Alfa Romeo GT (2004 – 2010) Review

Alfa Romeo GT (2004 – 2010) At A Glance


+Roomy, five-seat cabin, capable JTD diesel and gorgeous looks.

-Too many potential and real problems with 1.9 JTDM.

Insurance Groups are between 32–34
On average it achieves 97% of the official MPG figure

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Real MPG average for a Alfa Romeo GT (2004 – 2010)


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My Alfa's letting in water

"I have water in passenger footwell Alfa GT; what is the likely cause?"
Blocked bulkhead vent well drains leaving rainwater nowhere to go except via the pollen filter into the car.
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Buying a medium size coupe / performance car

"I have a budget of £6000 to replace my current SEAT Leon TDI, and am looking at an Alfa GT Coupe, Audi TT, Golf R32, Golf GTI, Maxda RX8, Alfa Beria, Seat Leon Cupra R. All manual petrol variants, which of these would you suggest to steer clear of and why and which would you suggest looking for and why. I do a 15 mile journey most mornings and evenings to the train station plus some local journeys but nothing like the motorway miles I used to do."
Leon Cupra R will be the best value, better a post-2009 version with the chain cam 2.0TFSI engine.
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Petrol v Diesel Alfa?

"I do 12,000 miles per year. I have been offered a mint 25k mile 58 Alfa GT Cloverleaf 2.0 JTS for £7500 plus my beautiful, fully serviced 120k mile Alfa 147 JTDm. Is this a good deal or should I hold out for a diesel GT?"
I'm no fan of Alfa diesels because of all that can go wrong with them. But if your experience with the 147 JTDm contradicts that, then do what your instincts tell you.
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Why do some motoring journalists continue to describe cars as unreliable when more recent models have improved?

"I wonder about the way in which motoring correspondents talk about the reliability of one make of car or another. I imagine there are statistics with a certain degree of reliability, but it does seem to me that a past record of reliability or unreliability is often applied to current models when, in fact, things have changed for the better or the worse. For example, 'Which Car?' is still warning people about the unreliability of Alfa Romeos, even when talking about recent models. We know that the Alfa 156 (in many ways an excellent car) did have reliability problems. However, in the last eight years I have owned an Alfa 147, a GT and a Mito. These were all absolutely reliable, and not one of them let me down or even needed a garage visit between services or oil changes (which I always have at 6,000 miles on my cars). I have recently bought a new Giulietta 170bhp Petrol Turbo. The steering/handling/ride seem to me really excellent, the engine a fine unit, and finish and build quality very good also. I have owned more than fifty cars in my time, so I can make some informed comparisons. If it proves to be as reliable as the above models. it will equal the best of the opposition. During my Alfa ownership, several of my friends have had rather worse reliability experiences with BMWs, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagens. I do not include you in this enquiry - I think your opinions are indeed 'honest'. But could it be that some correspondents have long-standing biases or, dare we suggest, are not entirely neutral in their judgements?"
I think you hit the nail on the head there. The biggest advertising budgets are spent in perpetuating myths. Far be it for humble motoring journalists (who lack the huge feedback I get) to dispel these myths and bite the hands that feed them.
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