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2005 Alfa Romeo GT JTD 1.9 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Previous carDaewoo Nexia

Summary:

A beautiful 'Dolphin' like exterior that looks stunning and handles with fiery Italian passion

General Comments:

The look of this car is probably its best feature. It really gets stared at as people can see it is a luxury car, but are not quite sure what it is!

Diesel engine is very quiet especially when driving and when the engine is warm.

Bose stereo system gets slagged off by some 'audiophiles' but I think for a factory sound system it is really very good. You must hear it to understand this.

Ride is actually very smooth with 17" alloys. These are a must as they contribute to the car's beauty.

Apparently Alfa Romeo are struggling to make the 1.9 JTD GT quick enough to make orders. I had to wait months for mine and hopefully this will bode well for residuals.

Finally, after waiting so long for my car I half expected it to be a bit of an anti-climax. Not so, this car is just 100 times better to drive and sit in than I remember from my many test drives.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2005

2004 Alfa Romeo GT 1.9 JTD from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.9 JTD Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Style and very nearly substance

Faults:

Creaking from rear suspension, not fixed.

Rear seats not fixing back properly.

Passenger window badly aligned causing wind noise.

General Comments:

I purchased my Alfa GT from new 6 months ago and have traveled approx 14,000 since, here is my impressions so far.

The Alfa GT is a truly beautiful car, it has a fantastic ability of making you feel very special.

My choice of new car boiled down to two, Alfa GT or Audi TT. After pulling up at a round-a-bout in London behind 2 TT's as they allowed another around I quickly decided on the GT. I just wanted something different, something good looking and also practical and the GT has both of these in spades.

Firstly, the looks. From the front the car is aggressive with the deep front grille, offset number plate and Long sculpted bonnet. In profile, I feel it has a hint of Alfa SZ (the monster!) with the high waste line and bulk. The rear is the only disappointment, it just is not as co-heasive as the rest of the car.

On the practical front, the hatch-back coupe style layout that has been adopted by Alfa allows for a generous if height restricted boot. But align this with full folding rear sets and you have a huge load area.

The other feature I like is that although it is a coupe, the GT belays it 156 roots by the fact that you do not sit too low down in the cabin. To some this may sound odd, but I do a lot of motorway miles and don't want HGV's wheels above my head.

The greatest nod to practicality is the inclusion of the diesel engine option. Not since the 406 coupe has this combination of style and practically been so successfully married. There are infact very few diesel coupes (Merc sport coupe, 3 Series coupe, C4 3 door, any others?)

The engine itself is good, not on a par with the Honda accord i-CDTi that I tested, but still a good all-rounder. It is smooth and refined, but you never really feel all that torque that is supposed to be on offer and it does suffer from very noticeable turbo lag, with 2000rpm being the magic number for the boost.

There really is no point hanging on over 4500rpm as the engine does become coarse, best to change up and sail along on the available torque. On the motorway 80 miles an hour equates to approx 2500rpm in 6th gear, so it makes for a relaxing cruise.

I am averaging approx 40 mpg over the 14,000 miles traveled so far.

The handling. This is a strange one. I feel that Alfa have set the car up trying to marry a sporty set up with the ability to cruise comfortably, but have produced neither one nor the other. Throw the car into a bend and there is noticeable body roll, far more than my old focus zetec. But attempt to waft along the motorway and any imperfections in the surface are transmitted into the cabin. Another problem is trying to get it off the lights. Under power, the GT will simply spin it wheels, ASR (anti-skid reduction) on or off. You have to granny shift through 1st and then floor 2nd and hope the engine is not too far off boost. Even with the 18inch optional wheel there is very little grip.

One disappointment of the car is the interior. On face value it looks very nicely designed, the optional leather seats I specified are comfortable and supportive. But the reality is that the cabin is lifted, almost wholesale, from the 147. Although not necessarily a bad thing, certain areas, especially the central console looks and are cheap. GT owners look at the 147 GTA interior and especially the leather seat in envy.

However, the raiding of the Alfa parts bin has lead to one of the surprises of the GT, its price. when you allow for the very generous trade in I received on my focus. My car cost approx. £22,000 with the 18 inch alloy, leather seats and 12 disc charger options ticked. This on the face of it is a lot of money I agree, but let's compare it with the competition. A fully speced Golf GT TDI would be around 19k. So for a little more outlay you are getting a truly distinctive car from a sporting marque with a long history of building sporting coupes. The golf is a good car, but how long until everybody gets one? The bug bear of the Alfa has always been depreciation, too new to fully assess this, but will be worth less than the golf... swings and round-abouts I think as I am prepared to take a bit of a hit after 3 years of being made to feel so special...

In Summary, the Alfa is a beautiful car that is also practical. It does have its faults, centered mainly around the suspension set-up and parts bin interior, but if you want to be different in a distinctive bertone styled coupe for golf money, it's a sound choice, if slightly based on the heart rather than the head.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th February, 2005

15th Mar 2005, 16:47

I am interested in an Alfa GT coupe Diesel and this review seconds everything I presumed. I currently own a Golf GT TDi previous to that I had a Fiat 20v Turbo. I think the GT coupe diesel is a great mix of the two, great looks and economy to boot.

Mark Gowans (Bolton)

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 14 reviews