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Hi all,

Here some pics of how my was at this moment:

Replaced the front pads:

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Fitted a Novitec Rear Boxes:

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Fitted an Lip on the front Bumper (EZLIP):

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And final the car was detailed:

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Hope you enjoy it!
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Agree with you alcooker.
Those wheels look great on a Brera, much less on a 159 IMHO.
Totally agree. Wasted on the 159 imo.
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There is a link to eBay were I got the fogs from, will post a picture of the lights on the car later. http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...972146&alt=web
What fog light size did you choose for the Brera, 2.5", 3" or 3.5"?
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Seriously wasted not far off an hour of my life washing the car on sunday, local kids were in a queue this morning waiting to play in the sand pit that the Sahara desert has dumped on it.
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i reset trip B and and drove it really really fast
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I drove my Spider to Germany with the top down in 29° heat at 100 mph and it was awesome, I will be doing it again on Sunday in the opposite direction ;o)
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I drove my Spider to Germany with the top down in 29° heat at 100 mph and it was awesome, I will be doing it again on Sunday in the opposite direction ;o)
Hi Darranna, We did the same with our 159 Sportwagon Ti last year. It felt great to just be able to 'open her up' on certain sections of the Autobahn. This year, we're taking our spanking new Guilietta 2.0 Jtdm Sprint Speciale to replicate the thrill. Mind you, it's my wife's car, so, ho hum......
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May Detailing competition now open for entries http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/car-d...n-entries.html (May Detailing Competition Entries)

Don't let the title put you off, it doesn't have to be a full detail, a wash & a clean will do, if your car looks good take some pics & submit them

Check out the updated rules here http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/car-d...ion-rules.html (Monthly Detailing Competition Rules)
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My first ride with the new Brera

Actually not today, but last weekend I drove my new 3.2 V6 Q4 my2009 for her first ride to France through the wine area of Bourgogne.

Here is the Lady .
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Swore at the damn thing for a long, long time.
My worst day ever with the Spider, and yes, all down to that bloody roof.
It went down in the usual manner with a combination of pulling, prodding and electric button - routine for me and not a problem.
But no way was it going to close in the reverse way. The top cover in its open position is jammed against the boot lid and has caused the metal part of the top cover to bend where it's jammed, looks a right bloody mess.
I've had to drive 10 miles home with the roof sticking up, creaking away, doing about 25 mph for the entire journey, and boy was it windy on that drive.
Now releived to have got it back home and snugly into the garage for the night - only the second time it's been in in 5.5 years it's that tight, but no choice, my cover wasn't big enough to fit over when the roof's part open. So in it had to go.
So currently sipping a Jack Daniel's to steady the nerves.
Obviously too late to book it in anywhere, so I'll be at my local garage who have a large workshop, first thing in the morning. Weather permitting of course. I'm praying they can do something with it without to much further damage, even if it's just managing to get it weather tight. I'll be happy with that for now.

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Tuesday, Took the Brera and Maserati up to Newby Hall Ripon for a photo shoot for the up coming
Italian Car and Motorcycle Extravaganza, on Sunday 5 June.

It would seem someone has good taste.
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Swore at the damn thing for a long, long time.
My worst day ever with the Spider, and yes, all down to that bloody roof.
It went down in the usual manner with a combination of pulling, prodding and electric button - routine for me and not a problem.
But no way was it going to close in the reverse way. The top cover in its open position is jammed against the boot lid and has caused the metal part of the top cover to bend where it's jammed, looks a right bloody mess.
I've had to drive 10 miles home with the roof sticking up, creaking away, doing about 25 mph for the entire journey, and boy was it windy on that drive.
Now releived to have got it back home and snugly into the garage for the night - only the second time it's been in in 5.5 years it's that tight, but no choice, my cover wasn't big enough to fit over when the roof's part open. So in it had to go.
So currently sipping a Jack Daniel's to steady the nerves.
Obviously too late to book it in anywhere, so I'll be at my local garage who have a large workshop, first thing in the morning. Weather permitting of course. I'm praying they can do something with it without to much further damage, even if it's just managing to get it weather tight. I'll be happy with that for now.
Ouch and very annoying . I'm just waiting for that day, the day when the Alfa name will be mud.
I'm not sure if there is any regular maintenance for electric/hydraulic roofs?
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Ouch and very annoying . I'm just waiting for that day, the day when the Alfa name will be mud.
I'm not sure if there is any regular maintenance for electric/hydraulic roofs?
Handbook says not, but the electrics/hydraulics seem fine anyway - it's just the bulk of the mechanism running out of line, things getting out of sync, parts clashing etc.

