Re: Alfa 147 Questions
I seem to remember my first, probably my only ride in a 306. Found it distinctly firm myself - about like our 147 in fact! It's hard to imagine anyone finding the handling of the 147 anything but excellent, unless they had decidedly unusual tastes. Now that ours had had it's long-awaited fettling I also find the way the engine pulls (1.6) very satisfying. I'm also pleased with the 'feel ' of the car, except for that damn retrograde lump of a lighting stalk. I really thought we'd seen the last that you had to grab hold of and push away from you to engage main beam; and, well the gearshift isn't quite 'magic'. The interior is lovely, although some have commented that the instruments are in darkness.
On the subject of aesthetics, I'd hardly agree that facelifted models are always an improvement. I cannot think of one I prefer over it's
'original' forebear. Look what they did to the MX5, the Golf, even the Rover 800. On first seeing the Rolls RoycePhantom I thought " there it is! the car that's designed with a sucessful facelift in mind from day-1" but low and behold it just got UGLIER!
If you want a nice car that will put a smile on your face, get an Alfa and either 147 is as good as it gets. What are running costs? If you want low, get a diesel. Otherwise what's the difference, NitPoo.
Doesn't say that in the manual