1st alfa - 147 1.6 ts lusso - few questions
i have just made a purchase on a 03 plate 147 1.6 ts lusso. its done 73k miles and only had 1 owner. will be picking it up next weekend.
what i wanted to know is a few answers to some questions and concerns i have
1 - i am not rich person and have only ever owned small cheap to run cars, the last car i owned was a kia and although a cheapish car, i never had any mechanical problems or any faults for that matter in the 5 years i owned it, only usual service costs, which again was only £100 a year. have i made a mistake by getting an alfa as i have learned that they can be expensive to maintain, is this true? a few people started putting me off as they said it will break down a lot or have faults all the time and when it does it will cost you through the roof to get fixed. will i have lots of problems with it that needs constant fixing?
2 - i understand the cambelt was replaced at 44k miles and therefore i have about 5 -6k left before the 36k mark again. i thought i could just take it to the local garage to get done as it cost £100-£150 to do on cars i have had before, after reading on here it seems that most people won't take it to a local garage and needs to go to a 'specialist independant' which again is going to cost a lot isn't it? whats peoples opinions on this and what sort of price am i looking at to get done with say the service included e.g. oil/filter change etc.? if people do recommend 'specialist', i live in swindon area and have heard that there is a decent garage nearby (optima) i think its called, anyone know the rate if it was taken there?
3- i have also read that with owning an alfa, the oil needs to be checked all the time, as i have bought 2nd hand and do not know which type of oil is in it, can i just top up with new oil? also what does people recommend, i have heard 5w40 or 10w40 is best?
4 - as previosul mentioned, the car has done 73k miles but it looks like its been looked after well and has lots of service receipts going back to when the car was new, how long do these 1.6 twinspark engines last, have i got a lot of miles left on it?
any other tips and help people got for a new alfa driver?
sorry for all the questions, just trying to get a bit of a better understanding before owning one really.
thanks for your help in advance, its really appreciated.