AO Silver Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: United Kingdom
I bought one for my wife last year which was a 1 owner from new, low mileage, full service history example and to be honest I've been dissapointed with the experience in almost a year of ownership. The car has cost a lot of money to run. Outwith the normal running costs of servicing, discs, pads, etc I've had to do the crankshaft sensor, wheel bearings, had quite a few brake issues, continual computer error warnings which come and go without reason, drivers window flung itself out of the frame, new battery, etc and to top it all I think the window wiper mechanism is shot. The car has only done 62k miles now and I would have thought some stuff would have lasted longer. To cap it all the car now has an oil leak and the power steering pipes are leaking. Where does it end, I really don't know?
Prior to this she ran a 17 year old 85k miles Corrado which cost about £500 in serving and repairs over a 4 year period. It was my suggestion to change that car for a 147 and it hasn't been the best idea I've had over the years.
To finish off I know everyone has different experiences of ownership but it's best you know what you are getting yourself into. You may buy one and have years of maintenance free ownership or like me be almost running a rolling restoration. They're great cars to drive, make no mistake and I'd reccommend one but enter into ownership with your eyes wide open and be prepared for some healthy bills.
I never thought I'd say it but it makes my 166 look cheap to run!