In its favour is a steering system that boasts only 2. An early morning blast down the A3, and I'm on a familiar B-road a little outside Guildford. The car rises over the peak, but lands effortlessly as if it knows exactly where the road is going. What to Look For The 147 feels well built and for those who do know how to wield a spanner, it isn't the nightmare to work on the Alfas of yore were. However, the entry-level models are denied the fancy hi-tech stability aids.
The doors open wide and the seats are a reasonable height so you never 'drop down' into the cabin. There are six airbags - two front, two in the seat sides and two curtain ones as well. On the other hand if you are more of an adventurous person who wants some excitement in trading then you can opt for the aggressive mode as that will work best for you. As a client you pay the dealer directly the agreed price and the dealer pays us a referral fee. Model year 2002 Year of manufacture 2002 First year of ownership 2015 Most recent year of ownership 2016 Engine and transmission 2. Made a trip to Spain with it. Alfa Scalper And Everything You Need To Know About It? Discovered water hoses had started to disintegrate; again not a major problem, a quick trip to my local car breakers sorted it for about £10.
But styling is subjective; you either like it or you don't. Parking The 147 isn't a big car, making parking a straightforward exercise. The Selespeed transmission is pretty terrible, although I did not realise at the time how much because it was my real experience with an automatic. This occurs when a powerful front wheel drive car is asked to deploy all that grunt, and the resultant effect is the car 'weaving' its way up the road as first one wheel, then the other achieves grip. The performance of the car is good as it has power all through the rev band.
It's a really special car! This unusual feature allows you to, among other things, book hotels and the like with an operator. The Selespeed model has an appetite for clutches if used predominantly as an urban scoot and you should also check wheels for kerbing. General Comments: Despite a few mechanical issues, this car is amazing! My internal organs meet my spine, it sounds as if hell itself is emerging from the exhaust, and amidst the turmoil I realise I'm on the rev limiter. The engine is another strong point of this car. People are currently using this product and well the results and reviews are quite satisfactory till date which is why we are hoping that it will work for you too. The seats are exceptionally comfortable, and in typical Alfa fashion, they are supportive and figure-hugging. I pass a junction on a gentle right hand curve, the sign to nail it before the sharp uphill right.
There's a great deal of 'tuneability' in the double wishbone front and MacPherson strut rear setup and weight has been reduced significantly. It was up against the likes of the that we reviewed last month, and with the Alfa being over £2,000 more expensive when new it seems crazy that anybody would have actually chosen to buy one. Safety-wise, the car is well catered for. It is without doubt the best performance hatchback available today. With the Q2 system, the outside front wheel gets the lion's share of the torque split and uses it to good effect, driving the 147 purposefully through the bend with less throttle modulation or sawing at the wheel to try to get meaningful drive back. The car was, at least once every two months, at the dealer who was great. One of the last of the traditional compact premium hatches, even in five-door form the car is no match for the latest generation of larger family cars.
Soft touch two-tone fascias came in, as did moves to make the instruments that little bit more legible. I just lock it with the key now instead of the key fob, so it doesn't annoy my neighbours at 3am! One cannot expect to buy a vehicle of that age and that mileage, and expect it to be as good as one from a showroom floor. The V6 sounds more fabulous than usual in the otherwise silent Surrey tranquillity. I meet friends for drinks in Docklands no alcohol I can assure you, I am already in enough fear of losing my licence without adding any more incentives and streak back later through the London night. For the first time ever, Italy was joined permanently by road to Northern Europe when the Mont Blanc Tunnel opened.
Room in the rear is credible, especially for two full sized adults — although you can fit three adults across the back seat. At the turn of the century a small, sensible family hatchback started rolling off the Naples production line. General Comments: I loved that car and hated selling it. Watch out for the 149. General Comments: About the looks, I must say that this is definitely the most beautiful car in it's class, and I think I said enough. The interior came in for a little attention, the designers charged chiefly with improving the perception of quality. The dark interior boasts a leather sports steering wheel and black sports cloth seating.
The front tyres were screaming at you, the exhaust was gargling away behind you, and all the while you had to deal with the inevitable torque steer that was trying to send you off into the nearest hedgerow. Interior is sporty and good looking. I've raced a lot of cars from 1. You see, speeding is neither something one should boast about nor be proud of. Being a heavy smoker, its imposible not to mention the incredibly small ashtrays for the front and back seats.
If I had do it over, I would buy a low mileage, face-lifted 147. Extremely low risks and extraordinary profits. I later measure the steering to be 1. The widened body, lowered ride and various bodywork tweaks now gave the bland 147 an unexpected presence. Alfa Romeo 147 The compact Euro only Alfa Romeo 147 first went on sale in 2000 as either a three or five door hatchback instantaneously became a classic. Like A Jealous Italian Lover It Will Kill You If You Think Of It As A Domestic Appliance. I change the oil and filter every 3k miles with fully synthetic oil and a genuine Alfa oil filter; that's £60 every 3 or 4 months.