Is big end trouble likely to happen in a 147?
Got this email from an ex 155 owner when I asked if he missed his Alfa...... Have such issues been resolved with the 147? I know the electrics are still a little hit and miss, I am suffering a little (strange dash behaviour at times and the boot alarm plays up), but am a little nervous by the mechanical history...... Come to that, is the 155 engine similar, or the same as the 147?
No I don't miss it at all. It was great - while it worked. Very Italian - looked great, excellent revvy engine with a mad power curve -it'd take off like stink in 5th at 100mph!!! The electrics were awful and everything just died one by one over the time I owned it. Eventually, the big end bearings went (it was high mileage) which is a known problem with them because the oilways are too small in the block.
Too much maintenance, and too unreliable. 156's were reputably little better, I hope they fixed some of the issues with your 147!
Italian cars - it applies to them all, even Ferraris