I echo those sentiments and apologise for my drivel in my post above - that's not what you came here to read, wrong time, wrong place.
I test drove a 3.2 Brera yesterday (Sunday) around the back lanes of Knutsford and in all honesty I think I preferred the 2.4! Fabulous engine, bags of torque and the engine on the move sounds just as good to me, and I'm now sure it's the 2.4 I'll be going for, although mine will be pulling a 159Ti. I felt a little claustrophobic in the Brera and like my space (so does the missus who wants to take her grandson out from time to time - and there was me thinking once the kids had left home.....) and I found out a guy two streets away has a Brera so the Ti it is.
Hope you enjoy yours, it would definately have been my second choice!
Good luck with the 159 2.4ti coolsociety. Whilst not a proponent of diesel, I agree the mid- range torque is fantastic.
Even though it may not seem like it at times, there are a few fair-minded people on here. There's the others that you talk of as well but I guess it's wiser to ignore them.
Sometimes the Alfa ownership experience can be a lot different for someone coming from a BMW who has encountered very few niggles, if any.
The most important thing I've found in my 7+ years of driving Alfas is to be prepared to accept there will be annoying bugs(warning lights sometimes turning on when they shouldn't, squealing brakes etc).
For some, the highs of driving an Alfa outweigh the lows (and the bills). They're not for everybody and if you do truly value rock solid, low maintenance auto ownership, German or Japanese is still the way to go.
If you want something a little different, stylish, with a great engine note, you know what to do.