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Alfa Romeo GT: Buying guide and review (2003-2011)

Alfa Romeo GT: Buying guide and review (2003-2011) Classic and Performance Car
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Established in 1910, Alfa Romeo has a long and rich automotive history, developing a name for itself early on with great successes in racing; they have also produced some of the world’s most desirable road cars along the way. Thanks to a heart-over-head operating ethos which can at times mean that practicalities get little more than cursory attention, Alfa Romeos tend to give their owners enjoyment and heartache in equal measure. Every now and then though, a car comes along that manages to combine this passionate Italian design flair with some of that boring Germanic reliability to produce something truly desirable.

The svelte Bertone styled Alfa GT threatened to become this car when it arrived in 2003, exhibiting all the design flair that one expects from Italy with the promise of long term reliability and ease of maintenance thrown into the mix. 
 

Which one to buy? 


Engine choices included a 148bhp 1.9-litre turbo diesel, 162bhp 2.0-litre petrol or the flagship 237bhp 3.2-litre V6. The 2.0 engine is revvy, and provides adequate performance, (a less powerful but more economical 140bhp 1.8l was introduced in 2007) but it is the turbo diesel version that most customers opted for when new – and its combination of good economy and excellent mid-range grunt are hard to resist. An even more powerful 170bhp version of the diesel engine became available late in production. 

The 3.2L V6 may be far less economical, but used as a weekend toy that hardly matters and it is this model that will most likely become a classic in the decades to come. Transmission options were limited to a five or six-speed manual as well as a five-speed Selespeed semi-automatic gearbox. 

Being based on the 147 hatchback and 156 saloon, the GT has well developed underpinnings and despite its coupe-like profile it actually sports a practical rear hatch. Handling is sharp and poised, if not quite as fun as some rear-wheel drive rivals. The ride is firm but not as bone-jarring as one might expect. Specification levels were divided into Q2, Lusso, Blackline and Turismo variants, all focussed on cosmetic changes except for the Q2, which in addition to lowered suspension and leather seats received a limited slip differential. Sadly this was unavailable on the 3.2-litre GT from the factory, although there are a number of Alfa specialists out there who can rectify this oversight – if they haven’t already! 

Most who want that gorgeous shape in their lives for daily duties should probably opt for one of the four-cylinder petrol or turbo diesel power units. Running costs are reasonable, and you still get to enjoy the sharp handling and looks. Those desiring a higher risk/reward ratio should forego these models and head straight to the 237bhp 3.2-litre V6. Yes fuel consumption will be high, and running costs may cause a few sleepless nights, but none of that matters when you are blasting down an empty stretch of road with that Busso V6 wailing in accompaniment. In both cases it is advisable to stick to the manual transmission derivatives to avoid any undue maintenance hassles with the occasionally temperamental selespeed gearbox.
 

Performance and specs

 
Engine 3179cc 24 valve DOHC V6 
Power 237bhp @ 6200rpm 
Torque 221lb ft @ 4800rpm
Top speed 151mph 
0-62mph 6.7 seconds 
Fuel consumption 22.8 mpg 
Gearbox Six-speed manual
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 2596mm
Length 4489mm
Width 1763mm
Height 1355mm
Weight 1410kg
 

Common problems

 
• Selespeed models tend to polarise opinions amongst owners but they are known for wearing out clutches in urban driving, and issues with gear selection can be a pain to resolve. Clutches in general can be hard to engage on manual models and can be resolved by specialists.
 
• Models with large diameter alloys tend to suffer from kerb damage, with cracked rims not uncommon.  Take a good look under the car, and while you’re there make sure the sump and exhaust have not been dented or scuffed, as the ride clearance is minimal.
 
• Check along the sill for any paint damage or denting to the metal extensions, which is very often caused by incorrect jacking. Although damage is mainly cosmetic, damage to the paint can cause corrosion to set in.
 
• Front wishbones and rear radius arms may need replacing if tyre wear is uneven or there is an unusual amount of suspension creaking.
 
• Electrics are generally reliable, but all buttons and switches should be checked before purchase as fault finding can be labour intensive.
 
• Diesel models are popular however issues with the infamous inlet manifold swirl flap (not unique to Alfa diesels), blown turbos and EGR valve failures can mean expensive repairs. A once-over by a specialist is highly recommended.
 
• Regular cambelt replacement is essential to avoid potentially serious engine damage. Every 36,000 miles on four-cylinder petrol and 60,000 miles on the 1.9 JTD diesel and 3.2-litre V6. Frequent oil changes can also greatly increase engine life especially in the diesel variants.
 
• Water pumps have been known to seize, which can snap belts and damage other engine components in the process.
 
• Two recalls were issued during production, the first was for a potentially faulty retaining clip that could affect clutch operation and applied to cars built up till April 2006. The second was a bit more serious, affecting a fuel hose that could chafe and potentially cause a fire in 1.9 Multijet models built up to June 2006.
 

