I've just got a 147 as my first car (unless you count a mini that never passed it's MOT!) and I love it already!
I've been browsing this forum for a little while to figure out if it's what I really wanted, and to reassure myself they're not as unreliable as everyone has told me! If I'd have driven it without coming on here first I wouldn't have bought it as the gear lever doesn't centre, and 2nd to 3rd is a *****! But having read the threads on here, it seemed like an easy problem to fix, so I got myself a big discount and have booked it into the garage.
So thanks to everyone, I hope to report a flawless new (to me) 147 in the very near future, and I've already been enjoying the forums. Cheers!