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stupidbutkeen

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281 posts

38 months

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Saturday 28th September 2013 quote quote all
Not one for ever doing things the right way around I have went out and spend some cash on a 06 alfa gt, Now is the right time to find out if they are money pits or not.

For ref this is my new car http://www.usedcarsni.com/2006-Alfa-Romeo-GT-2-0-J...

Got the car for £4195 and just have to wait on it going through the mot before I pick it up smile

Oilchange

3,181 posts

143 months

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Saturday 28th September 2013 quote quote all
Always liked the GT, nice car there.
I suspect you will get the usual warnings about front suspension bushes etc but if the car is well looked after it should be no less reliable than any other car of that year.
I would change the oil and filter regardless but then I'd do that on any car I just bought, that way I know for sure.
What it will be though is a damn sight prettier and Alfas do turn heads, mine usually just as I leave it parked on the drive...

carinaman

7,649 posts

55 months

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Saturday 28th September 2013 quote quote all
Alfaowner seems to be the place for expertise on those. Some have a downer on on that particular engine but I've read good things about those seats. For a Coupe they look particularly practical.

PAJRS250

3 posts

116 months

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Sunday 29th September 2013 quote quote all
I had a 2.0 JTS GT for around 6 years prior to getting my Megane RS250 - it was a brilliant car. I had no problems at all in the time I had mine (it was 3 years old when I got it, and 9 years old when I traded it in). Mine always needed regular oil top-ups (Selenia racing oil - about a litre for every 1000 miles).

As has been mentioned above, the Alfaowner forum is a superb place to join for info and advice. And as has been mentioned above too, plenty of people dismiss the JTS engine, suggesting it's sluggish, uneconomical and fragile. There was nothing wrong with mine, it was quick enough when you want it to be (and sounds pretty nice, though not as good as it's 2 litre twin spark predecessor which I had in a 156 for 5 years), and I got 31mpg from it (not brilliant, but not terrible either). I didn't do huge mileage in mine (9000 a year) and just couldn't stomach the diesel, and couldn't afford to run the V6.

Pretty sure the one you're getting is "Stromboli grey" rather than the name they've described it as - lovely colour. And it has the 17" multispoke alloys like mine had - they're great too. The GT looks wrong on the standard 16" wheels in my view, and the 18" ones, whilst looking superb, were just too firm a ride for me when I tried them on a test drive.

Alfa ownership always seems to be a bit of a lottery - but I've had them for 11 years and had a virtually flawless experience. Fingers crossed you've got a gem and not a lemon....


V6Alfisti

1,919 posts

110 months

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Sunday 29th September 2013 quote quote all
Alfa GT 2.0 JTS owner view...

I have had 3 2.0 JTS cars now, 1 in GT form, 2 in 156 form and also a GT JTD.

Personally I love them, they are dynamically fun with quick steering, and surprisingly front end grip (it rarely understeers assuming suspension/tyres are good).

The 2.0 JTS engine is often moaned about by Alfa folk but I think most of these complaints relate to the early 52 plate 156's when it was first introduced which were down on power and had problems with lambda sensors e.t.c (basically it caused Alfa/owners alot of grief) but all my experiences including a 52 plate have been great. It is more torquey than the 2.0 TS, a little better on fuel, doesnt quite make the same lovely TS rasp however. For me though, it is a far more pleasurable unit than the 1.9 JTD and nothing touches the 3.2 for noise in this price bracket but you do pay for it a little with the additional weight over the front end. Some JTS engines develop injector issues but every 6 months, I just put Wurth injector cleaner through the system and she always runs perfectly (now on 80k)

The suspension will crash over bumps and the airbag light turn on if you hit a very large bump (push connectors together under seat), but you get rewarded with a beautiful car then is fun around the corners.

Enjoy! (but remember regular oil checks and cambelt kit changes every 36k or 3 years!!)
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stupidbutkeen

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281 posts

38 months

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Wednesday 7th May quote quote all
Ok, A bit far on for a update but why not.
Bought the GT and so far has been a case of putting the things the previous owner neglected.
This includes-
timing belt change(including water pump,balance belt etc etc
clutch master cylinder
front lower wishbones
proper Alfa front brake pads
new exhaust including the cats and all sensors(went stainless from cats back)
full service including plugs,all filters and proper graded oil
4 new tyres
new door handle

Now that may look bad but......The car is stunning and its a joy to drive.Everything is sorted to a as new condition and I should be in for a few years trouble free motoring in a good,well sorted car. Yes in total it is £2,600 of hard earned pounds worth of work in the first 8 months of ownership,But if I get a couple of years with just basic service I have saved in the long run with low yearly outlay(man maths are strong in this one)

  • I get it back from garage around 4pm tomorrow once it gets the main water feed pipe that runs across the head from the waterpump replaced.

Oilchange

3,181 posts

143 months

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Wednesday 7th May quote quote all
So for the purchase price + service £6,800 you have a really sorted and epically pretty Alfa.
You could have gone down the ultimate dull route of buying something 'teutonic' but you didn't. Credit to you, enjoy.

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