2002 Alfa Romeo 147 Selespeed 2.0 Twinspark


Great value


Nothing serious yet. The thin rubber chin "spoiler" is really vulnerable and only stapled on. It separated early on and will be replaced at the first service.

There is an annoying noise from the doors which would appear to be the result of the extremely snug window seals rubbing slightly.

There is no CD stacker on this car, but the stereo occasionally hunts for it. This requires me to turn the whole system of and on again which "fixes" it.

General Comments:

This car ticks all the right boxes for me.

It looks a million dollars.

It is quick, comfortable and safe.

Electronic aids have taken a while to get used to, but seem to work well, eg EBD tends to pitch a under moderate braking - very disconcerting at first.

The Selespeed is also growing on me, but has taken a lot of time and practice to get used to.

The interior is lovely, but the instruments are hard to read in daylight because of reflections.

The finish seems very good, nice thunky door closing and everything seems well put together - at least as good as my old VW Polo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th July, 2003

2001 Alfa Romeo 147 Twin Spark 2.0


The best value for money in it's class without exception


CD player looking for a multi change unit that wasn't installed originally, fixed first time.

Rattle in drivers side door recently fixed, going by the way the interior door handle was put back together, this was repaired by an ape with a crowbar, so now they are replacing the handle.

High oil consumption, so far dismissed by dealer. This is a tricky one as it appears hard to find what "reasonable consumption" actually is.

Remote locking system started to re-lock the car on opening, sometimes with passengers still in the car, rather embarrassing, appears to be resolved after attention.

Rattle in passenger seat just emerged, I haven't told the dealer about this yet, in case they get the ape that they used earlier to fix it.

General Comments:

A beautiful car that always get the looks of fellow motorists.

Stunning interior, intoxicating dashboard lighting.

Comfortable seating easily adjustable.

Handles like a go kart, although the chassis could handle a good deal more power.

Engine revs cleanly and effortlessly.

As my first Italian car, it is everything that I hoped for and expected.

Free revving, beautifully balanced, wonderfully designed, stunning motor vehicle capable of absolute joy and occasional annoyance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th May, 2003

21st Jan 2005, 01:12

I have high oil consumption as well- worries me!

2001 Alfa Romeo 147 TS 5 Door 2.0


Nothing else like it on the road


The key keeps falling off the key ring (removable - what a dumb idea!!)

Loose speaker wire behind glove box.

Rubber strip under front spoiler fell off.

False warnings about lights.

Questionable oil consumption.

Rattle from RH door lock mechanism (seems common)

Faulty relays (high beam & fog lights)

Cracked heat shield (seems very common)

Loose exhaust joint.

Grinds when selecting reverse.

Coolant leak (loose hose)

General Comments:

Car looks good, goes well and is very comfortable and well equipped.

Could do with a bit more go, but I am just greedy - a 5 door GTA would do the trick nicely.

I was worried about early build quality because mine was the first delivered in Oz, and so far I have been right. The list of items are minor, but it has taken 6 trips to the dealer in just over 12 months to get them fixed.

I stayed a long way away from the Selespeed - nice to play with, but I wouldn't own one from what I have heard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st April, 2003

10th Apr 2003, 18:08

Another update to the list of faults. First heavy rain in several months (we're in the middle of a drought) and the floor has a puddle of water on it. Reminds me of my 1979 Alfasud, probably means it's time to go and find something else to drive.

14th Apr 2003, 01:06

I have a few faults which seem to be common as well. I have a 1.6L 147. Year 2002. Steering makes a strange noise when I start-up. Rear window washer has stopped working. Driver seat - Threads wearing on it. Getting a Rear Foglight Failure message (Foglight works!). Sometimes (Once a week) I find it very difficult go put the car into 4th and 5th gear. Very frustrating as the dealer doesn't seem interested in fixing the problems. Does anybody know if the seat covers are covered by the warranty?

19th May 2003, 06:53

Another update:

The water leak was fixed, found to be a 3 inch gap in sealant on the firewall/bulkhead joint. The wipers weren't put back on properly by the dealer, so I took it back. They fixed one of them, I gave up and decided to do the other myself.

The heat shield was replaced, but it didn't fix the problem. It turned out to be a exhaust bracket right near the engine. Sounded like a loose fan belt.

The car is now trouble free for the first time since I have owned it.

23rd Feb 2005, 21:01

I had a similar problem with mine. Check the steering fluid level. Top it up and watch for leakage.

4th Mar 2007, 20:11

I am currently experiencing a couple of problems with my Alfa 147 1.6 T.spark. My front windscreen wipers do not reactivate after I cancel, (they only activate again when I turn the engine off and restart), I do not have a rain sensor fitted. Is it an electrical relay problem/computer? Rear fog light failure alarm displays too, but it works! any suggestions?