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SiangMalam
29-05-2011, 01:21 AM
Some buddy of mine wants to dispose his GTV 2003 (Manual) for RM90,000 in solid black color. He is the ONLY owner and its one of 3 he has (2 units manual GTV 3.0 and 1 2.0 Auto) and he has looked after these cars well. He loves Alfas!

I am coming to stay on a semi-permanent basis in Klang Valley maybe for a year as I was recently engaged to help structure a business set-up and will be putting up either in a apartment or maybe as a long-term hotel guest and I need a runaround car.

I know my mind says go get a B180 but my heart goes a-flutter when I saw this little black sweetie.

I have never owned an Alfa, I have a phobia hearing about the many horror stories of Alfa owners' love-hate relationship with their wheels so I need to ask you people here:

is the 2003 GTV 3.0 Manual reliable car?
you think RM90,000 is too much to pay for an 8-year-old Alfa?
Will it give me an enjoyable ride running around from Sepang Gold Coast, Nilai and probably Holiday Inn Glenmarie? [/FONT]
I will actually drive very little, maybe once or twice a week, since most of the work will be done in the aprtment-cum-office!

CS Chua
29-05-2011, 10:48 AM
Check out the Alfa forums and you will have some ideas. Some models have a lower cost of ownership. I thought of buying an Alfa too because my friend's 146 boxer did not give him any problem at all. He had a 155 twin spark before and it was also problem free. So, I guess it depends on the previous owner's maintenance.

SiangMalam
29-05-2011, 01:51 PM
Well Chua, its a decision between what the heart wants vs what the head says, tougher than choosing my wife.... :D

CS Chua
29-05-2011, 03:13 PM
Very true. If I really follow my heart, I will buy a Mercedes SLK, 2.0 1997 model, currently around RM80K only. The soft top opens in 6 seconds if I am not mistaken. Darn sexy. All the pretty young thing will want to ride with you. But too old already. Alternatively I will get the Mercedes W210 model (tai sai ngan). Only around RM50K. But maybe later. Right now, I am going for the Camry ACV 31/30. Big, comfortable, fast, stable, and reliable.

SiangMalam
29-05-2011, 11:18 PM
Well, at least I am not going use this little black beauty to attract girls. But just for the driving pleasure of a manual V6 Alfa Romeo boxer engine! :D

fRaNkY
29-05-2011, 11:34 PM
Driving in a luxury powerful car in Subang Jaya traffic? :D

SiangMalam
30-05-2011, 12:04 PM
No Franky, its an 8-year-old car = two-seater sports hardtop - but not luxurious. But you're right, manual gear in Subang Jaya traffic....

Hiliary
30-05-2011, 09:15 PM
Heard on Top Gear.....

Everyone has heard of Alfa's bad reputation.....but has anyone ever seen a broken down Alfa by the side of the road or met an unhappy Alfa owner?

(Audience shake their heads, no)

mick123
30-05-2011, 09:56 PM
my sis used to have a 156. the very first time i took it for a spin, it died on me at the lights. it was just 2 years old then. a fren used to own the older GTV 2.0. the despairs and all he went through with the car were well made up for by the driving pleasure, according to him.

having said that, i oso followed the call of my heart rather than head when i dived into a 9 year old conti car. it has broken down on me but hey so has my previous rides including a 6 month old satria.

i suppose that's what people say - pleasure and pain ;)

cskok8
01-06-2011, 12:27 PM
The GTV is quite rare so spare parts may be a problem. 3.0 V6 is not a boxer engine. Alfa Romeo stopped using boxers in 1997 or so. Manual gearbox should be quite reliable unlike the early Selespeed (aka Sillyspeed). Driving on winding roads should be :D but not sure how you would like it in a jam.

