Thanks for the lengthy reply, I appreciate the help. You've got me thinking a bit more positively again on this!
I'm sure the brand began with 'B'. Quick Google suggests they might be Beru? He did say you can get cheaper ones, but get better life from these. Price included fitting if that helps!
Looking at the receipts, it's had a new oil filter April 2016 (with 8 units of 5w/30) - does this sound like an oil change? Also April 2014... 7 units of oil, and fuel, oil & air filter. I'm guessing the units are litres!
Thanks for the link. I'm not sure on the comparison as the names are not quite the same. The wishbone replacement he quoted £135. Not sure if it is the upper or lower that wants doing mind. £65 for the CV. £178 for what I've written down as 'lower arm ball'. Any further thoughts on how they sound?
It's only done 15k miles since April 2014, so maybe even longer on that? The CV boot was done April 2016, but apparently not very well according to my guy. It's rubbing against something, and is held on with cable ties apparently?
The N/S/R upper wishbone was done in April 2016 too.
Now we are talking
Tell me more, especially if it needs new wishbones anyway!
yup , Beru glow plugs, thing is in a derv engine glow plugs are not like spark plugs are in a petrol,as a derv is compression igntion the glow plugs will only really come into thier own in colder temps, which we are admittedly coming into, the mechanic suggest they are giving lower readings..fine, but unless the car is hard to start then as you are on a budget I suggest you leave them until it becomes an issue. the £20 for 4 ebay ones I have are great and as said before my GT starts o the button every morning regardless of temp, when it doesn't I change them out but not before.
sounds like an oil change has been indeed been done so all good..no need for that.
re the NS upper wishbone, well if its OEM then OK, if not then I would personally change them all out as the labour is going to be much the same for all as three. so for the sake of £70 get them all done.
now onto the modding stuff...I personally think the stance of both the GT and the 147 (they have the same chasis BTW) is very height and wheel size sensitive...I love my GT 0n 18''s lowered by 25mm, it looks awesome but can be a bit harsh on crap roads, of which we have lots!!
so your 147..turismo so I assume 16''s , personally I would look for some used 17''s with good tyres, which solves 2 issues in one go..
here you go, 17'' supersports with tyres..£85.
budget £160 for a refurb and they will look fab on a 147.
then fit these
lower by around 25-30 mm
and if you are feeling especially sporty fit one of these
then have a remap and egr delete which will really bring the car to life..
one caveat, have money aside for a clutch as a remap will find it out if its on its way...if you are happy to do this then go ahead and enjoy the extra fun to be had from a 147 with a little more poke...
this is all ''on the cheap'' as most would fit shocks and springs at the same time but plenty on here have eibach lowering springs with stock shocks and they have proved to be fine.
all of this is do-able easy within your budget and will leave you with a really fun and relaible drive...TBH sounds like you have lucked out as the cambelt is recent and its just had a service,other than the wishbones the other bits are minor, as far as the cambelt intervals go Alfa say 72k miles or 5 years, however most of us would reduce that to 60k or 4 years which is why I said you have another 2 on the belt, given the low mileage and age and value of the car I would probably stretch that to 5 years and say 2019 or another 3 years which will likely bring it to the end of its life or it last owner.
all in all it sounds like you have a good starting point for a good fun car..I have a couple of friendly suggestions for you though...
if you are going to own an Alfa (or any 11 year old car) its wise to become better aquainted with the oily bits and get used to popping the bonnet on a regular basis, there are a multitude of jobs you can undertake yourself which will make the owning experience not only cheaper but more enjoyable..lots of how to's on here for various things and a bunch of us who are friendly non judgemental of a lack of mehcanical knowledage and generally always happy to help.
and buy an elm 327 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Proscan-OB...g:uPgAAOxycSdR
and get torque app pro on your phone, for an outlay of £15 this will save you literally hundreds of pounds and give you the ability to read and clear codes from your cars ECU.
let us know how you proceed, and finally if the car is MOT'd I strongly suggest you take it to Autolusso or the Alfa workshop. all the servicing is fixed price so you know what you are getting into before they start, and as both also break Alfa's there are plenty of used parts for your ''niggly bits'' which will greatly reduce the cost of your spend.
go see Ned, or Loz at Autolusso Luton or Bournemouth or jamie at the Alfa workshop.
good luck and let us know how you get on.