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Alfa 147 advice #1657823
24/05/2022 20:43
24/05/2022 20:43
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A friend of mine is going through a bit of a tough time at the moment and when his trusty transport (a battered, very high mileage Renault Trafic) turned out to be not-so-trusty, he was left in the Gloucestershire countryside with no wheels and virtually no budget.
After several days of him working from home and us exchanging "cheapest car on eBay" messages, he happened upon a possible solution, whilst signing the death sentence on the Trafic.
The garage had a 2003 Alfa 147 1.6 TwinSpark loitering around looking a bit sad. With only 85k miles and a reasonably solid body and mechanicals, my friend decided they needed each other and agreed a price with the garage owner (based on a thorough inspection and tour of the likely worst bits).
So, now he's got it, he is going to give it a full service and replace the front suspension, so that it's a bit less likely to kill him straight away.
You can tell he's one of us, because he'd already bought replacement Alfa badges on eBay before he got her home.

So, the questions to all of you amazing car people are:

What does he need to look out for?

and

What would you do if it were yours...?

Last edited by Jim_Clennell; 24/05/2022 20:44.
Re: Alfa 147 advice [Re: Jim_Clennell] #1657826
24/05/2022 22:55
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Take it to see Roger at Power Italia for a health check. Rog loves those things. "Things do go wrong with them, but everything's cheap to fix". See what he says.

Last edited by Trappy; 24/05/2022 22:55.

F****** b****** thing...
Re: Alfa 147 advice [Re: Jim_Clennell] #1657827
24/05/2022 23:58
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Make sure it's had a cambelt change! The worst for snapping are the 1.6's.

Re: Alfa 147 advice [Re: Jim_Clennell] #1657828
25/05/2022 06:26
25/05/2022 06:26
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Thanks Trappy and T. I think a trip to Essex might be beyond his current spending plans, but I'll definitely remind him about the timing belt.

Re: Alfa 147 advice [Re: Jim_Clennell] #1657831
25/05/2022 09:29
25/05/2022 09:29
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TS cam variators are prone to failing so if it's got a top end rattle that's a £300 component not including labour to fit it, with a belt as there's no point doing that work with replacing the timing kit.

Re: Alfa 147 advice [Re: Jim_Clennell] #1657832
25/05/2022 13:40
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Cheers, Joe, I'm passing on all info as I get it. My friend is still just about smiling at his purchase...!

Re: Alfa 147 advice [Re: Jim_Clennell] #1657867
27/05/2022 18:35
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One task that my newly Alfa-d up friend has discovered needs doing, is the gear change plate (apparently a common job). He thought it was the springs and bushes around the gear lever, but it turns out these are fine.
Obviously, he has access to the same Internet and forums as I do, but he is *extremely* French (and believe me, I've met some very French people) and may not fully understand the language used in English online groups. So, on his behalf, does anyone have any experience of doing this job? Any hints that I can pass on?
I haven't called Roger, as he is so far from us that I can't promise him any work at all resulting from his goodwill.


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