Model history

 
2003: Alfa Romeo GT launched. UK customers could choose from 3.2-litre V6, 1.9 turbo diesel and 2.0-litre petrol power plants
2006: Q2 model with LSD introduced as an option on all variants bar the 3.2-litre V6
2007: 140bhp 1.8 twin spark model introduced
2008: 3.2 V6 engine discontinued
2009: 170bhp 1.9 turbo diesel phased in
2011: Final year of sale for all GT models. Cloverleaf run out model introduced
 

Owners clubs and websites

 
• www.aroc-uk.com – Alfa Romeo Owners Club UK
• www.alfa-gt.org – Alfa GT register
• www.alfaowner.com – Alfa enthusiast site
 

Summary and prices

 
Prices start at just £1300 for high-mileage four-cylinder petrol and diesel models. While tempting, we’d recommend your starting point to be around the £2500, as fixing a cheaper neglected car can soon outweigh your low purchase price. A perfect 2011 1.9JTD Cloverleaf Q2 can still command £10,000 but £6000 is all you need for a very good late model car. 3.2-litre V6 GTs range from £3000 to £7000; high-mileages are not too much of a concern, however regular servicing must be in evidence.

Providing the kind of involving drive that Alfas are famed for with a level of reliability that they are generally not, the GT range is a very tempting buy for those wanting classic good looks at very reasonable prices.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 14th Nov 2016
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  • 1969 Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior

    POA POA

    The Alfa Romeo 105 series coupé, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Bertone, was considered to be one of his greatest designs. Not only as one of the best looking and handling classic saloon cars of the period, but the advanced specification with its five-speed gearbox, all round disc brakes, independent suspension and powerful twin-cam engine still has the capability to embarrass many of its modern counterparts. This GT 1300, offered in black with matching trim, is in fabulous condition throughout due to an extensive restoration and upgrade by the previous owner. The bespoke restoration took place in 2010 and was described as a 'full body project', the engine of this 1.3 litre Junior was fast-road tuned and the head ported which makes this potentially ideal for classic rallies where it would, undoubtedly, be very competitive. This was then complemented by a full bare-metal respray and comprehensive works to the body and chassis of the vehicle. The interior offers quilted leather door-cards, seats and trim all new at the time of restoration which was fewer than 10,000km ago. Currently registered in Hungary, given the spritely Juniors performance, there is a good chance that this veh

    • Year: 2017
    For sale
    Historics at Brooklands
  • Alfa Romeo GT

    €59,000(£49,707.50) €59,000(£49,707.50)

    This is a rare opportunity to acquire a very special car. This stepnose Junior has been subject of a total rebuild from empty bodyshell to a GTA like "Bergstormer". The car was made by us to customer order and specifications and it involved almost every component in the car. Countless upgrades were specified and incorporated and the result is stunning. The car was built with a fast and fun road car in mind and not a full blown race car. The body was bead blasted to bare metal and all rusty areas were repaired with original parts. Consoles for roll cage and a GTA front panel was fitted. Then a full paint job with several layers of primer, topcoat and varnish was applied in the original color of bianco spino. The interior is in class of its own. With Hans Reinke leather in red raspberry color, thick carpets, new head lining is a delight to sit in this car. Suspension and brakes are upgraded with Eibach springs, OKP ventilated disc brakes etc. The 2 liter engine, gearbox and 10:41 reardiff with 25% limited slip has all been totally rebuilt also. Engine has been power tuned with high compression pistons, faster camshafts, bigger valves etc. Together with new Webers and a GTA exhaust header the output shows 170 BHP on a rolling road. Plenty of power without being too hysterical for the road. A race clutch is also fitted. The true 105 entusiast will find a lot of other nice details on this car from the GTA door handles and push buttons to the steel stainless steel GTA mesh grill down to the GTA number plate light plinthe and the 15" GTA alloy wheels. To call this gorgeous GTA look-alike a "restomod" would not be correct, because every upgrade is made with the original cars in mind. Live rear axle has not been substituted with a multilink independent system and engine is not some 16 valve modern EFI powered lump that may have 240 BHP but has none of the intake roar of the classic Alfa engine breathing heavily through its twin double choke Webers. The changes were kept to in order to preserve all the spirit intact that these wonderful cars had in their heydays. An intoxicating car for the connoisseur.

    • Year: 1967
    For sale
    Stelvio Automobili
  • ALFA ROMEO GT 2.0 JTS 2005

    £1,950 £1,950

    Alfa Romeo GT 2.0 JTS 2dr. 2005 (05);12 Months MOT, Full Service History. Only 58.000 miles;Looks stunning in black with undamaged red leather sports interior. Genuine low mileage. Electric windows, electric mirrors, parking sensors, ipod connection, dual climate control, air conditioning New mot, full history, Belts changed less than 4000 ago. Original wallet book, 2 keys, all old mots stunning body work.

