As title says possibly going to look at a 147 1.9 JTDM Q2 at the weekend.
Firstly what if any extras does the Q2 stand for
And what main issues do I need to look out for.
Thanks in Advance
Q2 has a limited slip differential, 6-speed box and the red stitched leather interior. Some have cruise control also, just to clarify is it a Q2 or a Sport Q2? I have one and I'm sure you'll like it.
Main things to look out for: -
1. Clutch - Worn clutch will bite high and may slip in the higher gears. The diesels use a dual mass flywheel which can need replacing at the same time and £900 is not unreasonable for this repair.
2. Timing belt/water pump - The 1.9 16v engine is solid as a unit but some have suffered timing belt failures due to the water pump seizing up. The recommended interval is 72k but most specialists will say 60k is better. Autolusso charge £350 for parts and labour to replace the timing belt and water pump.
3. Suspension - The 147 uses a double wishbone suspension setup up front, when worn the uppers can groan and squeak which usually means they need replacing. Budget £100 per side for parts and labour. Check the tyres also, uneven tyre wear can be caused by worn suspension parts but so can poor wheel alignment also.
4. Body - Rust isn't as bad as older Alfa's but you should still check for rust. Check the sills and floor pans. The body panels are quite thin and pick up dents easily from clumsy people in car parks. Check for overspray also which can indicate if the car has had an accident, it's unlikely but worth checking.
5. EGR - Like many diesel engines the 147 has an EGR valve which can stick over time. You'll find that the car has no low down power and will try to stall, once the rpm increases to around 2000 the car will act normally. The EGR valve can be cleaned up, which is advisable as replacements are around £120 + gasket.
6. Electronics - Not a major weak point but make sure everything works, the 147 uses canbus electrics and faults can be very difficult to diagnose.
Aside from these the 147 is reliable as a whole, just make sure there is proof of a timing belt/water pump and a clutch replacement, depending on the mileage. You can save money buying parts yourself, the guys at Autolusso and Alfaworkshop are great places to start and should have what you need. If you're interested I have some Parkers valuation packs for the 147 which should give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay.
Best of luck with your purchase!
147 Sport Q2: Autolusso Remap + Swirl Flap & EGR Delete, Mocal Oil Cooler Kit, JTD Performance FMIC Kit + High Flow Elbow, Wizard Downpipe, PF Pads + 5.1 Fluid, Autolusso Braided Brake Lines, MTech Short-Shifter, Autolusso Silicone Turbo-to-MAF Hose, Refurbed Q2's + Some to add later.