I have an '09 plate Collezione edition, which was one of the last 147s sold in the UK. For me it still looks modern, and better looking than the Giulietta. The engine (120bhp 1.9 turbo diesel) is very good, feels fast in all gears and if driven carefully returns 53mpg. Only a 5 speed gearbox but 53mpg is very good IMO so doesn't need 6. The car is fun to drive, although the clutch pedal can be quite stiff (apparently a common issue with 147s). The 5 door model makes more sense I think, and have had 4 adults in the car in comfort. The boot is reasonably sized, but not big enough for the golf clubs sadly. The Collezione has full leather which looks great, and seats are comfortable. Not much in the way of toys! But I have added an after-market iPod connection, and the 8 speaker set up sounds great. Have covered about 8000 miles so far (car has done 29k in total) - and no issues with reliability whatsoever. Everything works perfectly, and in the cold weather recently the car was great.
Nice car, never let me down. I drive more then 15000 km a year. Current km = 180000 km Age car 2001
This is a car I would buy over and over again even tho I just roled mine in an acdent after the acedent I came to and the car was on it's roof after roleing 3 times and I was still able to walk away from the car with only scratches and a bump to the head. I couldn't ask for a safer car!
I have been an Alfa fan for 30 years. Not quite a real 'Alfisti', but two Suds, a 33, a 75 and a 164 V6. For company-car reasons I've driven an A6 Quattro and a couple of BMW 525s over the past 10 years. But... Three years ago my wife and I saw a "nearly new" 2 litre 147 TS at the local dealer. A test drive, and we both fell in love with it. It has been almost faultless: a clutch and an airbag warning sensor, plus slightly scary servicing. It has never broken down. It has leather, air-con, cruise control and a magnificent Bose sound system. It is an unending pleasure to drive. The steering sharpness of the Sud is not there, and the 147 rides a bit 'high' compared with the old boxer-engined cars. However, "Alfie" is our our car of choice for weekend breaks and just tootling around. The sound, the feel, the quirks. We just adore it; much more fun than the Beemer! Could we replace it? Yes. Will we replace it? Not for a while. I fancy a MiTo, but my wife is after a Brera....only time will tell.
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