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

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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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  • Alfa Romeo GT

    £2,795 £2,795

    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 2006

    £1,895 £1,895

    2006 Alfa Romeo GT, 63000miles, some service history,MOT August 2017, cruise control climate control, leather interior, good condition.

    • Mileage: 63000 mi
    • Engine size: 1910
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  • 1968 Alfa Romeo GT Junior

    $52,500(£42,908.25) $52,500(£42,908.25)

    1968 Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior s/n: AR1217627, Engine no. AR00330 *17905* Gialio Ocra with Black Interior With its stunning Bertone-designed body, tidy greenhouse, and low but roomy profile, the 105 series Alfa Romeo coupe successfully competed against rivals from 1963 -1975 before finally conceding to an all new design. The charming but hunkered down front-engine, rear drive coupe offered seating for four adults and spirited performance. Although the design shared many mechanical parts with the former Giulietta, the new unibody or monocoque platform was very innovative and lightweight. Live rear axle, disc brakes in all corners, dual overhead cam, and 5-speed gearbox, all resulted in a very effective combination. The early body designs contained a rather unique feature along the leading edge of the hood, a slight “step” down where the forward edge of the front fenders met the hoodline. Although this feature was removed from the standard offering in 1967, the Junior series cars retained the ‘stepnose’, resulting in collectors and enthusiasts favoring these early series cars for their distinctive frontal profile. The GT 1300 Junior, originally conceived as a lower cost entry model i

    • Year: 1968
    • Mileage: 63330 mi
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  • Alfa Romeo GT

    £2,450 £2,450

    Full Leather, Climate Control, Electric Windows, Xenon Headlamps, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, CD Player, Radio, Parking Sensors, UK Specification, UK Supplied, 18'' Alloys, Service history Grey with black leather great car with great service history 12 services in the service book exception condition for age and mileage please call Harry direct on 07545967800 as this is his own personal car and not a garage sale

    • Mileage: 107000 mi
    • Engine size: 1910
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  • Alfa Romeo GT

    £3,495 £3,495

    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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  • gt junior 1300 “scalino”

    €28,500(£25,410.60) €28,500(£25,410.60)

    VIN AR1237028GTA evocation, engine 132 cv, fiberglass boots, front grill original gta, start and drive, no rust http://www.alfavintage.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/20140703_150433.mp4 http://www.alfavintage.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/20140703_150516.mp4

    • Year: 1969
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  • Alfa Romeo GT

    £5,995 £5,995

    Cambelt Changed, Full Leather, Sports Seats, Cruise Control, Dual Climate Zones, Electric Front Windows, Electric Mirrors, Parking Sensors, Bose, Radio, CD Player, MP3 Player, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, ABS, Remote Central Locking, Remote Alarm, Alarm, Immobiliser, Twin Air Bags, Side Air Bags, Height Adjustable Seat, Metallic Paintwork, Power Steering, Trip Computer, New MOT, Air Conditioning, UK Specification, UK Supplied, 18'' Alloys, Comprehensive history Alfa Romeo GT Cloverleaf [Special Edition] JTDieselM 1.9 16v [6], Comprehensive Service History, Two Owners from New and Only 76,100 Miles with 18'' Alloys, Cambelt Changed recently, Leather Sports Seats, Dual Zone Climate Air Con and BOSE Sound System with CD/MP3 Player. Exquisite, Alfa Service History & Only 76,100 Miles

    • Mileage: 76100 mi
    • Engine size: 1910
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  • Alfa Romeo GT

    £4,000 £4,000

    Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Dual Climate Zones, Full Leather, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Central Locking, Colour Coded Interior, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, Lumbar Adjustment, Retractable Headrests, Sports Seats, Folding Rear Seats, Rear Headrests, Adjustable Steering Column, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Power Steering, ABS, Air Bag, Multiple Airbags, Twin Air Bags, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Metallic Paintwork, Rear Wash/wipe, Electric Front Windows, Electric Mirrors, CD Player, Radio, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Stereo, HPI CHECKED AND CLEAR, 16'' Alloys, Service history ALFA ROMEO GT with 1.9 Diesel engine and 6 speed manual gearbox, returning up to 57.6 MPG!! This Used ALFA ROMEO GT comes with options including Leather interior, Air Conditioning, Alloy Wheels, Central locking plus much more. Car comes with Service History, HPI Check, approved pre-delivery inspection and comprehensive warranty for your peace of mind. Part Exchange is welcome and Low rate finance is available upon request. This Alfa Romeo can be viewed at our showroom in Chichester, West Sussex. Call us today for a test drive , WE ARE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!

    • Mileage: 79950 mi
    • Engine size: 1910
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  • Alfa Romeo GT

    £3,495 £3,495

    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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  • Alfa Romeo GT

    £2,495 £2,495

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, Adjustable Steering Column, Trip Computer, Traction Control, Stability Control, Power Steering, ABS, Colour Coded Body, Auto-dip Rearview, Electric Mirrors, CD Player, Radio, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Stereo, 2 Keys, Years MOT!

    • Mileage: 110000 mi
    • Engine size: 1970
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  • Alfa Romeo GT

    £2,595 £2,595

    Metallic Paintwork, Front Fog Lamps, Multiple Airbags, ABS, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Full Leather, Traction Control, Trip Computer, Parking Sensors, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Electric Mirrors, Electric Front Windows, CD Player, 16'' Alloys, Full service history FULL UP TO DATE SERVICE HISTORY (10 Stamps In Book) + Lots Of Receipts etc. 12 Months New MOT, Hpi Clear, 2 Original Remote Central Locking Keys, Air-Conditioning, Climate Control, Alarm, Alloy Wheels (15in), Computer, Electric Windows (Rear), CD Player, Airbags, Folding rear seats, Electric door mirrors, Immobiliser. 5 seats, Black, This Car Is In Remarkable Condition For The Age. It Is A Very Original Car Which Has Clearly Been Cared For Both Cosmetically + Mechanically To Excellent Standards By It's Previous Lady Owner. She Acquired The Car When It Was Only 3 Years Old And It Has Been Regularly Serviced Since Then. The Bodywork Looks Original Throughout With No Dents, Scratches Or Rust To Speak Off. The Wheel Are In Superb Unmarked Condition. ANY INSPECTION WELCOME.

    • Mileage: 99000 mi
    • Engine size: 1910
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