I am seriously contemplating a move from my 156 to the Brera/159.
I love the quick steering of the 156, the agility and the engine note (for what is basically a medium sized 4 pot petrol), I very much buy cars on feel and hence my previous preference for British/Italian cars.
Now this is where my quandry comes into play.
I have driven a standard Brera (2.2) and found it noticeably different to the 156/GT generation cars I am used to. The gearbox was heavier, the performance muted and a move towards a germanic feeling of safety rather than agility, but it retained the Alfa attention to detail inside and out, and has that little more magic than it's german counterparts.
So I think being in my mid 20's, the Brera is probably the option for me, however I do love the 159 in a dark colour with tan leather
(especially in TI trim).
I would probably be looking at the earlier cars, simply because they have had more time to depreciate and I want to protect myself a little from future drops.
What are owners view of the following :-
1) Does the 2.2 loosen up with age?
2) If anyone has driven the 3.2 and 2.2, how do the two units compare performance wise?
3) Is it the same trick with the 156/GT generation car, whereby I found the 3.0 offered very similar fuel economy to the 2.0, due to the need to push the 2.0 a bit?
4) What engine is the pick of the range? (both in Brera/159 guise)
5) What common faults should I be looking out for on both, having followed some of the threads since the 159/Brera release, I remember seeing :-
2.2 - Some chains can stretch, 2.4 - DPF issues, 3.2 - trouble free?
Steering Racks develop play with age and the early Brera's had a wobbly seat?
How does the suspension stand up on the 159/Brera?