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Any other coupe & Alfa owners? #1629382
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If you also own an Alfa, lets see a picture with your coupe. smile

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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Brilly1uk] #1629383
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I used to have a 20VT and GTV Cup, alas no more frown


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Originally Posted By Mark_S
I used to have a 20VT and GTV Cup, alas no more frown


Love those wheels on the Spider, very smart Mark love

Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Brilly1uk] #1629387
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I wouldn't love cleaning them though rolleyes


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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Brilly1uk] #1629389
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At one point we had a Giulietta 2.0 Veloce in the family and despite owing for 4 year this is the only photo I have of it with my old Coupe!

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They are such good looking cars!

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Sadly it was rather unreliable with rear demister, rear wiper going bonkers due to snapped wires between boot and chassis, requiring a new gearbox, suspension the list goes on.

Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Gunzi] #1629392
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Very old picture. I had 3 Alfas at the time: that’s my GTJ before I started restoring it and I had 2 105 series Spiders. And my 20VT.

Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Gunzi] #1629394
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Originally Posted By Gunzi
At one point we had a Giulietta 2.0 Veloce in the family and despite owing for 4 year this is the only photo I have of it with my old Coupe!

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They are such good looking cars!

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Sadly it was rather unreliable with rear demister, rear wiper going bonkers due to snapped wires between boot and chassis, requiring a new gearbox, suspension the list goes on.


I hired a Guiletta on holiday a couple of years ago as have always liked the look of them. However having one for the week, actually put me off owning one? They still look good though and are at tempting prices!


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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1629395
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Didn't spot the coupe in the background straightaway MRS!
Nice one. cool
Do you still have it and if so, with your classic racing background have you kept it standard? driving


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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: DaveG] #1629396
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Its a labour of love!


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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: DaveG] #1629398
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Originally Posted By DaveG
I wouldn't love cleaning them though rolleyes

It's a labour of love Dave - I have had them refurbed after that pic. tongue


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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Brilly1uk] #1629400
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Originally Posted By Brilly1uk
Didn't spot the coupe in the background straightaway MRS!
Nice one. cool
Do you still have it and if so, with your classic racing background have you kept it standard? driving


I no longer have it though my kids describe it as their favourite car that I’ve owned. I fell out of love with it, rather, when it melted a piston. Fortunately, I had an aftermarket warranty to pay for the £3500 crate engine replacement by Jamie Porter.

I was doing the commute between Cambridge and Colchester, often cross-country, at the time and the Coupe wasn’t enjoying it. I did enjoy the car, though. Only mod was the strut brace.

Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Gunzi] #1629401
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Originally Posted By Gunzi


Sadly it was rather unreliable with rear demister, rear wiper going bonkers due to snapped wires between boot and chassis, requiring a new gearbox, suspension the list goes on.


Every time I think about going back to a modern Alfa, I think about my miserable MiTo that was basically a piece of rubbish - up to and including the high-level brake light lens falling out (somewhere) and the passenger-side seat adjustment lever falling off and also disappearing. You can forgive an Alfa a lot (I’ve given a lot of forgiveness to a lot of Alfas) if it’s great to drive, but the MiTo was my most disappointing Alfa in that respect. Add that to the truly terrible dealers (Chris Variava were awful) and I’d really struggle to buy a 4C (which doesn’t drive particularly well) or modern Giulia (which is far less good-looking than it deserves to be).

Merc dealers are pretty poor but the modern cars have been almost entirely faultless.

Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1629414
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Originally Posted By MeanRedSpider
Originally Posted By Gunzi


Sadly it was rather unreliable with rear demister, rear wiper going bonkers due to snapped wires between boot and chassis, requiring a new gearbox, suspension the list goes on.


Every time I think about going back to a modern Alfa, I think about my miserable MiTo that was basically a piece of rubbish - up to and including the high-level brake light lens falling out (somewhere) and the passenger-side seat adjustment lever falling off and also disappearing. You can forgive an Alfa a lot (I’ve given a lot of forgiveness to a lot of Alfas) if it’s great to drive, but the MiTo was my most disappointing Alfa in that respect. Add that to the truly terrible dealers (Chris Variava were awful) and I’d really struggle to buy a 4C (which doesn’t drive particularly well) or modern Giulia (which is far less good-looking than it deserves to be).

Merc dealers are pretty poor but the modern cars have been almost entirely faultless.


Yes, I know what you are saying.
My "work" cars tend to be German for reliability and build quality. The Italian cars still connect more emotionally, but if they are poor (a la Mito) you cannot forgive them.
I would love to have a Ghibi as my work car, but see mixed reports?
The Guila seems just a bit "fat" around the rear three quarters, but appeals in that it is "different"?
Chances are I will stick to Audi/BMW...


