Originally Posted by selespeed
Hi Chris Terpstra,
You name sounds Dutch, are you? Congratulations on your purchase and have a good time on AO. You can check very easily which 1.6 TS you have: if you have the 105 bhp version, the red line on the rev counter will start at 6,500 rpm and there won't be a traction control button (ASR) located near you handbrake. When you have the 120 bhp version the red line is at 7,000 rpm and you will have a traction control button.
Make sure that the spark plugs have been replaced at 100,000 kms and that the cambelt has been changed. It is adviced to change the cambelt every 60,000 kms or 3 years (whatever comes first). Since she is 3 years old and has run 100,000 kms you should be okay, but it is better to be safe then sorry so check if it has been changed.
Thanks for clearing that up, there is a ASR switch near the handbrake and the red area starts at 7.000 RPM, so that means that the car is a 120. In the paperwork that accompanies the car it states somewhere: Alfa 147 dist.vel 5 dr. I don't know exactly where the dist.vel stands for but I,m glad that it is the 120 bhp version. Although it is possible that the difference between a 105 and a 120 is only noticed on paper and the performance ratings computer in the dealers garage and perhaps not on the road, but then: I haven't driven a 105 (or any other Alfa for that matter) You are correct, I,m from The Netherlands, the northern part of it to be more precise. Hans sounds like a Dutch name, could be German too ofcourse, well that's the beauty of the internet: there are no borders. The moment I bought the 147 I had no idea that there was this kind of Alfa community (almost feels like stumbling in to a religous cult
by accident) I noticed that when you drive the 147 and another 147 comes along that the owner of that car takes a very long and close look at the car. I almost feel like greeting the other guy/girl, a little like bikers on motorcycle's do, you know what I mean? One thing is true: I have never driven a car that handles so smoothly and pleasent, there are lots of extra's like Cruise control, Nav+, (I could even make a telephone call if I had a card to stick in the slot next to the screen). And the white dial plates (red illuminated numbers at night) look awesome. It sure has better acceleration compared to the cars I've driven in the past.
Anyway, I,m glad for al the information given to me and I,m sure going to check if these parts are in order and replaced at the right moment. By the way: how expensive would it be aprox to have the belt and the 8 Twin Sparks replaced? (maybe a good moment to start selling some stuff on E-bay
) If I replace those parts will there be some reward in the way of a better performance?