The Audi was an A3 2.0TDi quattro and was dull beyond belief despite nothing going wrong with it.
Before that I had an Alfa 2.0JTS GT. Still don't know why I sold it???
The Brera's days could be numbered, thinking of selling in April.......Anyone interested? Runs great now and it has recently graphite powder coated 18" horseshoes
I also had an A3 2L tdi (not Quattro), chipped to about 170bhp. Performance was reasonable but I agree, dull and with the typical bland, Germanic interior.
What is wrong with them - I have never seen a German car with a pleasant interior.
I gave in free part -ex for the Brera, a 1998 Golf 1.8T, which was equally bland. (it was a freebie from a colleague, but at twice the age and 4 times the mileage of the Brera it was in better mechanical condition)
I have now cured the Brera's dealer supplied 'pulling under braking & mushy pedal feel' (due to a seized pad) with a set of branded oem discs and pads (Pagid).
I am also experimenting with a Pierburgh maf I had lying about. On a 30mile round trip including a 2C cold start, brisk overtaking, and pottering through the village and town, the average mpg was 26, whereas it would have been 22. In fact I have never seen an average mpg figure of more than 23.6 over the last week I have had the car until today with the different maf.
More noticeably, it has cured the overly sensitive throttle at idle which required extreme care when setting off to avoid sounding like a learner trying their first hill start. Now the revs do not head for the red line at the slightest touch of the loud pedal when out of gear.
Performance above 1500rpm seems unchanged, except maybe a shade down above 4000.
Below 1500rpm it feels slightly flatter but also freer revving and 'looser'. Looks like the original Bosch maf has been overfuelling, at least at the very bottom end, but more testing to be done during tomorrow's 120mile round trip.