I'm a bit of a newbie to the Alfa scene as I have only owned my 147 for around 2 months. I was always under the impression that Alfas were great handling cars, but the experience I have had with my car so far is this appears not to be the case, so I'm just trying to find out if I am expecting too much or if its the setup on the car.
I have a 2002 147 2.0 Lusso with the 17" alloys (not the Supersport, mores the pity) and from what I have gathered from receipts also genuine Alfa lowering springs. I accept that the ride is a bit hard and I do have to go slow for speed humps, but thats okay I can accept that, but when driving down a country road, with varying cambers, potholes, etc at decent speeds causes the car to try bounce all over the place, whilst making the ride all jittery and as my other half says makes her feel physically sick (that probably could be down to my driving as well mind you
), which she has never complained of before. Grip as you would expect is very good and when thrown into a smooth fast bend it goes really, really well, but throw some bumps at it and it wants to throw you into a hedge.
Is this normal or do you think its the mish, mash of lowering springs, standard shocks and the 17" alloys? I dont think there is a problem with the shocks as it has gone through a MOT and I had it looked over by a mechanic and nothing was mentioned. Oh I have also had it 4 wheel aligned as well, which it was out but it hasnt made any improvements to the handling.
Any help or advice would be very welcome. Thanks in advance.
PS Apart from this issue I love the engine, the looks and all the toys to play with..