Re: GT vs Brera
I had a 3.2 Brera for just over 2 years & have now had my 06 GT (1.9jtd) for a month or two.
Both LOVELY cars.
I do prefer the look of the Brera, but beauty is in the eye etc etc.
It feels better put together, but as a result is heavier which makes it feel nice & planted (the 4wd helped as well), but it does blunt the performance & crucify the economy (22mpg or so). It was totally reliable, the only minor faults (the well-known drivers rocking chair syndrome, & an ocassionally erratic alarm) both fixed under warranty by the dealer. I had more positive comments about the look of it than any other car I've owned including several Porsches.
The down-sides were the mpg, the very little rear room (kids getting bigger day by day!).
I got the GT 2nd hand from our local dealer, as the lease I had on the Brera was coming close to the end.
It has far more room, I also like the dash/interior styling a lot & it does twice the mpg of the Brera. Mine is pretty highly specc'd up & I'm equally happy with it. Yes, the lack of rear wiper is a minor annoyance when reversing out of the driveway on frosty/wet days, but I wouldn't say its a deal-breaker.
If you only need 2 seats & you are under 6'2" tall the Brera is superb as long as the performance & mpg is OK for you.
If you sometimes need a 3rd or 4th seat, even for kids take the GT. The Brera rides better than the GT on rougher roads, but on M-ways & smooth surfaces I think the GT is fine. I find the front seats in the GT better, but I guess thats a personal fit thing.
Would I go back to a Brera? Probaly not, as I'll always need a 4 seater & if I could get away with a 2 seater I'd get a Spider!
Have fun choosing.
Both great cars