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I'm looking to buy an Alfa 147 or 156 (2nd hand), but I'm not quite sure which is the best for my needs. I need advice from experienced owners. I'm a family guy with 2 young kids, hence my current Fiat Multipla. Don't get me wrong, I can't complain about the Fiat, it's served well and done' exactly what it said on the tin'. But, it's not the most inspiring drive

My attraction to the Alfas come from a desire for a car with individuality, fun, and a bit of quality about it.

My qualdry is, should i go for a 1.9 JTD, or a 2.0 147/1.8 156? I realise i could also opt for the 2.4 156, but i feel that 150 bhp will be more than enough for me at the moment (I'll just scare the kids otherwise!). Besides, my brother (also a member) already has a 2.4 156 . I've had a wee shot of it and it's great, but he can afford the insurance better than me

Anyway, I would appreciate some feedback from 147 & 156 owners for some feedback/recomendations on the best variations.
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I'm looking to buy an Alfa 147 or 156 (2nd hand), but I'm not quite sure which is the best for my needs. I need advice from experienced owners. I'm a family guy with 2 young kids, hence my current Fiat Multipla. Don't get me wrong, I can't complain about the Fiat, it's served well and done' exactly what it said on the tin'. But, it's not the most inspiring drive

My attraction to the Alfas come from a desire for a car with individuality, fun, and a bit of quality about it.

My qualdry is, should i go for a 1.9 JTD, or a 2.0 147/1.8 156? I realise i could also opt for the 2.4 156, but i feel that 150 bhp will be more than enough for me at the moment (I'll just scare the kids otherwise!). Besides, my brother (also a member) already has a 2.4 156 . I've had a wee shot of it and it's great, but he can afford the insurance better than me

Anyway, I would appreciate some feedback from 147 & 156 owners for some feedback/recomendations on the best variations.
hello FastFrank and welcome..if you do loads of miles every year, then go for the deesel ..i drive a 156 1.8 veloce(leather,aircon,etc), it has a fair sized boot and is quite good on petrol(between 340 and 390 miles per tank full) and 140 bhp.. and it is also a very nice car to drive

insurance wise, it aint too bad, the best quote i have had so far as my renewal is due soon is 400 quid for me and the wife....fully comp, 5 years protected no claims and breakdown cover

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Welcome ive just sold a Zafira and bought a 156 2.0 TS for the same resone as you and i have 3 kids!!! Only got the car yesterday but the journey home was so much nicer than any journey in the Zafira, get insurance quaotes (www.confused.com) drive as many as possible and pick your favourite!!
 
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Hi Frank,
I agree with Mr O. If you do lots of mileage go for the diesel. And if your worried about scaring the children, probably best not to go for the 2.0 TS 147. I test drove one before I got my GT and it went like a little pocket rocket Took it along the local ring road and found myself doing 95 before I realised

It is a great car though and I'm sure you could drive it sensibly when the children are in it, but have a bit of fun when you're on your own
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Welcome Frank.
Thought of a Sportwagon? 156 space with hatch practicality
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I can recommend the sportswagon, as an owner of one myself, its not the largest estate you will find, but its practical, it looks good and best of all its great to drive. I bought mine because i have 2 labradors and shuffle them around from river to forest as often as work allows, they havent complained yet. When its just me in the car it stops being pratical and starts being fun. We also have a focus diesel, also a good car, but the acid test is what we always use when we only take one car, ......I'll give you one guess.
 
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We also have a focus diesel, also a good car, but the acid test is what we always use when we only take one car, ......I'll give you one guess.


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ok......2 guesses..
 
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ok......2 guesses..

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damn youre good...got it in ...err...2
 
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damn youre good...got it in ...err...2

i think i need another guess
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im getting giddy now
 
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im getting giddy now

you go out in the alfa...final guess....am i right, what do i win
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9 empty stella cans......winner collects
 
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9 empty stella cans......winner collects

i have my own stash of empties so will decline your offer if that is ok harry....
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Not really.......staggering to the bin will be really undignified
 
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Not really.......staggering to the bin will be really undignified
but your neighbours will be used to it by now surely
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They choose to ignore me..........regretting the day when the could have made the close a private road and vetted the prospective owners....bless them
 
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They choose to ignore me..........regretting the day when the could have made the close a private road and vetted the prospective owners....bless them



i bet they are kicking thmeselves now though
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Probably......but i cant hear them 'cause the musics too loud...... or is it the voices in my head, and if it is, is the echo there because its so empty up there?......(scene: tumbleweed and saloon bar doors swinging)
 
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Y'see, you ask a simple question and off the thread goes on a tangent. I blame Mr O personally and I believe it's because he has a green car

Anyway, you just ask either of your brothers and they'll tell you what to get. The old hairy one will tell you that all Alfas are crap and the handsome one with all the intelligence and taste will tell you a 1.9 156 is what you're after. But you knew that anyway.
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Y'see, you ask a simple question and off the thread goes on a tangent. I blame Mr O personally and I believe it's because he has a green car

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my first post gives some good advice Fraser,

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Y'see, you ask a simple question and off the thread goes on a tangent. I blame Mr O personally and I believe it's because he has a green car

Anyway, you just ask either of your brothers and they'll tell you what to get. The old hairy one will tell you that all Alfas are crap and the handsome one with all the intelligence and taste will tell you a 1.9 156 is what you're after. But you knew that anyway.
but with two young bairns the sportwagon will be the slightly more practical option, and don't be put off the petrol variants, I know we've already lost your brother to the dark side but you don't have to go down that path
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