Well my Brera 2.2 was rear-ended back in mid-November, with £4500 worth of damage, and is still being repaired!
As a courtesy car I have a '59 plate Mercedes E220 CDI (which pains me as it is costing the third party insurer £135 per day, and they wonder why premiums go up! But, nonetheless thats the cover I pay for and am entitled to).
I have to say that apart from the sight of my gorgeous car out of my flat window, I have not missed the Brera in the slightest
The big Merc knocks spots off the Brera in every conceivable way. I know its not a fair comparison and they are completely different types of car, but the 2.2 diesel engine is an absolute joy in the Merc, its subdued when cruising, and has got the clout when needed. The auto gearbox is a welcome change from the kangarooing Brera. Fuel consumption is 40-45mpg compared with the 25-28mpg I get from the Brera. The seats are super comfortable and don't give me backache on journeys over 45minutes. As an added bonus its amazingly easy to drive in the snow.
I have been considering a swap for a BMW E60 5-series M Sport for a while, and looking at the used prices for 3-4 year old examples I may well take the plunge when the Brera is finally repaired.
I know I'll be shot down, and I have my tin-hat at the ready, but I have now realised that looks aren't everything. I'm an Alfa nut having fallen in love with the brand when I had a 156 2.0 T-spark as a company car. But of the current range only the Brera and 159 do anything for me looks-wise. As good as the Brera looks, I've always felt a little disappointed with the 2.2 engine and hesitation issue given the 2.0 t-spark engine was awesome. Unfortunately, driving the big Merc around for a couple of months has only confirmed this even more.