I've been on threads around here for a while, asking for fixes for high oil use engines. Most lately here
So I finally bit the bullet and went for a reconditioned engine.
The car is an 02 2.0 TS and I've had it for 6 years - from 85k miles to 127k. Other than the high oil usage and just about time for a cam belt, all the other little things have been fixed (suspension creaks, a thermostat, gear linkage etc.)...and it is a good car. Light metallic green (I care less, Mrs hates it, but it's in a long line of green meanies I've had) and it's my daily drive (my other is an old school 911...but that's another story).
The options were sell and buy (a GT probably) or get a refurb engine - nothing else, after big investigation seemed worthwhile. Given funds were short for a replacement car, I looked around for a good place to do the work. I looked at a lot, and spoke to a few, and settled on Autolusso near Dunstable.
The car was booked in and the job done in about 2 days flat.
There's a great page on what they do here:
Autolusso - Alfa Romeo Specialist | Alfa Romeo Engine Rebuilds
I got to see 'my' new engine before it was built out, They had a good look at the car to make sure everything else was reasonable and there were no other horrors lurking underneath (it looked fine), and having dropped off on Wednesday my car was good to go on Friday. They even loaned me wheels in the meantime.
Ned and his team have been knowledgeable and helpful throughout. I talked with the lad who did the work and discussed running in: the burble says 3500 revs, we discussed 3000 which I stuck to religiously. It still gives about 65mph which is not a big deal on average speed controlled roads these days.
It went back for an oil change at 400 miles or so (done while I waited) and the only problem I had was a small coolant leak from the top rad hose (engine end) which I fixed (and I went back for them to check - all good).
I'm now through the running in period, and to be fair I'm delighted. The old engine was clearly knackered compared to the 'new' one, and I'm reveling in having something a lot nearer to 150bhp compared to what I had. The cost was reasonable (If I'd had a cam belt and some other work I'd not have been far short) and far less than the PX new car option, which I couldn't really afford. And I have a car I know is sorted.
I can't recommend re-engining highly enough and I my experience with Ned and the lads at Autolusso has been great.
So If you have a tired old 147 which you love - give it a new engine - you will not be sorry!