1981 Alfa Romeo GTV Review

1981 Alfa Romeo GTV 2.0 Twin Carb from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Twin Carb Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Previous carToyota Cressida

Summary:

Classic affordable sports car

Faults:

Syncromesh in manual gearbox.

Leaking rear main crank seal.

Spots of rust.

General Comments:

I have always liked the GTV shape from when I was young right up till now.

I found that you can pick up a GTV for a very reasonable price as most people in Australia tend to stay away from an older, European car that is relatively rare.

Common complaints by other owners include body rust and gears crunching due to worn synchromesh. Due to the gearbox being located where the diff normally is in a rear drive car adds to the complexity of repairing this vehicle.

Having said the above, I have thoroughly enjoyed owning the car and will buy another Alfa to replace this one. The handling of the car is very predictable and assuring, the even weight distribution has achieved this. Although the car has had a few problems mentioned above, the car has not once let me down in nearly four years.

Look for one that has had the gearbox attended to and ensure minimal rust exists.

The car is rewarding to drive and has attracted compliments from many a stranger.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2002

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 1 review