Re: Thinking of buying a Brera... am I mad?!?
Hi all, I have decided to set fire to myself...either that or I'll light the touch paper and retire to a safe distance. Gawd knows only trying to give some advice. So, I'll try to answer all your comments!!! My experience of the Brera was terrible - when I bought it I loved it (her??) - did all the sideway glances etc, stood in the garage and stared etc etc, but after 18 months and about 15 trips to Guest Alfa I had fallen out of love. I do not work for BMW, and never thought I'd own one, but you really ought to drive a 3.0l version of any BMW and you'll see what you're missing. I used to have a 156 V6 for 4 years (1998-2002) and it was a great car, no problems at all, that's why I didn't think twice about buying the Brera. Unfortunately the Brera has been the worst car I've ever owned, and not really fun to drive...especially compared to other cars I've had (WRX, RX8, Fiat Coupe Turbo, Mini Cooper S). The interior of the Brera was good, but I'm sorry folks but the Z4 with individual piano black trim is far more classy and doesn't mark and scratch, the graining, fonts, colours all matches, the leather is better quality, and you don't find little bits of plastic in the footwells...it's all (oh dear I'm going to say it) Germanic attention to detail. I agree that the standard Z4 interior has fairly basic styling, but that's what the options are for!!! Unfortunately Alfa haven't been smart enough yet to introduce personalisation, but it's coming this year so the Brera will get a lift. Hopefully they'll also sort out the MP3 connectivity, sat nav and blue tooth issues - the sort of things they should have sorted before they launched the car. One day, I'll get back into an Alfa and it'll be great. At the moment though they fully deserve their reputation for poor reliability, not-quite-finished engineering, and lousy dealers. If you're prepared to put up with that, then the cars look great and are (obviously!) rare. You don't see many Breras for a reason. Go visit an Audi dealer and drive a TT and you'll see why (and I agree they don't look as good as Breras!!!) By the way, I must agree that the Spider is infinitely better looking than the Z4 convertible, and that the Z4 coupe is a different proposition to the Brera, it's a sports car rather than a GT. Oh, and Mussolini was Italian and a big mate of Adolf's!! Cheers, I'm off to go and annex Poland.