Yes all the same length,and to reiterate,no drilling or taking the roof off is required.I also can't see what fitting them upside down will achieve as they are only filled with gas.
Obviously, Alfa Romeo is not IKEA when it comes to the quality of the instructions.Maybe it will prove useful, I attach formal instructions for both sets of struts.
Happened to me as well - a trip to the body shop was required. Looked a right mess.I closed it manually - but didn't realise that the back of the storage lid was catching the back of the boot as I tried to close it - so now I have a deformed lip I need to get fixed too.....
I need to visit an Alfa specialist today - the roof logged a permanent fault so will no longer attempt to close with motors - and also won't let me fully close the windows.
Thanks. I've done all that - and I even took the panel out from the bottom of the roof storage compartment so that I could fully push the hydraulic lever back - but if I push the roof button, it simply says there is a hood fault.Happened to me as well - a trip to the body shop was required. Looked a right mess.
If you fully close the roof manually the windows will go back up.
See How to get the hood on a Brera Spider back up if it fails
thanks for the info, ordered 2 from SGS for £35 and all issues sorted. Good as new and an easy job to fix.I got them from Sgs-engineering.com a UK company. Very quick postage and helpful too. They can also re-gas struts as long as they are in good condition.
The numbers that I quoted-taken off my original struts were: 7456VP 0200N & 5579XQ 0100N. From these numbers they found their equivalent which come with a 2 year warranty.
Welcome to my world!But I am getting well and truly sick of this. I've never particularly wanted a convertible before - but the Spider has convinced me that driving with the roof down is a lovely experience. But I've now reached the point where I'm scared to open the damn thing in case it fails.
It is spoiling an otherwise lovely car.
I must admit, I have considered that going fully manual might be the answer!Welcome to my world!
The first few years I had with mine I felt just the same, and spent a total of £600 on 're-alignments' (no new parts). That proved only to be a temporary fix on each occasion.
After suffering from the awful 'roof anxiety' for far too long, I finally got to grips with opening and closing the damn thing fully manually. It takes a bit longer but I know I'm guaranteed to be able to fully open and fully close it with absolutely no worry, and that's worth its weight in gold to me.
I've now gone from hardly ever dropping the roof because of the worry and hassle, to dropping it every time the sun shines.
Admittedly it's not ideal to be doing it manually, but it is surprisingly easy when you've done it a few times. If you do decide to go down this route, don't try and follow the owner's manual's instructions - it just wasn't clear and precise enough to give me the confidence to do it. Far better to use Alfa Workshop's guide How to get the hood on a Brera Spider back up if it failsI must admit, I have considered that going fully manual might be the answer!
Tonight it will be dropped off at Cayman again - their work is warrantied, so want to see if it's a free repair.