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I've been running a much loved mazda mx5 for seven years now. Sadly, I think that time may be fast approaching when I will need to trade it in for something a bit more conventional and practical. I wouldn't want to buy a car I didn't take pleasure from driving and owning, so an Alfa is on my short list (probably a 147 1.9JTD). I've joined the site to get some ideas about possible pitfalls in buying a secondhand 147 and what I should look out for. Would appreciate any advice.

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Cambelt history is critical. Check for clouds of smoke under load as split hoses arent uncommon. Otherwise, just the usual car checks.

ps make sure its the 150bhp unit, its a corker!!
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I went from a Mazda to an Alfa. 323f to a 156.
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Thanks for the advice and welcome guys.

I guess my next question is where to source an alfa. I am thinking something that is maybe 2-3 years old, possibly a high miler as well as they seem to be keenly priced and I reckon a newish car that's been looked after and serviced is a good bet even if there's a lot of miles on the clock.

I live in Sheffield. I believe that my nearest dealer is Autoworld in Chestefield. Anything good or bad to say about them? I'd travel futher afield to find a dealer I could rely on.

I understand that Alfa dealers don't have the best of reputations for customer sevice. Do you think that reputation is deserved?.

Thanks again
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There's a thread on independents in the general Alfa section... Maybe worth seeing if one of the ones local to you could be of help.
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