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147 owners - check your underseal!


I went to look at a nice 51-plate 147 today. It had a snapped timing belt, but that's what I was looking for.

However, I was put off by the state of the floor underneath. It was in pretty bad condition (156-stylee), lots of underseal had peeled off, and the driver's sill was perforated in a couple of places. There was no sign of incorrect jacking either.

So, before the wet/wintry weather sets in, I'd suggest checking the state of yours, and getting a new layer put on. My MOT place charges about £25 for a full underseal.

Prevention is better than cure!
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Good tip, I was underneath my car recently and noticed some area's of rust on the sills, should really look at getting that sorted before the road salting season starts.
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yep - had one fail the 2 weeks ago on a sill - 01 plate - no other rust though and mostly in good condition - came from near the coast so assumed that was the problem. Generally the 147s seem less prone to tin worm than 156s though
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Checked my 2001 147 a few weeks ago. Bizarely the nearside half was fine but the underseal on the offside was almost non existant! Thankfully no tin worm and it now has a good coating all over.
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Mine is pretty bad but no holes yet. Slowly scraping of the rust and re-undersealing though.
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I would have thought the 147 was just as rust prone as the 156 as they use pretty much the same floorpan and are made in the same factory.

Compared to Fords though Alfas are good. I took the Bravo for its MOT on friday and the tester said that he had to fail an 04 plate Focus because of rusty inner sills and floorpan the other day.
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they dont seem to be quite so prone to rust as the 156s, but the undersealing on the floor pans doesnt seem very good seen quite alot with rust albeit quite minor seem some horrendous holey 156s, with regards to focus it must have been a bad one because they generaly dont suffer from rust, neither did the mondeos, although the old shape fiesta was abit rust prone.
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