Alfa Romeo GTV Reviews from Malta

2002 Alfa Romeo GTV 2.0 TS Lusso 2.0 Twin spark

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Twin spark Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20 kilometres
Most recent distance23000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Primera

Summary:

Stunning looks and killer performance

Faults:

Poor wipers.

Rusty exhaust.

General Comments:

A great car to own and drive a true sports coup. The first thing you will notice is that it is a little heavy. Fast starts are made difficult due to the cars weight. Once moving the engine responds well with a good amount of punch above 3200 revs. Overtaking is easy and a blip on the throttle is enough to get things moving. The suspension settings are tight so you can expect a ride that is stiff, but not to the point that it will get on your nerves. The brakes whilst a little spongy will stop the car quite quickly with the help of anti lock brakes. The 17' wheels make a huge difference in the cornering ability of the car. They are a good option to fit. Although the car is heavy there are no surprises in the way it corners. When pushed hard you will find a tendency for four-wheel drift that will become under steer and is easily controllable by letting go of the gas. A real pleasure to drive even for the inexperienced driver.

One thing that seemed odd is the long throw gearshift. To compensate there is a long travel clutch that allows you to slip for relatively brisk starts. The interior is great with a real Italian sports car feel about it. The central dials are obscured from the passengers' view that might get a little annoying to some people.

Overall a great car to own... A head turner...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2002

20th Aug 2006, 09:35

Hi glad to read these comments, I must admit that I do agree with many of the comments in the article even though owning my gtv was not always a pleasant experience, I mean I barely use mine and I had a few problems along the years. In my modest opinion I think the car looks good and its built well. I have one big question to ask, I own a '99 one and I'm not sure whether I should replace my wheels with 17inch and lower it. I want it to look more aggressive! Can anyone help?

1997 Alfa Romeo GTV Lusso 2.0 16v Twinspark

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Twinspark Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance11500 miles
Previous carRenault Megane

Summary:

Sexy toy

Faults:

Passenger window squeaks when closing.

Radio antenna stuck due to a long time not being used.

General Comments:

It's the closest you can get to a Ferrari.

Very sporty sound when you go over 3500 revs, and keeps pushing until the rev limiter.

There's no need to modify anything, this car comes out from the factory with a racing engine and an awesome design by Pininfarina.

Other cars with same engine capacity are slower, even with a turbo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews