I am currently considering getting a 147 JTDM and aware of the common issues. Mech and electrical stuff seems to be well covered here, but what about bodyshell longevity?
I've owned a couple of Fiats 30 years ago. Every time I shut a door a kilo fell off in the gutter, so just a little cautious...
I understand 147's are all galvanised and undersealed, but not very well. Since I can afford £2k, £2.5k at absolute max, I'm probably looking at 2003 or 2004 latest. I'd hope to run it for 5yrs minimum barring catastrophes.
So: although I have never yet seen a rusty 147, I would like to know if there are any rust traps or chassis areas to watch out for? Especially ones which are potential end of life MOT fails within a few years.
I have noticed that 147 exterior panels often seem to be a bit easily damaged, and thin. Although the car as a whole weighs more than an overpriced Mk4 Golf GT TDI pudding (which rots its wheel arches regardless, VW steel quality isn't what it was). So I'd guess that if/when rust does get started on a 147 it might quickly become an issue?
There isn't even a tag for "rust" or "corrosion", most unexpected in an Alfa forum
[edit: Sorry, there is a rust tag after all, it got assigned when I posted. I couldn't find it when I looked.]