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I am a relatively new convert to the Alfa Romeo - I have a 2003 147 which I have had since November last year. I absolutely love the car, but recently have had the problem with the airbag light that everyone else seems to have had! Had it reset but the next day it came back on again. Just went to have a look under the seat and the wiring loom under the drivers seat and it was all loose and hanging down, so I could easily have knocked it when adjusting the seat. Got it booked in again so hopefully they can sort this time!

Got a problem with one of the keys the dealer gave me too. The boot release button doesn't seem to work very well. Could it need a new battery? My husband spoke to the dealer but as is out of its warranty, they didn't want to know!

Look forward to using the forum...
 

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Hi, welcome to the forum :)
 
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Hi there :)

I am a relatively new convert to the Alfa Romeo - I have a 2003 147 which I have had since November last year. I absolutely love the car, but recently have had the problem with the airbag light that everyone else seems to have had! Had it reset but the next day it came back on again. Just went to have a look under the seat and the wiring loom under the drivers seat and it was all loose and hanging down, so I could easily have knocked it when adjusting the seat. Got it booked in again so hopefully they can sort this time!

Got a problem with one of the keys the dealer gave me too. The boot release button doesn't seem to work very well. Could it need a new battery? My husband spoke to the dealer but as is out of its warranty, they didn't want to know!

Look forward to using the forum...
firstly welcome to AO ...

air bag light going on and off all the time in my 156...the wires under the drivers seat need attention..have a search above to see how to rectify...


the key fob could well do with a replacement battery..cost around 2 pounds..worth a try first

all the best

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Thanks Gary. I notice you drive a MG too - so do I (midget)
It's a bit of a contrast to driving the Alfa....

Mike = thanks for advice. I will try battery.
 

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Thanks Gary. I notice you drive a MG too - so do I (midget)
It's a bit of a contrast to driving the Alfa....

Mike = thanks for advice. I will try battery.
All the best people have Alfas and MGs :)

What type of Midget do you have, mines a 1500 (as you can probbaly tell).

Yes - its a very different driving experience to the Alfa :)
 

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Welcome to AO and Alfa ownership :)
 

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Never mind the light, I'm still waiting to hear of somebody clobbered by the airbag deploying in an Alfa, and how they fared ...
 

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It's a 1500 too, in red (1977)

It's great in this kind of weather...
They certainly are, mines a '76 model. I've just been for a blast around town in it...there really is nothing to beat open top motoring when the weather is nice :cool: :)
 

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:) Alfaholic, thanks for your welcome - love the quote re BMW, Audi etc Would you believe I nearly bought a TT rather than an Alfa?! They are very nice to look at but a bit dull compared to an Alfa or a MG Midget for that matter!

Gary - I'll try and put a pic of my MG on site- it's got a nickname 'LRB' (little red bu*ger) It has earned the title quite aptly having had loads of things go wrong with it in the 8 years I have had it. Still, would never sell it.
 

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:) Gary - I'll try and put a pic of my MG on site- it's got a nickname 'LRB' (little red bu*ger) It has earned the title quite aptly having had loads of things go wrong with it in the 8 years I have had it. Still, would never sell it.
Yeah, that will be great. Mines had quite a lot go wrong with it in the time I've owned it, but then I have had it 20 years, and it is a 30 year old car now, so can't complain really. The last few years its had a problem which I think was related to its ignition, so I've just had it converted to electronic ignition. I need to wait for the sun to come out to take it on a long run to see if its been fixed.
 

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Hi all, just thought you would like to know....Further to my original message re the air bag light in my 147, now had it scanned by the local garage that looks after my MG. The fault is apparently "PS curtain airbag squib". Anyone else had this problem? To do with the detonator linked to the airbag apparently.

After everyone else's recommendations, I am going to take it to Heath Road rather than back to the dealer.

I'll let you know how I get on...:)
 

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:) Alfaholic, thanks for your welcome - love the quote re BMW, Audi etc Would you believe I nearly bought a TT rather than an Alfa?! They are very nice to look at but a bit dull compared to an Alfa or a MG Midget for that matter!
You're welcome mate....let's hope Mr Stephenson is as good as his words. ;) Seems you dodged a bullet with the TT :p :lol:
 

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Lazy Blue, just out of interest where do you take your Midget?
 

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Thanks all for your messages guys. :) It's great to have somewhere where can chat to fellow Alfa owners, and get handy tips. I don't have any friends with Alfas (yet!!) so it's hard to get good advice sometimes. To be honest, I get the impression a lot of people like Alfas but are nervous about getting one, because they think that have a lot of problems ie with electrics etc. Perhaps my situation at the moment hasn't helped that perception!!


Gary - I have tried several places with the MG, but I now take it to Hillier & Blackburn on Canal Road Industrial Estate in Timperley, opposite metrolink station. Telephone number: 0161-972-0068. It's a small local garage but the blokes there, John and Steve are great and don't rip you off. They have been looking after my various cars for years. They are also Alfa fans and it's partly their fault I got one!! They are not classic car specialists as such but the jobs they have done on my MG have been great (new master cylinder on clutch, new radiator and head gasket this year) Their reputation with the classics must be spreading as they often have them in.

Let me know if you decide to try them....
 

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Cheers for the information Lazy Blue, but i'm quite happy taking both my MG and Alfas to Allitalia in Wrexham. The reason I asked about where you took the MG was because when I first moved to Wrexham I took mine to the Welsh MG centre, and was seriously unimpressed by both their attitude and quality of work.
 

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Fair enough. I did think Wrexham to Timperley may be a bit of a trek!! Still you've got the info if you ever move or have any mates in the area looking for a garage. I haven't heard of the Welsh MG centre - where is it? Are you in the MGOC? I was but haven't renewed my membership for ages. May do so...

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The Welsh MG Centre is in Wrexham too...I wasn't sure what part of Cheshire you were from. Yes, I've been in the MGOC since I bought the MIdget in 1986. I don't go to the meets or anything, but its good for spare parts and technical advice.
 
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