Didn't get as far as asking if he'd fit supplied parts. The glow plugs he was talking about were £90 odd, sure said they were same as the factory ones and lasted a long time?
Bearing in mind my mechanical knowledge is near zero, does anything on that list (except the tyres) fall into the dangerous to drive category? I'm not sure I'm massively keen to spend the value of the car on repairs. Especially on this one with the miles on the clock, dinks in the body work, no AC or parking sensors etc.
Some better news... some receipts have been found. Water pump replaced April 2014. Timing belt also done then too, no sure if that is the same belt as referred to by people above? Apparently the AC was looked at then too... so maybe it does have AC after all!
£90 for glow plugs? are they gold plated?....most on here will know I don't skimp on my GT, it gets everything it needs and most of the time OEM or better , there are however some places you can save a few quid, glow plugs are exactly one of these places..there you go , we have already saved you £70!
re an oil change, if its not within your ability then with a car of that age go to somewhere like nationa tyres and autocare, oil change including filter £45, I normaly would not recommend them and do with the caveat that you ignore anything they say regarding ''other things'' they find whilst under the car.
tyres, go online to black circles ,tyreleader or camskill, my tyres, or similar and have them delivered, agree with the Editor, nexen N8000 are a great tyre, and cheap , any local tyre place will fit and balance for £10 a wheel. you should be able to replace both tyres for around £100
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£82 for 2 toyo proxes delivered to your door.
if they are charging you £90 for glow plugs I would question the rest of the prices TBH....as an example
Alfa Romeo Servicing
The problems you listed are all par for the course with any car of that age and mileage regardless of marque, as its an Alfa the residual value will be lower than if it were an Audi or BMW but as long as you don't plan to sell it then its not an issue.
cambelt been done in 2014 so all good, you have another 2 years on that,so if you do what needs doing (properly) don't do half the suspension or it will cost later. do both CV boots , get rid of the EGR and give it an oil and filter you should be happy as Larry for well under you £1500 budget...those other bits are ''niggles'' really.
as none of us can see the condition of the car its hard for us to evaluate it from a bodywork condition perpective, if you forget what its worth for a minute and consider that to find a replacement, say a DS3 you will have to spend £5k for a decent one and I reckon (if my wifes brand new peugeot 208 is any measure) its bound to smack your backside for something in the first year and will be no faster or better handling than the 147..especially if you remap it.
so the question really is do you want to spend £1500 on something you KNOW will be right at the end of it or shelve it and spend £4-5k on on something that still may need a gargage visit at some point? only you can anser this as only you know what you really want..
in answer to your original question, yes that car could be very well sorted and more for £1500
if someone gave me a free 147 1.9 JTDm I would turn it into a beast with that to spend..!!!
with that said I would do a good bit of it myself...but I am talking a lairy map, stage one clutch and some lowering springs on stock shockers...polybushed uppers and new lower wishbones. egr delete as well, all do-able for £1500...
all the other bits are an afternoons work.....