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My new job means I no longer do 70 miles a day commuting, more like 3 + occasional trips to the airport and station for international travel ( once this Covid thing is a memory)

I currently run a 406 Coupe as a daily and the Alfa as the fun car. Moving the 406 on would save me the insurance, tax and runing costs - about £600 year. I do get a car allowance but there's very little about at the moment that interests me and I'm not fond of depreciation as a concept.

What do you reckon to pressing the GTV into regular service? ICE would be taken car of by putting the DAB / Bluetooth / Handsfree in from the pug. Other than regular servicing I can't see that it'll need more than ordinary TLC. My wife's car can do the mundane stuff or if we need more that midget space in the back.

The GTV has 85k on the clock and cambelt 10k / 3 years ago.

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I loved using my GTV V6 as a daily driver and I did so between for around 3 years. 50 miles everyday from Windsor to Epsom. Like any car, things will go through the natural cycle of wear and tear, and I found that I did have to be more conscientious about this; because I have an affinity to the car and I wanted to it to remain in a decent condition, and also because I rebuilt quite a lot of consumables such as front and rear suspension before I put it back on the road. For instance, I became very particular about servicing as per mileage, I washed it weekly, polished it regularly, made sure it was protected from the elements, entered and exited the car carefully (bolster and door car protection) and became obsessive with seeking out potential problems before they presented themselves (as best I could). This often proved to be a good practice as items such as CV boots, throttle potentiometer, ball joints, oil cooler, engine mounts, radiator fan resistor, flexi downpipes etc. reached their time limit or were just regular GTV foibles. Old car and regular use. It helped I did a lot of the work myself I would caveat.

As I used the car on the motorway, I did notice more paint defects on the bonnet overtime; a significant worsening actually (proteo red). I will be looking employ someone for a respray at some point.

Today the car is sat on my drive being worked on. I now work from home after I moved back to the North West. My main car though is still a 156 V6 Busso Q-System which in a normal week, I take to Oxford once every fortnight. Petrol use/cost is irrelevant as enjoyment exceeds any such worry.

I suppose it depends on whether you see the GTV as something as a treat and to mollycoddle or to drive and enjoy each day. I understand both sides. I've always treated my Alfa Romeos as a chain. Operate first as much as I can, inject some money and retire for summer use. I always end up driving them more than I initially say though.

Just my thoughts. I don't think there is a right or wrong answer here. Why not get a bit more use out of the cambelt too for the final year before being due again. A big investment for only 10k miles over 3 years.
 

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I had a 156 GTA as a daily driver for 10 years. Never regretted it.
 

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My personal experience is that a Busso V6 is a very reliable engine and will not break. petrol and suspension / tyre costs are another matter but if you have a car allowance, i would do it. The only down side for me, is when I drive a Busso V6 a lot, (such as frequent Summer use) it eventually makes the driving experience feel less special. ;)1st world problems!
 

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I've been using my V6 as a daily car for the past 3 years clocking up 25k miles. It now has 110k on the clock, no regrets I never tire of driving the car. It's been very reliable and not too bad on fuel, getting between 300 to 350 on a tank full. Most of my driving is to work on minor A and B roads with flowing traffic albeit on the slow side.
 

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I took my Gtv V6 from 66k to 149k, commutes (highest was 98miles a day).

When I moved and nolonger had speed bumps the suspension thanked me and didn't ask for fixing so often.

Would look forwards to jumping into the nice seats after a long day.

The engine sounded better being run each day and things like the A/C kept working, I don't think these cars like not being used often.

As petrol prices went up my eyes watered at the pumps but I was doing 98 miles a day at around 26mpg (if no motorway accidents).

Winter wasn't great until the car warmed up, then lovely and toasty. Had a jacket and gloves on which I removed later.

Need to silicon spray the locks and door surrounds when freezing temps or risk being locked out.

The engine was great for the work, didn't have to worry about revving it when in the mood.

Was nice when came across other fast cars or Alfa's. (Although now days lots of hatches accelerate faster ). Had people talk to me about it at petrol stations or traffic lights a few times.

Driving it everyday will highlight the annoyances and it won't always feel special. But to conclude, use it as your daily, it will feel great.
 

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The contrast of having the GTV and something more mundane to use regularly definitely helps to keep things special.
and intresting that its topic brought up a lot.

My daily is thirsty anyway possibly more so than the GTV so I dont notice the fuel bill too much. smiles per gallon are much much bigger though.

Wear and tear on the low quality rubbers, things like front wishbones, drop links etc will of course wear faster with continued use.

The V6 engine is as we all know a real peach and takes to the miles well. It is at its best when the oil is circulated around it regularly with proper heat cycles great satisfaction is getting max mileage out of the car between belt changes too feels like better value for money.

