVs acquire all too easily!
 

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I've spent about £1200 on my TS in three years on repairs, service, MoT, tyres & exhaust bits. Will be spending a bit more this year as the cambelt job needs doing so bringing the total in almost 4 years to about £1700. Divide by 4 and you're at about £420 pa. or about £1.20 a week.

Look at it like this and it's a bargain, price of a half a pint of decent ale on a Friday night for the pleasure of owning and driving a GTV - what's keeping you ?

Pssst, keep this quiet, we don't want everyone to know that so much fun can be had for so little although it has to be said that you're dentistry bills may go up to repair the loose fillings that a GTV may well give you !
 
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i have had two now and would go along with what Nige005 has said, however it really does make a difference what car you get....

But one that needs work and it will cost you dear from the world go, buy one that has been looked after and has lots of paperwork to support this and you will have a permanent smile on your face
 

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i have had two now and would go along with what Nige005 has said, however it really does make a difference what car you get....

But one that needs work and it will cost you dear from the world go, buy one that has been looked after and has lots of paperwork to support this and you will have a permanent smile on your face
:thumbs: Absolutely, buy a wrong 'un and you'll be pouring pounds down the drain as fast as emptying the used bath water. This is the same with buying any used car though, I've had many Alfa's over too many years to recall and never had anything more than you'd expect from any used car.

To me there are only two really expensive jobs on the 916's and both are well documented on here. The TS cambelt/variator which is the thick end of £500 and of course the rear suspension job which, depending on whether you go OEM or Powerflex, is going to set you back £350 - £650.

I have no doubt that other makes have similar Achilles heels as well so nothing too unusual.

:thumbs: PS. Happy Birthday Jay, hope you are having a good one. :thumbs:
 
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i brought my ts in feb just had the belts and variator done = £530
suspension is getting done next month = £395, that is for red powder coated rear suspension and polybushes
like nige said they are the 2 biggies and maybe i should have looked on this site before i brought the car, but i brought the car on my hearts instinct, i actually went out that morning to buy a pug:lol: the car has a full f.s.h and had new clutch, rad, and a 76k service b4 i picked it up.
 

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Thanks folks. I think ill up my original budget a bit and as you say look out for a minter.

Im well used to the experience of owning sports cars.. The MG has (of course) had HGF at 22,000 and before christmas needed a new hub and bearing at the rears so am aware that owning a fun car can pillage your pockets. :)

One question I have seen a few facelifted GTVs on the net for about £6000 - £9000 now this seems a LOT considering they were

a) 2.0
b) supersceeded by the Brera

I really like the GTVs they are just gorgeous cars but Im worried that if I spend big on one to get a minter ill be offered pennies for it few years down the line with it not being the newest model or the best engine....:confused:
 
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If your thinking of spending alot like that then its best to go for a Cup version which is quite rare(150 made?) your prob right about depreciation but i have hardly ever seen a Phase 3 Gtv for sale so they must be quite rare too,making them collectors later on? If you get a Phase 2 Gtv then its best to spend around 2thousand as then you have cash left over for bills but you should also get a very good one at that price.
I paid 950 for my Gtv...i got 7months faultless driving from it!Sold it jsut before Gearbox needed a recon but was still a bargain...
What are you after?3ltr?2ltr?I had a VVC Mgf before my 2ltr Gtv and even though they are similar on Bhp the Alfa is alot quicker...
 

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i would say that only the Cup version is accurate(especially when you see the work he has had done!none of those are standard and expensive!)...The other 2seem over priced especially the 2ltr one...The 3ltr one maybe if it is in exeptional condition.I would try ebay and autotrader
 

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ok :) Thanks

Seeing the extras on the Cup i guess it would justify the higher cost!

I am leaning towards a V6 non cup variety as it seems to be a LOT of car for a small outlay :) but then again I am sure if the perfect TS comes along I wont feel short changed everyone says that regardless of what it is, your first Alfa is always special!
 

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I am sure if the perfect TS comes along I wont feel short changed everyone says that regardless of what it is, your first Alfa is always special!
In my (humble) opinion, if you are thinking about a V6 then you should get one, ive never once been driving mine and thought 'you know what i wish i'd got the TS' ... :D

With regards to running costs ive had mine a year and spent about £3k service / cambelt / powerflex rear / clutch / Q2 and some other bits and bobs.
 

