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Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: South Africa
There is something I noticed on my 5-door 147:
When I got my car when it was new, there wasn't a rattle or sound coming from the interior, but as the km's poured on, the rattles started, but it is not so much a rattle as a movement. If you go over speed bumps or driveways at an angle, or over uneven surfaces it sounds like the body is bending, and the glass in the doors groans as if they are under pressure. The driveway where I work is very steep, and you have to go at an angle, and everytime I do it sounds like the chassis is bending and the doors are under stress.
Now the dealer lubricated the locks at the first service, but to me that is not a solution, and it is alarming to me that there is so much movement in the body. Sometimes when I park on an uneven surface, eg. the one wheel is resting on a piece of ground higher than the othe wheels, you can feel the door catching on the lock mechanism when you open it, and you have to slam it to close it, meaning the mechanism has shifted.
The funny thing is, the one motoring website's review on the 147 commented on how outstandingly rigid Alfa claims the 147's body shell is.
And it isn't just my 147, my friends 5-door 147 is even worse than mine, initially the dealer used to lubricate the locks, which worked for a while then the procedure would have to be repeated, but now, lubricating the locks doesn't even make a difference. And his car was like mine, when new, no noises, as the mileage poured on, they started, and now on 53000 it sounds like an old car with all the noises inside.
So it seems to me that the more you drive the car, the weaker the body gets, and the more it moves.
Has anyone else noticed this?
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