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Hi, I am not an Alpha owner but I am considering the 147, however I would appreciate it if anyone would be able to answer my questions.
I think the 147 is a fantastic looking car but I am a little sceptical because of Alpha's reputation. I am looking at the 1.6 TS, second hand with an age of 4-6 years. Am I looking at an expensive car to run? What is the fuel economy? Or should I go back to considering the Seat Leon?
Thankyou in advance to any responses. Andy.
 

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I think you are very wise to do your research in advance.

It took me almost a year to finally decide to buy my 147. Mainly because I am a very picky but inevitably partly because of my concerns regarding the perceived reliability.

If you scan the forum you will no doubt read plenty of horror stories regarding reliability but conversely there are countless who experience little go wrong with their Alfas and a trouble free live.

Realistically, you need to walk into the experience of owning an Alfa with your eyes open. They need to be loved and regularly maintained in order to ensure that they give the best back. There are of course some features which are typically Italian and you can expect the trim to fall off and the electrics to ocassionally be a bit haphazard!

I think the 147, as a fairly recently engineered car, is reasonably reliable although it doesn't score well for reliability in Top gear style polls (not sure how much of that is as a consequence of crap dealer support). However, have a scan through the 147, 156, 159 technical forum. This should give you an idea about common problems and the cost of resolving them.

There are Buyer's guides available on the AROC website and on the Alfa workshop site (http://www.alfaworkshop.co.uk/alfa_romeo_147.shtml).

Not sure of the general running costs of the 1.6 but you would certainly need to consider the relative servicing costs (main dealers outrageously overpriced but then aren't they all!). There are plenty of recognised and well recommended independant specialists to chose from.

There are well known servicing requirements which you might want to consider, particularly when buying a 4-6 year old like mine. Note that the Cam belt must be changed well ahead of recommended frequency and there are twice as many Spark-plugs on a twin spark just to add to the costs. Apart from that servicing costs shouldn't really be any different from other similar sized models in it's class.

Anyway, try the forums as they are a goldmine of advice and information (mostly) and hope to see you become a regular on here very soon.

In the end I decided that I was going to take the risk of having some problems because I loved the car so much.

Its a pleasure and pain thing!
 

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Oh, and go for Lusso spec (Climate control, steering wheel audio controls, CD Player, Cruise control etc that aren't standard on the Turismo) and get leather if you can :D.

7 weeks or so of ownership and I still smile everytime I get into the car. Would you get that buzz in a Leon?
 

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Hi Andy,
welcome to the forum.

I had a 147 2.0 for 2 years and had minor problems. Just once I took it to the dealear as the SatNav went crazy (kept insisting I was in the middle of the Atlantic ocean whilst driving down Baker Street). Other than that, a beauty. :)
 

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Hi and welcome :)
 
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Probusterrace said:
I think you are very wise to do your research in advance.
First bit of essential research is to learn how to spell A.L.F.A. properly :rolleyes:

Welcome and good luck in your search :D

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Welcome to AO. :D
 

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Hi Andy,

Alfa are great cars to own. They make you feel special and no many other car (unless you pay high price) can make you feel the same way.

But if you are scared by reliability issues, be aware that the 147 is not brilliant. It very much depends if you find a lucky or unlucky number but their is no way to know it in advance.

At least you could reduce the risk by not choosing a Selespeed one (I am not convince byt the benefit of the selespeed gearbox anyway) and by buying one still under warranty; preferably less than 2 years old because the 3rd year warranty is a complete farce called Dealership Warranty with a huge list of exclusions that Alfa manages to not tell you until a problem occurs.

All the Best

Fabrice
 
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