2001 Alfa Romeo 147 Selespeed 2.0 from UK and Ireland


As long as you don't buy the selespeed you'll be okay


Oil Cooler sprung a leak on joint on two occasions.

Heat shield cracked.

Power steering leak.

Steering rack with cracked joint.

Selespeed system failure. Potentiometers and actuators replaced.

Faulty body computer replaced.

Faulty ECU replaced. I think this is the Engine Management Unit.

Erroneous fault messages.

Leather seats started to wear excessively.

Selespeed gear selector replaced as it was sticking.

Exhaust manifold came loose.

General Comments:

I have now covered almost 35000 miles. The majority of faults have now been rectified.

However even after major repairs over many, many months I still experience intermittent faults with the selespeed gearbox which keeps slipping from 2nd to neutral or 5th.

The dealers must come top of my list of disappointments. Fault diagnosis and rectification is very poor. Although the 147 comes with its own computer which is supposed to record faults its not much use if the computer is faulty as in my case!

Put it this way. At some point during your cars life your selespeed is going to go wrong. Believe me, when I say, it will be a nightmare to repair.

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

Review Date: 28th October, 2002

1st Aug 2004, 15:14

I have owned a 2001 Alfa 147 Selespeed for one year. I hope I don't regret saying this after all I have heard, but after 25,000k I have had no real trouble with the selespeed at all. Once or twice it showed an error message, but all I needed to do was to stop the car and re-start it. Otherwise I have found it to be as good as it looks and a great driving experience - I live in Belgium and drive throughout Europe and enjoy every minute in the 147. In terms of the size vs highway proposition it is rivaled only by the Golf and the Focus in its class and is much more fun than either of these.

2001 Alfa Romeo 147 Twin Spark 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand


Nothing can compare for the money! (Reliability can be improved)


10,000 km Cam bearing replaced.

12,000 km VDC sensor still not repaired.

Sun visor need to be replaced so far 4 times.

0 km CD player skips been replaced.

20,000 km Exhaust manifold cracked.

25,000 km gear box gets stuck in 4th gear, still pending replacement.

Rattle coming from left hand side, still dealers not sure what is the cause of the problem.

General Comments:

The performance is excellent for a non-turbo car and it has a stable and comfortable ride.

The handling was unbelievable until I had problems with the VDC and it brakes unreal.

A beautiful car to drive and it's stunning to look at. The noise the motor makes is perfect. Seriously the best sounding motor around.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2002

2001 Alfa Romeo 147 Lusso 1.6 from UK and Ireland


A well equipped drivers car


Stereo failed after 4 days. Dealer replaced it. No problems since.

'Rear fog lamp failure' warning when cornering. Bulb was OK, I adjusted the bulb '+' contact. Problem solved!

Squealing noise from engine (sounds like a loose fan belt?). Exhaust bracket replaced by dealer (Known problem)

General Comments:

Excellent styling and build quality.

Brilliant road manners.

Interior is beautiful. Dash illumination is cool. Seats are incredibly comfortable. (cloth)

Climate control is a must.

The Bose stereo is the best I have heard in any car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2002

2001 Alfa Romeo 147 Tourismo 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


A serious looker that needs more grunt


Manifold shield fractured around mounting point.

Rear suspension rubber cups twisted.

Complete airbag system failed.

General Comments:

Car looks beautiful and drives fairly well dealership OK, but a bit sluggish getting parts.

The interior is definitely one of the best around mine is cloth, but still looks classy.

Strange problem after first major service, tyres were slightly over inflated this caused the ride to change dramatically for the worse.

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

Review Date: 8th August, 2002

2001 Alfa Romeo 147 DISTINCTIVE 1.6 120 HP from Italy


Top performance toy



General Comments:

This car is seriously quick, handles like it's on rails and is extremely fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2002

2001 Alfa Romeo 147 Distinctive 1.9 JTD from Portugal


A cuore sportivo diesel


The car had several assembly faults.

Loose door rubbers

Cigarette? burned driver seat

Check panel had a permanent blank line.

All these problems where fixed by the dealer in the first month.

After seven months the car has had zero problems, except for the CD error/ changer issue.

General Comments:

This is my first Alfa Romeo ever and I am still absolutely stunned.

The 1.9 115 hp engine is very good, including a bit of cuore sportivo. Low fuel consumption, no oil replacement needed at all. Perfect for lots of mileage on highways. Performs quite like a petrol engine.

It's a head-turning car, the interior is also impressive.

Handles like it's on rails, it's nice to take turns while your friends inside your car scream WHOOOAAAA.

I'm very happy with the car, to be perfect, only a 6th gear is missing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2002