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Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT/GTV

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Sports 3 door hatch back

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      14.09.2000 06:58
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      For two years, I owned and drove a beautiful silver Alfa GTV 2.0, and buying it was the best thing I ever did. It was against my best judgement. Although of somewhat sturdier build than the Suds and 33s I had owned previously, it was still apparent that corrosion was beginning to eat away at various strategic locations around the engine housing and wheel arches. The dealer was a semi-dodgy young chap, who assured me that the Waxoyl treatment he was perpetrating on the shell would halt the corrosion, and he couldn't give me better value than 3k. I knew it was a bum deal, but my girlfriend egged me on - "Try driving it". Wow, I really thought that was the end of it. I was not used to the reclined driving position, the obstructed vision, the heavy gears. But she continued to egg me on, and I parted with the bank's cash, knowing I had made a terrible mistake. And yes, it droppped in value and was virtually impossible to resell when the time came to part. And though the build quality was Alfa+, it was still pretty ropey, and the corrosion proceeded steadily but surely. But mechnaically, it was a dream, and surprisingly cheap to service and buy parts, and if you know where to look, they're not impossible to find. It was a sensation to drive. Taking it on the motorway for the first time, I realised the danger of taking it 90+ - it just felt more and more comfortable, and the engine sounded sweeter, the faster you went. And if you took your eye off the clock, you'd think you were tootling along at 70. Find a good example of this car, and it repays ownership a thousandfold, if you're prepared to accept a certain loss of value (although they are collectable, in good nick).

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