Product Type: Alfa Romeo cars
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Niggled to distraction
Alfa Romeo 147
Member Name: Baptsu
Alfa Romeo 147
Advantages: Looks good
Disadvantages: Niggling problems
So the saying goes, every petrol head needs to have owned an Alfa Romeo. Classing myself in that category I purchased a second hand Alfa 147 in 2009. On the plus side it looks good but beware, servicing and parts can be expensive. When I have needed to replace parts, I have shopped online for cheaper parts and taken those to the dealer to fit rather than buying them direct from the dealership, helping me to save a bit of money.
Despite a few niggling problems with the starter motor and door locks it has been running pretty well for the last year and a half. Admittedly I might not be so blasť about the niggling problems had I not had a warranty for 2 years from the dealership. However in my numerous dealings with them the Alfa garage has always been friendly, polite and helpful.
There are a few other negatives; like there isn't enough leg room in the back seats and the CD player my model came with was really basic. But positives include really supportive front seats and it is great to drive.
It is a great car but if you want to own one be prepared to spend a bit of time in and out of the dealership sorting out intermittent problems. On that basis I am sad to say that when my warranty runs out I'll be looking to purchase something that is more reliable.
Summary: stylish but high maintenance