Used Alfa Romeo 147 2001 - 2009 review

Category: Family car

Section: Advice for buyers

Alfa Romeo 147 (01 - 09)
  • Alfa Romeo 147 (01 - 09)
  • Alfa Romeo 147 (01 - 09)
Used Alfa Romeo 147 2001 - 2009 review
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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.