Is a 147 up to the job in UAE?
It is looking very likely I will be returning to Dubai after having lived there for three years in the late 90's. I currently travel to the UAE a lot for work having just returned a few days back. I have owned a few alfas during my time - including 79 GTV, Alfa 33 and currently a fully restored 70 GTV 1750 - and am thinking that I would like to buy a used 147 for my wife in Dubai.
I have been reading the threads on your forum which have been very helpful. I have a couple of specific 147 questions which I would be most grateful for feedback:
As I learnt on my first stay in Dubai (and you will all know), the strength of the airconditioning is very important for the summer months. Is the airconditioning system on the 147 strong enough for the UAE. I should add that my wife is not an Alfisti; she thinks they are a nice car but wouldn't be prepared to swelter for 15 minutes in her business clothes waiting for the cabin to cool down, just because it is an alfa. I would be looking at buying an early to mid 2000's model as we are trying to keep expenditure down.
I made the mistake of buying a car with a/c that wasn't up to the grade on my first stay, and had to sell it after less than a month into summer.
2) General Running Costs:
is the 147 otherwise a good model to own over in Dubai? ie parts availability and general running costs.
Thanks in advance for any comments/guidance. MIC