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Morning ladies and gents,

I am new to this forum so wondered if i could have some advice.

I have recently purchased an Alfa Romeo 147 TS Lusso 1.6 (Y Reg) in red. It looks stunning.

IM getting the car on the 30th and just wondered what the cars are like in general? I love the look of it but in bursting with excitement waiting for it to pull up on my drive!!

Are they good cars? They certainly look great.

Let me know about this potential beauty if you will!

Thanks in advance, enjoy your day!

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I love mine, I want a bit more power, so in hindsight, I should have opted for the 2.0.

Even after 2 years, it still feels special, and I still love driving it.

Could be a little better on fuel economy though.
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Welcome! Good cars, feel more sporty to me than a 156, although I recognise the comment above about 1.6 v 2.0 - think the fuel consumption probably suffers from pushing it a bit harder to get the performance.

No doubt everyone will warn you to ensure maintenance is kept up, particularly belt changes. Do take care of it, but don't get paranoid about it, it'll ruin your enjoyment

Always plenty of help and advice on here so don't be afraid to ask questions....though do use the search function first if you can
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Hi and welcome,

I'm hoping to get a 147 16v JTDM on tuesday.
Cant wait to get behind the wheel of an Alfa again
It'll be my fourth one
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Belt change was originally 72,000 or 6 years. Alfa have reduced that to 36,000 or 3 years. Make sure it is done - vital.
A short diesel like rattle on start up is the variator. This can be left until the cambelt is changed and is not detrimental to the engine but will slightly affect power.
Front suspension squeak is top wishbones. Easy cheap(ish) fix.
Front suspension clunk is probably bottom wishbones. More difficult more expensive fix.
Front suspension clunk felt under your feet or passengers feet is probably anti roll bar bushes. This can be left and is not an MOT failure and is a bit of a bugger for what it is to fix.
Do you have both keys. A second key is £250 - £300 with coding to the car and don't believe ebay or other web sites as the only way to do will cost this much.
Have a good look at the inner edge of the front tyres - these cars can shred them to illegal or even to the steel reinforcing and the outside edge is untouched. I have seen one or two get so bad that they have punctured yet the outside and centre section is almost unworn. I can't recommend a four wheel alignment enough. It can really improve the feel of the car.
The 147 is like a thorough bred race horse - fragile. Treat it well and it will remain a thoroughbred. Abuse it and it will break down and, like a horse, need lots of money spending or need to be put down!
Make sure that it gets up to temp and stays there. Lots of threads on failed thermostats (cheap fix) and it will affect fuel consumption.
Download a copy of FiatECUScan (FES) and get a set of leads. You then have diagnostic software as good as any main dealer.

Do not use main dealers or back street garages but find your local Alfa specialist and you will be rewarded many times over. The 1.6 is a bit under powered as it is quite heavy but stir the box and you will have fun. 29 - 31 mpg on 5 mile daily runs and 38 mpg (driven fast but with economy in mind) at 80mph on the motorway.
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Thanks for the advice gents, ill be sure to look after her when she arrives on the 30th.

First Alfa and hopefully the start of many!
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