Not sure why but I am buying a 147.....
I do not know exactly why but I have decided to, out of the blue, buy an Alfa Romeo 147. While that sounds really daft, I do understand it to some degree. After looking around for weeks and of all the cars that are on offer in my corner of the world, the Alfa 147 has caught my undivided attention. It doesn't matter what car I look at now, all I see is the 147. I have never actually sat in or driven one. It sounds like a silly obsession, right?
In the next few weeks, I am not only buying my first Alfa, but my first car and I have found this little silver beauty about 200 clicks from where I live and wondering how to best protect myself from potentially buying a bad car. I know more about cars than the average person and I have been driving on and off for 20 years (other peoples cars, hire cars) so I'm not totally in the dark. I have scoured the internet for two days now researching and still not found a good guide on avoiding the following and potentially most costly repairs (for at least a year or two):
-How to immediately know that the timing belt has issues and will need replacing soon in this car
-How to immediately know that the clutch or transmission has issues and will need replacing soon
-What best to do in the short time (about 45 minutes) I have looking at the car to minimise the risk of paying for a bad car
-Should I cool off and wait a while / be less impulsive about buying this car all together?