A Campbell change - is that something to do with soup?
The 1.6 engine doesn't have balance shafts, so that's one less belt and tensioner to do.
I think there are two different 1.6TS engines. One has only 105bhp, the other has 120bhp. See Alfa Romeo 147 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I'm not certain but I think the lower-powered one doesn't have a variator (so no variable valve timing on the inlet cam).
Personally I would go for a 2.0TS... better performance, still good economy, and better resale value... but then, I'd go for a Selespeed too I like my 156 Selespeed so much, I wanted to put a Selespeed into my Spider...
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We've got a 147 1.6 TS and it is a 51 plate - had it for 11 years. I'll assume the one you are going for is the 120 bhp one - not many 105 bhp ones were importeed I believe.
Do all of the checks you would do on any 11 year old car and in particular:-
Always change the variator with the cambelt - our local indy does it for less than £400.
Check for odd tyre wear - more likely to be suspension bushes than tracking. Odd clumping sounds on uneven roads are also common and bush related.
Check that the flexi pipe on the exhaust isn't leaking - these are expensive but you can get them welded up for £100 or so.
Check all of the lights are working as they should - we had a slight glow from a rear bulb all of the time - turned out to be the "body computer" (PCB I guess) - £330.
Check the underneath - the underseal has started to go on ours - slight rust - once the weather improves I'll get it sorted.
Check whether the plugs need replacing (every 60k) they are expensive although you can get them at reduced prices online (Shop 4 Parts are good for example).
Ours has now done 150k, has been regularly serviced and apart from the odd hiccup (like the cambelt going at 32k and a subsequent £1600 repair bill - that was 9 years ago) has been reliable.
If he wants a 147 shouldn't he look at several? I talked someone out of a Selespeed at a trader as they'd basically imagined that exact car into their life and what extras they were going to install into it once it was theirs. Knowing about most of the possible issues and the way they seemed besotted with this specific car I told them of the cambelt interval, the variators, consumable wishbones, the Selespeed, Smaky etc. etc. and told them to compare it to other 147s that may be available.
It was a nice shade with a nice interior but they needed to get it thoroughly checked and know what state of repair it was in and what big service bills could've been just around the corner. They bought something else instead that's more prestigious, bigger but less for them to insure and less juicy but I'm not convinced they've had that checked out either as that's just become their baby and they've spent loads getting that up and together.
On the plus side when I mentioned to them a car here that caught my eye but was a 400 mile round trip they did offer to help me go to collect it.