I've been lurking round for a few weeks so I suppose I should finally get around to introducing myself. I actually found this place after I decided my first car was going to be an Alfa and wanted to investigate common faults on a 147.
I live and work in Lincoln and had been on the lookout for a 5 door 147 in metallic Rosso red with the 1.6 120 engine for quite a while. Sadly we're only a small city and the choice of second hand cars locally isn't fantastic.
Two weeks ago I decided to take the plunge and took the risk of buying through eBay, had to make a 500 mile round trip to wales on the train and then drive back but it was worth it for the price I managed to buy at. I have to admit to being a little apprehensive, this was the first time I'd driven since taking my test (at the age of 21 - I left it a little late!) but thankfully the car drove fine and there were no problems. Have since driven another 1000 miles as I foolishly promised to take a family member around the country to a number of gigs
Have since found some minor faults that seem to be quite common, clutch pedal is creaking in warm weather (have tried to lubricate but doesn't seem to make any difference) and I'm also getting the occasional squeak over speed bumps, presumably this means new wishbones. I'll be taking her into my local Italian car expert in a month or two when the MOT is due.
So, hopefully you enjoyed the short story, thanks for the great resource and see you around!