    • Mileage: 58000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.95
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  • gt junior 1300 gta tribute

    €28,500(£24,011.25) €28,500(£24,011.25)

    gta tribute.engine 2000,some parts in fiberglass .new tires,engine00512 start and drive.new interior.no rust.stilauto wheels.regular road papers http://www.alfavintage.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/20140703_150433.mp4 http://www.alfavintage.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/20140703_150516.mp4

    • Year: 2000
    For sale
  • ALFA ROMEO GT JTD 16V 2006 Manual 117000 Diesel Grey

    £2,495 £2,495

    Tidy car, representing excellent value for money. Great looking car with plenty of power- a really fun car for sensible money and high MPG!, Next MOT due 18/12/2017 with no advisories. Spec includes; Cruise Control, Computer (Driver Information System), Alarm, Alloy Wheels (16in), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD), Electric door mirrors, Electric windows, Airbags, Height adjustable drivers seat, Power steering, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls (Audio), Front fog lights, Dual climate control with Air conditioning, 6 speed gear box. 5 seats, Grey, HPI Clear. Unfortunately, only one key and the remote buttons don't work but otherwise pretty good as far as we can see. Located in Didcot, Oxfordshire OX110BS, Open 7 days a week, All Major Debit/Credit Cards accepted (2% fee for credit cards), Competitive finance packages available, PX Welcome.

    • Mileage: 117000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.91
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  • Alfa Romeo GT

    £4,795 £4,795

    ABS, Multiple Airbags, Stability Control, Isofix, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Dual Climate Zones, Full Leather, Remote Central Locking, Colour Coded Interior, Front Centre Armrest, Rear Armrest, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, Adjustable Steering Column, Folding Rear Seats, Rear Headrests, Retractable Headrests, Metallic Paintwork, Colour Coded Body, Auto-dip Rearview, Electric Windows, Bose, CD Player, Radio, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Alloy wheels, Service invoices Italian Style and Performance with this Limited Edition Model - Top spec - New Clutch recently fitted - good sized load space - To be sold with NEW MOT - Three year WARRANTY available.

    • Mileage: 110068 mi
    • Engine size: 1910
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  • Alfa Romeo GT

    £2,495 £2,495

    Alfa Romeo 2.0 Jts coupe, leather, history, cambelt changed, drives well, very nice car, these are great value!

    • Mileage: 99000 mi
    • Engine size: 1970
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  • Alfa Romeo GT

    £2,995 £2,995

    Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Full Leather, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Power Steering, Traction Control, ABS, Air Bag, Brake Assist, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, Twin Air Bags, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Front Windows, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, CD Player, Multi-Disc CD Player, Radio, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Stereo, Rear Wash/wipe, Rear Spoiler, Metallic Paintwork, Front Fog Lamps, Colour Coded Body, Rear Headrests, Rear Armrest, Folding Rear Seats, Sports Seats, Retractable Headrests, Lumbar Adjustment, Height Adjustable Seat, Head Restraints, Front Centre Armrest, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Alloy wheels, Comprehensive history 24 MONTHS PARTS LABOUR WARRANTY;THIS ALFA ROMEO GT HAS ONLY COVERED 88000 MILES FROM NEW WITH THE BENEFIT OF BILLS + HISTORY = MOTS PLUS HAS BEEN OWNED BY LOCAL LADIES;BRILLIANT CONDITION OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF OVER 42MPG TOGETHER WITH FULL BEIGE LEATHER INTERIOR PLUS ALLOYS AS WELL AS SPOT LIGHTS AND EASY P/STEERING;THIS GT JTS COUPE IS ALSO FITTED WITH MULTI AIR BAGS + ISOFIX SAFETY COUPLED WITH ABS BRAKES AND TRACTION CONTROL COMBINED WITH COMMAND AUDIO CONTROL STEERING PLUS CRUISE CONTROL AND SOUND CD STACK PLAYER;AN ITALIAN STYLE + PERFORMANCE + COMFORT DRIVE TOGETHER WITH COOL AIR CON AND CLIMATE CONTROL AS WELL AS ELE WINDOWS/MIRRORS WITH COMFORT HEAD PLUS ARM RESTS COMBINED WITH EXTENDED 2YRS WARRANTY ONLY MAKING THIS ALFA A PERFECT PURCHASE;TEL BEXHILL MOTORING CENTRE 01424 733777 FOR A CHAT;MORE CARS FOR SALES IN HAILSHAM MOTORING CENTRE 01323 449900 OR BEXHILL MOTORING CENTRE 01424 733777, VISIT www.bexhillmotoringcentre.com TO VIEW COLOUR PICTUERS

    • Mileage: 88000 mi
    • Engine size: 1970
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