The Alfa Romeo GT could well be a future classic. Here’s the Used Car Expert’s buyers guide for 2004-2009 models.
Why consider a ALFA ROMEO GT?
A stunning four-seat coupe in the classic Alfa manner. The seats in the back are for kids only, but they will love the car. As will you, if you have an ounce of petrol in your veins.
The Alfa GT is a cheap way into the world of Italian glamour. Excellent Fiat Group engines compliment the looks and the cars are reliable if well serviced. An interesting and soulful alternative to the BMW 3 Series coupe, the Peugeot 407 and Renault Laguna Coupe.
Which ALFA ROMEO GT to buy?
Go petrol with second hand Alfa GTs. Most of the cars sold are diesel and go to fleets. For this reason diesel GTs hold on to their value but they will have higher miles . This leaves a nice pool of enthusiast owned petrol models for the canny purchaser. Avoid the thirsty V6 petrol cars unless you really value the sound of a V6. The 2.0 petrol sounds fantastic, is reliable if serviced well and is relatively ecnomical.
What price to pay for a ALFA ROMEO GT?
Pay around £7,250 for a five-year old 2.2 petrol Brera in basic Turismo spec with 55,500 miles showing. Avoid the big wheel options if you can, they ruin the ride. You will pay £300 more for leather but it’s worth it. The best time to buy is at three years old when the first MOT is due. Depreciation can be as high as 20% in that year.
What faults do I need to check before buying?
Here is one of the faults UsedCarExpert.co.uk recommends checking for before buying:
During the test drive, notice whether the gear change is smooth. Be prepared that the car may select neutral when you are driving. If the gear changes is not smooth, or it revs very high before changing gear, or selects neutral when you are driving, the actuator, pump and clutch may all need replacing. Have the gearbox inspected. The actuator is £900 the pump is £300 and clutches are £200, plus labour.
For a full report of common faults on the ALFA ROMEO GT, visit UsedCarExpert.co.uk