SiangMalam
04-06-2011, 01:22 PM
The GTV is quite rare so spare parts may be a problem. 3.0 V6 is not a boxer engine. Alfa Romeo stopped using boxers in 1997 or so. Manual gearbox should be quite reliable unlike the early Selespeed (aka Sillyspeed). Driving on winding roads should be :D but not sure how you would like it in a jam.
I tested the car last few days while I was in Subang Jaya... wow Doc... real fun until I hit a jam, which is everywhere... so now contemplating hard... maybe bring it back to Penang Batu Ferringhi haha.... :D

cskok8
04-06-2011, 01:56 PM
I tested the car last few days while I was in Subang Jaya... wow Doc... real fun until I hit a jam, which is everywhere... so now contemplating hard... maybe bring it back to Penang Batu Ferringhi haha.... :D

Would be fun driving from Gurney Drive to Batu Ferringhi and on to Balik Pulau ;)

SiangMalam
04-06-2011, 08:24 PM
Would be fun driving from Gurney Drive to Batu Ferringhi and on to Balik Pulau ;)
Thats what I am thinking off... oh my... now how to resist the temptation....

BMW9700
05-06-2011, 12:09 AM
Dear SM

In my early days as a student in the UK, i had a 325i E30 coupe. That was what i thought of as the ultimate car....Once i had a drive in the Alfa GTV 6 and was considering selling off the 325i..."once driven forever smitten"

The handling beats all cars of that era..i went back disappointed with my 325i...

The GTV6 3.0 is a very addictive machine...if i had a chance i will get a good example without hesitation...Even now it gives a run for its money on several modern alternatives...

This is a car in the class of the older M series of the BMW.

SM, maintenance issues are quite worring, parts are not readily available and there will be a lot of dosh spent to get this brute up to go...one of the common areas would be the cooling system..

It is a fabulous car to drive apart from the gremlins..

Fully recommended


BTW i am looking at a more refined 335ci since the prices are low these days


Regards
BMW9700

SiangMalam
07-06-2011, 06:28 PM
BTW i am looking at a more refined 335ci since the prices are low these days
Wahlau, a 335ci is low-priced these days? Now I am getting scared, real scared. Either I am poor or I have been left behind.... :eek:

cskok8
13-06-2011, 01:57 PM
Wahlau, a 335ci is low-priced these days? Now I am getting scared, real scared. Either I am poor or I have been left behind.... :eek:
I think we are in a different league :D

SiangMalam
14-06-2011, 12:40 AM
Anyway, I did the stupid thing already.... the GTV is home! Ha Ha! The wife went berserk! :D

cskok8
15-06-2011, 10:39 AM
Following the heart and not the brain :D

mick123
15-06-2011, 05:10 PM
Following the heart and not the brain :D
when one listens to the heart, that's called passion :D

CS Chua
16-06-2011, 10:59 AM
Anyway, I did the stupid thing already.... the GTV is home! Ha Ha! The wife went berserk! :D
So, how is the new toy?....I mean car.

SiangMalam
17-06-2011, 12:51 AM
So, how is the new toy?....I mean car.
2 tankfuls in 4 days just driving to nowhere. Even took the old road between Butterworth to Alor Setar for breakfast and back. Really shiok lah brudder! Haven't driven a V6 manual for a while and the exhaust notes is really nice sound... Am gonna do the trip to Sitiawan to eat Hockchiew mee this weekend just to have a chance to drive on the winding back roads.... :D Better handling anytime than the other V6 3.0 litre car I have which is the manual BMW 3.0CSI.... but then the Beemer is 1974....

CS Chua
18-06-2011, 05:19 PM
2 tankfuls in 4 days just driving to nowhere. Even took the old road between Butterworth to Alor Setar for breakfast and back. Really shiok lah brudder! Haven't driven a V6 manual for a while and the exhaust notes is really nice sound... Am gonna do the trip to Sitiawan to eat Hockchiew mee this weekend just to have a chance to drive on the winding back roads.... :D Better handling anytime than the other V6 3.0 litre car I have which is the manual BMW 3.0CSI.... but then the Beemer is 1974....
Nice. Enjoy your car. Life is fun.

SiangMalam
19-06-2011, 01:26 AM
Nice. Enjoy your car. Life is fun.
As long as we do it responsibly after providing for the needs of the family and kids first and paying back some to society.... :)