2002 Alfa Romeo 147 Distinctive 5 door 2.0 TSPARK from South Africa
A good performer of doubtful quality
My cam seals blew at 19000 km.
After the repaired the cam seals the car has been consuming oil at approximately 0.5 liter per 1500 km.
The rear door handle broke at 41000 km.
The brakes are making a loud growling noise. The engine is making a diesel car like sound.
The car is beautiful and I love it for that.
It is either I bought one out of bad batch or the model has a serious technical problem.
I believe the car is running the same engine as the 156 range and owners of that range are extremely happy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th November, 2003
14th Nov 2003, 01:21
The diesel noise is due to the inlet cam phase variator which is starting to wear. It is a recurrent problem on many twin spark engines which requires a pure and simple replacement of the variator. Technical bulletins have been issued by AR- just browse the internet. Try to have it repaired under warranty. Hope that helps
4th Jan 2013, 19:18
Half a litre of oil per 1500km is normal. These engines are designed this way.
If you don't top up the oil... you will have problems.
And the person after you, who will then go on to proclaim Alfas as unreliable.
Know your vehicle... it's an Alfa... they DO NOT tolerate fools.