Etna Black is the
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: United Kingdom
Re: New Blackline 1.8!
I'd rate the 147 highly - and the JTDm 16v engine is a cracker. Boot space is limited (still got family of 4 into one for a week with "flight cases" last year though) and rear visibility is impaired by a useless wiper and high seat line, but that is it. Definitely get the 5 door if you can. Oh, and go for any alloys except the darned multispoke which are the devil's own mother to clean...
so, if it is couple or just you that will be in it most of the time, the 147 is not a compromise, but a great choice that you will be delighted to own each time you nail that perfect series of S bends on the way home.
(and now, available 6m old with Q2 differential as well)
Prices: Bargains available. I paid under £11k for mine (met, full veloce trim, leather, etc) with 17,000 miles and one owner (apparently ex-FIAT Company Fleet). All service recalls were done, extra service completed for free, fully valeted, delivered with full tank and with new tyres. Have seen brand new delivery mileage examples at £4k+ off list as well, but it took me about 12 weeks to find the one I wanted (Red. Non negotiable colour as far as wife is concerned)