My new Brera after 2 months
Iíve had my Brera for 2 months now. Absolutely loved my 147 JTD M-Jet, which I had for 2 years but always lusted after the Brera. Spent a while looking and finally found a red 08 facelift (210 BHP Graphite dash etc) 2.4.
Wanted to rush into print earlier, but thought Iíd let my initial thoughts subside so I could be more objective.
I love the way it looks from any angle - as others have said, you canít resist that final look back at the car as you walk away! Vision is better than I thought, as Nev said itís easier to park than a 147, and I find the Ďover shoulderí view better when overtaking especially combined with the large mirrors.
Problems: As I drove back from the dealer (after about 80 miles) the clutch pedal would not come up, I found this to be the well documented Ďcarpet issueí but it still made my stomach turn to liquid initially. A proper screwed in Brera carpet has cured this. Have had a VDC warning on 3 or 4 occasions, but it is so brief Iím at a loss to understand why. All I can say is that each time Iíve been driving pretty slowly, not really sure if itís an intermittent fault or just Ďoversensitiveí.
Others have said about variable driving performance issues, I find that some days it flies and other days, not quite so good. Iím at 36K and put this down to the EGR, as I had a similar effect with the 147 (the idling, idling noise, and performance improved after changing), so Iím looking to do a remap at AHM with DPF removal and EGR delete soon.
Red paint is pitted through to the undercoat at the front of the rear wheel arches, again well documented, but not really good enough. Will modify and fit some front flaps when I have time.
The power delivery is smooth and the max power comes higher in the rev range than it did on the 147, but the 147 150 BHP had more poke. This doesnít bother me too much as itís a heavier car, although I guess this will be addressed to some degree when itís remapped.
Took out the iPod connector (anyone want to buy it? No instructions) and put an MP3 connector into the glovebox instead. May get a new HU, but quite happy with the standard unit at the mo.
All in all Iím very happy with this car, read everything I could before purchasing so went into it with my eyes open. Hardly ever see another one which makes it feel a bit exclusive, but I wish other Alfaís would return the wave! Iím on the point of giving up, and my missus thinks Iím a dork for doing it anyway!