Originally Posted by seymour beaver
The 147 is great but may have issues.The fact is the issues often are minor compared to the joy of driving the car.The trick is to get a good independant alfa garage to work on the beast if it fails there are plenty around.Toyota are rubbish compared to years gone by. The 1.8 vvti engine is a disaster and it was fitted to plenty of Toyota models.Horses for courses.
toyotas...boring as hell but very reliable. alfas...not as reliable but make up for it by making you feel like no other car can for the price. simples
I have 'Driven' one before, and i'm not sure it's a lifechanging experience. I much prefer my cousins Porsche Cayenne Turbo, that was an experience!
Actaully I've also driven the 156, and compared to my (then) Nissan, it wasn't a life changing thing. I would say my experience with a toyota supra was more of a different experience, than my testdrive of my friends 147 a few years ago. I do prefer my Dad's Saab! But hey ho, I'm still thinking about it, I think.
Anyway, thanks for all your replies. I think, an Alfa would be good as a second car. It's not the problems that I have a concerned about, it's the cost. I am a bit Frivolous with my money, but I see little sense in throwing it away.
If I was in a position to have an semi reliable car, then I'd buy one, but I have to have a reliable car. I had a word with my friend today, just as he was pouring power steering fluid in to top it up. He says he's having to do it every 4-5 days. We concluded that obviously there's a leak. But there are a few other concerns, his side indicator light has popped out, and he's having a problem with the mid section of his exhaust.
I hope these pictures don't get me banned?
I spoke to another friend who has a 156 estate who claimed last year that the car was a model of reliability. However when she went through all the problems and parts that needed to be replaced, it hit me that (it would seem) for a Alfa owner this was the norm, or, it was to be expected.
I promise you that over the last sub 20 years of owning 4 Nissanís and one Toyota, all of which saw well over 100,000, the only problem I ever had was with the last Nissan the shaft going, and with my current Toyota having to replace the offside shock.
I've never, ever spent out for exhausts, or power steering, I promise you all Iíve paid for is brake, tyres cam-belt change (for which Iím a bit fastidious about) and I've had to change the battery on my Toyota twice, as I run a 1,000 watt plus stereo system with 6 speakers, and two sub-woofers. I control what speakers are on and off, and I kept on leaving some sets on, hence it killed my battery, but now I've got the whole set up on the remote wire, as it should be. Other than that, nothing.
Now, I've either been blessed with near perfect luck
, or Iíve picked the right brand and looked after them. I currently do about 15-20,000 per year and I service my car twice a year.