So I bought this 2001 Alfa 147 1.6. Absolutely love the car, I'm totally infatuated with it but it's got a lot wrong with it, some of which I didn't know about until I got the car home after handing over a grand.
- Heavy clutch
- Gear stick quite loose
- Creaking from front suspension (I'm guessing upper wishbones?)
- Brakes are very noticeably worse in the wet
- Airbag light on
- Headlight adjustment not working, constantly buzzing when lights on
- Air conditioning not working (doesn't even seem to be powering up)
(Here's some advisories taken from the last MOT papers. I totally missed this when buying the car, I was too busy looking for cambelt changes and oil changes - you can tell it's the first car I've bought. The lesson here - ALWAYS
go over ALL the recent service history with a fine toothed comb.)
- Front brake discs corroded to excess
- Exhaust corroded to excess
- O/S rear brake backing plate corroded away
- Under side of vehicle corroded to excess
- Both front and rear coil springs corroded
- Both rear tyres close to limits and worn uneven
On inspection of the rear tyres, the inside edges are bald in some places and I've no idea what's causing that. Possibly worn suspension bushes?
So the question here is, with 3 months MOT left on the car, is it going to be worth repairing it to get it through the MOT, or should I face up that it could be scrapping time?
Absolutely love the car and the latter would be devastating. Seems the engine is the only thing that is in perfect working order. It sounds magnificent, lovely and smooth but plenty of pull and with a nice sound.