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Hi folks, I'm new on here, and am here to pick your brains more or less. You see I have lost my once great love for all things "car". I have long admired Alfa's and so think now is the ideal time to take the plunge into "Alfisti" territory. I live in Derry where Alfa Romeo is not at all a popular brand, being dismissed by many as "too much bother".

I remember attending the old Ulster Motor Show in the King's Hall (whatever became of that event) where I used to stroke the Alfa cars but never had the nerve to own one, as the numerous stories of bad build, manufacture issues and electrical problems scared me off.

I have looked for a 159 but Used Cars NI has a pretty crap selection. Not too many about elsewhere either. 147 and 156 still scare me to be honest but they still look great. Are these cars really so bad? Can I rely on an Alfa to get me to work in the morning? I will be glad of any help and/or advice.
 

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Unfortunately no one will be able to guarantee you any car will get you work every day,
I've had a 147 for 5 years now, (company car, but still my pride & joy), and while it has had a few problems, looking back most have been pretty minor, eg well known airbag light / alarm issues (see tech section for solutions) and it's no more unreliable than the other cars in the company car park, including Toyota's & Audi's.

for the record it has let me down twice,
1st time, a clip came loose on the fuel line, 15min temporary roadside fix with a cable-tie, (7 weeks for main dealer to replace the fuel pipe but that's a different story),
2nd time, cam-belt failure, BTW if you get a JTD change the belts at 60k not the recommended 72k. :eek:

But, and it's a big BUT, I wouldn't change it for the world (Ok maybe a 159 or a GTA), after 5 years I still park it at the door to our offices so I can see it when I walk past, I know this might seem a bit sad, but that is how Alfa ownership will affect you if you have any passion for cars at all, and that's before you get in and drive. It doesn't matter how crap work has been, and there have been many crap days in the last few months, an empty road on the way home -or at least no cars coming the other way ;)- is guaranteed to put a smile on my face. :D <- literally just like this.

Basically you just need to do your homework, have a good read through the technical sections here, loads of great advice about what to look out for in there. Don't be put off by people telling you Alfas are unreliable rust buckets, they just aren't, it's a stupid old stereotype. As above I can't tell you if you buy an Alfa it will never go wrong, but it's the same for any car.

Good luck with the hunt, keep us posted, and when you buy your Alfa (you know you want to :thumbs:), post up some pics.
 

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my 147 hasn't let me down yet, but that doesn't mean the one you buy won't. All cars are different and have been maintained to different levels.

Take yuor time and buy a good one - no problems then.
 

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Low mileage regularly serviced has always stood me in reasonable stead in the past, regardless of the marque? This in spite of the contemporary views that Mega mileage motors are just as worthy of consideration?

Some will diagree with my opinion, but I have the self satisfaction of good results deploying my inclinations toward low mileage purchases over many decades of selecting a car . One or two exceptions to this personal ruling naturally enough. :D
 

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Alfa's are not as bad as people think, in fact i run a workshop where 75% of the cars we work on are VW/Audi, BMW and Mercedes and they have just as may similar problems as Alfa's.
Take your time finding the right car that has been cared for and you will be fine.
An Alfa will help you get you "Motoring MoJo" back.
 

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Unfortunately no one will be able to guarantee you any car will get you work every day,
I've had a 147 for 5 years now, (company car, but still my pride & joy), and while it has had a few problems, looking back most have been pretty minor, eg well known airbag light / alarm issues (see tech section for solutions) and it's no more unreliable than the other cars in the company car park, including Toyota's & Audi's.

for the record it has let me down twice,
1st time, a clip came loose on the fuel line, 15min temporary roadside fix with a cable-tie, (7 weeks for main dealer to replace the fuel pipe but that's a different story),
2nd time, cam-belt failure, BTW if you get a JTD change the belts at 60k not the recommended 72k. :eek:

But, and it's a big BUT, I wouldn't change it for the world (Ok maybe a 159 or a GTA), after 5 years I still park it at the door to our offices so I can see it when I walk past, I know this might seem a bit sad, but that is how Alfa ownership will affect you if you have any passion for cars at all, and that's before you get in and drive. It doesn't matter how crap work has been, and there have been many crap days in the last few months, an empty road on the way home -or at least no cars coming the other way ;)- is guaranteed to put a smile on my face. :D <- literally just like this.

