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147 or Mito

I was planning to buy a Mito when i noticed a 147 in the showroom.

Basically it was the same price (little bit cheaper - speaking of the 1.9 diesel 120 PK) with more options included,also 5doors, more room, no useless DNA (imo - during test drive i only liked mito with D) and bigger rear window.

They are both exellent looking.

So now i am confused and leaning towards the 147.

I also guess as the 147 is longer on the market then the mito, most major build/other reliability issues should be fixed by now where with the mito it is still a question how reliable it will be.

Your opinions/view about this would be welcome, especially from those who have a 147 already.

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Old 19-04-09
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Re: 147 or Mito

147 every time,for looks alone :thumbs up:
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Re: 147 or Mito

interesting dilemma. the MiTo has not been released here in Oz yet, but there is discussion amongst fellow Oz alfisti about your very issue.

i would have expected the MiTo to be better build, perhaps stiffer in the chassis, and more refined. and that the handling of the MiTo is probably superior. much like comparing a 159 to a 156. is this the case, or not (i realise they are built to be in different classes)?

i suppose if you priorities are size and options, then the 147 seems the better choice.

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Re: 147 or Mito

Both pretty nice but if you're looking at new I guess you're in the 13-14k price bracket, so...... look around and get a 6-9 months old GT (albeit you'd probably have to go for the 1.8).
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Re: 147 or Mito

if i had the money i'd trade my 147 in for a Mito tomorrow! I drive a 1.6ts and its noisey, LOTS of wind noise, crashy ride, **** poor electrics, un-economical and costs £210 a year for road Tax. Plus my car hates me

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Re: 147 or Mito

The 147 is a good car but it's old now and with the 149 available towards the end of 09 start of 10, I wouldn't buy one now. The MiTo will hole its value loads better and is a lot safer if you were to crash it. Dynamically it's better too. The new engines are great, fuel efficient and clean. It's also a lot cheaper to insure. It's smaller though but only just. The interior material quality on the 147 is better but the MiTo's interior is better built of lesser materials but feels a lot more solid. That's my honest opinion
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Re: 147 or Mito

Hasn't the 147 got a more sophisticated suspension setup to the Mito?

Having said that the Mito will feel more solid to drive I bet as well as being safer.

I prefer the 147's looks though.
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Re: 147 or Mito

my own choice would lean towards the Mito purely as it is a new model and I am quite sure that its second hand value will hold up better than a late reg 147, but I have a 147 and my next car will be another 147 as it is all I want from a car, so you decide .... heart or head ?
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Re: 147 or Mito

If it was me it would be the 147. But as it has been said before if i was spending that sort of money on a new car i would probably get a few month old GT which look awesome.
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Re: 147 or Mito

147 or MiTo? Have to be the MiTo, the 147 is simply too old now, & whilst you're right to say that as its at the end of its product life most gremlins will have been sorted by now, the MiTo is based on Fiat's Grande Punto so you shouldn't have any problems. I can only imagine the MiTo is a much better car in every respect than its much older brother. Only buy a 147 if you get a huge discount as when you come to sell it its gonna be worth very little.
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Re: 147 or Mito

I test drove the Mito,it is much better in all ways than the 147.
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Re: 147 or Mito

We had this choice to make back in November, and went for the 147.

There's no hiding the 147's age, but to me the 147 feels like an older but better car. The MiTo feels more like it has been built down to a price.

I don't think you'd go far wrong with either, though.
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Re: 147 or Mito

Originally Posted by jamieboy View Post
We had this choice to make back in November, and went for the 147.

There's no hiding the 147's age, but to me the 147 feels like an older but better car. The MiTo feels more like it has been built down to a price.

I don't think you'd go far wrong with either, though.
Jamie..you are wrong ..
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Re: 147 or Mito

Thanks for all your input guys.

You make very good points about the residual value. I do see myself keep the 147 for about 8 years where with the mito it would be only 5 cause it is just less practical to use.

As you mention the mito diesel motor has 4.8 average where the 147 has 5.8 l/100 km average and they both go to 100 at around the same speed although i guess the torque values on the mito should be better.

As of looks i personnally think the 147 looks a bit better, outside and inside although in 5 years i might see it as an aged car where i probably wouldnt with the mito.

Pricewise the mito distinctive sportpack 1, metal colour with bose and leather will be around 20.700 euro here. The alfa 147 premium + with leather around and special metal colour 19.500 (alfawise the pack is about 1200 euro where it original is supposed to be 3500 euro). So i still have to manage to see which discount i can get for the 147 from the dealer itself. Both cars i should still be able to get 1 year garanty extra ( it is 2 years standard in belgium) and some floorstuff (i do not know the english words)

I have planned a test drive with both next week. Will tell you guys how it goes.

