1998 Alfa Romeo GTV Reviews

1998 Alfa Romeo GTV V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Thrilling and beautiful

Faults:

Clutch master and slave cylinder replaced.

Front lower control arm replaced.

Cam belt replaced, but the mechanic ran into complications, so VERY expensive.

Air con not working.

High beams went out, but an easy fix.

Electric aerial not working.

General Comments:

Absolute bloody ripper of a car.

Love the way it looks, the way it sounds, the way it feels. So much Italian character, you'll fall in love. Anyone who says the boot's too small or it costs too much to run, just doesn't get it.

This car is all about fun and enjoyment, and looking forward to getting in and playing with the throttle, the gear changes, the steering. It's all about the car as an object of pure enjoyment, not just as something you use for getting from A to B, where you don't DRIVE, you just operate controls.

The beautiful Italian designed interior and exterior are just lovely, and just make you love the car all the more. This car really has that very Italian philosophy that it's more important for something to be beautiful than practical, and I really like that.

Like a passionate Italian woman that's not only exciting to be with, but beautiful as well, her looks just make you love her more.

Expensive to service, but they're also cheap to buy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2012

1998 Alfa Romeo GTV Lusso 3.0 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Range Rover

Summary:

Classy Italian Motoring

Faults:

Needed new Airflow Meter and a new exhaust - Total cost over £800.

General Comments:

This car has one of the most fabulous engines ever made. It sounds fantastic at anything over 3000 revs.

The interior is really beautiful and very hard wearing, but the car is let down by the fact it is front wheel drive. Although it corners well, it does not have the balance of a rear wheel drive car. In fact, if this car was rear wheel drive it would be virtually perfect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2007

1998 Alfa Romeo GTV Lusso 3.0 24v from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 24v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance98500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

A car for the driver

Faults:

Leak in radiator at 79000.

Broken reducer pipe going to the radiator at 81000.

General Comments:

I have had loads of cars in my time; mostly German, but I have got to say that this car is buy far the best fun to drive of them all.

If you love your cars, then what more is there to want for same-ish sort of money now as you would pay for a turbo Japanese import. You have got your self a proper Italian car.

There are little things that could bug you about the car, like it does eat tyres, being front wheel drive. And the odd thing like the window might not work for a day, then never have anything wrong with it ever again.

The car and engine makes up for all of that; and like Clarkson said, you're not a proper petrol head until you have had a Alfa.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2007

1998 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.0 24v Lusso 3.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

A real driving experience

Faults:

Airbag light fault.

General Comments:

A real driving experience and feels special every time you get in it.

This car has one of the most beautiful engines ever made with a low rumble an ever present. Hit the accelerator and the engine roars all the way through the rev range. It just begs to be driven..

A highly affordable means of running a mini supercar

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2006

1998 Alfa Romeo GTV 1.8 TS 1.8 Twin Spark from Greece

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Twin Spark Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Barchetta

Summary:

You have to pay a lot for a better Italian sportscar

Faults:

Windshield wipers were already worn when I bought it and cost 15€ each to replace them.

One front headlight lamp had to be replaced at 70000 km for 15€ also.

Front windows were not closing well allowing some wind entrance, I had to remove the door interiors and regulate the mechanisms. I think this is a task that should be carried out frequently!

The air conditioning never worked right, especially during winter. You either get roasted or get a severe cold! The dealership says it's because of the external temperature sensor (located beneath the right mirror).

The windows get steamy very quickly in winter, if you turn off the air conditioning. Strange!

When the car was bought it wasn't keeping a stable idle engine speed. The acceleration potentiometer had to be calibrated. It's OK now.

Recently the floor below the driver's feet is getting wet. I suspect that it's from the air conditioning drain that is blocked (or from a broken heater coil). The strange thing is that there are no signs of water on the sides around. It's not obvious from where this water comes from. I would really appreciate any suggestion...

General Comments:

Great performance, especially in twisty roads. The engine sound at high rpm can wake the soul of a dead man!

Great brakes although the ABS feels weird when activated.

The suspension is tight, but works fine in sporty driving.

Women of ages 30 and above love that looks!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2003

11th Feb 2004, 11:47

You have mentioned a water leak in this GTV.

If you take out the dash you will see drips and take out the exterior bottom windscreen guard and you will see a small hole where it is not sealed properly. you have to seal that up dry the heater matrix on the inside and seal the gap on the inside. the gap is in a drain route mostly on the left hand side.

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 9 reviews