I've had two 2.2 JTS Breras and the most common (and in my opinion to be expected) repairs will be the stretched timing chain and a gearbox bearings starting to fail. Front suspension bushes are very soft so getting them replaced with Powerflex bushes is well worth it. Wishbones, steering racks and broken springs are another thing I've had done or which have been replaced before I owned the car.
Don't stick to the ridiculous servicing intervals, at least for oil. I think 6000 for engine oil and filter is more realistic. Replacing the gearbox oil with the sythetic Tytan oil is probably worth it.
Standard exhaust, particularly the back boxes are hopeless. Prodrive replacements are better but custom exhaust is the best option. I'm getting some back boxes from Wizard Exhausts shortly but there are other places around that seem highly recommended, particularly Alfatune in the North West. Well worth getting a remap at the same time.
Don't let me put you off the 2.2. As I say, I'm on my second and love it. Prices can be very tempting apart from the Prodrive model which looks nice but seems to command very high prices. I paid £5750 for mine a few months back from an Alfa enthusiast with 53k on the clock and nearly all the things I mention above had already been sorted.
Thanks for the reply mate.
This is the current service history of the car that I'm hoping to buy. So I'm hoping there's nothing major that need doing to it, just a bit concerned due to the lack of miles on the car as that can't be good for a car that needs to be driven. However my gut feeling is I'll most likely buy it.
At what mileage would you expect to have the above problems especially with a stretched timing chain and gear box bearings? they're already replacing a snapped spring on the car which begs the question, how has it snapped after only covering 24,500 miles, or is that normal?
Full Alfa Romeo Service History:
31.10.2006 Mangoletsi Alfa Romeo PDI - Pre Delivery Inspection
14.05.2008 Marshall of Hitchin Alfa Romeo @ 10061 miles
01.07.2010 Marshall of Hitchin Alfa Romeo @ 13824 miles
12.04.2013 Forward Autos Alfa Romeo @ 21280 miles
04.06.2016 Alfa Romeo Newcastle @ 24458 miles