Cheers for the reply baxter and i think im gona give that 147 a miss, seems a bit shifty he says theres no service book wiv the car but they prob av records of it being serviced with them not what u want to hear haha, think im just gona get a 147 q2 id save abit of money aswel as there bit cheaper, Could use that for repairs or mods. i see ur pic looks like the q2 alloys
have you got any advice for me on the q2 ? ive done quite abit of reading but it all helps thank you again mate.
Yeah I have a Sport Q2 rather than the Ducati Course, mechanically it's exactly the same except the DC is fitted with the 170bhp JTDm over the 150bhp. From what the experts say the Q2 is a hardy piece of kit and you can sit back knowing that it'll do it's job without any fuss. The JTDm responds well to tuning and since buying mine I've had a remap + EGR delete which really transforms the car, you'll get a few extra mpg too over longer journeys. The Sport Q2 and DC come as standard with lowered suspension and the extra goodies such as red stitched leather seats, air-con, cruise control if you're lucky and the Q2 limited slip-diff. Saying that, you could take a solid 147 with a decent trim (For example: Alfa Romeo 147 1.9 JTDM 8v Collezione 3dr
) and have a Quaife diff fitted which is better quality than the Q2. My 147 hasn't skipped a beat since I bought it, just the usual consumables like the battery, filters and the like but it does need care and attention. It's fully serviced every year, the oil is changed every 5k and there's no bones about it, the upper wishbone bushes are made from cheese and will creak. It's normal so get them changed out for Powerflex poly bushes. I had one issue with the EGR sticking so Autolusso blanked it off during the remap and the car has run better ever since. If you are serious about a 147 then it's good to know that they are a little fragile and like people, they can go wrong from time to time. Also their newer contemporaries are better built too but it's to be expected because the 147 is based on the ageing 156, from 1997 and car design has moved on. This isn't to say that they are unreliable, far from it, but regular care is essential to keep them tip-top.
But I wouldn't have it any other way.
Best of luck with your search.