Parallel parking, stop start traffic and low speed maneuvering soon puts me off it though.. and grateful to clamber back into the Merc for contrast
 

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I daily drove my GTV for 18 years before it became uneconomical to keep going in that way, a couple of years back I threw a lot of money at it in an attempt to keep her going, after I spent loads I had two weeks of perfect setup no noises then the gearbox thrust bearing went and I gave up and dug deep and got a Stelvio... however I now really miss driving the GTV, she's moth balled at my local specialist until I decide what we're going to do with her but keep getting the urge to go and get her out again.. there's just something about it, a real joy when it's all going well...
 

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I have been using my V6 as a daily for coming up 6 years now, doing about 8k per year. It’s thrown a few big bills at me and it does need constant upkeep because of the constant use. I have often thought that I should get a cheap run around and keep the GTV with less miles on it but soon realise that would mean driving something boring everyday and the whole point of getting the GTV in the first place is that it was a car I love and I have loved driving my car every day. It also helps having Laurence at Autolusso on the same industrial estate as I work.

Would also agree with some of the points above about locks freezing in winter and being a bit chilly until warm up.

Incidentally I used to have a 406 coupe too and although I liked it, it isn’t a patch on the GTV in terms of sound and feel.
Go for it I say
 

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I've been "forced" to use my GT V6 as a daily driver from the start of 2020 due to some changes at home and the wife now needing her car daily.
Despite the now extra mileage and high cost of fuel she's been a pleasure to drive on the roughly 40km (one way) trip which is mostly motorway. Average consumption has gone down and she's feeling well sorted (something that was missing with me only driving her on the weekend's or for club meets). I think these engines need to be used and the car just gets better and better every day, so much so that I often now choose the gas-guzzling V6 over the frugal diesel for a quick run to the shops these days.
 

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Daily driver in the UK over Spring/Summer for sure, over Winter no way

Got to be down to the individual's fuel costs/journey time, but with parts unavailability, rust, increased wear etc I would not use my GTV as a daily might be tempted if it I had private or off road parking at work and the journey was mainly A roads, but the badly maintained B roads are not at all pleasant in the GTV.
 

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I dissagree, I used my 3.0 for 8 years and 40000 miles all seasons, I found it a great car in the snow and even better car in the summer, I found the daily use to be a great benefit in ways that a car used only 3-4 time s a year,.................... it liked being driven and used
 

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I agree with Brad. I laid my first GTV up for a winter once, it didn't like it. Numerous little issues happened after recommissioning that I'm convinced wouldn't have happened if I'd have kept it going. So I did after that, and with my second GTV, ran all weathers and times, and they much preferred it.
 

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I'd agree too, the Gtv has less problems and runs better when used, after mine took a back seat for commuting (Giulietta did that) then annoying issues popped up.

Driving it everyday will get the car nice and hot, dry off any moisture, I drove in the winter, snow (obviously not too deep) and it gripped the road well, never got stuck (like friends with RWD sports cars) and was lovely and warm once up to temp.

Salt didn't seem to be an issue when driving a lot, took it from 66k to 140k commuting and no rush issues in that time, went through one set of spring pans and front dampers but things like drops links did wear more often.

Fuel prices are good for a v6 now :)
 

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I have used my GT3.2 as a daily for the last couple of years, doing 750 miles a week. Including all the non commute driving, it could top 1000 a week occasionally.

The car has been more solid than I expected (considering it was my first Alfa, and when I bought it, the jokes at work about Alfa reliability abounded), average fuel consumption was around 11L/100km (25MPG), but this included motorway cruising, rush hour traffic, and the occasional blast through the twisty bits. If I am trying to drive sensibly throughout I would see around 9.5L/100km (30mpg).

It did get quite expensive to maintain, if you want to change your belt approx every 30k miles, at the above rate you will be changing your cam belt every year. I had to change the lower A-arms twice in 2 years (to be fair, the second time is because I hit a pothole on the motorway at speed, which caused one side of the A-arm to detach, that was an unnerving moment), had to change the upper A-arms once, the lower anti-roll bar once, and the alternator failed and needed replacing.

The engine itself never missed a beat. It seems to be the most bulletproof bit of the car. It did go through tyres quite a bit though, and the arms, anti-roll bar were replaced due to worn bushes, which are effectively consumables on this car.

I did at one point consider getting something more economical and "sensible", but when I took into account I could spend 5 hours a day driving, why would I want to spend all that time in something boring? I enjoyed driving the GT. Even sitting in traffic listening to the rumble of the V6 was nice (and occasionally people would roll down their windows and strike up a conversation about it), along with a certain section of my commute which had a tunnel...
 
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