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Hi Guys.

My name is Greg and I'm new to the Alfa family. I need your guys help urgently. Some of you may think little of me but each one to his own.

I purchased an Alfa 147 T Spark 2.0 2003 model on auction yesterday and it was by pure fluke that i won. I'm still in shock from it all. I picked it up for R 26000 with 144 000km on the clock. \

I did not get a chance to view this car properly prior to bidding as i did not even expect it to go for so cheap.

There are some things that need to be done on the technical side. when you switch the ignition on the Motor control system failure light comes on with the engine symbol. i have no idea what this could be.

The cluch feels quiet hard. the car has been standing for a year from what the guys at the auction house has told me. the battery was completely dead so i bought a new one.

The idle seems to cut off. Is there anyone on here you can refer me to, to have these things checked out. i really would like to get this car back to its original condition in term of driving capabilities.

Any suggestions will be highly appreciated.
 
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Hi,

Well turbonutters that is on this forum has a workshop in PTA. They specialise in Alfa's..

Surely he will be able to help.

Welcome to Alfa ownership by the way... :thumbs:
 

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Welcome.

It might be a long road to freedom...

Get the car to someone with a computer, and repair/replace from there, starting with the parts costing the least.

if you have a lump sump of cash available, it is advisable to service the sensitive and problematic areas whilst the car is 'in the air'. Labour cost wise, it will work out cheaper.
Overall this forum has a fast library of information if you spend some time reading, and a lot of friendly alfisiti who will give you advice.

Yes, Turbonutters is experienced in the Alfa marriage...some say, ....he spreads GTX on his toast!

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Hi and welcome, dont worry im always at auctions and this is part of the game, the problems dont sound too serious, where are you situated? Id be happy to scan and find the fault for you with fiatecuscan if we can get in touch?
 

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As for the clutch, maybe the clutch is almost finished. But the most important thing to do is change the cambelt hey. ASAP.
 

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Hey Greg welcome to the club,

If you are in Northern Joburg Alfia Auto is another contact you can try - Turbonutters are nicely situated that you can drop your car and take the Gautrain back to JHB / Centurion if you need.

Auctions are cool that way - I got hold of a Hyundai SCope when I just finished studying - fixed it a bit up over time and sold it for more than I bought + spent on it to the 1st guy who called - had another 6 (seemingly serious calls) in that time. I loved that car!

Back to the 147 2.0 - really nice car and beautiful engine :thumbs:. Many of the problems you mentioned could be from the long stand - e.g. the clutch slave cylinder is notorious and not an expensive or difficult fix. Don't worry you'll get it sorted - no problem.
 

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Hi and welcome, dont worry im always at auctions and this is part of the game, the problems dont sound too serious, where are you situated? Id be happy to scan and find the fault for you with fiatecuscan if we can get in touch?
I'm based in meyersdal. The car feels a little sick on take as it cuts off. clutch is hard as hell. did not drive it for long as a friend drove it back from the auction house.
 

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i also picked up a noise from the front. it makes like a knocking noise. i checked the owners manual that came with the car and it seems like it has a full service history until 100 000km. the mileage is sitting at 144 000.
 

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Welcome Greg

The knocking noise is more than likely lower control arms..... At those km's most definitely worth replacing ARB bushes, drop links and at leat lower control arms..... the top ones too if they seem a bi loose to you.....

Congrats on a bargain buy though..... for a 2003 , spend R10 000 to R15 000, on top of what you paid for the car, and you are still safely in the money..... for under 50 k, you will not find a better car !
 

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I am sure you will sort her without a problem. :thumbs:

Yes, Turbonutters is experienced in the Alfa marriage...some say, ....he spreads GTX on his toast!

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Edge thank you GTX clogs your arteries.
 

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I live in vereeneging, its about 50 km from me, if your willing to pay my fuel (R100) I would be happy to come scan it for you, especially aftet hours because then im bored hahaha, private message me your number then we can talk.
 

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Hey guys. an update. Benzina159 is meeting me at 10:30 to do a scan. will keep you guys updated on how it goes.

Drove the car yesterday and I kind of had the wrong impression. it drives well. just a few noises when it turns and over bumps. the clutch is very hard. other than that it seems ok.
 

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If it was standing for a year she will become better if u use here.
 

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Hey guys, Benzina159 came around and plugged in his cable. picked up a problem with air flow meter. will try to clean it out first before getting a replacement.

i guess alot of the parts will need lube as the car was standing for so long. any suggestions?
 

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Hey guys, Benzina159 came around and plugged in his cable. picked up a problem with air flow meter. will try to clean it out first before getting a replacement.

i guess alot of the parts will need lube as the car was standing for so long. any suggestions?
Best to quickly search this forum for MAF cleaning. The short version is use contact cleaner that leaves no residue. I would replace the oil and filter immediately, it is cheap enough for peace of mind. Many here will advise you to do the timing and balance belts soon too for surety. At least have it scrutinised - not that it shows age visually... spark plugs on 2.0 last long, but could be checked - be sure to clean area before removing plugs.
 
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Clutch hard as hell needs new pressure plate as it's worn on fingers and you don't get nice pivot on thrust bearing . Hopefully it's not conrod knocking ! What your oil level .
 

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I thought it would be the slave cylinder? But pressure plate seems more plausable now that you mention it. I listened to the engine, she runs smooooth as a babys bottom, It really is just a control arm bush knocking I think, anyone know where Greg can find a maf for cheaper than what the stealers are asking?
 
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