A 147 requires a bit more TLC than a Golf, Astra or Focus.
If you go down the diesel route I wouldn't say it does, if I drove a Golf I'd still check the fluid levels and tyres every week or 2. Just part of motoring to keep an eye on things under the bonnet once in a while? The TS petrols apparently use a bit of oil but that's hardly high maintenance and with service intervals at 12k miles it's on a par with any other small family hatchback out there.
Electrics are all Bosch stuff so any gremlins can be just as easily found on any other car out there
The 147 it's a lovely car that I enjoy every time I get in and every time I get out. TS 2.0 is brilliant, plenty of sensations and with a normal care as reliable than any other modern engine. I've chosen manual gearbox to avoid any possible issue and once I fixed some "italian manufacturing details" I fall in love every day. Go for it!
I bought my 147 2 months back, I paid 3,500 for a 2.0TS lusso with selespeed and full winter pack, tan leather, 17's with the bose system. 49k and 2 previous owners with full history. It's over the odds but the casual blue paint with tan leather just blew me away. And when i say over the odds i mean compared to other 147's no compared to other cars. That 3.5 would have got me a dull boring looking golf or A3 and when you look at the spec and compare them side by side, it;s INSANE what you get for your money with a 147.
However even though i spent 3.5k i still spent about 320 quid in the first week getting the belts and everything changed and checked over by a local indie. It's a small price for piece of mind. Like any car, look after it, and it'll look after you.
I've moved from Peugeots which have been great cheap and cheerful motoring for the last 10 years and I will never have another car but an Alfa. Am hooked mainly on the driving feel and the attention to detail that has gone into the car. Am not phased by the horror stories with Alfa's as i think its more down to people actually knowing what to look for with a car.
Things seem quite straight forward to work on and parts arn't too expensive. Am really impressed with my 147 and i would probably go for a Lusso if your going to get one for the extra goodies which I wouldnt do without from now on. Am already looking towards my next Alfa and have only had one for 3 months.
Had the 147 about 3 years, used for work daily and love it to bits. likewise the spider, top down in the summer on a country road, Great!
I've thought about downsizing recently to a smaller city type car but my wife and I agree that we would miss the Alfas too much.
Parts aren't any more expensive than any other car though, probably less than a 1.6 Audi, you could sink a grand into a Focus but people tend to not let the little knocks bother them driving around an unwashed, unloved family beater
147s are cheap because, like a lot of Alfas they depreciate in value!
On the plus side, it means that you can pick up a lot of car, for a little amount.
One of my old housemates had a 1.6 147 around the time that I had my 2.0 Gtv and I have to be honest, I was really impressed by the way it performed, sounded and handled. (Plus it was more practical!)
On the downside, it was a selespeed and did cause him a few embarrassing situations such as failing him twice during rush-hour traffic. On the whole, the selespeed didn't really live up to the horror stories that it receives - it can be a great and exciting way of motoring, but it's not to everyone's taste.
I think 147s are really no different to any other car - you get good ones and not so good ones.
The best advice to give would be to not buy the first one you see, make sure you get one with a good history - and test both the manual and selespeed and find out which one is for you.
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I finally bought an Alfa! Someone beat me to the 147 i wanted to buy, but on the same day a 1996 Spider came up cheap at a local garage, i checked it over, took if for spin and everything seemed to be in good order. The guy said it should be ready on saturday as the brakes seemed a bit dodgy so he's going sort them out for me and put a years ticket on it. Cant wait!
When I decide to replace my 156, a 147 would be very tempting.
The way I look at it with the 156 is that I've been playing with cars for 20 years. I've now got no old bangers and no projects so I can keep my hand in, and make use of what limited abilities I've developed, keeping it going. It's more fun than a Mondeo and the TLC it occasionally needs keeps me amused.
They're cheap cos of the small minded w***kers that think their no good. Truth is they are superb cars. Yes you can get a real dog, but if you take a proper look & don't rush in you should get a good car. Have a good read up on here first to see what you can expect to find. They're not cheap to run, but my 2.0 147 is the best car I've had in 25 years of driving. Compared to current cars I have friends who drive an A3, Focus, 306, & Golf - the 147 is by far the better car (IMO).
I drive alot of different cars on a weekly basis including BMW M power cars, Audi S's and an Audi 2.0 TDi A3 S Line most of the time.
What surprised me most about the 147 was it's excellent steering, handling and grip with a set of good 205 section tyres. Willing engine, very quiet on motorway and reasonable build.
I've driven some of the bigger V6 Alfa's too and again, brilliant.
Proper drivers cars.
ALL cars, and I mean ALL of them have issues be they are BMW, Audi, VAG and especially Mercs.
Alfa's are no worse nor better. Unless of course you own a VW Polo with no options.....that's never going to go wrong but then it's just about the most boring drive in the world! Mundane is an understatement.