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Alfa Romeo 147
Member Name: aliyah t
Alfa Romeo 147
Date: 13/10/04, updated on 21/10/04 (2619 review reads)
Advantages: free breakdown cover, individual looka, bad for front passenger
Disadvantages: drinks oil, guzzles fuel, bad for front passenger
Luigi was tired of being a waiter, so when he was offered an apprenticeship with Alfa Romeo he gladly took it. What Alfa didnít know before Luigi started building our 2.0 TS Lusso, that Friday afternoon, was that Luigi had Dyslexia. Our car had already been shipped to England.
The front electric windows were stuck, fortunately in the closed position and remained totally unmoveable for the first few months of itís life, we had working windows for a few weeks then they packed in again. Fortunately it has aircon or I may have melted to death on one or two of the hot days we have had this year but unfortunately the air con also had a mind of its own along with an occasional strange smell too.
The petrol cap is a menace for my manís big hands, which could probably explain why thereís never any petrol left in it, that and the fact that you can literally watch the needle going down as you accelerate. Having been to Italy twice now I can confirm, that Italian men on the whole have lady-sized hands.
The paintwork developed blemishes in some areas and the alloys caught an unexplained virus too, fortunately the garage we bought it from did a really good paint job, which totally surprised me since I would not recommend anyone to buy a car from them. Under Warranty we got 2 new alloy wheels which took 5 trips to the main dealers and several hours waiting around before they were finally both exchanged, and the same performance was had over getting a dead battery replaced. At less than 3 months old the car has also had to have a new computer. The main dealers told me it had been a danger to drive all the while I had been driving it, because it basically had a mind of itĎs own and the brakes could have failed at any time! this also meant that all the extra safety features would not have registered with the car. Which is comforting to know after having paid over £16,000 for it.
Prior to that we had a non-starter, 5 breakdowns, VDC failure, ABS failure, spontaneous and rather annoying electrical faults which included a flashing tripometer... Can anybody explain? I canít be bothered to read the hand book, it would take weeks. I am informed by the main dealer that apparently, if your foot slips off the brake pedal, like it sometimes does when you set off quickly, the car thinks itís brakes have failed and the pedal needs re-setting in order to off-set the ABS warning, (bet you didnít know that)
The car has not yet done 4,000 miles, most of this mileage is in trips to the main dealers!
Overall I believe that the car is way too intelligent for itís own good and having a brain (computer) in a car is not a good idea after all, going back to the days of a simple gearbox, steering, and pedals sounds good to me after 7 months of this, yet despite all this, I donít blame the car, I blame the garage we bought it from and the not so finger-on-the-pulse main dealers. It is a fabulous car and not just for its looks, itĎs a wicked-beast to drive but not so good for your front passenger. The large wheels, sharp handling and hard suspension mean you could easily break your GrannyĎs neck. (not a suggestion)
Ps. if you do break down and like me you were not informed of the 2 years free AA cover, donít allow a man with big hands to push you out the way, as the body work pushes inwards very easily and then costs a lot to have it popped back out to perfection.