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I've posted about a 147/156

I'm also looking at the GTV.

What are the ups and downs of this car.
It looks so superb and a friend of mine that owns one swears by it.

What do you all think - a useable daily car? expensive to run?
What could I expect to get for £6k?

Thank you
 

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The GTV has a small boot, and the rear seats are not the most spaciou. Its wide, with long doors, so gettign in and out of it can be a bit tricky and most have small dents in them thanks to other people's carelessness. Other than that its a mini super car, very stable at high speeds, very comfortable (in the front) on long journeys, and no more difficult to maintain tham any other Alfa. I personally believe its one of the best looking cars Alfa have ever made too :)
 

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Their drawback as an every day car is pointless back seats and very little boot space (try and find one with a puncture repair and compressor rather than spare wheel if you want to put more than a pack of cards in the boot).

You will need to find out of the way places to park at the supermarket to avoid dinging the doors.

But I think we have already moved on from whether you should get one, now you should be asking yourself twinny or v6!
 

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Had mine about 4 months now, no complaints.

Make sure you check the oil weekly or before long journeys. Might sound a bit excessive but it has a sneaky way of guzzling it as soon as your back's turned.

As has been said, the rear seats are good for luggage not people.

Find a good independent specialist in your area, don't take it to a dealer as they'll charge the earth.

Check rear suspension bushes, if they need doing it's a £350 job at an independent. Lots more at a dealer.

It's a fantastic little car and good value for money if you get a looked-after example. :)
 

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Well i just swapped my 156 for a GTV......

Its complelty impractical and a nightmare to get in and out of in a tight space. The car is low, the sills are wide and the doors are heavy. The boot is as big as the glove box and only a midget would fit in the back seats. The screen is tiny and at 6' tall getting comfy is trial and error. Rain pours straight onto the front seats when you open the doors and the wind noise can be obtrusive at high speeds.

In a nut shell....I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

The looks, feel and the way the car drives is just superb. Its balanced and poised and the engine is a joy to rev. Everytime i get in i always end up going the long way round, stuck between wanting to drive through town to show off or head to the open road to enjoy the performance!

As long as you don't have more than one passenger and your not into fishng, golf or diy you will be fine, as anymore than four bags of shopping and the car is full!!

Do it....you only live once!
 

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HI All. Everyone is always saying how small the boot is and that the back seats are usless!! If you put the front seat forward you can stuff an adult in the back, i did with my sister (That sounds SICK)...but you know what i mean, as for the boot i have put a complete set of golf clubs and bag and the golf trolly plus the 2L bottle of engine oil. It's not ideal but it is possable.
 

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I must confess I often drive from Wrexham to Bangor and back with 3 adults in the car (138 miles), and the boot is small, but useable on a day to day basis.
 

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Another thing is that the turning circle is pretty enormous, a trade-off for having such a quick rack.

But the upsides far outweigh the down, I reckon. :)
 

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Another thing is that the turning circle is pretty enormous, a trade-off for having such a quick rack.

But the upsides far outweigh the down, I reckon. :)
Yeah the turning circle does annoy me... And the rain does drip on the seats when you open the door. And the boot could be a bit bigger...

But once you get in, sit in those beautiful italian leather seats and hear the engine it puts everything into perspective! Some things are more important than practicality.
 
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Think about the spider as well, has no back seats but a second boot which is very handy and I think the boot is OK or is the spider boot bigger? also it will hold its value better :)

and a pic to help you along

 

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I'm with Wacaday on this one. For all the relative inconvenience of the rear seats and boot space I just can't get in or out of the car without a smile on my face - the drive and engine note together with the driver orientated interior makes it feel like a million dollars to drive. There is a buyers guide for the GTV posted on the sportalfa site ( can't post a link cos work have disabled my access to their site :tut: ) which tells you what you need to look out for - mainly suspension issues with rear bushes or AFM for the 3.0.
Think about how many times you will need rear passenger seats and go for it !
 

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I looked at one yesterday - agree with all you say above.
Boot - small
Backseat - smaller!
Engine - great above 3000 rpm!!! - just kept pulling and pulling (like a member of a boyband in a cheap nightclub!)
The look of the car makes me smile from every angle - I kept stopping as I walked round it to appreciate the different lines.
The interior is ok, the one I test drove had no leather, and was in need of some love (why do people let their pride and joy get into such a state - ashtray full of fag-butts, scratches and dents on paintwork - you know the thing)

The Drivers' window didn't close properly so there was a bit of wind noise until I dropped it and raised it again.
LOVED the drive!!!!

Oh and, yes I want one.
I know it might **** me off that I can't use it to cart stuff about - but for the other 364 days of the year it will plaese me beyond belief!

I need to find a good one - for upto £5k - blue or silver.

Can anybody help?

I also have some questions about other bits and bobs - I'll post them seperately.
 

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Mine has been my daily transport for two years now. I have moved offices three times in two years and my journey was 80 miles a day and is now 44.

When I bought the car I had the timing belt and tensioners replaced and had the rear (14) bushes powerflexed. I change the oil every 10k and get through 4 tyres in about 14 months - I drive 15k miles a year. I have replaced the brake pads and front discs and the clutch as the release bearing became noisy.

You can fill the boot with a weeks worth of Tesco's shopping. The back seats are for emergency use only. For holidays with luggage we use LizR's 147. Weekends away can accommodate enough luggage.

30mpg, the fact that I can throw it around bends at almost twice the speed I would dare in anything else and the fact that I still look back and stare when I park it means that it is the best car I have owned to date.

Get one - V6 for me next time but I have loved (and continue to do so) my time with the 2.0.

Paul.
 

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Thank you, I understand what you're saying. Sometimes you just know you need a r that makes you want to look out of the window at it from time to time. Or just on a suy day to park in tesco miles away from the other euroboxes so that you can have a little admiring moment and a glance at the lines!
My wife has an MPV (a citoen picasso - which has been brilliant, if a bit dull), does exactly what it says on the tin, doesn't set the world onfire but it will carry kids and buggies and shopping and the like.
I just need to find my beautiful bella!!
Looked on autotrader - plenty of high milers.
 

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mooonthemoon said:
Thank you, I understand what you're saying. Sometimes you just know you need a r that makes you want to look out of the window at it from time to time. Or just on a suy day to park in tesco miles away from the other euroboxes so that you can have a little admiring moment and a glance at the lines!
My wife has an MPV (a citoen picasso - which has been brilliant, if a bit dull), does exactly what it says on the tin, doesn't set the world onfire but it will carry kids and buggies and shopping and the like.
I just need to find my beautiful bella!!
Looked on autotrader - plenty of high milers.
Your reasons are entirely sound, many a happy moment is spent just looking. Don't necesssarily let the miles put you off - condition and service history are the important things.

Good luck - we are here if you have any questions.

Paul.
 

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I've found my bella!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2.0 TS, 2001 (x).
Metallic red with black leather interior.
60k and straight as a die.
I pick it up on saturday once it has had the cambelt etc done. I AM CHUFFED. I've added a picture of it as my avatar.
Roll on saturday, I'm excited (like a little kid just before Christmas)
 
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