Originally Posted by AlfaMartini
Hi and welcome to AO.
Would appreciate your comments on 147 ownership so far
Thanks all for the welcome. I'd been looking at Focus's
for a while, eventually realised I was being a boring unimaginative.....when one day was awestruck by a 147 and from that point was the only car I was going to have (this is about a year ago). Spent a good few weeks looking for the right one and eventually found my 02 1.6 Lusso. Driving and owning this is on the whole very enjoyable, but seem to have the same issues as many others:
Sometimes stiff gear changes and occasional loss of third
Worn timing variator causing diesel like rattle
Split front brake pipe found at MOT - they look like they're made of foil
Drivers door handle not working
Other than that can't fault it, it's a solid, well balanced, decently performing and excellent handling car that I love to drive and my next car and the car after that and the car after..................will all be Alfa Romeo .