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Hi all, am about to pick up a 147 53 plate. According to owner it's had lots of history in its 137k miles including 4 cambelt changes and recent water pump. Only issue at the momens is NSF wheel bearing.
When I go and look at the car, is there anything else I should look out for?

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Knocking suspension, tyres worn on the inner edge, random error messages about bulbs being out which aren't, rotten floors, driver's side wiper arm loose, flashing glowplug light, significant amounts of oil/dirt on the boost pipes (indicating a split), excess smoke on hard acceleration, grinding gears on a fast gearchange particularly 2nd & 4th, stiff clutch pedal, stiff side-to-side movement of the gearstick (easy fix).. I'm sure there is more, these are reasonably common issues.
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As above, usual EGR issues, rusty exhaust back-boxes and check the sills for damage from using incorrect jacking points. Also, the body panels are quite thin pick up knocks easily, check the panel gaps for overspray/damage. The bottom turbo hose is known to wear against the gearbox causing it to split, as stated above this will cause excess black smoke on acceleration. EGR problems generally cause low down power issues if they stick open but it's a simple fix. Oil shouldn't be a problem as the JTD's don't consume oil like the Twin Sparks do but make sure it's not low. At 137k I'd have a good test drive to listen to the suspension as stated above. Check for water ingress as this has been known to affect some 156/GT/147 cars, especially in the passenger footwell, not massively common I don't think but worth a look. Alfa's enjoy timely maintenance to keep them tip top, I'll be taking mine to Autolusso Penrirth soon for some TLC. I see you're in Merseyside, you're not far from Gus at Alfatune and you'll hear good things about him on here. Best of luck with the car.

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I'd agree with all of the above, but would like to add that most stuff is easy to fix nowadays and relatively cheap if you can DIY.
I'd also say it all depends on how much the car is. My latest 156 was under 500 with a years mot. It has many of the above issues but there's nothing really that has stopped it being a reliable daily.
Check the clutch carefully though. You really don't want to be forking out for a clutch & flywheel straight after you've bought the thing.
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