Get your facts right
That's a new one considering they have more or less the same brake set up and it's something I've never heard of (no wonder Alfas suffer from a poor rep - people make up problems).
, the brake issue is on these forums and is also on the Honest John website. The problem is only with the 2.4's, I believe its something to do with the proximity of the turbo installation with the brake pipes.
I don't make up problems and take your comment that I do as an insult, I have not mentioned any problems that are not on Alfa owner.
Your right I do have crap mpg as does the 2.4. But I've had Alfa petrols in the past and they have never been good for mpg so I knew what I was getting into.
£2k premium on the 159 is probably ok, BUT I'm talking about the Brera and the premium is £3.5K.
All the way through this discussion with myself you have posted incorrect/misleading information.
Cheaper insurance for the 2.4, all the mags and Alfa show the 2.4 being a group higher than the 2.2.
The AA details you posted, petrol verses diesel, complete cr*p, not related to Alfa or any particular model.
The 2.4 mpg, read the forum, lots of complaints about poor mpg.
The Brakes issue, read the forum.
The DPF read the forum
The swirl valves, read the forum
Front tyre wear, read the forum
Sorry Fraser but you only want to believe what YOU want to believe, when all these problems with 2.4 are on this site.
The 2.2 is not without problems, pulling away smoothly is an issue, and I'm NOT making that up
its on the forum, as is the cr*p mpg for the 2.2.
As for timing chains we shall just have to wait and see, they are supposed to last the life of the engine, but there again when I got my 147 cam belts were supposed to last 72,000 miles. But the certain thing is - cam belts will have to be changed on the 2.4, its part of the service requirements.
Without doubt if your read these forums there appear to be more problems with 2.4 BRERA's than 2.2 BRERA's. As for 159's I don't know, thats why you won't find me posting anything about 159's because I don't own one so therefore I won't comment about them.
Oh, and this months Whatcar shows the 2.2 as the best buy of the Brera's with the best retained value, it also says that the 2.2 is quicker to 60 than the 2.4, but I take that with a pinch of salt.
If I remember correctly Topgear magazine also say that the 2.2 is the best buy.
Your happy with your car as am I with mine. If the Brera 2.4 premium was £2k then I would probably have one, it would also probably be listed as the best buy in the mags instead of the 2.2, but £3.5k is a joke.
Alfa have obviously screwed up on their pricing stratagy.
But please check your facts before insulting people, that is not what these forums are about.