Re: Thinking of buying a Brera... am I mad?!?
I've had my Brera for nearly 2 years. In that time, the problems I've had are 1 the drivers seat rocking issue. Fixed under warranty.
2 The alarm going off randomly. Fixed under warranty.
3 Errrrr thats about it.
Make sure you can get comfy in the drivers seat, as some find the low roof-line not to their liking.
Other people have reported other faults for sure.Filling up the petrol tank can be a pain, as they seem to have an air-lock (or something) which means that the petrol pump keeps clicking out when in fact you've only got to 3/4 full or so.
Maybe I've just been lucky. But the Brera & 159 are pretty solidly built, & I think they are now no more or less reliable than most other marques. Certainly as far as my mates cars (one with an Audi A3 & one with a mk5 Golf gti) are concerned, they have been back to the dealer far more often than my Brera. The big difference here is that the quality of customer service that the Audi garage gives is FAR better than that of my Alfa dealership.
Be prepared for 22 mpg or so, & the fact that its not a blisteringly quick car. Also be prepared to talk about it with complete strangers, in petrol stations & car parks, look at it more than you've probably stared at any other car you've owned & go out for drives just for the hell of it.
If thats all OK with you, & the price is right, go for it.