Re: 147 JTD - losing the Alfa passion?
I agree with ALFA FIVE, make sure its the 16V JTD. The difference in power is worth it and you will find that the fuel economy difference between this and the 8V JTD is only about 1-2mpg on a combined cycle. Second hand, there is little cost difference between the two but I'd say the 16V is definitely more desirable.
I haven't driven the 1.6, but I have driven a 1.8 in a 156. Not a direct comparison I know but similar with extra weight etc, taken into account. Although very nice, the petrol doesnt have the 'thrust' of the diesel. Although you do get that diesel vibration at idle, it sounds brilliant when you put your foot down, and the shove in 2nd and 3rd is incredible on the 16V. I'm certain you won't be disappointed.