i think the OP should consider a 156 and have the option of the 2.4 aswell
Nice car, but it looks a bit big for me.
I used to have a 145 cloverleaf (see my avatar) and i loved it!
best car i have ever driven and so much fun. The engine, the seats and the turn in on corners where what i loved the most.
I traded it in for a 147 2.0, quite reluctantly as i got an offer i really couldn't refuse and would never be matched again. despite being 1.3seconds slower to 60 on paper, you would be really hard pushed to notice. The power and delivery is much the same. It is 5hp down but it doesn't make the biggest difference. Fuel consumption proved to be slightly better too which is always a bonus. The noise though was missing
I then fitted a csc backbox which brought the 145 noise back + 10% (aka, it sounds slightly better than the 145).
The seats where the next bugbear. Squishy leather, cold on cold days, scolding on hot days and not the most supportive (but comfy). One set of GT front seats later and that too is fixed.
Only thing missing now is the turn in. you would be forgiven for thinking the 147 doesn't corner as well as the 145 because the turn in is quite gentle in comparison but my cornering speeds are just as fast as in the 145. All i need i am told to replicate the 145 is the rear ARB off GTA so that is what i am going to do.
To sum all this up, the 147 wasn't as good as the 145 in the key areas but after a few simple upgrades that so far have cost me less than £400, There is no way i would go back.
Good post that and sums it up for me perfectly.
Well, I came here not not knowing a fat lot about the 147. The debate you lot have provided has completely changed that and you've gave me loads to think about, cheers
As it stands, I'll be looking into the 147JTD and I'll definitely be giving one a test drive once I get home In October. I'm still skeptical though, but you lot obviously know what you're talking about, so I'll keep a open mind until I've test driven one. If I do go for the JTD, I'll keep my 145 Clover as I love her for what it is, a cracking little car with a big heart.
Second option, getting a 147 GTA depending on the money. I'm not too arsed on the cost of the car itself, more on the Insurance and the running costs.
Thirdly, buying a 147 2.0 petrol and spending a couple of grand beefing her up. I like the sound of all my options to be honest.
Anyway, thanks again folks for the excellent debate and advice which I think will really help me to buy my next motor.
Take care and See you around. Keep your eyes open, I'll stick some pictures up once I've got whatever beast I go for. Paul