Im looking @ picking up a 147 1.6 TS...car would be around a 51/52 plate with 90-100K miles on the clock (due to budget), just wondering what I should look out for / what expensive bits are likely to need replacing. the only other 147 ive had any experience with was a 2.0 selespeed and lets say that didnt end well lol
I know there can be issues with the cambelts and body computers just from reading around on this forum...but thats about as far as my knowledge goes on the subject
also does anybody know of any alfa mechanics in the merseyside area...as im pretty sure I would need on once ive bought the car hehe
ta very much
Check the Cambelt history, when was it changed - also find out is the waterpump was changed at any point. Listen to it start, a diesel type of sound would indicate the variator could be knackered. Listen for knocks from the front suspension, bushes tend to go on the anti roll bar and wishbones also the droplinks.
Airbag light issues are in the vast majority of cases due to a loose connection somewhere.
Stiff lateral movement on the gearstick is a common issue however if you are competant with a spanner this can be sorted diy.
Creaking clutch pedal again is an issue I have experienced however sorting this took nothing more than half a tube of lithium grease and contorting myself into a most un-natural position, no tools required.
Then just look for the usual stuff when buying any car, smoke from the exhaust, tyre wear, general condition of the interior - checking previous mot's including any available advisory notices will also give a clue as to what has been done and what may have been ignored.
Hope this helps some.