Hi there (sorry I'm new here)
My name is Rich, I live in Bangor, North Wales. Bare with me..
I'll get straight to the point here.
2007Alfa 147 Collezione 1.6 T.S
I don't know the Service History or mileage as yet as its awaiting a full valet and has just arrived there this week. Literally 2 days ago.
It's popped up at a local independent dealership. The only way I'd be able to get it is by taking out a bank loan. I'm just a little concerned about what to be aware/wary of when considering it as I am not willing to risk any financial woes further down the potential road of ownership.
Any advice/experience would be greatly appreciated!
After all the best people to ask are the owners themselves!
P.S its metallic black with tanned leather interior. Visavi.. She is a beaut. (Despite some minor cosmetic niggles and a loose passenger door handle!)
Hi Rich and welcome to the forum.
Firstly thing to do is look at it's last timing belt change, they should be changed every 36k or 3 years whichever is sooner. The petrol engines can sometimes sound like a diesel on startup, if this is the case then the cam variator might be worn and requires removal of the timing belt to change it, it should be done with the timing belt really.
Next have a good look at the oil, if it's low or shows signs of neglect you may wish to look for a better example. Rust shouldn't be a problem but it's best to check, especially the floor pans so don't be afraid to have a 'poke around' underneath.
Suspension has a number of areas to look for. Squeaking upper wishbones are common but if they need replacing it should cost around £90 a side inc labour. See if you can check for play in the lower wishbones as these are much dearer (£80 each + labour). The anti-roll bar and its bushings can also wear, replacement of the latter will mean dropping the subframe.
The electronics are generally reliable but make sure everything works fine, if it has it also check the AC.
These are just a few pointers to get you started but this forum is full of helpful people who will be able to assist you further. The 147 can be a reliable car if looked after, I've had mine over 2 years now and it's proven itself to be dependable. Just keep on top of the maintenance for peace of mind and ignore the rotbox jokes.
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.