Re: Brera Reliability Round Up
Well, after finally getting all the paperwork cleared up I can finally tell! My first Brera had loads of little niggles - including rattles, bits falling off, rubbish stereo, etc etc. Alfa agreed to give me a new car back in Aug 07, then all went quiet until at the end of Oct I managed to prang my first Brera after "falling off the road" in a bizarre "grip grip grip...no grip" kind of way...yes folks the Brera offers no feedback at all for those of you who haven't experienced a prodrive day...anyway it was off the road for 3 months because Alfa couldn't identify a fan in the engine bay - seems that the said fan was a lash up done in the Pininfarina factory which wasn't on the BOM, so couldn't be ordered...Finally I got it back on the road in time for the new car also to be delivered (in Feb '08). The new car had just as many niggles as the first and eventually Alfa decided that I could have yet another new car, suggesting I look at an "S". I did, and it's very nice but you can't spec it properly so I asked for my money back. Those nice Alfa people gave me £25000...so I went out and bought myself a '57 plate 3500 miles Z4 Coupe 3.0 M Sport (for £25k). Job done. I've now got a fantastic car, so much better than the Brera to drive, well built, great spec, the Nav works, the Bluetooth works, the stereo's great (you can take a bluetooth call, listen to an MP3 CD and set a new route all at the same time..something you can't do in a Brera!)...and it averages 33 mpg but does 0-60 in 5.7 secs and blasts through the gears like a very fast thing...it's fantastic 'round wet roundabouts too, and looks great, and the service in BMW dealers is in a different league to the friendly but amateurish Alfa service. It's a shame but I don't think I'll be tempted back to Alfa in a hurry! Never thought I buy a BMW!!