Re: please help 147
All the above re Selespeeds are true. I have one and for two brilliant years have had no probs. Bear in mind you only hear people shouting about the bad ones. When things go well there's no reason to mouth off about how bad they are. What you also need to consider are the other non-sele related probs that 147s have. You've already noted cambelts, but also remember that the suspension on all 147 types is a weak point. There are a lot of dashboard niggles you can have but I'm happy to ignore these inconveniences. There can be leaks in to the passenger footwell. Wiper arms can break.....The 147 is not cheap to run, whatever the model.
But, if you're like most other AR owners - your heart will rule your brain when you see it! Best wishes. Dai.