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Old 06-04-2004   #1
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Stilo vs 147

Hi again,

Just another quick post to see if anyone out there owns or has tested a Stilo and alfa 147 and a give your opinion.

I have just taken a 147 for a test drive and it seems very good, but a lot more expensive than a Stilo, and was wondering if anyone can give me the plus and minus points of both. ie why should I buy a stilo? when I can buy a 147 if I want to?

I like both, but have to consider insurance running costs etc, but if the 147 is way way way better (or cooler) than the stilo I would like everyones opinion. I do a lot of motorway and a road driving so good dynamics is important.[?]

The stilo is winning on price (my head is talking) the 147 is winning on general gizmos and looks (my heart).

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Old 06-04-2004   #2
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3-door Stilo uses the same Floor pan as the 147. I'd say equally as good looking in a more conventional way. Stilo is more spacious, looks sporty, but most models can't match their equivalent 147...

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a friend of mine owns 147 2.0ts ... its very good car ... you must see an 147 driving behind you in the internal mirror ... like a UFO the "mouth" of the car is excellent.
i can give you some tips about the car ... the alfa obviously is more exclusive car but if you think that you wont be having the minor problems that we have with our stilos its not true ... alfas can be pain in the arse lots of times.if you are going for a petrol engine the alfa can offer quite an impressive engines ... and thats also for the diesel cars.
both cars do have more or less the same gadgets inside so it wont be worth to talk about.
its your call but remember that more people will look at you in your alfa than in your stilo.

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I drive lots of both.... 147 wins in each version unless you are going for a 1.2 then the cheapie Stilo is the only option.

147 JTD is the best of the lot.

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I was behind a 147 today and I'm not sure what engine it had in it but it looked like a 1.6 or 1.8 jobby in Alfa standard form and I couldn't stay with it, but I caught it up at about a 100mph and from then on upwards it was pretty even, after a ton he couldn't get away from me any more and things evened themselves out.

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The boyracer opinion eh TC:D

Well yesterday I put my Stilo in the garage and got a 147 as a courtesy car, very nice!

Looks wise it depends if your buying the 5 or 3 door, the 5 door 147 is almost as nice as the 3, so beats a five door Stilo easy, but I personally prefer a 3 door stilo, this is of course though down to you:)

Drive wise, the 147 is definitely more sporty than the Stilo, its stiffer, and turn it much better. The one I had was the JTD 16v, and the advantage it had over my JTD was staggering, loads more poke, but also much more refined, though I guess the normal JTD in the Alfa would offer similar performance.

Appeal: well Alfa is a prestige brand, whereas Fiat is mainstream, this of course accounts for some of the price, but there are telltale details, the windscreen wipers have Alfa Romeo inscribed in them for example!

As for the interior, the Stilo has more space, and feels a bigger car, I prefer this, but my girlfriend who is only 'ickle found the 147 less intimidating. The interior is a little more swish than the Stilo really, more of what you'd expect from an Italian, whereas the Stilo although very nice inside is a little Sombre.

BUT, going on Jamjar prices, my Stilo cost 9600, the 147 I had (JTD 16v Lusso 5dr) is 15800, even the cheapest 147 JTD tourismo 3dr is 12800, that is lot of wedge more IMO.

Then there is the insurance, my Stilo is in group 5, whereas the 147 JTD tourismo is in 12(I think!), and the JTD 16v Lusso 16(again, I think!)

Also the Alfa will probably be hit harder than a Stilo on depreciation, though neither has exactly rock solid residuals.

All that said, its down to your preference really, and if you don't mind the extra financial implications.

Good luck;)

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No James, not boyracer, he just thought he'd piss me off as we exited a roundabout on the parkway, so I thought, let's see what this baby can do, and above is the result! :p

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i rather the 5 door alfa 147 as the rear doors are a bit of a novelty!

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TC, I had a similar thing with a dick in a Bora the other day, VW driver think they're it[:(!]

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Old 07-04-2004   #10
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Mad Colm

What do you mean by a bit of a novely?

It's a novelty that someone would consider putting 5 doors on such a beautiful car! :p

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Im guessing he means the way the rear door handles work, just like on the 156. handles in the back of the door next to the window

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Oh, right, I see, you mean the concealed door handle feature, that's the trick they use to make it look like a three door isn't it? ;)

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Doesn't work as well on the 147 as on the 156, the front door is too short.

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I would really like a 147 jtd but for 3K more than a Stilo 3-door its just not worth it. Mind you my wife's 145 ts 1.8 in French Blue metallic is better to drive and turns more heads than my 51-plate Bravo jtd despite all the HGT add ons!
Hopefully the Stilo jtd on 17's will be a bit tighter on the twistiesand
I will eventually get it to Nige for remapping!
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The standard Stilo springs are a little soft, if you can uprate them, I will when I change my insurance:D

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