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Vale Spider 916


It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of my black 916 spider twinny. She was my first Alfa and I loved her dearly.

She leaked water
I couldn't seen anywhere except straight ahead (may have contributed to her demise)
She made a lot of weird noises
She was impractical
She was not very quick

But I loved her.

When i learnt how to drive the twinny and keep the revs up she rewarded me with spirited performance and beautiful handling for a FWD car. I have great memories of taking her for blasts in the Yarra Valley and the Victorian Alpine Region and never letting the revs drop below 3000- awesome drivers car, quite unlike my previous (faster) but more conservative cars. The occasional sunny day, roof down and good road made me forgive any other foibles!

So, now I am looking for another car. I have been convinced by external powers (wife) that a more practical car is called for. one that i could occasionally put someone in the back of, one that i might be able to drive to the mountains with my skis in, one that i might be occasionally able to put my bike in the back of.

Gentlemen. I found myself test driving volvo c30! Do i need to be institutionalised?

Then it dawned on me. what i need is another Alfa. A more modern one. a more comfortable one. a slightly more practical one. But one that retains the glorious design and the essence of a drivers car. Another car with SOUL.

This quest has brought me to a 2008 Brera 2.2 JTS. And i think it could be the solution. Blue, black interior, 40 000km on the clock.

I have never driven a Brera- what should I be looking for? any key areas to check? are the chances of buying a lemon low? high? will i be able to put my pushy in the boot with the front wheel off? can i get my skis in? can i pick up my (very short) sister from the airport occasionally? will i accept that it's not the fasted car around but still enjoy driving it? Will i miss the convertible too much?

Any advice and encouragement for a future Brera Brother who is still in mourning over the passing of old Blacky would be greatly appreciated.

Yours humbly

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The Brera generally is a very reliable well built car. Remember forums are here for when you have problems. On the 2.2 I'd check the steering is ok and see if the tyres are wearing evenly as might need a proper alignment. The only other problem is a stretched timing chain but you can't diagnose till it happens.

Oh, and no problem with the boot. For a coupe it has loads of space.
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