2002 Alfa Romeo 147 2.0 Selespeed 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Legendary Alfa unreliability still exists, despite claims that Alfa has stopped the rot


Hatchback door catch alarm sensor faulty.

Rear windscreen washer faulty.

VDC / ABS Warning light due to faulty foot brake sensor switch.

Broken rear door footplate.

Selespeed failure, which left me broken down and in the cold for 4 hours waiting for a tow-truck.

General Comments:


Wonderful design - inside and out.

Has all the toys (too many in fact)

Elegant and sporty.

Engine beautiful and makes the most satisfying noise.

Bose radio, sounds great at high volumes, average at low volumes.

Selespeed takes some getting used to, but great when it works!


3 months old and 3 times in the repair shop.

Very low on storage space. With a cd changer and the Bose stereo, the rear storage space is too small for golf clubs and definatly too small for a child's pushchair.

I am starting not to trust the car. My wife is worried about taking it on a long journey.

Legendary Alfa unreliability exists, despite media claims that Alfa has stopped the rot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th December, 2002

15th Jun 2011, 03:14

I had one years back, it got:

VDC / ABS warning light due to faulty foot brake sensor switch, constantly after repair.

Selespeed failure, which got me stuck twice on the road.

The paddle transmission lagged big time.

CD loader lack shock observance ability.

Best part is when I take it to dealer for a trade in, they tell me straight that this model has too many problems and they don't want it!

I had to auction it at the end...

2002 Alfa Romeo 147 Selespeed 2.0 from Singapore


Teutonic Slayer


None, simply superb.

Singaporeans avoid Alfa Romeos like the black plague because of its bad reputation for poor reliability.

However, the Alfa 147 is completely different in terms of reliability for Alfa Romeo.

General Comments:

The entire set up of the car is just simply superb.

Fast and exciting to drive.

The Selespeed is a gem.

More comfortable than a WRX, but with better performance than an A3 or Golf.

In Singapore, it's a bargain as the 2.0 Selespeed is S$10k to S$25K cheaper than the 1.6L Audi A3 and VW Golf.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2002

21st Mar 2003, 13:20

How is the fuel consumption?

2002 Alfa Romeo 147 2.0 from United Arab Emirates


Can you tell that I love this car?


Nothing. The car has been perfect so far. Despite the heat over here in the middle east, the car has never overheated and has performed without flaw.

A/C struggles a bit when temperatures rise above 45C.

General Comments:

Great handling. The engine sounds beautiful, could listen to it all day despite the fantastic Bose sound system.

It's a red 5 door with the optional 17 inch wheels and it looks like nothing else on the road. There are very few of them over here and I get lots of BMW and Mercedes drivers slow down to take a second look. (Sometimes they have to speed up to get a second look!)

The car is somewhat related to those cars as well:

The electrics are all Bosch. The same as those found in the Audi TT. Even the stability control system is the Bosch ESP system used by Audi. So is the trip computer.

Alfa have thought of so many great features for the car that it is hard to list them all.

The switch gear is first rate and feels excellent. Even the dash is covered with a material called "buffalo hide" which is designed to reduce glare when the sun shines in the window, there are no reflections to distract you from the task at hand: driving!

Having just driven a 4x4, I'm really enjoying driving this small sports luxury car around.

The Selespeed takes some getting used to, but once mastered it's extremely rewarding. I find it strange that the system is praised in a Ferrari, but the motoring press complains about it in the Alfa. It's good fun and since I added a Sebring rear silencer the sound it makes when it blips itself down a gear is awesome.

The electronic throttle that does the 'blipping' is the same system employed in the Porsche Boxter since the 2000 model and it works very well.

The engine simply sounds great! The induction roar under throttle is hard to beat. There is nothing like the sound of an Italian performance engine, although it could use another 20 BHP or so to compete with the VW Golf GTi.

The steering wheel and instruments scream performance, are well laid out, feel great and the blood red glow of everything at night gives the impression of being in a cockpit of an F16.

The Momo leather seats are very supportive and the driving position is first rate.

All the troublesome bits are now German, so that should sort out reliability problems. All the fun bits are Italian, need I say more?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2002