Which used Alfa Romeo 146 hatchback should I buy?
Go for post-1999 models: these more recent versions have improved engines and chassis which made the 146 a much better car. They also benefitted from a facelift that brought a body-coloured radiator grille and bumpers, and air-con as standard.
The smart choice is the 1.8 TS. It provides plenty of excitement, and you can be confident of a sale when you come to pass it on. This model also benefits from quicker steering than the basic models, and that makes for a more rewarding drive.