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Hi all

The wifes interested in a 147, can you tell me good and bad points and what to look out for.

Will most likely go for an earley 1.6 but not later than a 2004.

Its a toss up between this and a Audi A3 which should be ok.

Any advice would be helpful.

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I can't comment on the 1.6 as I drive a 2.0 TS (02 reg). The early ones like mine are meant to be a harder ride that the face lift models.

As for what to look out for generally -

Service history
2 keys
Regular oil changes
Cam belt & tensioner changes every 36K Variator usually by 72K
Squeeking suspension
Water pump by around 80K
Tatty looking rear box on exhaust
Uneven wear on front tyres - alignment needs checking fairly regularly

My main expenses I've had are slipped cam belt - expensive
Blown head gasket caused by thermostat going - expensive
Rear catalytic convertor went around 60K
My only key died on me - very inconvenient - took a week to get sorted.
ABS / VDC warning lights - can be a number of things - mine was caused by a faulty brake light switch - not expensive.
Intermittant non starting was caused by a crank shaft sensor - not expensive.

The negatives are far outweighed by the positives of driving her though.

Shop around - there are some bargains to be had so make sure you get the right car - try to get one with leather (I didn't & that was my only regret with mine).

Hope that helps - there are other things that fail, but that's what I've come across in 3 years of ownership
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A fine car, have had mine for 2 years and still puts a smile on my face everyday.

Good points: looks good, sounds good (especially over 4000rpm), practical.

Bad points: has an appetite for oil (check weekly to be safe), build quality could be better.

What to look for: make sure the cambelt's been changed at 36k miles, good service history (no missing stamps,etc), signs of care & love. Look on the forum "what are your 147 niggles" give an indication of things that can go wrong but also shows how much we still love them.

Good luck.

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Re: Buying a 147

Thanks for that, I will keep reading the threads here and finish off reading the 'niggles' thread.


Don't know yet, just finished it and going for the MOT next week with a veiw to putting it on the road 1st march. Keep an eye in the Sud section about then for an update.

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I've only had my '03 plate for less than a year, its a lovely car, starts first time every time (until you lose the keys), very very comfortable, nice features (even the boot light works), the exhaust hasn't even fallen off & its nearly rusted through. Some noises, clunky ones, but really is a good drive. Just make sure you always have a spare key. They tend to be pretty cheap for what you get because of the unreliable reputation (untrue, just character). I would tell your wife to go for it, it's a car to make you feel good (unless you lose the keys) & has style.
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I think with any car so long as you find one that has full sevice history and has obviously been looked after, she will look after you!

Its worth asking the dealer about the previous owners!
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I had a 1.6 147 previously, was a fantastic car. As with any cars ensure it's been properly maintained, the only issues I had with mine was a creaky dash/trim on passenger A pillar (it also followed me to my GTA!!) but if you have an obliging passenger this can be sorted with a quick push!! As with any Alfa's there is a distinct lack of door panel protection and as such mine did exhibit some small dings/dents from unsociables in carparks!! The GTA is currently (touch wood) ding free

I cannot comment on the A3 as never driven one, but they're just a Golf aint they?? Seriously I'm sure it's an equally good hatchback, but the 147 has that little extra something ... providing you are shallow enough to go on looks and noise as I seem to be!!

p.s They look best in red!! (or so I tell everyone!)
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