It is what it is
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: I would rather not say
Got to say in my experience (and for all others is it just my experience), Alfa should always be bought from their owner on condition, not to a price. I have a dislike of dealer Alfa cars - The margins are small so the amount of unloved examples / sheds is inordinate.
Check the usual items also:
Pollen filter in passenger footwell is quite a good quick check on how well she's been looked after - often overlooked if cutting corners
In terms of the engine change / Cambelt repairs look at the following:
Correct tools used - if you remove the cam cover to the left of the engine bay - see if tippex etc was used to mark instead of locking tools.
Replacement of things like heatshield, smooth running of Air con pipes
These are good indicators of the work being done well and with care.
When it comes to oil use - you should find about 100 / 200ml for a thousand miles is about right. When your checking it weekly your top ups should work out to about every six / seven weeks. If She's going to be in daily use ignore the racing / sporty oils and go for good Semi-Syth (slightly thicker and you'll reduce oil use).
Physically check things yourself regularly - The tolerances for the computers are either too generous - Better work for dealers or too strict - Better work for the dealers
If you don't have one already - Get an OBD reader, so much is computer controlled that knowing what is saying what is a boon for ownership of any modern car.
Sensors can and do go on the 147 but worry about returning ones, not a one off - Just like your computers on occasion they will throw spurious items.
Brakes and other items are reasonably costed and if you are prepared to do your own - Easy with a good set of tools and a space to work properly.
There are a good amount of specialists in terms of replacing items for finishing touches or for adaptations if that's you thing (Although that is much the case for any reputational marque).
I find the drive to be what you want it to be at any point (Selespeed + Paddles / Sequential) - Although not an accomplished cruiser except on the motorway.
My only caveat in terms of ownership and Alfa's in general is to count it as an expense and not as a trade up vehicle - The reselling and the subsequent offers are no where near what they should be.
Anyway - Hope this helps somewhat.