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AO Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Sussex
I have two 2.2 JTS (well, the one is in the wifes car) and whilst its true the power to petrol consumption is not what you'd like, the engine is a nice unit. In the Brera Prodrive you do get a nice exhaust note and so too in our Spider especially when the top is down.
Is the timing chain an issue? No, not in my opinion. The Brera had one at 40k+ miles the Spider has done 65K and still on the original one, I see it as a service item. You do get a warning as LM says, its not like a belt snapping. Although there have been some issues with the M32 gearbox in the 2.2, most of the problems have been with the diesel engined cars.
The 2.2 Brera and Spider are nice cruises, not out and out sports cars, but still can be quite agile on the move, their lighter weight than the 3.2 and 2.4 diesel makes them (I understand) handle better.
Lussoman has had problems with his one, we have not with our two. Make from that what you will. The Brera is now sold, I'l miss it. The Spider is a keeper, I'll look forward to the sun when it come out of hibernation.
Finally, if you want to read about various engine problems just follow all the diesel issues.
Someone said to me, "so whats so special about an Alfa Romeo then?" I told him, "If you have to ask, you wont understand".
Giulia Super 2.0MA, wife drives 939 Spider 2.2, plus now a 147 1.6 TS whilst the Spider hibernates and there is a 1972 Spider 2000 S2 in the garage for fun days.
Previously, Brera 2.2 Prodrive - 159 SW 1.9JTDm