Join Date: Jun 2008
County: Australian Capital Territory
Re: What are your 147 niggles?
2006-7 JTDM 16V - Worst reliability of any Alfa I've owned. Broke down on delivery, 2 factory recalls, poor dealer service and:
creaky, ill-fitting trim
creaky clutch (worn pin replaced on 4th dealer visit)
vibration through clutch pedal (not normal but dealer won't diagnose/fix it)
Oil guage doesn't match actual oil level
Fuel guage unreliable
Dodgy window switches
Centre seatbelt jams
Design faults - upright driving position (compared to older Alfas) on leather seats with poor side bolstering, 17" spoke wheels are dust traps, 45 tyre profile too thin, centre armrest interferes with park brake unless upright, narrow gap on 'open' hatch requires fingernail grip to open fully, paper thin panels - ideal for dents, but no effect on porky weight.
How can a new (when bought) 147 be in worse condition than my '81 Sud? I'd buy another (old school) Alfa, but I no longer recommend Alfas.