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After telling a friend I was thinking about a 147 I got told I must be mad. Kept saying it will cost a fortune in repairs and will be forever off the road and in the garage. He has a Audi A4 which just cost him £700 to get through it's MOT.

I love Alfa's style but the reliability of them has always put me off a little.
 

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I was also told I was mad for considering an Alfa for the same reasons. Quite a few people said this to me, but funnily none of them had any experience of Alfa. I ignored them and am waiting the delivery of my MiTO! Those who have had or do own one now said go for it, that they had never had any problems with theirs and once I have one I'll never want any other make!

Go for it!
 

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My old 147 TS was very rarely off the road - in fact I can only think of once!
Never really had any problems with it. I most certainly never had to spend anything above £70 to get it MOTed either!! So thats 10% of what your mate spent on his german box :p
Get a good one and you will be laughing :thumbs:
 
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Has your feiend ever owned one or get His opinion from TopGear & suchlike? :rolleyes:
Get one with full service history & you have won half the battle ;)
 

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ive had some problems with my 147 but its nearly 10 years old its to be expected,thing is with alfas you cant just take it to any old garage if something goes wrong because they haven't a clue what their looking at,and specialist places like mangoletsi can charge the earth.

Il say that when they go wrong you will want to drive it off a bridge but when everythings working right its just sublime,for me its a car i just love and im happy to spend a bit of money on it,not many other cars would have that effect on me.
 

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I love Alfa's style but the reliability of them has always put me off a little.
What??? You're being put off by the prospect of HAVING a reliable car? :confused:

Had mine three years.

1. Have replaced the cam belt and variator (for piece of mind), so it was kind of a self inflicted cost. Done this after owning it a month, as I wasn't sure if it had been done.

2. Have replaced the front tyres.

Has cost me NOT A PENNY MORE.

Next door neighbour has gone through a '55 plate A3 AND an '06 plate 1 series... He's now got a Focus Estate.
 

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If you just want reliability.... go german.... or Japanese.

If you want a car thats good to drive, responsive, powerful, good lines and the envy of everyone who loves cars then go Alfa.

I am new to Alfa's after 20 odd years of driving anything with wheels. Always wanted an Alfa but was always put off. Got my 9 year old 156 a couple of months ago. Bought her knowing I was going to spend cash on fixing her up, but being good with spanners means even the big jobs won't break the bank.

Buy an Alfa if you want Smiles Per Gallon.
 

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I was told exactly the same thing never get an alfa all you will do is end up seeing it in the garage. As long as it got Full service history and it looks like it been looked after you will be laughing. Despite what everyone thinks it is a fantastic car to drive and i want another alfa now :). All cars are going to have there problems so i would say go for it.
 

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My 2000 plate 156 selespeed should be nothing but trouble if I listened to "experts".
In truth it's been no trouble since I bought it. I did the cambelt,tensioner, waterpump(precautionary) when I bought it with 58k on the clock and cambelt not changed at 8 yrs old.
I found an independant from the reccomendations on this site, who's serviced the car (competetively) at standard intervals, changed a wishbone for £90 for me and even calibrated the selespeed box for free when it made a few odd bleeping noises recently.
Apart from tyres which I've replaced all 4 that's it for cost, almost all routine stuff.
Everything works and the car is soooo much fun to drive.
Get a car that looks good and genuine with good service history , be prepared to spend a little on maintainence up front and you can laugh all the way to the bank; because the perception is that Alfas are unreliable they can be picked up for a song once a few years old (which is a shame for new Alfa buyers)
 

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I've had two 147's and the only thing I've ever regretted about them was selling them.
Like James Brown. They've got Soul! :)
 

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Well so long as you look after her, a 147 will be no less reliable than your mates A4! :thumbs:
 

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a 147 will cost to maintain about as much as a similar aged Audi (batteries, tyres, cambelts etc) ... however because the Audi is "worth more" (read : costs ...) people are willing to spend more on maintaining it (hence the £700 MOT bill) ...

... the good thing about the german brands is that they have a decent dealer network, if your car has gone wrong, you can take it to them and they will fix it (whilst also emptying your pocket) ... the Alfa dealers just don't get the support from ARUK and as such don't have the information sharing required to learn across the network ...

... therefore find yourself a good indy and you'll be sorted :thumbs:
 

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I have just been over to mot my wifes A4 and it has failed due to a headlight not being properly secured. unfortunatly i have had to leave it there as it will take a couple of hours to get the front end off in order to resecure it. going to cost me about £ 150 i think , maybe more.

Mot on my GTA in march , passed with no advisories
 
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I have had a number of Alfas now and none of them have cost £700 to get through an MOT :eek:

Buy an Alfa that has been well looked after and has loads of supporting invoices have it serviced regularly, check the oil weekly and deal with any issues as soon as possible and you will have a totally reliable car that is fun to drive and look different

My 156 passed its MOT a few weeks ago with a couple of advisories, they are dealt with and i have picked up a few other jobs that need doing shortly, nothing out of the ordinary though.
 

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I have been told numerous times that I am mad for wanting one, and now on my 3rd Alfa and people still take the mick....best to just nod smile and then let them drive it....;)

Even my old 166 catching fire didn't put me off getting another one - it just increased the amount of stick I got!
 
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