Basically you just need to do your homework, have a good read through the technical sections here, loads of great advice about what to look out for in there. Don't be put off by people telling you Alfas are unreliable rust buckets, they just aren't, it's a stupid old stereotype. As above I can't tell you if you buy an Alfa it will never go wrong, but it's the same for any car.

Good luck with the hunt, keep us posted, and when you buy your Alfa (you know you want to :thumbs:), post up some pics.
Your wish could be my command :thumbs:

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I have looked for a 159 but Used Cars NI has a pretty crap selection. Not too many about elsewhere either. 147 and 156 still scare me to be honest but they still look great. Are these cars really so bad? Can I rely on an Alfa to get me to work in the morning? I will be glad of any help and/or advice.[/QUOTE]


I have had several cars from new berfore I recently bought my first used car a 147. I knew just what I wanted (JTD M-Jet lusso) and serched the country to find the right car at the right price.

With alfas - look for FSH at the correct time/mileage by an Alfa garage/specialist and be aware of cambelt change intervals.

Any car can have problems, infact the most I ever had were with a Renault - complete nightmare :eek:
 

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Buy an Alfa and you'll never look back.
My wife (the most conservative woman in the world !) wouldn't look at any other car ever again !!
 

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I've owned a 145 and a 156. Both fantastic cars which are as reliable and trustworthy as any other car IMHO. You can get a good one, you can get a bad one..... I got rid of my 145 at 137K miles if I remember, it's still going strong years later....

Another way of looking at it - they aren't that expensive. Buy one and see how you get on. Nothing in life is forever - if you hate it, you can always sell it.... but you probably won't want to :) Don't wait until we're taxed off the roads to regret never owning one...
 

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I have to report that I'm not having much luck:cry: However I see all the good 159's are over in Scotland/England, so when I get a break from work I'll maybe take a scoot over. Keep you all posted.

Have to add I'm not too encouraged by all the poor service reports I read elsewhere. I am very fussy about maintainance:eek:
 

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Ovation.

Don't be afraid to travel to buy. Choice is only an Easyjet ticket away!

If your budget reaches to a 159 then search for a nice diesel Lusso which has a few months warrenty on it left. As safe as any other brand i'd say. Keep it serviced on time and expect to replace a few front supspension parts at some stage (fairly routine) and you'll be smiling behind the wheel :p
 

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I'd echo everyone elses comments on here and encourage you to go for it. We have had 3 alfas recently - I work in the Maiden City area as well and the fact there are very few about is the best bit. I hope to go for a 159 next...

Have had no major issues at all with any of the three we have had. In fact I had a 3series BMW before the alfa run of three cars and it was a complete nightmare. Was in the garage more than out of it an ended up wrapped round a telegraph pole. I always said there was something wrong with the steering in it but the garage disagreed!!!!

First alfa I bought, we got a RAV4 from an independent garage at the same time. Both cars broke down on the same week about 6 months later. The garage 'stood over' the RAv4 but wouldn't stand over the alfa given their reputation. RAV4's Turbo had blown - £1200 plus VAT for the garage to fix! A sensor went on the alfa - £15 from Roadside garage to replace:lol: They should have stood over the alfa instead:lol::lol:
 

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I have to report that I'm not having much luck:cry: However I see all the good 159's are over in Scotland/England, so when I get a break from work I'll maybe take a scoot over. Keep you all posted.

Have to add I'm not too encouraged by all the poor service reports I read elsewhere. I am very fussy about maintainance:eek:
If you'd consider an 159SW, mine is up for sale on this site- 2006, 2.4jtdm, titanio, leather, bluetooth, bose, 18" alloys, FARSH, belts just replaced.
 
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