Official New Characteristic
It's official, the Brera 2.2 now has a new characteristic to add to the hesitation issue.
I and others have been complaining to Alfa for some time about an annoying engine noise (see constant rubbing noise thread). This particular noise only appears once the oil temperature is close to normal and can be heard clearly between gear changes and when you stop accelerating at around 3000 rpm.
When the car is cold the engine is almost silent, apart from the expected exhaust note, and even with the slight hesitation I have no problems with its overall performance and I was really starting to enjoy the whole Brera S driving experience.
But once this unexpected noise starts to intrude into the cabin, any satisfaction I might have is now soon forgotten, and unfortunately I do not think that I will ever be able to enjoy the Brera enough to consider keeping it.
Alfa technical have spent today assessing my car and other 2.2 JTS cars available to the dealer and have concluded that..... yes you have guessed it, its not a fault but a characteristic of the engine as they can hear the same noise on every car they have tested and are saying that this is caused by an engine resonance.
They also claim to be able to replicate the noise whilst stationery so will not try to replace the drive shafts which has appeared to be a solution for other owners.
I am not sure what my next action should be and any suggestions would be very much appreciated, maybe there is a more enthusiastic Alfa fan out there who is prepared to accept the car as it is and would like to make me a sensible offer.
One thing that would be of particular interest to me is if there are any 2.2 owners near Southampton who do not have this problem, as this may help to prove that it is not characteristic of 2.2 engines, also was this a problem on older cars or is it only newer cars that are effected.
I don't want to have to give up on Alfa, but if this is not resolved I do not think that I will have any choice and I will never be able to come back.