1999 Alfa Romeo GTV LX 2.0 Twin Spark from Italy
Turns driving into an wonderful experience
Poor seals on driver and passenger windows (they had to be rectified at every service).
Periodically the engine had a problem in keeping constant revs when idle (the defect was always corrected by dealer).
At 40000 Km I had to replace the "lambda" probe in the engine. Most expensive repair I ever had to endure.
This car is a load of fun, and the many great reviews on this site testify to that.
It is also very secure. Two weeks ago while traveling at dusk on a motorway I hit an abandoned rear cover from a pick up truck. The car must have been doing 70 to 80 miles an hour and was suddenly flung at speed against the side rails. It then rebounded back in the middle of the road, but I was still able to keep it under control (whilst losing the bonnet and assorted pieces) and stop safely in the emergency lane.
I later found out that the first hit against the guard rail had managed to bend laterally the front part of the chassis by 3.5 cm, and yet the steering had responded beautifully to my efforts to get the car under control.
The story ends by saying that, after having cashed in the insurance, I went to my Alfa Dealer and bought another GTV (with the 2.0 JTS engine) with the recent 2003 restyled front and interior.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th September, 2003