Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Alfa Romeo 147 hatchback?
There's no hard and fast rule with the Alfa Romeo 147. Some models are utterly reliable, their owners reporting not even a blown bulb between services, whereas others are nothing but trouble. That said, suspension repairs are where most money gets spent.
One particular worry is the cambelt, which is recommended for a change after 36,000 miles or four years, whichever arrives sooner. There's a known problem with these breaking, causing major engine damage. It's a wise move to change it as soon as you buy any used 147.