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Thumbs Up Brera and Spider Bumper and Engine Undertray

Have just collected my 2008 Spider from friendly Brands Hatch Alfa specialists Day & White following their repair to a "pulled" front bumper and its hopelessly misaligned (and temporarily screwed up) adjoining engine under tray. I bought the car knowing of the damage occasioned by the previous owner having reversed off something big which wanted to take independent possession of the front of the car! I suspect it had fancied the passenger's side wheel arch liner because that was badly torn.

All things holy were extremely crossed when I punched in my PIN and took delivery of the vehicle having driven the price down suitably. It was a case of belief that it could be fixed without either a new wing, or a new bumper or a new under tray - or even all three. Luckily all that was needed was a wheel arch liner and some very patient and diligent repairwork by the above mentioned!

The bumper and frontal area of the Brera and its Spider pal is vulnerable to wrenching in both directions. The car has a long overhang at the front which is capable of going over protruding nasties but not necessarily reversing off cleanly! As well as looking underneath, I think the trick when looking at these cars is to check the shut lines between bonnet, wings and bumpers very carefully, both fore and aft and sideways. If the bonnet and wings are "out" then you are in trouble. If its just the bumper then the chances are it will come off and the damages within can be sorted enabling it to go back on!

Oh! ALSO if you find yourself dealing with this sort of problem do spend some additional time on wire brushing and Hammerite painting the sub frame and ancilliary mountings behind the under tray. The factory paintwork is really as bad as the 159 Owners have claimed in other posts!
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