1999 Alfa Romeo GTV Lusso 2.0 Litre Twin Spark from UK and Ireland
Wonderful car, just steer away from main dealers and take it to a specialist.
Near side window seal does not allow glass to sit flush to the sealing face unless window is lowered slightly and then raised. (Believe later models have a modification that does this automatically).
Syncromesh on first gear needed replacing when I bought the car (42,000 miles). As I don't know how the car was driven by the previous owner, I don't know whether this is due to a design weakness or bad driving.
A fantastic package with a few down sides;
Firstly, I was surprised at the poor fuel consumption from a modern 2 litre engine. I did not expect the 38 miles per gallon I used to get from my 1.8 litre 8 valve Golf GTI, but over the same journey I'm getting just 27 mpg from the Alfa.
The turning circle is awful! I'm getting used to this though, and it is only a problem occasionally.
Personally, I feel the driver sits too high in the seat, a definate feeling of sitting on the car and not in it. I believe the latest models have a height adjustment fitted, which my 1999 example does not.
Main dealer parts and labour costs are horrendous. I take mine to a specialist and use after market patten parts, so far to no ill effect.
So much for the down sides;
Performance is great, the engine just loves to rev. Mid range power is especially good.
The handling is wonderful. It is precise and is complimented by the quick steering rack. The car is slightly ruffled by man hole covers mid bend, but not excessively. The body is stiff and does not flex during hard cornering.
Road holding is great, I have thankfully never found the cars limits. Unsurprisingly, there is the slightest hint of under steer when powering round a wet round-about.
The ride is firm, but then this is a sports coupe!
I find the brakes to be sharp and very effective.
Build quality is good, with no rattles.
The looks are wonderful, and the car is still a fairly rare sight, so you generally get a friendly wave from any other GTV drivers.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd January, 2003