Re: advice on buying a 147 jtd please?
for what it's worth, I bought a 58K '03 reg 147 JTD back in February and have not regretted it at all. I paid £5200 at auction for for a 5 door, metallic green (not colour of choice) 8 valve JTD. Being an auction I took a chance but it's paid off. I've had to replace the rear suspension links (£130 about), but apart from that it's great. Check the usual things - service history, damage, general condition. The cam belt is due a change at 72K, so you'll have to budget for that, around £500 I think, but check up yourself. I love the way it drives and I would buy another one if I had to. I get around 48mpg average.
Hope this helps.