This evening I watched an old Top Gear where Jeremy Clarkson put an Alfa 147 GTA through it’s paces and compared it to a VW Golf and Ford Focus.
Despite the fact that it will break down, something will fall off, and it’s slower than the other two cars, all three presenters would still buy the Alfa. If you’ve ever owned or driven an Alfa 147 you’ll know exactly what they mean. I read a review of the Alfa 147 in a paper and then months later had the opportunity to test drive one. I fell in love immediately. How could I not buy it? It was a love/hate relationship almost from the start.
The famous Alfa build quality made itself known early on:
- My Alfa’s dashboard died for absolutely no reason while driving to work one morning. I had to pull over, switch off the engine and start her up again to get things working again.
- The ABS or Traction Control kicked in going over small potholes. If you know Irish roads you know there are a lot of potholes.
- Three of the bulbs in the headlights went at exactly the same time and had to be replaced while I was away from Cork.
- There were other problems with it and I had to bring it back to the garage several times.
I wouldn’t trust it as far as I could throw it but would I buy another Alfa? I’d be awfully tempted..
Here’s what the Top Gear guys think and judge for yourself. Sheer lunacy?
What car have you absolutely adored? What car made your blood boil with passion to drive? What car would make you enjoy a long drive along bumpy roads? Mine’s the Alfa Romeo 147, what’s yours?