Advantages Lovely handling. Beautiful. A lot of car for the price.
Disadvantages Quirky, unreliable electrics. Badly kept examples will cost you
I have owned this car for almost 2 years now and I still love it... It's breathtakingly beautiful and I find myself looking at it as I leave it parked. I even crane my neck sometimes. Embarrassing to admit, but I defy anyone who drives one to resist. Seriously.The drive is brilliant, the car really comes alive on a-roads and begs to be driven hard (within legal limits of course) on some nice country roads. However if you don't like firm rides, this may not be the car for you, it can be a little jarring on bumpy surfaces.
Most cars I have driven get boring, and sometimes when I drive the GTV in traffic to and from work I find myself taking it for granted. However as soon as the traffic clears I remember why I love it so much. The driving position is also good, with all the dials pointing towards the driver. It sounds selfish, but it's your car, you don't want to share it! I'm not normally a selfish person, honest.Disadvantages are that perhaps the 2.0 litre engine will not be enough for some people. However now they're stopping production I think it'll turn into a classic.
Make sure you get an inspection on second hand purchases and double check the suspension, which is a complex bit of kit and can be costly to replace. Also check the cam belts have been replaced (ideally every 30,000 miles despite what the offical figures suggest). This will avoid potentially expensive engine damage.Other minor disadvantages are that the electrics can be a little unreliable and you have to get used to it's nuances, but nobodies perfect. Electrics aside, Alfa Romeo's are a lot more reliable than they used to be, and do not rust apart anymore. The TS engine is good.
This car has personality. Much more interesting than those soulless japanese sports cars or a ford focus. There may not be much space in the back for lots of bags, but it'll teach your friend(s) to pack light or lose weight! You'll love it.
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