Picked mine up today. I travelled from Kent to Leeds to get it (the price made it worth the travel), I took a coach from London last night and stayed in the Ibis, cheap and cheerful way of doing the job. I am now the very happy owner of a 2.4 diesel Brera SV, Black, 18" wheels (holes not spokes). The car is ex-demo but when I collected it, it showed 137 miles on the clock. The drive back from Leeds gave me time to settle in to the car a bit, I'm always pretty timid for a while in a new car but I did manage to give the right foot a good stretch from time to time.
I bought the car from Evans Halstow in Leeds (part of Stratstone group). Andrew Hird is a very nice guy, very helpful, been with Alfa for many years and clearly loves the marque. He even went to the trouble of phoning around a few dealers down here to suggest a service agent. His recomendation was Lombarda, as I work in London, not sure if I'll use them but they seem very good. I may size up Canterbury and Maidstone dealers before commiting one way or another.
So to follow the theme of that started this thread, a few thoughts.
1) Seat doesn't seem to rock (yet).
2) Both the kids seats fit in the back though my eldest (3 year old) has to put a leg to each side if my wife puts the seat back. This is not really an issue there was never any real expectation that we'd travel inthe Brera that often we have a nice practical estate for that
3) Like the attention when on the road. Fear it when parked
4) The engine and gearbox are lovely to drive with. The change is nice a solid, the ratios seem fine though in motorway driving you have to drop to 5th from time to time to get things moving again if your path gets "blocked".
5) Not had a turbo before, it has some interesting effects.
6) Single CD. Nightmare. Need to get a solution to this ASAP. Aftermarket Blue&Me please, mp3 adaptor that works as a backup plan.... Might have to dig out my FM transmitter for the time being.
7) Wing mirrors are great, good job too.
8) Fuel economy. Better than expected after reading other threads. 270 miles, with bad queues and roadworks on the M1, average speed recorded as just over 60mph, average mpg 36.2.
9) Door handles, look to be a bit scratched. I thought it was polish but not so sure now. Something to look at tomorrow.
10) Ebay, great place to sell your old car. The trade in value of my car was considerably less than I got on ebay.
So the conclusion so far is predictable, a great, fun car that I can't wait to get driving again. As I drive just over 600 miles a week I ought to get a better feel for things over the coming days.