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hi there

im about to buy my 2nd 147 2.0t.s 5speed having sold my last one as it was a selespeed(not for me)
the one im looking at is a 52reg 5dr 147 2.0 5sp with full history and 35k on the clock
the dealer has told me thats its had new cams new belt new head and new pistons!! the dealer tells me he has the paper work for the work carried out ive had a test drive and it sounds and pulls through the gears well the gearbox feels ok but the clutch feels heavy is this normal?
my question/s are what would of caused this car to have all this work with 35k on the clock and should i still buy it?

any help would be greatly appreciated

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Sounds like its had a rebuild after a snapped cambelt. They are due every 36,000 miles or 3 years so this one didn't quite make it I guess. Thats my guess anyway. Did an alfa specialist do the work??
 

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yea that's what i thought too
i don't think the repair work was done by a specialist
the dealers told me that he would have all the paper work for the work carried out when i go to have another look this sat coming

thanks for your reply.
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If you go for it, insist on a good warranty!

Find out who did the work, and phone them. Ask them what they did and why. In particular, ask how they set the timing (the answer you're looking for is "with cam locks and a TDC gauge") and check what was replaced at the same time (idler, tensioner, variator, water pump are all 'good things' to hear)...

If it suffered a snapped cambelt, ask if the big-end bearings were changed - they can fail shortly after the rebuild if not attended to.
 

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Sounds to me that its snapped a cam belt. If the car has a heavy clutch there may be the posibility that its done more miles than is on the clock. As for the engine , depends who has rebuilt it, is it an alfa garage, or just some back street one.
Golden rule of car buying::if in doubt walk away. There are plenty of 147s to choose from
 
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Heavy clutch = many miles!! Ours did 84k before it needed doing. Would a cambelt and clutch ever be done at the same time? Doubt it! Maybe it was a racecar!!:lol: There are new 147's under £10k at the moment!
 

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yea the dealer has already offered me a AA warranty for a year but like you say if some of the bits that you tell me havnt been done then i'll deff walk away
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Its always better to get an un-messed with car with a main dealer service history, there are plenty of 147s out there , good luck finding one.
 

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yea that thought did cross my mind too had a friend that reset the mileage on his vw bora and it was done very easily
checked the service book and it looks genuine all stamped up but i know this doesn't mean its true
 

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yea the dealer has already offered me a AA warranty for a year but like you say if some of the bits that you tell me havnt been done then i'll deff walk away
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Ouch! So he's got that little confidence in it that he'll offer you breakdown cover on it? Nice little earner for him :wow:

I meant his warranty. ie Anything goes wrong with it within 'n' months, and he'll fix it for free (parts and labour).

Don't be put off buying an Alfa though. Find a good one, look after it, and you shall be rewarded :thumbs:
 

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If you spot a good GTA 147 in red while you are looking give me a shout. I have been looking for 6 months now, still not found the right car. Just call me Mr Picky
 

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lol a g.t.a s next on my list just got to build up my no claims 1st lol
those that wait and all that: try piston heads for a g.t.a
 

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lol a g.t.a s next on my list just got to build up my no claims 1st lol
those that wait and all that: try piston heads for a g.t.a
Tried pistonheads, Offered on one car, got turned down. It needed alot of work, its the q2 one thats still on there. (red)
All I seem to turn up is expensive cars or cars with issues
 

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yea that thought did cross my mind too had a friend that reset the mileage on his vw bora and it was done very easily
checked the service book and it looks genuine all stamped up but i know this doesn't mean its true
The true mileage (in KM) is held on the ECU .. so connecting it to Examiner of AlfaDiag will tell you!
 

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I had a cambelt snap on me at 15k, then it snapped again less than 10,000 miles later and I had to pay another grand to get it fixed.

I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole, a fruit of the citrus variety springs to mind...
 
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