Decided to cut the losses on the 147 - it needed new tyres, an O2 sensor, cambelt change then the locks changing so it has gone today to a breakers yard to help keep other 147s on the road.
Of course that was after stripping out the leather seats and a number of other parts I needed - for the replacement 147 I bought on Sunday!!
So I'm still in Alfa ownership - this one is an 04 plate, metallic grey, 75k miles, still the 1.6TS 5 door and unbelievably I got a £45 rebate on the insurance when I changed it over - for the same model of car!!
It needs the tracking looking at and a scuff on the rear bumper, but otherwise, after a good clean it is pretty tidy!
Many thanks to those who offered help and advice previously.