2001 Alfa Romeo 147 Lusso 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Good-looking, seemingly well-built, lovely to drive. Fast, that is.
Rear wiper motor packed up, but was replaced under warranty.
Driver's heated seat requires a new element.
Exhaust heat-shield needed replacing after 54,000 miles.
Eats front tyres rather quickly, but the rears seem to last for ever.
A gorgeous car to look at, and I still look back at it with pride after parking it anywhere after three and a half years of ownership.
The suspension makes it a little hard at low speed - it's not really a town car - but along your favourite twisty road it's a joy.
Steering is nice and sharp, always letting you know exactly what the front wheels are doing.
The cabin is a lovely place to be and feels well bolted together, though it's starting to develop a few rattles as the miles pile on. Still, just turn up that CD player...which, incidentally, is a good one!
My local Alfa dealer is a friendly place, but maybe I'm lucky in that respect because I know Alfa dealers don't score highly in the surveys, but I have no problems with mine.
Fuel consumption isn't wonderful, but then when that sort of thing becomes important to you, you know you need to get out more!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th February, 2005