On the verge of getting a Brera 2.4JTD and had a quick look at one today for sale in Sale (no joke!) at a 2nd hand car dealer (my wife whose car it will be loves the colour, not my 1st choice...!) :
Alfa Romeo Brera 2.4 JTDM 3dr
51k miles, 2009. But the only history was the book stamped three times at (from memory) 20k, 38k & 51k (none at an Alfa specialist). And they were all about 2 years apart as well. However, this dealer did do a full Service in February incl new cambelt, water pump AND new EGR so a pretty comprehensive refresh. But my main concern is the lack of invoices / long gaps between services. It's also done about 7k miles per year which I understand isn't great for a diesel ie) lots of small journeys....??? However the dealer also said they will totally flush & cleanout the DPF before sale - some sort of high-temp burning technique
. In saying that I will be removing / gutting-out the DPF / re-map via Gus at Alfatune.
The car looked in pretty good nick & started up OK first time (but ohhhh ... what a disappointing noise
!! Ah well, I was expecting it I guess.... and the front left tyre was flat (to be replaced free). 6 month warranty included.
A plus point for me was the Sales guy really knew his Alfa's & Brera's and had a few more Brera's in incl 2.2 & 3.2S. And he said the figure was "definitely negotiable" . The were actually refreshingly honest for a dealer TBH pointing out a couple of things I hadn't noticed on the car, nothing major.
Sorry to bang-on ...... but I've never bought a diesel before (lots of petrol Alfa's though...). Does all the recent stuff what the dealer's done to it make-up for lack of proper history...?? Or is it a walking time-bomb? We really cannot afford any big bills .. and being a diesel virgin all this DPF / EGR / glow plug stuff & potential disasters they could throw-up proper scares me. Am I being paranoid? We'll be doing about 12k miles p.a in it.
Any pointers would be really appreciated, cheers!