I printed off Alfa Workshop's excellent guide How to get the hood on a Brera Spider back up if it fails last night with some of their photos enlarged and printed out separately, and got it all fully up, sealed and weather-tight first thing this morning in my garage. I was almost jumping for joy when both windows popped fully back up!
Many, many thanks to Alfa Workshop.
If I'd had any sense I'd have had them in the glove box all ready for an emergency - the owner's manual is absolute pants in comparison to the AW guide.
I'd advise ALL Spider owners to read their guide and either print off or be able to access it in the event of roof problems.
I now have 100% confidence in fully dropping the roof and raising it again by hand, including the locking front and rear and altering the flaps.

I've just taken it down to the bodyshop to have them look at the crumpled metal, thankfully they can sort it for £150, so it's booked in for the 25th & 26th of this month. Quite pleased about that. The last time I was there they couldn't help when when the boot lid got damaged - I finished up having to get a whole new lid.

Once that's been done I'm going to book it in with the convertible specialist who does odd bits of work every blue moon - so no idea when that'll be, and I've never met the guy.
The outcome of that will determine whether I have to part/ex the thing or try and sell privately. A couple of members on here have expressed an interest, but I wouldn't try and sell it until it's something like what I'd be happy to buy.
One thing I'm certain about is that I'll never own another convertible. So Porsche Boxster and Z4 M Sport are off what was never a great shortlist to start with.

Attached photo of the damage, which I guess could've been worse. It doesn't look much but was a horrible sight with the rear deck in the vertical position scraping/jammed against the boot lid, and then having to drive 10 miles with it at around 45 degrees but still wedged.
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Attached photo of the damage, which I guess could've been worse. It doesn't look much but was a horrible sight with the rear deck in the vertical position scraping/jammed against the boot lid, and then having to drive 10 miles with it at around 45 degrees but still wedged.
Hi LM - when you have that repaired, consider having the flap sprayed gloss black - I recently had mine wrapped in gloss black vinyl, just as a test to see what it would look like (as per pic). It just breaks all the same colour quite nicely and looks pretty good (imo).
I will soon remove the vinyl and have it sprayed.
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Hi LM - when you have that repaired, consider having the flap sprayed gloss black - I recently had mine wrapped in gloss black vinyl, just as a test to see what it would look like (as per pic). It just breaks all the same colour quite nicely and looks pretty good (imo).
I will soon remove the vinyl and have it sprayed.
Have to say I disagree. It'll stand out like a sore thumb on my white car. Sorry!
But each to their own and all that
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Put in some shell super unleaded at went for a dam good A road blast (within all the speed limits). Seem to be able to empty the tank quicker than filling it and paying for it (but then I was stuck behind someone in the garage doing a weeks shopping)
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Have to say I disagree. It'll stand out like a sore thumb on my white car. Sorry!
But each to their own and all that
Maybe needs to be seen 'in the flesh'.. I've had a number of people comment that it looks really good. But then, I also have gloss black mirrors and it all ties together, so maybe that's it..
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Had the car serviced today, and fitted a K&N filter, good job here's what came out !!
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Today finished off the intricate replacement of drivers side window regulator,😀the usual case of bicycle grade cables fraying around pulleys.Removal and fitting pretty straightforward however adjusting the rails and glass clamps so glass closes and seals is a different element.Managed to get it pretty watertight and using the resetting procedure it opens and closes😎as it should.If you ever need to do this,saving yourself£300-500,then fit and adjust glass and let it all settle before refitting card as the card is quite time consuming .Needless to say I managed to get out for a half decent hack after finishing it off!Love the Brera like you love a beautiful woman knowing that the downside to all the admiring glances is the high maintenance costs.Spirito d'emozione.
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Maybe needs to be seen 'in the flesh'.. I've had a number of people comment that it looks really good. But then, I also have gloss black mirrors and it all ties together, so maybe that's it..
Could you post up a couple of pics showing more of the car, and with the roof up and down? (Assuming the wrap is still on of course).
I can't see how it would be something I'd go far, but I am curious to see how it looks.
It certainly makes what is already an exclusive car even more so, a one-off in fact in your case.
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Looked at her and that's about it. The one that has to be obeyed has instructed me to finish the garden,so no driving this weekend
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fitted reverse camera, looked at wheels on ebay for next purchase, also test fitted roof rack and bike carrier ready for hols
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Could you post up a couple of pics showing more of the car, and with the roof up and down? (Assuming the wrap is still on of course).
I can't see how it would be something I'd go far, but I am curious to see how it looks.
It certainly makes what is already an exclusive car even more so, a one-off in fact in your case.
Will post pics once I've had it sprayed in gloss black - then it will look as intended.. even gloss vinyl still has a matt-ish sheen to it (will never be paint)..
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Not a happy Billy, Going up from London to Birmingham, All was going well then about 60 miles from b-ham doing about 70ish went to change grear, Lots of revs but no power. Bloody clutch has gone.
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