Join Date: Mar 2011
County: Lansi-Suomen Laani
Should I buy a Brera - Severe weather conditions & interior size
I am an huge fan of Alfa and for me the Brera is one of those affordable "dreams" for me: stunning, unique and exclusive. No question that if I had no restrictions and issues to take into account when buying a car, I would by a Brera immediately.
My intention is to go for a brand new car and in a petrol version. However, I am a Portuguese guy living in Finland where the winters are extremely severe. Here I have to take into consideration the 6 months of snow and ice and specially the temperatures below 0ºc. I am specially concern with the very low temperatures. To give an example this year we had almost 2 months below -20ºc and many times reaching -30ºc in the south of the country.
I wouldn't think anything related to reliability if I was living in Portugal, but here I am putting that question on top of the table. I got a bit more scared since I have my Portuguese car with me here this year, an Audi A6 from 2000, and I am having nothing but problems - engine freezing while running, electrical problems, mechanical problems and I know that cars bought in Finland also struggle a bit in the winter.
So, I would like to have your opinions as Alfa's everyday users. How do you think the car can manage in such conditions? Shall I be worried with reliability issues in this environment? This gets also important since where I live there is no Alfa dealer, car costs are high and I need the car everyday to go to work.
Another issue has to do with the interior size. One requisite for me is the possibility to transport my bike inside the car. I do mountain bike and I use a transportation bag to carry it. It is a bag with 1280 x 750 x 200mm. Could this fit in a Brera with the rear seats folded down? I guess so and I should try it but again, the Alfa dealer is 150km's from where I leave.
I am looking forward for your help. I just want to know if I can forget about the Brera or shall I try the Giulietta, more recent and bigger inside, or maybe consider be better off and try to get some other car.