I guess it could become indeed a choice between head and hart.
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Re: 147 or Mito

we want to keep our phase 1 147 because it is a classic already!! but the mito is a great car that we will get soon!! buy one and let us know how it goes!!
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Re: 147 or Mito

MiTo is an overpriced FIAT GrandePunto. Not a bad car in it's own right, but not better than 147. No matter what anyone says, the low cost MacPherson for the front and rigid axle in the back are the MiTo's worst point, and on top of the small interior space and the fact that it only has 2 doors. And YES, I have driven one, I live like 2kms from the local Alfa Romeo dealer.
On the other hand, the 147 is old, old engines, the facelift did more damage to the looks, so it's a difficult choice.
It's down to newer model versus known faults of an older car. And of course, space, driving style and needs.
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Re: 147 or Mito

facelift 147 is much better IMO than the original.


I am hopefully trading my 2002 147 for the MiTo once it arrives in Australia! The 147 has been around for almost 10 years now and I couldn't buy one brand new today. Fantastic car, but the MiTo is my pick!

i haven't driven a MiTo yet though... so maybe after a test drive i might hate it
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Re: 147 or Mito

Originally Posted by garry-graig View Post
Jamie..you are wrong ..
Yes and No.

The Brera is an obvious step forward from the GTV in terms of quality, just as the 159 is from the 156. I was expecting the MiTo to be the same step forward from the 147, and IMO it isn't.

And that kind of makes sense - the Brera is (give or take) the same price range as the GTV was, likewise the 159 is priced roundabout the same as the 156. The cheapest 147 is 50% more expensive than the cheapest MiTo - in fact, the dearest MiTo is cheaper than the cheapest 147.

I'm not out to slate the MiTo either - in it's segment, it seems like a strong contender, and you only have to look in the lounge here to see how happy most of the people who bought one are with it.

So I don't think I'm wrong in my assesment of the MiTo, but I was wrong in my expectations of it.

I'm looking forward to seeing the 149, or whatever the 147's replacement is eventually called.

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Re: 147 or Mito

Mito. While I prefer the 147, if you are buying new then the 147 will depreciate quicker as soon as the 149 comes out. The Mito isn't due for replacement any time soon.
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Re: 147 or Mito

If you want a 147 I would wait until nearer the launch of the 147's replacement. It's a bit of a gamble, but I bought my 145 new just around the time of the launch of the 147 that replaced it, & got nearly £4000 off the list price of a 145 because they just wanted to get red of them. There was admittedly a limited choice from the stock they had left.
Managed a similar trick many years earlier with a Fiesta, & bagged a new preceding model for a huge discount.
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Re: 147 or Mito

147 hands down! BUT if I were you I'd wait for the 149
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Re: 147 or Mito

MiTo, although I too struggle to see the point of the DNA feature. Drove a diesel Veloce and was very impressed apart from Normal mode which made the car lethargic. I wouldn't be too concerned about depreciation on the 147 if you can get a really good deal as they are phased out. However, all things equal it would be a MiTo for me albeit the petrol version.
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Re: 147 or Mito

MiTo resale is predicted to be very good over 3 years, and as everyone has said, certainly better than a new 147.

But the 147 sounds like a better option for you.

If it were me, I'd be looking at an older 147 with the excellent 16v Mjet engine for now, then reassessing once the 149 has been around for a year or two.
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Re: 147 or Mito

When I bought the 147 the Mito was already launched and in my personal view, I made the right choice. Money wise is more clever perhaps to go for the Mito, but I think the 147 is just in another league. Perhaps the best thing to do is to wait for the 149, but when we start to wander about a car, that means that we can't wait an uncertainly amount of time. Good luck anyway!
PS: I don't know which reseller you have in Antwerpen, just try to have any info about post sales quality service. Here in Brussels I went already to two different guys, both quite a disaster.

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Re: 147 or Mito

Originally Posted by Peter Door View Post
If you want a 147 I would wait until nearer the launch of the 147's replacement. It's a bit of a gamble, but I bought my 145 new just around the time of the launch of the 147 that replaced it, & got nearly £4000 off the list price of a 145 because they just wanted to get red of them. There was admittedly a limited choice from the stock they had left.
Managed a similar trick many years earlier with a Fiesta, & bagged a new preceding model for a huge discount.
This is a good trick, if you can manage a huge discount on 147 at the moment of 149 launch, I would go this way.

The rational reasons are in favor of Mito, but I would probably go for 147 anyway. I have test driven Mito fro about 30 min and it wasn't that different from Grande Punto Mjet I had as a rent car for 1 day. Generally a very nice packaging for a mainstream product but both new Fiesta and Mazda 2 I have driven are much better cars.
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