Er.... hello again.
You may remember me from such threads as "My Spider's hood still doesn't work after 8 attempts to fix it"...
Eventually, we rejected our Spider LE and were determined never to have anything to do with Alfa ever again. That was November 2009.
Since then we've been struggling to decide what to replace it with. An SLK or BMW Z4 are a bit "Judith Chalmers", Boxsters and TTs are just everywhere, and four seater convertibles are just wrong IMHO. Added to which a change in our circumstances means we'll be rationalizing to just one car. So although there's just the two of us, the new car needs to be comfortable and able to accommodate shopping, luggage, and (very occasionally) a passenger.
So we've been looking at A5s, test drove a couple, they look good but again they're everywhere. Two family members have A4s, which are basically the same, and my wife just drove one to Chester and said it was very uncomfortable.
We then looked at pretty much everything out there but couldn't find anything we both liked.
Then the other day my wife said "what about a Brera?". Turns out we'd each been seeing Breras and thinking "there's nothing out there as beautiful as that".
It's true that everything on the Spider worked OK, other than the roof. And it's certainly comfortable over long distances (new style seats). And the Brera has no folding roof to go wrong and a bigger boot so could cope as our only car.
Is this crazy talk? How possible is it that a Brera won't go wrong?? I'm not sure I could face having anything to do with Alfa dealers or ARUK again.
Just wanted to post this to explain why I'm back, and why there might be posts asking about Breras, given my history! And looking for reassurance that it might be possible to buy a Brera and have nothing go wrong...