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I'm currently seriously investigating the possibilities of returned to Alfa Romeo after an 18-month ill-advised hiatus with a 'BMW Quality' Mini Cooper S.

What I'm looking for is a facelift Brera (I don't get on well with the original Brera seats), looking at the 2.4 because I gather it's the best of the engine line-up (although I'll probably only do aabout 3,000 miles/year so perhaps the 2.2 is equally as suitable). The only absolute-must is the Bose system which I had on two of my previous GTs and makes all other sound systems just sound weak in comparison.

I've come across this: a 2.4, 2008 Brera with all the toys but with 80,000 miles on the clock at £10,490.

2008 ALFA ROMEO BRERA 2.4 JTDM SV 3DR (HIGH SPEC)(FASH)

I know that it's been for sale for a fair while now so what do you think? Is the high mileage anything to worry about, and is it worth it at that price and with those additional toys, or am I better off looking elsewhere? Does anybody know that particular car?

It's all very much speculative at this point - at that sort of price it's right within the money but I would still need to sell the Mini first so plenty of time to make a secision rather than jumping in!
 

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at 3000 miles per year the diesel would be a bad bet for you, how about the 3.2? or if you push the boat out about the 1.8 turbo???
 

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She's a beauty, and the best wheels IMO but a nightmare to keep clean. dunno if it has Blue and Me, I couldn't live without that, but seems to have all the toys. Brera's are built like tanks. If it's got 80k on the clock since 08, chances are it's been low stress motorway miles but may give you a bargaining point...
 

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Just to say there must be Breras out there with lower mileage. The cars are built really well but 80K for a 3 year old just seems too much to me.

One very big point: I would very much recommend you consider getting a quality aftermarket sound system rather than Bose. There are good Pioneer units out there but in terms of versatility versus price the best thing I've come across is the really nice JVC KW AVX 840 which we've just installed in the wife's car:
JVC KW-AVX840, Double Din Screens

It's got bluetooth, full ipod control with album art, steering wheel control compatible, 7" touch screen (noticeably more responsive than my Pioneer), DVD player, dual zone audio for about £380. Really good bit of kit. I'd upgrade the door speakers with some nice components too.
 

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By the way, you can get genuine TI wheels aftermarket - 18" for £600 and 19" for... not sure, maybe £900.

There will be a small number of cars for sale with these wheels on already, but beware branded tyres for the 19" wheels are £300 a corner.
 

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Would discourage buying the 2.4 if annual mileage is as low as 3000. I found that engine needed regular (weekly) motorway trips to keep it from clogging. I discounted this advice from someone prior to buying my Brera 2.4 and came to regret it!!
Go for a 2.2 or 3.2 (both good, both with obvious plus and minuses)
Definitely go for a Brera though - wonderful cars and a real feel good purchase.
 

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Thanks for the responses guys. It's not so much the wheels that I'm interested in te face-lift models but more the seats: the earlier Brera I tried out just wasnt nearly as comfortable!

I have considered going back to a 3.2 (my last Alfa was a very lovely 3.2 GT) but the insurance/running costs are crippling when doing low miles each year.

It might even be that the 2.2 is the better option but it's then still a case of finding a facelift, with Bose, within budget.. I have no idea that it was such a rare option!
 

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A car without Bose shouldn't be a deal breaker as you can get very good value aftermarket kit fitted that will be better than bose
 

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Hi there,

Just to say there must be Breras out there with lower mileage. The cars are built really well but 80K for a 3 year old just seems too much to me.

One very big point: I would very much recommend you consider getting a quality aftermarket sound system rather than Bose. There are good Pioneer units out there but in terms of versatility versus price the best thing I've come across is the really nice JVC KW AVX 840 which we've just installed in the wife's car:
JVC KW-AVX840, Double Din Screens

It's got bluetooth, full ipod control with album art, steering wheel control compatible, 7" touch screen (noticeably more responsive than my Pioneer), DVD player, dual zone audio for about £380. Really good bit of kit. I'd upgrade the door speakers with some nice components too.
Sorry for the hijack but is it easy to fit? Will it allow control of an ipod via the HU?
 

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Couple of things, with 3k miles a year, 3.2 would be best. If you are adamant on the diesel then it would be advisable removing the dpf and getting a remap to stop it clogging (like many - myself included - on here have). My car didn't come with Bose and I have upgraded speakers installed sub etc. A friend with a Bose brera agrees mine sounds better now. So defo shouldn't be a deal breaker. Finally the wheels on the add you posted would be a NIGHTMARE to clean.
 

