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156 to Brera - An owners view

Hi All!

Picked up my Alfa Red Brera 2.2 SV JTS over the weekend

You can probably see from my sig that I have had a fair few 90's Alfa's and I must admit to being a little concerned about the new generation, mainly based upon a couple of test drives of brand new Brera's.

I spotted a used 2006 2.2 159 whilst up north and popped in for a quick test drive, genuinely surprised by the difference in the 2.2 unit with a few miles on it (40k), it picked up very nicely and had more character. Unfortunately it wasn't quite to my requirement (condition wise).

Further thought led me down the Brera path and I ended up going for a red one (with the 18" Elegance alloys!)

The engine in this one was even better, it has that metallic Alfa rasp, and the power delivery is very torquey for a 4 pot, more willing than my old 156 2.0 JTS's (oddly more straight six than 4) and the gearbox has the right level of crispness without being too harsh.

Build quality is a massive step up from the 156, the materials, the fit/finish and the real alu dash is a nice touch. An Audi A8 driver at work even commented on the levels of fit and finish (in turn a tad taken aback)

The steering is more direct than a 3 series imo, less so than a 156 but again better than the GTV V6 I used to have. It feels planted but has lost some of the 156 agility, still for a modern car the gearbox, engine, quick rack and feel of the car makes up for that.

Can't believe how much I love the skyroof!, what a nifty little feature...lovely at night (passing lights/moon) and during the day....and the boot "huge!"

Main point bugging me at the moment is the cd/radio, the tonal quality is just odd! It seems to mis-represent tones and all sorts of oddity. I believe someone has posted custom eq settings, so am hoping this resolves the matter. (Big oversight on Alfa's part to bring everything else but the audio up to spec!), oh and the MPG is around 29-30mpg on the motorway.

Typically had the odd niggle e.g. windows not doing exactly what they should, luckily a window reset resolved this.

Overall I am so glad I got behind the wheel of a Brera/159 with the engine bedded in....it has really transformed the car!

Oh and how much attention does this car get!!!..people I have never spoken to in the office before, suddenly approaching just to talk about the car!

Current Italian Cars:-
2004 Alfa Romeo GT 2.0 JTS
Previous Italian Cars :-
2003 Maserati 4200 Cambiocorsa
2006 Alfa Brera 2.2 SV JTS
1999 Alfa Romeo 156 2.4 JTD
2005 Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 JTS Veloce
2004 Alfa Romeo GT 1.9 JTD
2001 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.0 V6 Lusso
2002 Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 JTS

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Nice one

Be very glad that you have an uber safe car too. Check the threads in relation to 159 car crashes

If these had been 156 series cars we'd be having a whip around for a wreath

The primary reason for looking to swap our beloved GT for a new series car.....
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Good review
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Nice write-up.

Great car the Brera. Alfa at the top of its game for sheer breathtaking design, safety and comfort.

Enjoy every head-turning moment in it.
 
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Yup, the standard speaker set-up is probably the only let down in the interior.

 
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Yup, the standard speaker set-up is probably the only let down in the interior.

I played with the settings last night, using the guidance posted in the ICE section of AO. Far superior to the standard setup and just enough to stop me paying out for a new setup.
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Which setup did you go for?
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Which setup did you go for?
There is a thread in the ICE forum (unfortunately I am not near the computer I found it on, so I can't directly link you!).

Took me a short while to find (I think the title was something like, the car is perfect apart from....) but it gives some settings for the standard radio and to my ears it has transformed the sound from absolutely dire to just better than average.
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Which setup did you go for?
Back on the other system, the link is

https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/ice-a...ted-until.html

Advice by Chris159

"From left to right on the eq bar from 'flat':

64Hz +2, 160Hz 0, 400Hz +1, 1000Hz +2, 2500Hz -2, 6250Hz +1, 16kHz +2. Loudness OFF, Bass 0, Treble 0, Balance & Fader Centre"

Massive difference!
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Your right it does make a big difference.

Thanks v6alfisti & chris159
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brera built better than a 159 then do we think?
Im trying real hard not to jump to german/jap next just for some solid build quality...

I convinced a buddy away from his audi, for a 159 ti and he love dit until the cambelt snapped oops
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Breras (Built by Pininfarina in the north) definitely had a better fit 'n' finish in terms of bodywork/paint/interior than the 159 (Built in the south by Alfa.)
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I think they are on par tbh, MY2008 onward are meant to be better put together anyway.

Speakers/sound in my old 159 is better in than my current Brera.
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