After a lot of blood, sweat and tears to keep my Brera I think I came to the end of my patience and trust for Alfa Romeo.
Bought her in the end of 2009, had constant big or small problems, until now, that my warranty with Alfa has expired and apparently the car has received an early diagnose, which states it needs a new gearbox at 53k miles.
I have another warranty cover, but they do not cover wear and tear, and their maximum coverage is £3k. Alfa Romeo UK said that the car is too old (end of 2006) for them to do anything, implying that a gearbox that fails at 53k miles is normally acceptable.
I just can't find this acceptable, there's no reason why a gearbox should fail on such a car at such a mileage, unless the quality of the upsaid component is s**t.
The Alfa dealer where I bought it would buy it back from me and offer a new used car, but the idea of getting a Fiat Bravo 2ltr 165HP sport gives me the shivers down my spine.
I want my Alfa back, but I can't think (or afford) to pay 4k for a new gearbox, flywheel and clutch.
Another good Alfa mechanic here in MK reckons it's just the flywheel, and that the dealer is being cheeky in order to get a good deal in buying my car back.
I will see what they offer, because if the costs of getting another deal with them for the Bravo are the same of fixing the flywheel, then I'd go for that, but I'm honestly gutted on how appalling Alfa Customer Care is, the operator that took care of the case was utterly unprofessional.
Rant over guys, sorry but despite its flaws I love my car and thinking of giving it away really drives me nuts!