Used Alfa Romeo Gtv
A History Lesson
The Alfa GTV was made between 1995 and 2006 and came in two distinct versions: the 2+2 coupe and the two seater cabriolet model that is generally known as the Spider. Both versions were introduced at the Geneva Motor Show of 1995 and were then also referred to as the Alfa Romeo 916. Production of the Alfa Romeo GTV was discontinued in 2005 when it was replaced by the Brera, while production of the Spider carried on for one more year.
Bang for Your Buck
The GTV was also produced in several limited edition versions. The GTV Cup was a sporty version of which only 180 were produced from 2001 until 2002. Also during this period an Edizone Sportiva version was produced that featured leather upholstery and red carpets in addition to 17 inch alloy wheels. The Edizone Elegante was a particularly limited edition produced in 2002 that was only available in metallic black with either black/grey or black/red two tone interior.
What You'll Pay
With prices for a used early 2 litre Alfa Romeo GTV set at around the £3,000 mark, this you will find is the cheapest of all the various versions. The later models, which start around the T-registration, will be priced a little higher at around £4,000. If you really want one of the last models produced then you can expect to pay at least £7,800 for an 03 plate and maybe three hundred more for a 53 plate.
With regards to the 3 litre version, you should expect to pay anything up to £5000 for one of the early models while the late 53 platers will set you back close on £10,000.
What to Check
The most important thing to look for in a second hand Alfa Romeo GTV will be signs of both poor repair work and signs that the car has been driven at maximum speeds for the most part. With regards to specifics, the older GTVs tend to have problems with the electrics and can often suffer from interior rattles and creaks.
While it is difficult to give an accurate figure for parts as there are so many versions available, as a rough guide you could expect to pay the following for these replacement parts: front and rear brake pads £49 to £53; clutch assemblies -- £205; a replacement headlamp will be around £225; starter motors and alternators £194 and £120 respectively.
How it Drives
Originally the Alfa Romeo GTV was offered in both a 2.0 litre TS version and a 2.0 litre V6 Turbo version. However in 1997 a new 3.0 litre V6 24 valve version was introduced that also included an upgrade to the braking system. A 3-spoke steering wheel was also included with the 1997 model.
Unfortunately, the GTV is not particularly suited to the general bumpy roads of Britain, designed as they essentially were for the smooth tarmacs of Italy. While many agree that for its class, the GTV often made for a fairly stiff drive, lovers of real sports cars are seldom put off by this.