Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: UK - North West
I've just re-attached a facelift rear bumper to my pre-facelift 147 yesterday evening (eventually sourced one in the correct colour).
The tail-gate is a straight swap and the bumper will go on but both come with challenges.
What Alfa did on the facelift rear was more than just cosmetic, they updated the rear panel/boot floor to make the boot slightly larger.
This is a bit of a shame for those wanting to do the facelift but still possible.
Rear tailgate bolts straight on however, the lock/catch no-longer lines up and you need to relocate the catch receiver on the back panel (new holes etc).
Next you will notice a one to one half inch gap between tail gate and rear panel and this needs a plate of sort bonded/riveted to the back panel to resolve.
I've been told you need the rubber seal from a facelifted 147 as well but I haven't gotten around to installing the gap panel yet.
You also need the interior trim which fixes to the back panel and surrounds the catch.
As for the bumper, the side mounting points are all fine but the mounting holes along the top face of the bumper do not line up and you need to modify and be creative to fit. There is also an half inch gap between the bumper top face and the back panel which needs some kind of load cover to hide.
Here are some pics which somebody gave me but they're not mine, let me know if you need any more pics as I'm at a good point in the project.
2005/05 Alfa Romeo 147 2.0 T.Spark Lusso 846/A Black with partial facelift, working on front end now
2001/51 Alfa Romeo GTV 2.0 T.Spark Lusso - Sold