2005 Alfa Romeo 147 Selespeed 2.0 petrol
An enjoyable little car to drive, but make sure you've got a good warranty
Water leak into front passenger footwell - fixed under warranty.
Temperamental sunroof control.
Occasional random dashboard warnings about various system failures (selespeed, electronic stability control etc) with no cause found.
One or two other minor faults happily fixed under warranty by the dealership.
This was my first experience of owning an Alfa Romeo. Overall I really liked this vehicle, but I'm glad to have disposed of it before the end of the warranty period, because I suspect long term reliability could be an issue.
The black leather cabin interior was well styled and comfortable, and I also loved the exterior styling.
Factory Bose stereo on this model was outstanding.
Air conditioning struggled on hot Australian days.
Good performance from the 2 litre engine, seems to like being revved and sounds great when driven harder.
The selespeed gearbox adds to driving enjoyment, and also gives an automatic option which my wife usually enabled when driving. I had no problems with the selespeed, but any issues outside the warranty period would be likely very costly.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th August, 2009