2002 Alfa Romeo 147 Lusso 2.0 TS Selespeed from Belgium
Bring out the cliches
Replaced the wipers and the gearbox was revised.
One time, I pulled the door handle off the car while opening the door.
At the end of its life with me, it used about a 1L of oil every week.
I had the big wheels, so tires were quite expensive. The silver paint was coming off the wheels, so it looked terrible.
The car was, at least once every two months, at the dealer (who was great).
I loved that car and hated selling it. First off, the engine. It's fabulous. Compared to my current one (a 1.0 Ecoboost Fiesta, packing about 140 HP), it LOVES to rev and constantly pull the leash. It did use as much oil as it used petrol (lots of it). The Selespeed transmission is pretty terrible, although I did not realise at the time how much because it was my real experience with an automatic. Everyone was surprised it had shifting paddles though, which was nice. It rode quite comfortably and the steering was light, very easy parking. The leather seats are great and I adored the Alfa logo in the headrests. Fantastic Bose stereo! Also, my grandmother sits quite comfortably in the back, and with the seats flat, my grandfather's wheelchair fits nicely.
I'll be honest, I sort of regret buying the Fiesta (new, 19k €, great car, but I genuinely miss my Alfa). If I had do it over, I would buy a low mileage, face-lifted 147.
Now, I am looking to buy (or rather choose) my first company car, so that will probably be a V40 or 1 series or something like that, no Alfa on the menu sadly. I'll probably buy a classic Alfa (looking at a GTV6).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th July, 2015