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Not really. Have changed pads/tyres. Only thing that needed changing was the trailing arms on the rear suspension which was quite cheap and easy.
Spent loads of cash buying the supersport alloys and the exhaust, but that was pure frivolity
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Hi have one 1.9 jtd more than a year and not problem still..
The pleasure that you take driving it makes every risks worthed.. fantastic feeling beind the wheel makes you want to go harder and harder
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I bought my 147 02 redge from Ebay, for £2900. It has all the extras leather seats, cruise control ect. Although I have spent £700 on the car since buying it 8 months ago for M.O.T, tyres ect, it’s still a pretty good deal. For 2k you would probably have to look at an Ebay Auction, if you want a decent one with good mileage. If you’re willing to take a risk that is.

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A Focus Not even close.
You would want to change your car out of shear boredom.
I love my 147 and at 42 had a few cars I can tell you
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Have driven Peugeots, Citroens, Fords, Rovers in the past. I now drive a Seat & a 147. Despite forking out for a few repairs in the 3 years I've had her & seeing her on a recovery truck 3 times, I love her & she's the best car I've had. I'd definitely buy another Alfa - the only thing stopping me at the moment is money or lack of it!

A mate of mine bought a nice looking Focus about a year ago, he's got leather interior etc, but quite honestly the the Alfa feels better, looks better (inside & out), drives better - there really is no comparision. The same can be said for my Seat, but I own that because it's functional the 147 is a bit of a squeeze now with the missus & 2 growing kids!

All I would say is buy one with your head in thinking mode - if you're not happy with it look for another one. Service history is critical - oil consumption can be high (certainly higher than most other cars) so you need to be convinced that it's been checked & topped up. I do mine weekly. Cam belts & tensioners - don't ever be tempted to go over 36K - I did & it cost me! That was before I'd discovered AO tho.

If you get a goodun you'll never regret it - just bear in mind though - at 2K or thereabouts , you will be getting a few items wearing out, so make sure you have a budget for the odd garage bill.

In 3 years I've had to spend out on the following -

Replacement key & programming - Approx 175
Slipped timing belt - bebt valves etc as a result - Approx 1400
Blown head gasket - wife's fault. Thermostat failed, but she didn't notice the thing had overheated until it was too late! Approx 1200 Also includes water pump & variator done at same time as the belt was off!
Catalytic convertor - Approx 185
Crankshaft sensor & brake light switch - Approx 85
2 full sets of tyres - Approx 300 a set
New pads all round - Approx 100
Plus servicing etc

She's worth every penny!

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