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Interested in a 147 1.9 in my city and seller said needs some 'stuff' done to the front axle, silentblocks, flail (front) - should i be worried by any of these and not buy or are they simple fixes?
 

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What front axle would that be? And what the hell are silentblocks and flail?

If the seller is simply talking about front suspension then it's no surprise, 147/156/GT suspension parts/bushes are prone to failure and you'd likely be having to replace parts sooner or later. Not too bad DIY, depends how handy you are, lots of info in the forum.

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err,,

I would run a mile simply because any Alfa 147//156/GT owner that doesn't know the correct terminology for wishbones,bushes and droplinks could have failed to take care of a multitude of other things that they haven't got a clue about..

what the hell is a silent block or flail?

as pub says it's easy enough IF thats all thats wrong but someone talking gobbledygook about things that need doing on ANY used car is a rather large red flag to me.

my advice?

if you want an alfa 147 spend the next month or so researching the models, their variants, the pro's and cons of each engine type and balance it with your needs and monthly mileage.

plenty of 147's out there but there are quite a few different trim levels and engines ,2.0 TS,1.6 TS, 1.9 JTDm, 3.2 v6, pre facelift, post facelift,turismo Lusso,ducati corse,sportivo..

you won't know whether you are getting a bargain or paying though the nose until you research this stuff...buying one because its shiny and the right price is almost the best way to throw a lump of money down the drain or find yourself with a biggish garage bill shorty after purchase.

Alfa's are just a little bit different to most cars so arm yourself with some knowledge prior to buying. learn a bit and you will end up with a fantastic car for the right price...don't and well, don't say you weren't warned..!

good luck:thumbup:
 

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Silentblock is a common term for a rubber suspension bush.
Don't be too hard on the guy and frighten him off too soon...!
 

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Silentblock is a common term for a rubber suspension bush.
Don't be too hard on the guy and frighten him off too soon...!

Dav, have to admit I have never heard that before..! my intention was to suggest he go find some stuff out as it is so easy to buy the wrong one if you don't know a few little Alfa bits..


but yes I take your point , I did come over a bit know it all judgemetal...:paranoid:

my intentions were good though, Honest!:yes:
 

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Thanks for the quick replies. Thats a copy of the text they sent me and they dont speak english (czech) so it could be googletranslator coming up with these terms. Car just imported from Italy so this person has not owned it directly for any period of time.

Needs - daily commute 40km total mix of city & highway in that trip, weekends want to hit the highway and see some towns in czech and abroad.
 

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Thanks for the quick replies. Thats a copy of the text they sent me and they dont speak english (czech) so it could be googletranslator coming up with these terms.
I did wonder if there was a hint of Google Translate. The result of that can be quite funny, especially if you go from language A to language B then back to language A again.

Not sure what "frail" could be, but..... via Google Translate, English to Czech and back to English changes it to "breakable", so could be brakes.
 

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What is the general view here around mechanics do you use alfa dealerships or have independent mechanics who do good work? Will need someone in prague so will ask around.
 

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I suspect almost every user of this forum either does the work themselves or uses an independent specialist. Most would NOT use a dealer and a lot would actively avoid them.
 

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Independent every time, thee is a good network of these in the UK, autolusso,the alfa workshop, to name just two..
 
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