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Hi everyone,
I am about to buy my first Alfa, probably a 147, and would be grateful if anyone could let me know what sorts of things I should be looking out for. Veloces have a 2001 147 TS Lusso going for 6999 with full service history and 34,000 miles on the clock. Seems a reasonable deal, but I would like some independent advice.

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welcome to AO...my only advice would be to get them to do the 36k service and change the cambelt/tensioner/bearings and if required, variator..

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Thanks, I will. I did discuss the cambelt issue with the bloke at Veloces. He reckoned that cambelt changes usually took place at the 60,000 service, but that if anything needed doing they would sort it. Should I insist on have these things done now?
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Hi and welcome to AO.....

Alfa cambelts have been known to fail before their scheduled sell-by date, so if you have any leverage over the sale agreement I'd recommend that you insist on the full cam belt change etc prior to purchase

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Re: My first Alfa.

In the UK, Alfa only require a cambelt check at 36k miles BUT many belts fail before the scheduled change. For your own peace of mind you will have to replace the cambelt very shortly so if you can get it done now then push for it.

While you are at it get them to replace the bearings and variator - you may need to pay for these parts but these will need replaced and you have to remove the belt to replace them anyway so saving time and money in the long run.

The other problem with the TS engine can be oil consumption - some use none BUT some use a lot. Check the oil before you leave the garage, then check it every week to start with until you get a feel if the engine uses oil or not.

Oil consumption does not indicate any problem with the engine it is just one of those oddities.

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Thanks everyone for your advice.

The issue of Alfa reliability is the one thing that has prevented me from taking this step earlier, despite loving the brand. But then the thought of buying something soulless from the competition makes me want to give up the whole thing and buy a buss pass... Not being in a position to buy new means that this issue of reliability is an urgent one; and I would feel a whole lot more confident knowing that I am not investing in a potential money pit.
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a well looked after Alfa is no more unreliable than say a renault or ford...just look after them


 
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Don't be afraid to offer them less too - if you're not great at that take a mate along who's bought lots of cars - I did and knocked nearly a grand off a private sale (factoring in items I knew I'd have to replace in the near future).

Great looking and nicely handling car though - V glad I got one even though my Golf/Golf-clone Leon owning mates take the p**s every now and then
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