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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Gunzi] #1629416
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Originally Posted By Gunzi
...rear wiper going bonkers due to snapped wires between boot and chassis, requiring a new gearbox...


If snapped wires between the boot and chassis requires a new gearbox, I'd have to agree that that's not great reliability!



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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: barnacle] #1629442
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Originally Posted By barnacle
Originally Posted By Gunzi
...rear wiper going bonkers due to snapped wires between boot and chassis, requiring a new gearbox...


If snapped wires between the boot and chassis requires a new gearbox, I'd have to agree that that's not great reliability!


Given our ups and downs, it may have well have done!

Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Brilly1uk] #1629509
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Bad one of my 20vt and GTV V6. Got some better ones on their own but not together.

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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Brilly1uk] #1629512
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Nice one! thumb
The Vauxhall VX in the garage is not a bad addition to the stable!
I should imagine it is a great drivers car? driving


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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Brilly1uk] #1629522
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Cheers. You're right the VX is bloody good fun, but for me only in the Summer, had her nearly 15 years now never tracked her mind, good car for a Vauxhall laugh I like Marmite cars!

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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Brilly1uk] #1629526
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Its funny, as I spend time thinking about cars which are off the typical radar and represent lots of fun for your buck - and the VX popped in my head a few weeks ago as one to look out for!
I have never been a Vauxhall fan, but the VX could definitely tempt me and I think they have aged very well?
Must be nice to have a car although years and therefore be confident about its welfare.
Enjoy the warmer days hopefully ahead!


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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Brilly1uk] #1629539
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Yes it is a tad leftfield, there are those that like them and obviously those that don't. Huge bang for your buck and now an appreciating modern classic, mine has done under 30K, never left out and dry use only. As you say a real bare bones drivers car, you can literally feel every ripple or stone in the road, the feedback and road holding is sensational. There are those that will always favour the Lotus (and why not) but the VX (built in Hethel alongside the Elise) easily holds it's own especially with a few proven mods. I agree the shape has aged extremely well.

The 20vt was in 2004 akin to the same formula you give, what atypical car can I buy that is not very common, provides something different styling wise and performance to match. I would be bereft if I ever gave up the Coupe, such a fantastic car.

BTW I am liking your Spider great wheels and a smashing colour.

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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Brilly1uk] #1629558
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Went through a couple of them.

Used to drive a 147 Ti 1.9 JTDm type 175 (after the Sprinty Coupe and a Punto HGT)
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Then the missus bought herself a Brera Ti 1750 TBi type 235
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Switched to a 159 SW Ti 1.9 JTDm type 175 when the kids started coming
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2 weeks ago we took delivery of a Giulia 2.0 TB Q2 type 320
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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Kayjey] #1629584
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I have a very leggy Alfa GT that I bought in 2013 in order to spare my Coupe from 100 miles a day commuting in all weathers.

Nearly six years later, the Alfa has over 250,000 miles and simply refuses to break down. Only one call to Green Flag - fractured battery earth cable wouldn't let it start.

Just like the Coupe, its a slightly left-field choice, but it is WAY more practical (I've had a washing machine in the back with the rear seats down...)

No piccies of the Coupe and GT together, so just a gratuitous photo of the GT after a great drive through last winter's snow (its on winter tyres, which are unbelievably good)

Alfa in the snow



Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Nigel] #1629608
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That’s lovely! I miss my blackline.

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Yes great shot...


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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Kayjey] #1629626
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Originally Posted by Kayjey
Went through a couple of them.

Used to drive a 147 Ti 1.9 JTDm type 175 (after the Sprinty Coupe and a Punto HGT)
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Then the missus bought herself a Brera Ti 1750 TBi type 235
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Switched to a 159 SW Ti 1.9 JTDm type 175 when the kids started coming
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2 weeks ago we took delivery of a Giulia 2.0 TB Q2 type 320
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Hope you are enjoying the Giulia!
I take it red is your favorite colour? laugh


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Re: Any other coupe & Alfa owners? [Re: Brilly1uk] #1629631
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Alfa should be red. Both alfa red and competition red are permitted. Or if it's a classic then white or light blue metallic. Some exceptions are zoe yellow for the gtv.

Getting used to the Giulia with paddle 8 speed. It's also the missus daily driver. Mine is a Ford Ranger now, although it's been in with electronic gremlins since 14 weeks now.


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Trouble with red on older cars (as per the Coupe) it can go pink

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Same for other makes too - our lads 2009 VW Polo is fading too pink on the boot! tongue


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Originally Posted by Mark_S
I used to have a 20VT and GTV Cup, alas no more frown



Hi Mark
Hope you really enjoyed them when you had them both?
I certainly would have. cool


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Ohh, I'll have to get some atmospheric pics of out Giulietta and the Coupe together. Also an excuse for a wash and polish.

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