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Hi, I'm going to be on the hunt for a 147gta later on in the year. But for now I'm going to do my homework so I don't get my fingers burnt. Anyone out there with first hand experiences with the 147gta and what should I look out for? My budget is 7k.

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My Alfa mechanic swears they are the best "new" Alfas and not too much of a mechanical headache if you get a good one.

Of course, here in Australia, people want $15,000+ for theirs. Crazy!
 

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That's good. The only horror story I've heard of is the diff can make a bid for freedom on early models. $15000 is about the same here in the UK which would be around £7000.
 

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You can find the Q2 diff here EB3
The engine compartment is a bit full of engine, gearbox and so on. Some check and service jobs take some hours to perform - like change of timing belts etc.
 

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147 GTA's

Ive got a blue 2004 147 GTA 6 Speed with the 305mm brakes. I have no regrets at all in buying it. Had a 16V integrale before but the GTA in my opinion is more enjoyable. Probably not as fast but much easier to live with. Yes the chassis is not as good as a E36 M3 (raced one briefly) but they are pretty good and the car looks the part unlike a M3. Expect to have to do the front suspension upper and lower arms and the anti roll bar drop links and mounting bushes on any car you buy. Q2 is always recommended and I do believe it is a real problem. Friend destroyed a couple in a GTA road car. You have to do all of this or have a car with it done so it may pay buy a car with all of this done incl cam belt/pump. Some people say the 305 mm brakes are not up to the cars performance but I haven't had an issue. Don't drive as hard as I used to but they are up to very "spirited" road use with good pads. They make an awesome sound! You probably some have minor electrical issues (air bag plugs on seats etc) Know nothing about the Selespeeds apart from they are not the same selespeed system as in the 4 cyl
 

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Congrats with your 147 GTA. They look good, drives good and that awesome Bosso engine have lots of power and sounds good.
I haven't had a 147, but I was very happe with my 156 2,0 TS.
 

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Not a 147 GTA, but i owned a GT 3.2 for about 2 years, this car is almost identical to the 147 GTA, the issues are also similar in both cars. As MarkAsh mentioned, differentials are made of glass, and electrical problems might be an issue. My GT had an issue with the body computer, sometimes the frameless windows would not go down correctly when opening/closing the doors, causing water ingress and wind noise. Front suspension bushes turn to dust, especially in hot climates and if the car is thrashed over speed humps. Ensure that you get a full history on work and mods done on the car. If something like a timing belt goes on these notoriously expensive engines, the car is a gonner. Go through as much as you can before finalising the deal, in general, the GTA cars get average mileage on a clutch, as the GTA's have an uprated clutch compared to other V6's, BUT, if the clutch is due, it will be a big bill, as the car has to come appart. Crazy amount of labour, exhaust manifolds, sideshafts, subframe, intake system etc. all has to come off. And, if this is not done by an Alfa specialist, the bill will most definitely grow, as they will most likely end up damaging some other very expensive bit. Do your homework. For the price of GTA's in the market, i would rather look for a nicely cared for GTV 3.0 or if age is a factor, something like a 156 V6. This way you will still have the V6 experience, without spending large sums of dough on an oldish vehicle just because they are "rare". Most GTA's have been driven hard, in many cases by youngsters who could'nt care less to first warm up the engine, or take care of the clutch and gearbox. By the way, a well sorted GTV 3.0 will eat any standard GTA 3.2 car, and looks the part. My advice..
 
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