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Buying first alfa-advice pls

Hi guys & dolls

I'm looking into buying my first alfa, thinking of buying 147 model. I have 3-3,500euro to spend.

Is there anything I need to be aware of? any issues/problems?

what kinda mpg do u get outta them?

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Hi, Good choice, I miss my 147 very much

Things to watch for:
suspension - they go through front arms
oil - TS engines need to be checked very regularly as they love a good drink of oil

Those are the main 2. MPG as ever depends how you drive it and conditions, I used to get around 30-32mpg on average.

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thanks for the fast reply

yeah there going for cheap enough, was hoping to get a nice 03/04 model

I've heard nothing but bad complaints about them but they look so good!

There's so many different models of the 147, which is the best one?
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There is a GTA up on done deal at the minute, I'd say the GTA is probably the best 147.
 
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Its important to check the service history for any Alfa you buy.

In particular, check
- variator noise (rattly on start up)
- front suspension noise (wishbones)
- judder in steering at speed (front brake discs)
-timing belt last change
- all keys present
- airbag lights test OK when ignition started.
-lumpy acceleration (maf faulty?)

Best bet is try to persuade someone here to look at car with you ....




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Hi guys & dolls

I'm looking into buying my first alfa, thinking of buying 147 model. I have 3-3,500euro to spend.

Is there anything I need to be aware of? any issues/problems?

what kinda mpg do u get outta them?

thanks
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I've heard nothing but bad complaints about them but they look so good!

There's so many different models of the 147, which is the best one?[/QUOTE]

Complaints!!! They just need looker after, the more care and attention you lavish, the more they reward.

As for models, depends on your budget, the mileage you're doing, etc.

Lots of miles, get a diesel
I prefer petrol engines, an Alfa just doesn't seem right sounding like a tractor
GTA is amazing but you will be filling up a lot.

Find yourself a good independent Alfa specialist too.

Good luck with the shopping trip

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Well I'd be using to get to college, gym and my girlfriend. I'd prob do about 100-150 miles a week. Don't think I could afford to be stopping too regularly at petrol stations, being a student and the fact the petrol is nearly at 1.70cent a litre lol
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was only joking about the GTA I'm guessing the 1.6 would be the one you are looking for, revvy engine but not great for long motorway runs. mpg not great either, I got as low as 22mpg with my old one, granted I humped the thing everywhere though! if funds permit and you can find one go for a JTD, diesel has a good bit of squirt and loves the motorways.
Aside from that what the lads already mentioned is right plus look out for clutch judder, it can be a fluid leakage onto the clutch. or just a worn clutch of course. you should get a really good one for your budget if you are patient. I sold my '04 for not much more and it was lovely
 
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was only joking about the GTA I'm guessing the 1.6 would be the one you are looking for, revvy engine but not great for long motorway runs. mpg not great either, I got as low as 22mpg with my old one, granted I humped the thing everywhere though! if funds permit and you can find one go for a JTD, diesel has a good bit of squirt and loves the motorways.
Aside from that what the lads already mentioned is right plus look out for clutch judder, it can be a fluid leakage onto the clutch. or just a worn clutch of course. you should get a really good one for your budget if you are patient. I sold my '04 for not much more and it was lovely
does the 147 come in a diesel model?

22mpg? wow that's pretty rough! Yeah I've saved up some cash recently and I'm sick of the push bike and I wanna get myself a nice motor!

My Dad tells me to keep away from alfa, he said they awful cars but I dunno about that... I took a 156 for a spin there recently and she was nice, lacked power though for a big car, it was the 1.6 model.

Where did u sell your motor? any pics of her?
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This might be worth looking over.

The great thing about Alfas is you have a ready made 'support group' here and nearly every part can be found online relatively quickly.

Only time I drove a 147 it was a JTD from Treviso to Lake Bled (Slovenia) via Austria. The views were spectacular so I can't recall the car too much.
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does the 147 come in a diesel model?

22mpg? wow that's pretty rough! Yeah I've saved up some cash recently and I'm sick of the push bike and I wanna get myself a nice motor!

My Dad tells me to keep away from alfa, he said they awful cars but I dunno about that... I took a 156 for a spin there recently and she was nice, lacked power though for a big car, it was the 1.6 model.

Where did u sell your motor? any pics of her?
yea you see the odd diesel 147 from time to time, also a wiser man than i once told me that a five door 147 was a teeny bit heavier than a 156! The 22mpg was on the motorway in 5th at full chat, with regular driving its not to bad!

Have a look in the tech lounge the lads there will be able to tell you everything you will ever need to know! buy a good one with belts w.pump and front suspension done, regular oil changes. Then drive the life out of it
 
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I'll keep my eyes out for a diesel model, any site you would recommend searching to buy one?
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the 156 is a bit too heavy for a 1.6 so thats why it might have felt abit underpowered, just keep an eye on done deal, carzone and octane. It think you will find most people who say Alfas are bad have never owned one. They are just going on hearsay
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The 1.8 156 is a great car. The best engine in them IMO. I wouldn't recommend the 1.6. They feel underpowered and as someone said the MPG is terrible. Make sure you get one with a service history as they really don't age well when not looked after. If you get one that has been looked after they are a great car and don't give any more trouble then other marques.
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The 1.8 156 is a great car. The best engine in them IMO. I wouldn't recommend the 1.6. They feel underpowered and as someone said the MPG is terrible. Make sure you get one with a service history as they really don't age well when not looked after. If you get one that has been looked after they are a great car and don't give any more trouble then other marques.
Now Now Barry you know the V6 is by far the best engine
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Now Now Barry you know the V6 is by far the best engine
To drive. Not to tax and fill up with Petrol!
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To drive. Not to tax and fill up with Petrol!
I dont even think about those irrelevant things, pleasure negates them lol
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GTA is amazing but you will be filling up a lot.

Find yourself a good independent Alfa specialist too.

Good luck with the shopping trip
My GTA is returning 32.2 mpg ...... & that's TWO 1.6s in one engine

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For a TS engine car the 1.8TS is the best compromsie in a 156. If tou care to travel to Wexford I have two for sale, both with face-lift interiors

Cosmos blue Sportwagon 103k , taxed End of Aug, NCT 03/13
'03 Sportwagon Taxed 8/12 Nct 03/13 for sale in Wexford : €2,850 - DoneDeal.ie

Also have Pearlescent 1.8TS, leather interior, 17" alloys, taxed end of Oct, Nct 08/12, loads of work done ot it recently, belt, service, wishbones.

PM me if interested in more info.
 
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I dont even think about those irrelevant things, pleasure negates them lol
Almost 2k tax would be a good test of that theory though!!
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Almost 2k tax would be a good test of that theory though!!
Was going to say something similar Gav!!!
But it is €1005 for the 'old rate' which is still a whopping amount-remember we're talking 2.5 here. Our brother from across the water would be used to paying:

The cost of vehicle tax for cars, motorcycles, light goods vehicles and trade licences : Directgov - Motoring

Fuel is probably about the same....
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Was going to say something similar Gav!!!
But it is €1005 for the 'old rate' which is still a whopping amount-remember we're talking 2.5 here. Our brother from across the water would be used to paying:

The cost of vehicle tax for cars, motorcycles, light goods vehicles and trade licences : Directgov - Motoring

Fuel is probably about the same....
Bit harsh that!.... didnt realise tax was that much over there... yes i'd have to think twice - maybe not for too long though
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