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Make sure you know what the position is wrt to timing belts/tensioners. They should be replaced at 90K miles, and it's expensive - over £1,000, but you will find indies that do it for considerably less.
 

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Make sure you know what the position is wrt to timing belts/tensioners. They should be replaced at 90K miles, and it's expensive - over £1,000, but you will find indies that do it for considerably less.
I dont think I would let it go beyond 72K and would include a waterpump in there as well, so budget on about £650 off to get the job done at an indy if there isnt evidence of the job being completed recently.

Its usually the pump that goes, jams the belt and causes the followers to snap resulting in heap big bills.

I have a 2008 159 with 50K on teh clock and it drives as new, so as long as the front isnt clunky (upper wishbones) and the steering fluid green and system noise free, the car should drive as new, they take miles better than previous generation Alfa's
 

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High mile brera

Ok here's my experience, I was looking to replace my wife's 520d and have always loved the brera but was worried regarding reliability etc anyway started seriously looking in September and viewed about 4 then one popped up on auto trader which was a 2008 on an 08 car in diamanté grey with black leather blue and me and the beautiful 19 inch big circle anthracite alloys (whatever they're called) with 4 new pirelli p zero nero tyres with 80k full main dealer history and a really nice 1 number 4 letter private plate the car drove perfectly the owner was a 60 year old who had it from new as his company car.
The car however required the service and belt doing( cambelt) the other bells were done it also needed upper wishbones as there was a knock and there were 2 tiny dents in the door there are virtually no stone chips etc on the car
The company wanted 10k for the car which I fell was reasonable however in light of the work required I made a one and only offer of 8500 a day later they called to accept it, the Alfa was booked into a specialist who did the cambelt water pump and service as well as changing the wiper blades for £412 I had a guy I've used before fix the dents for £100 and I had the upper wishbones replaced for £200 inclusive

I'll take a photo of mine but it is truly immaculate and if my Mathis are correct it owes me £9200 or thereabouts
They're a beautiful car and it always makes me smile when I see it ...go for it
 

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High mile brera

Ok here's my experience, I was looking to replace my wife's 520d and have always loved the brera but was worried regarding reliability etc anyway started seriously looking in September and viewed about 4 then one popped up on auto trader which was a 2008 on an 08 car in diamanté grey with black leather blue and me and the beautiful 19 inch big circle anthracite alloys (whatever they're called) with 4 new pirelli p zero nero tyres with 80k full main dealer history and a really nice 1 number 4 letter private plate the car drove perfectly the owner was a 60 year old who had it from new as his company car.
The car however required the service and belt doing( cambelt) the other bells were done it also needed upper wishbones as there was a knock and there were 2 tiny dents in the door there are virtually no stone chips etc on the car
The company wanted 10k for the car which I fell was reasonable however in light of the work required I made a one and only offer of 8500 a day later they called to accept it, the Alfa was booked into a specialist who did the cambelt water pump and service as well as changing the wiper blades for £412 I had a guy I've used before fix the dents for £100 and I had the upper wishbones replaced for £200 inclusive

I'll take a photo of mine but it is truly immaculate and if my Mathis are correct it owes me £9200 or thereabouts
They're a beautiful car and it always makes me smile when I see it ...go for it
 

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19 inch big circle anthracite alloys (whatever they're called) with 4 new pirelli p zero nero tyres
Are they the Brera S alloys ? Please post a photo of your vehicle.

The attached car already has what looks to be a pioneer head unit.
It is a standard Alfa Sat Nav isn't it ?

I took an interest in this advertised Brera a month ago, and I made an offer of £8500, they told me I was dreaming. :cheese:
 

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Thanks for all your replies and help - I really appreciate it.

I hadn't realised just how susceptable the 2.4 was to clogging - one of my previous GTs was a 1.9 diesel which didn't get that many motorway blasts but still behaves very well.

I did investigate the 3.2 but unfortunately the only way I can get insured at the moment is a £1,800 premium and a £3,000 excess - I would love to go back to Alfa 3.2 ownership but at those sorts of prices there's just no way I could afford it..

I'll keep my eye on the car sites for facelift. 2.2s and won't worry too much about the Bose - sounds like an aftermarket install would be better/cheaper anyway..!
 
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