2003 Alfa Romeo GTV Reviews

2003 Alfa Romeo GTV 2.0 JTS from Portugal

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 JTS Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance12000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 156

Summary:

Passion

Faults:

Door locks not working properly, because got stuck for a few times. Only happened when using remote, worked fine with key. Complained and they lubricated locks and never happened again. Solved.

General Comments:

Pretty exciting to drive. Passionate and emotional.

Great feed-back to driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2004

2003 Alfa Romeo GTV JTS 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance1000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

Stunning coupe looks compared to the usual German bubble cars

Faults:

The remote door locking failed on one coldish day, but this has not happened since despite colder temperatures.

General Comments:

This is without doubt the most beautiful car I've ever owned.

If you are over six foot tall you can still get along with this car, but watch your back when you get in and out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2004

2003 Alfa Romeo GTV JTS 2.0 JTS from Italy

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 JTS Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6 kilometres
Most recent distance3000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo GTV

Summary:

Fading out with a bang

Faults:

Remote door control fails to open owing to passenger door knob getting stuck in the "closed" position (only happens when temperature drops below ten degrees centigrade).

General Comments:

This restyled model is a big improvement over the earlier GTV versions. It's a pity nothing could be done regarding the downright ugly radio aerial still poking out of the rear-side, but the restyling of the bonnet has managed to lift quite a few years from its overall looks.

In order to avoid the omnipresent failure in proper window-sealing there is an automatic lowering-raising of the window every time the door is opened. Although this solution rescues the defect it still can be viewed at best as a "patch" rather than a serious attempt to solve a design problem.

The 2.0 JTS engine is a beauty, the 165 HP really giving an edge over the earlier 2.0 Twin Spark versions (especially when the air conditioning is up and running).

The only disappointment are the brakes. They work well and efficiently, but their "spongy" feeling gives a somewhat annoying feeling of insecurity (at least for me). Frankly, I preferred the one son my older 2.0 twin Spark GTV.

Internal furnishings are also of very good quality (as opposed to its predecessor) and the inbuilt CD/radio system blends in nicely with the front panel.

Instruments are now lighted in red (as opposed to the original green). This has been claimed as a major upgrade, but, quite frankly, I fail to see a big difference. Nonetheless, the way they have been distributed has been improved considerably.

Baggage space is, as before, very limited and rear passengers will complain about leg room even if they are four year old kits barely three feet high).

As usual, all complaints are lost when you actually drive the car and feel the way it becomes one with the road...surging, weaving... etc etc.

The new GTV is expected in 2005 but with this restyling and new engine I won't be holding my breath for it...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2003

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews