New addition to the “fleet”.

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    One or two of you may have heard me ranting about Enterprise car rental over the years, I have them provided as part of the transport plan at work. Took the decision a while ago that I wanted a second car to bear the motorway/work load, something cheap, comfortable, interesting, decent to look at and relatively fun to drive. Over the months I had a look at old E39s (not cheap to run…), Saabs (have had eleven various flavours of Saab in the past) and even a Mazda or two.
    Saw this one on eBay and put a low ball bid on it, the BIN was £2K, my bid was £1450 max. Let the auction run and forgot about it.
    Only went and won it….
    Collected yesterday after work, three trains later I met the chap and we had a good chin wag about cars in general. A thoroughly decent sort.
    I’d down some research prior to bidding, MOT history, HPI check, asked to see proof of work done etc. When I saw/tested the car all matched up nicely.
    I’m now the proud owner of a 2009 Alfa Romeo 147 Colllezione 1.9jtdm. Black paint with tan leather. It’s a little cracker! Recent work (within 2023) include:
    - cambelt and water pump
    - clutch
    - two new Michelins
    - sump gasket (was leaking on old MOts)
    - service
    - rear discs and pads
    - new handbrake cable
    - four wheel alignment
    Drives well, pulls well. Has a firm but pointy ride, some rattling interior trim but I can sort that at some point.
    Paintwork is in good condition, 92k miles is relatively low for a 14 year old car.
    Has two keys and a wad of paperwork/history.
    Needs a proper clean, inside and out, hopefully will get chance at the weekend. Off to Oxford in it tomorrow! And before you ask, I have checked the RAC cover…..

    Parked at the bottom of the drive until I’m confident there are no leaks/oil drips.
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    I’ve had three Alfas in the last, two 159s and a GT. The 147 is basically a GT in a more practical body shape. Will be using this for tip runs etc, keep the G22 nice and clean.
     
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    Have ordered the following:
    - new bonnet badge, standard job on any Alfa
    - Bosch wiper blades all round
    - Connect2 Bluetooth adapter, stream music etc

    I’ve been yearning for a car I can “fettle” ever since I got the previous 440i, warranty etc has stopped me getting my hand dirty. Pretty sure the Alfa adventures will cure that itch..!
    Very old school driving experience, no electronic aids or warning systems, even have to change gear myself, what’s that all about then?!
     
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    Congrats- my old man bought one of these (147 2.0i Lusso) brand new in 2001 and ran it for about 7yrs.

    Not without its issues (electrical gremlins being one of them), but it had real character and was a pleasure to drive. Really enjoyed knocking around in it whenever he would throw me the keys.

    Enjoy! :)
     
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    First work run today, down to Oxford and back. Seems to be running well, for the lower powered 8v unit it still pulls along nicely.
    Reasonable traffic down to Oxford, past the Belfry, M42, M40, A34. The reverse was the usual Friday carnage, so the economy dropped back a wee bit. But still managed a decent mpg, photo below. This was taken when I got to work, had dropped to 57.3mpg by the time I’d got home.
    It reminds me how numb our new cars are, this rattles and jiggles on rough surfaces, but a decent set of corners and my face lights up. So direct and mechanical in comparison to the G22.

    New Bosch wipers and cabin filters had arrived by the time I got home, so changed them over. My god the filters needed changing!!

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    That mpg's impressive! :thumright:
     
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    Gave the car a clean and some updates today.
    Gave it a snow foam soak, rinse, wash, dry and layer of AG Ceramic spray. Cleaned the wheels as they had loads of dried in crud between the spokes, much better now but still a bit tatty. To be expected.
    The farmyards worth of much that came out of the wheel arches was something else.
    Dropped the back seats and made 48p, bonus, vacuumed the years of crud, including a dried up gummy bear.
    It didn’t have Bluetooth, so I’ve bought a Connects2 box and fitted today. This has the bonus of steaming music, has a good mic and a USB for charging. I connected a long USB cable and fed it through the cup holder, cut a little hole and it is now accessible for the phone holder. The little box works a treat, hooks straight up to the phone, also allows the steering wheel controls to be used for accepting a call, fast forwarding a track on steaming music etc. Very impressed.

    The wife did wonder what I’d got myself into when she saw this….
    IMG_3259.jpeg The cable sits nice and tidy now, not flapping around as it was when I used the cig lighter.
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    Cleaned up nicely.
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    Another faultless run to Oxford and back yesterday. Thankfully the air con is working well, even better after I’d changed the cabin filters.
    Booked it in for a brake fluid change at the weekend, hasn’t been done for a few years. Also getting him to sort an issue with the gear stick, it doesn’t fully self centre, fine going up the gears, but a wee bit like gear roulette coming back down…
    The rattles in the dash have been solved, I packed the radio and cup holder trims with double sided foam when I added the Bluetooth box.
    Adjusted the handbrake today, it wasn’t fully engaging until 7/8 clicks. Now fully engaged after 3/4.
    Packed the “running an older car” essentials in the boot today: water, oil, essential tools, jubilee clips, rags, gaffer tape, gloves and a hammer. If that won’t fix any problems, the RAC can.
     
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    Ahhh, the classic 147 “find a gear, any gear..” game! :ROFLMAO:

    Remember that w’ll from the last year or so of running my Dad’s car.

    Good to hear there’s a potential (low cost?) fix?
     
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    Top hat bushes or the gearbox bush, both pretty cheap and easy to replace. Either way it should improve the changes. Quoted £80 so I won’t cry over that. He’s also going to give it the once over, I imagine there will be the odd issue….
     
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    Oh wow! Very impressive at how cost effective a fix that is. Wonder now why my old man never got his done.

    It’s really funny - his car had all sorts of gremlins: a radio which would turn off for no reason and refuse to turn back on until “it” wanted to again. Same with the sunroof and electric windows. Then the odd stutter which would be apparent on some journeys but not all. Plus then the dodgy gearbox like you’re experiencing.

    In other cars, you’d conclude it was a piece of the proverbial and swap it for something else, but somehow none of this was able to detract from what was otherwise a very enjoyable steer.

    Still look back fondly on it. Certainly wasn’t the best car I’ve ever driven, but certainly not the worst either. However somehow had sufficient character you could forgive it its sins. Never driven anything like it since.
     
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    Glad I’m not the only one who can become attached to what is basically a shed of the week contender!
    Of the other three Alfas I have owned, only the GT gave me the same feeling as this 147. I don’t think I’ve had such a fun driving experience in such a low powered car for an age. I drove the M440i this evening, what a machine that truly is, it is beyond expectations I’m so many ways, it makes me excited in a very different way to the Alfa. That just makes me smile. Funny how such inanimate objects can get under the skin.

    The price of parts has dropped significantly since I owned the GT, so maybe that’s why your father didn’t get the Alfa fixed, they cost a lot to fix and source parts when they were relatively new.
     
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    Standard job on an old Alfa, replace the front badge!

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    Wow quite some car, moreso for the money and proof of the work carried out!
    I’m sure it shall be a little gem and live up to the fix it again tomorrow heritage
    It does have a very modern shape, I foresee an affliction and transformation, shall soon be signing up to owners club and show stand
     
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    Wouldn’t go so far as a show stand, it is only a lowly derv 8v after all. I was a member of Alfa Owners back when had the 159s and GT, a funny bunch, don’t think I will be going back there. Well, not until it breaks and I need advice. :LOL:
     
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    Dropped the Alfa off at the specialist this morning, hopefully get it back later on Monday.
    Seems to be in the correct company, :ROFLMAO:

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    Back from the specialist, gear change is so much better. £20 bushes and an hours labour.
     
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    Feels like the true Alfa experience today, started up at 6:30am, no problems, first turn of the key. Then 30 seconds later a warning and a CEL. o_O
    However, drove fine, went to Kettering and back, started first time each time.
    Reading on line it could be a few things, low battery (I’ve charged and checked and all seems fine), CPS (possible cause), glow plug module or glow plugs.
    Started up to go to the Chippy tonight and the CEL has gone out! Hurrah, a self healing Alfa. :ROFLMAO:
    Have a decent diagnostic tablet on order, will come in useful I’m sure.
    This is the warning:
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    Nice one, looks rather nice.

    3 of my techs at work are ex-Alfa techs and rave about them. Biggest problem with them is wiring. All the wiring is German…

    Enjoy


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