Alpine A110 owners

Alpine A110 owners

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bcr5784

5,062 posts

105 months

Friday 23rd October
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biggles330d said:
I find it strange that mileage an issue. 16k is nothing on any modern car and we're not talking about some highly strung fragile italian exotica.
A110's seem to fall in to two camps - the very low mileage garage queen that pops up at a couple of thousand miles and not a lot off of list price, and then reading the forums with people loving how they drive and putting decent mileage on them and them not really being up for sale.

I do wonder whether now they've been out for a couple of years if the initial 2-3 year PCP deals are starting to come to an end we'll see more of the higher mileage ones flow through (unless the owners are so smitten they choose to keep them, which would be entirely understandable).

I'm really tempted and test drove one monday. The one mentioned above with 17 inch wheels is pretty much the spec I'd choose but I'm rather taken with Abyss Blue so I'm mulling over a new order (apparently ordering now would give a delivery April ish next year, which is fine) that is two years younger and arguably would benefit from some of the early build bugs being ironed out, or saving a bit and going for something like the 16000 mile one or similar as they come up. I don't really get the benefit of paying nearly list for one that is 12-18 months old and with a handful of miles - may as well buy new and in the process help Alpine.

I'm sure it'll be a future classic - a hugely well regarded low volume sports car that has universal good reviews that looks great and has been designed with a brilliantly focused attention to the engineering at a time when cars are increasingly hybrid and within 10 or 15 years of ICE vehicle sales being banned. Who else is going to invest in something so special now?
While I think this, its future classic status is 30 years away when kids of today aspire to their childhood hero's with the finances of middle age to indulge in them - especially as it may be among the last of the line of ICE powered sports cars. I haven't got 30 years to worry too much about that so I may as well have one and enjoy it as it should be enjoyed now, "in period" as they like to say.
You have to chuck in Brexit into the equation. Porsche are saying purchasers need to accept a 10% possible uplift. If Alpine were to say they would hold the price until next year and you want a specific spec, that needs to be factored in. Buying new, as you say. helps Alpine and (as an observer) is something I would welcome. On the other hand if you aren't going to put many miles on (or keep the car for a long time) then the price and spec of that car is pretty good. As people say - first world problems.


Edited by bcr5784 on Friday 23 October 19:35


Edited by bcr5784 on Friday 23 October 19:43

Miserablegit

1,696 posts

69 months

Saturday 24th October
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I’m one of the “I got it for special occasions but have ended up finding any excuse to use it” crowd.
18,000 miles in and the engine seems to have freed up a bit and the sports exhaust seems a little more vocal - all good in my book.


WakeFlakes

54 posts

27 months

Saturday 24th October
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preA356 said:
they don't seem to hang around long at dealers, 2 Premier Editions gone straight away.
Yep I was interested in one of the PEs but sold before I could get down to have a look!


A110stuey

37 posts

160 months

Saturday 24th October
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Just got back from a great weekend walking in the Lakes. Took the Lakes Peninsula route off the M6 via the A590 and then up the A595 and then into Wasdale. The car was absolutely stonking in the wet! Just need a decent run when it’s dry! driving






K800 RUM

194 posts

152 months

Sunday 25th October
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Lovely pics clap

Didzz

52 posts

33 months

Sunday 25th October
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Looks like wallpaper pictures. Very nice.

bcr5784

5,062 posts

105 months

Sunday 25th October
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Interested in your thoughts relative to your VX220. More refinement, no doubt - as much fun?

Edited by bcr5784 on Sunday 25th October 09:08

A110stuey

37 posts

160 months

Sunday 25th October
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The Alpine is certainly a lot more akin to a mini GT in terms of comfort and refinement (although this last trip exposed a few low rev rattles), the ability it has to glide down roads so beautifully is, at times, almost too effortless.... there is a lack of that arse on the road raw excitement for me that means the old Vauxhall will always have a place in the garage for those shorter runs and trackdays (although I did drive the VX to Croatia quite happily).... plus the roof comes off 👍

Definitely room for both in the garage.

Venisonpie

1,142 posts

42 months

Sunday 25th October
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A110stuey said:
Just got back from a great weekend walking in the Lakes. Took the Lakes Peninsula route off the M6 via the A590 and then up the A595 and then into Wasdale. The car was absolutely stonking in the wet! Just need a decent run when it’s dry! driving





I wondered how they fare in the wet. Whilst mine had a proper caning in the dry yesterday I was much more cautious in the wet today. Are the PS4's a good wet tyre? I didn't want to bin it before fully understanding the car.
Great pics btw.

A110stuey

37 posts

160 months

Sunday 25th October
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I felt safe enough, traction and braking were both reassuringly predictable and could be lent on, .... but I was only driving at say 70%, I’m a pretty cautious. Great thing about the A110 is that it’s still great fun at these speeds! Only moment was on the M6 heading home when I aquaplaned at 55mph for what felt like an age! That was pretty hairy to say the least... but then that’s also happened in my wife’s Volvo!

A110stuey

37 posts

160 months

Sunday 25th October
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A110 also munches leaves! Almost impossible to get the buggers out!

Venisonpie

1,142 posts

42 months

Sunday 25th October
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A110stuey said:
A110 also munches leaves! Almost impossible to get the buggers out!
Lol, you're not bloody wrong.

Fudgie01

32 posts

103 months

Sunday 25th October
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As a daily driver I’ve noticed I’m strangely enjoying my A110 even more now that the weather has turned than I did back in the summer. It just seems to glide down my favourite A & B roads better with a greasy layer of filth on the surface. Or am I just concentrating more so I don’t over cook and bin it... anyone else found this?
Ps. Yes the hoover up the leaves etc, still can’t make my mind up on the Zun Sport grills, spoils the look too much imo.

K800 RUM

194 posts

152 months

Monday 26th October
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Can you hose the leaves out or does a long hoover nozzle do the job?

Fudgie01

32 posts

103 months

Monday 26th October
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I use a combo of long nozzle on my Hoover and a wash out with the hose.

footsoldier

1,821 posts

152 months

Monday 26th October
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Get a leaf blower - bought one for drying cars after washing, work great.
(I am the sad person who blow dries my cars...!)

jcuthell

159 posts

67 months

Monday 26th October
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Orange looks great!

Fudgie01

32 posts

103 months

Monday 26th October
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Shame these colours are so expensive, but that orange S does look cool

Edited by Fudgie01 on Monday 26th October 22:42

K800 RUM

194 posts

152 months

Tuesday 27th October
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That's what I call a safe colour, it really shows up!

Didzz

52 posts

33 months

Tuesday 27th October
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Some more pictures. Can't remember who was going for a black tulip.