Brera going - sniff. - Alfa Romeo Forum
You are currently unregistered, register for more features.    
Thread Tools Search this Thread
(Post Link) post #1 of 4 Old 01-08-12 Thread Starter
Status: -
AO Member
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Poole, Dorset
Posts: 72

Member car:

Brera S 3.2 M

Brera going - sniff.

Well, after ten (mostly) happy years owning 4 different Alfas, I'm sorry to say I'm leaving the fold.

My first Alfa was a pre-facelift 156 Sportwagon 2.0JTS which I loved. This was my last company car. I was 'persuaded' to leave the company car scheme and bought a 147JTDm, which was OK but seemed a step backwards in many ways.

My wife, who doesn't seem to quite understand the rules for how these things are supposed to work, then decided that a Brera would be nice and that we (I) could afford one. So in 2007 I traded-in the 147 for a 2.4 Brera. I loved many things about this car - how it looks mostly - but eventually I couldn't live with the DPF clogging every month or so. In and out of the dealers for 2 years to no effect, so I did the sensible thing and traded it in for a 3.2 Brera S.

The 2.4 put me off diesels for life but the 3.2 has been no trouble at all - it's only been back to the dealer once for a service. Yes, it's a bit thirsty and the seats are not as comfortable as the older seats but it does sound great. But my FGA contract is at an end so it is going back.

There isn't anything Alfa makes right now that I really want. I've had Mitos and Guiliettas as courtesy cars and even the top of the range ones don't really float my boat.

I want frameless doors and a decent sized petrol engine and I don't want to shell-out nearly 600 a month any more. Again, I've done the sensible thing and bought a 9 year old BMW 330ci. 64000 miles and in beautiful nick. 29 mpg instead of 19! Very well built and everything without the Italian quirkiness (or sheer good looks) of the Brera. The Germans haven't yet perfected the art of storing a cupful of water in the bootlid to empty down your neck as you open it.

Maybe once the 4C is available (and second hand) I'll get an Alfa again - I hope so anyway.


Mediaman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Status: -
AO Member
Bezste's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: United Kingdom
County: Derbyshire
Posts: 912

Member car:

Alfa GT JTDm

Fair enough. Hope to see you back eventually - Perhaps the new Guilia?
Bezste is offline  
Status: on my bike
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Ireland
County: Galway
Posts: 1,734
Images: 2

Member car:

147 1.6TS

Lick Can we lick a BMW !

Glad you enjoyed & thanks for sharing you're experience .
So long > i'm sure you will be back <
brave soul is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
Gelert0909's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Kent
Posts: 55

Member car:

Brera 2.4

I'm dreading the day I come to the end of the line with my Brera. Alfa has nothing to offer in the current line up that even comes close to the design and 'spirit' of the 159/Brera/Spider. I may just get another one!
Gelert0909 is offline  

Go Back   Alfa Romeo Forum > Supported Alfa Romeo Models > Technical & Vehicle Assistance > Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider

brera , sniff

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome