2003 Alfa Romeo 147 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2003 Alfa Romeo 147 Lusso 2.0 Twin Spark from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Twin Spark Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

Comfort, Luxury and Sporting Heritage in a small package!

Faults:

Front Anti-roll bar bushes worn out.

Power steering fluid leak.

Drivers door seal broken.

Passenger seatbelt clip broken.

General Comments:

The car handles very well, it has a very good chassis in wet and dry conditions and drives as well (if not as quickly) as any hot hatch on a B road.

The Anti Lock Brakes are a bit too keen and cut in too early for my liking, maybe I will change my mind after the winter!

The Traction control is simply not needed, I have the supersport 17 inch wheels option fitted, and they grip just fine unless I am a real hooligan on a wet day, again the winter might prove the worth of this system.

The twin spark engine is fantastic, its torquey like a diesel, but revs to 7000 RPM with ease. The noise is great, and gets better if you fit an open air filter. Other hot hatches produce more power, but this motor is as smooth as silk. In comparison a Golf/Astra/Focus petrol engine feel like a cement mixer.

I average 33mpg commuting, it can vary by 5mpg either way, but its not too bad! A full tank of fuel costs £50 in Blair's Britain!

The interior is sheer luxury, full leather trim, top drawer materials and build quality throughout.

The styling is great, top of the class, in my opinion on a par with the Mercedes C Coupe and far better looking than the Audi A3 and BMW Compact. Please don't compare this car with the Golf/Astra/Focus clan, because that's the league below!

Some days I wish I had bought a Type R, or a T sport or even an RS, but when you spend most of the day in city traffic, its nice to have heated leather seats, climate control and a Bose stereo with built in subwoofer all factory fitted.

The only complaint I have is that the dealer service is poor, If I have 3 jobs to be done, it might take 3 separate visits to fix them. I am going to try another dealer next time and hopefully this one will be more customer oriented.

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

Review Date: 2nd October, 2004

2003 Alfa Romeo 147 Lusso 2.0 Twin Spark from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Twin Spark Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance9000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

A rare treat for the eyes and ears!

Faults:

Nothing at all!

General Comments:

This car has beautiful build quality and the most comfortable driving position I've ever sat in.

Do not buy one if you are in the market for a hot hatch because you are missing the point, but for a quick comfortable car with a decent engine note, it is unbeatable.

It could do with a bit more power, I might look to change the chip and cams when my warranty expires.

The ride is quite firm and the cornering very good in the wet and dry with switchable traction control to suit your mood.

The leather is very high quality and feels so soft and smells so good.

I have lusted after a 147 since I first saw one at the British motor-show, and now I drive one to work and back every day!

Its closest rivals, the A3 and 3 series compact look like banana crates when you park next to them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2004

2003 Alfa Romeo 147 Lusso 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance7000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Buy one, you know it makes sense!

Faults:

A Few rattles when its cold outside, bad fitment on panels, especially where the bumper joins the boot (as mentioned in other reviews) a creaking from the front of the car when going over speed bumps, seems worse in the wet for some reason. Petrol Cap has been fiddly and never been able to get it to lock since I have had it!

General Comments:

Bough the car from a Car Supermarket saving around 4k, went to a dealer who asked my budget then smirked and said "oh you will be looking for a f***ing demonstrator then" (Sidwell Street Motors, Exeter) so my decision was made for me. Drove to Mansfield for it, and was worth every penny.

Inside is fantastic, make sure you have the winter pack & leather, the stereo is great (even the none bose one) although I prefer to drive with the window open listening to the engine (yeah' sad I know)

The chicks love it because it looks great, my granny loves it for its heated seats, and I love it for the noise & the effortless coolness even for a 5 door!

Could do with a bit more poke for me, going to see the guys at autodleta for some tweaking!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2004

2nd Apr 2004, 11:56

Likewise my front suspension has creaked from new. If you visit www.alfaowner.com (if you haven't already) you'll find it's common, and the general answer (which worked for me) is a liberal dose of WD40 on the front suspension bushes!

5th Apr 2004, 10:30

Do NOT use WD40 on the bushes. Generally, WD40 attacks plastic or elastic parts in the long term. Use some silicon spray instead (STP silicon spray, for instance), which gives the same result, while in the same time, it preserves the elastic parts. It can also be used to calm down the interior creaks. I have just sprayed my 120TS front bushes, it works fine.

3rd May 2005, 02:45

I was actually looking for info on my R reg 156 1.8. Drove it this morning and noticed the usual occasional slight creaking noise from the suspension had got a bit louder over the speed bumps. Looked it up and thank goodness you guys have noticed the same - and there was a heavy rain last night. Thought this was going to be an expensive trip to an Alfa dealer, but just a can of Silicon spray from your advice required! So a big thank you all for sending in the comments.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 11 reviews