<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Jonesy:
<strong>Hi fellow Alfa lovers..
I Bought a new 1.6 147 Lusso about 4 mths ago, like it a lot, but quickly realised I should have gone for the more powerful 2 litre. The car went back to the dealers last week to have a fault fixed & they let me loose in a Selespeed for the day. I've gotta say, I loved it, but what's it like to live with? - Also the px value the dealer offered for my car against the Selespeed was woefully low, so is it worth it?
I'd be grateful for your feedback!</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">As soon as you drive out the door you will suffer massive depreciation which is probably what you have found out already
I suspect that unless the change over is acceptable, then I would be better to hang out for the Upated 147 expected out late this year(date may have been pushed back-was September release in Europe). Hopefully it will have the JTS engine.
Also I wonder from the number of posts about Selespeed failures what the reliabilty of the gearbox is really like.
The Alfa manual gear box is a true delight. I can only wish that the gearbox in the old Alfetta serries of cars had been so good. Then I would not have had to put up with slow gear changes for 20 years in my 1983 Alfa Romeo GTV 2.0
Just get out there and savour the thrill of owning an Alfa. In reality Alfa Romeo had never been about pure right performance but driving pleasure and the 1.6 still has loads of that.
(NB you could always remove the 1.6 badge with a hair drier as it is only held on by tape- I removed badges from mine)