2222 miles today in under 4 weeks and not a single meachanical failure, only a minor problem with an indictor water leak now fixed. Its been fine and I have nothing serious to complain about, or for that matter anything minor.
I had all the Selespeed/VDC/ABS errors, fixed now. I have some noises from the passenger door and also the dashboard and my remote control key fails to work very well but apart from this the car does seem to get better and better.
13000 km up and totally reliable so far. The odd strange noise seems to be inevitable, but absolutely nothing electrical or mechanical has gone wrong and nothing has fallen off (inside or out). Like G-147 I had a Honda previously (but still have it). One big difference is having to top up the Alfa's oil. The Honda is 8 yrs old with about 200000km on it and still consumes no oil at all - not bad for an 8000 rpm 170hp 1.8!
For anyone with a creaky dashboard (that's all of us isn't it?): try moving the steering wheel to the very top of its adjustment range. This seems to have made quite a difference to the amount of creaking going on, even on the crap roads where we live. I thought having the wheel in a different place from normal would be annoying, but it doesn't bother me at all and I don't think mrs hanky has even noticed yet!
I have to admit that with the past history of "Oil-burning Alfas" I was hesitant in buying the 147.
But having taken the first step and subsequently taken her on a race trace as well, I checked the oil level and all my fears were put to rest: no difference in the level of oil (just under the max level).
Apart from the annoying passanger door rattle every time, and the lack of power for the 120bhp, I have absolutely NO complaints...
12.000 km of pure excitement. Fixed minor leakage, a phoney message and some interior rattle. No mechanical failure. Remember it has only entered its second year of production.
Nothing to write home about comapred to my Boss' 99 Passat TDI that goes in and out of garages weekly. Or my friend's Golf GTI
with an incredible annoying A/C rattle - or my grandmothers far from faultless Audi A3.
The 147 is as reliable as any other modern high quality car. Its just that most owners of VWs, Audis and Fords dont feel like telling it to everybody else at their virtual forum ..
I have done approx 8000km in 3 months and no electro-mechanical or quality issues/problems (I got the "rear fog light error" message once..so what!!)...oil consumption has not even been an issue. Im happy
I must have got a Monday morning car. I had my Alfa 147 about 9 months, and it was in the garage maybe 20 times. I finally got rid of it for a 156. Have that 4 months, and it's only been bad for rattles twice.
I have now done 22000kms and have had no serious problems. Had some of the little computer glitches (i.e rear fog light failure) but she just seems to be temperemental! She goes like a boeing and is stuck to the road like bubblegum in your hair! I wouldn't change her for the world. U must remeber that owning an Alfa Romeo sets you apart as an individual and one can't expect perfection. The difference comes on the open road when you feel the Italian passion for driveability that is a trademark of this marque.
Happy motoring Alfisti!
5000 K's and the car has definitely broken in now and seems to be over all it's initial problems.
Acceleration is so much better (it felt like it used to hessitate before when I slammed the pedal down). I am running it on premium unleaded and also I've lowered the car with K&N progressive springs and jebers you would not believe the difference these springs make. I also fitted a Sebring exhaust which gives me more pleasure in the way it looks than anything else (it's very low and pretty much unaudible from inside the car as the 147 engine speaks a lot louder .
Its good to hear the same kind of problems here.
3 months and 3000miles, usual stuff gone wrong with the electrics, the dealer sorted that all out and now just left with the steering column rattle.
A bit concerned about the rattle thought as i am already on 17" rims and want to uprate the suspension a little bit, but i am worried it will shake the car apart.
Has anyone got a cure for the rattle on the steering column as mine rattles in every position... It sounds like it could just be a loose cable beneath the soft rubber shroud.