I am trading in my current 147. I got a really good change over price so I am stoked. Mind you, the dealership has asked for all the mods to be left on (Remus exhaust, K&N/Autodelta Intake Kit, Eibach Springs, Koni Adjustable Dampers, GTA Headlights and indicators, Linea Alfa Bumper,....).
I am really really sad to let it go, because I have done soooo much work on the car and she has made me sooooooo proud on the track. In 8 outings, she has come 1st in her class 7 times. And in the process blown away quite a few Exotic Cars too.
For anyone listening, do yourself a favour and get your 147's fitted with EBC Greenstuff pads. They do wonders to the braking performance of the 147. Not to mention the lack of brake dust!
My EX-Wife's 147 is doing great too. She comes to me still for advise on her Selspeed, and from what I know, she has had 24 months of 100% reliable driving in her car.
Splashalot, I WILL NOT (repeat WILL NOT) be modifying or racing the GTA. After 12 months of racing my 147 (quite successfully too) I have learned the following:
Racing a road going car will give you a lot of pleasure, but will age the vehicle prematurely. My Engine is not what it used to be. It sounds tired and really worn out. I love racing, so I will be on the lookout for a 2nd hand vehicle (possible an old MX-5, or some Jap car with decent engine) to use for racing.
My GTA is too expensive (for my megre budget anyways) to risk on the track.
At least I have 7 trophies and countless photos to show for my current Bella's efforts on the track.