I am on the brink of buying an '06 2.2JTS Brera with 93,000 miles on it. They are by a country mile my favourite accessible car on the road (short of silly supercar stuff). So it's the right car in the right colour, it's the right price and it's the right engine for me. In short it is my dream car.
Unlike my previous Alfa back in the day (pictured left) where there was no mortgage etc, I can't afford to put my mechanic's kids through college this time around. Now the car is mint and has been well looked after as far as I can tell. It has a new timing chain although it does have the red fluid in the steering rack (but there's no noise). There is nothing obviously telling me that this car will break my heart.
What's holding me back from taking the plunge is that I am petrified that I'm buying something that could fall apart as soon as I drive it down the road. That's a slight exaggeration but the general fear is that I'm buying something that is about to start generating some big bills.
Obviously forums like this one where people report their problems do heighten the level of anxiety, because all you see are the problems, even though I know there are many other positive stories that go untold (maybe I should stop reading this forum? :P)
Basically I'm just looking for reassurance that these things are not a complete dog and that it is possible to go a prolonged period of time maintenance free and enjoying your motoring.
I'd love nothing more than to be driving this thing but I can't sink constant €000s into it either.
Over to you