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I wouldn't worry too much about a cup.

If they had a performance advantage over a standard 6 I could see it.

You can add the Cup 'bits' anyway if you want a sportier look for not an outrageous amount of coin.
 
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i think that we can agree with williamsdad, if you have the 3.0 in your head then get it, because when you drive the ts you will think "i wish i got the 3.0" because as much as i love my car i wish i had the 3.0.
 
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Well my heart says the V6.
My mind says the 2.0

Alfa Romeo : Alfa Romeo GTV Cup 47

This is one that tickled my fancy but seemed quite expensive for a Phase 2 even though it was a Ltd Edn. Especially when a lower milage "plain" V6 is half the price

Alfa Romeo : Alfa GTV 3.0 lusso

Dropping a bit again for a TS Lusso

Moston Car Sales Ltd : ALFA ROMEO GTV 2.0 TS 16V Lusso

are these accurate prices for the models?
Cup no.47 is owned by someone on here, his name is The Big Dog and has had a small fortune spent on it, not only that they guy is very fussy over who works on his cars, it is an incredibly nice example of a GTV Cup and whilst expensive is worth the money, oh and it has an engine note to die for :inlove:

3.0's have the grunt and the noise, but i have heard they are a little heavier on the front so lose a little of the agility that a 2.0 offers, driven normally there isn't much in it MPG wise

The Blue 3.0 was pictured at the Nurburgring, i'm always a bit sceptical of cars that have been tracked, and looking at the mods i would be asking if it has seen a lot of track action, nice colour.

The Silver one is a typical dealer, it's dirty, no stereo, will need the bumpers touching up and the aerial replacing, the interior needs a valet, go in there with £2.5 K and i bet you he would rip your hand off
 

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I apologise in advance for piggy-backing this thread...

I'm currently looking to replace my ageing 146 (it's done almost 127k miles) with a GTV. I'm in a similar position where my head is saying 'be sensible, get the 2l it's still an improvement on the 146' but after borrowing a V6 my heart is saying something completely different!

So, after searching for running costs, found this thread. In real world use - what sort of fuel economy are people achieving in the V6 compared to the 2l? How many miles from a tank? I can stretch a 40l tank-full in the 146 to about 350 miles, is the V6 going to dent my bank account significantly more?


Thanks for starting this thread Figo :thumbs:
 

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I apologise in advance for piggy-backing this thread...

I'm currently looking to replace my ageing 146 (it's done almost 127k miles) with a GTV. I'm in a similar position where my head is saying 'be sensible, get the 2l it's still an improvement on the 146' but after borrowing a V6 my heart is saying something completely different!

So, after searching for running costs, found this thread. In real world use - what sort of fuel economy are people achieving in the V6 compared to the 2l? How many miles from a tank? I can stretch a 40l tank-full in the 146 to about 350 miles, is the V6 going to dent my bank account significantly more?


Thanks for starting this thread Figo :thumbs:
This should fully answer your question:

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-gtv-and-916-spider/171948-apologies-fuel-economy-boring.html
 

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I'm seeing 22-23 mpg. My commute is mostly congested motorway driving. I do have a heavy foot though & only have the 5 speed.

Since buying last year August and doing about 12K miles:
- preventative 450ish cam belt change,
- 450ish service+mot+window repair+new rear pads+discs,
- 500-600ish replacement shocks+springs+bumpstops,
- 450ish replacing wheels with Teledials (optional :) ),
- 200ish on tyres,
- 400ish insurance, (probably £3K-£4K on fuel),
- 100ish on badges, spark plugs, air filter,

plus spending about another £400 this week on replacing the rear bushes.

So excluding fuel and road fund tax, about £3K in a year !

Of that probably only £1900 can be attributed to keeping the car in tip top running condition. This should be much lower next year. I should also be able to recover some of the cost when I come to sell - I'll sell the teledials separately, and the fact that a lot of the "big" work has been done should mean that I can ask a higher price than I paid for the car.

I might sell soon - the price of Boxster Ss is at the point where it's a very tempting prospect. What puts me off is that I'm sure that one of these will be more expensive to run than the Alfa.
 
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