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A few years ago I decided to change cars. I short-listed those on the market that fitted my needs. But how to choose from the short-list?

Naturally, a test drive. But there are factors that a test drive won't reveal.

My best decision was not to rely on the motoring press/journalist opinion. Instead, I would listen carefully to enthusiast owners' opinions.

Various online motoring forums were very informative, particularly AO.

Assisted greatly by the information posted by you guys on AO, and a test drive, I bought a Alfa Romeo Brera 3.2 Ti Q4 Qtronic SV.

 

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Particular thanks due -

Squadrone Rosso - Simon's description of Brera characteristics spot on, the V6 is indeed under-appreciated. I was heavily influenced by SR against a GT or GQV, and in general gained confidence that the Brera would be reliable and handle well with 4 wheel drive. Even use some Autoglym now :lol:

GTLeigh - gained confidence that the automatic transmission with sequential would be smooth and reliable. It is.

Nev - well the car is black not as Nev would say two-tone. Also, thanks to Nev, there's an illuminated door sill. :)



Commanderfish - well I'm not remapped (yet) but the general reliability of the car was evident from your posts.

Kalel - very knowledgeable Australian ex-Brera owner, I always use 98RON on his advice.

Old Engineer - 19 inch Ti Pirellis fitted, I'm watching your alignment advice carefully.

Shiny_Car - also very knowledge Australian alfisti, many tips from him. Especially, I have a CTek battery conditioner plumbed and the car starts first shot even after long overseas trips. Pinnacle Souveran wax is also on the list. Thanks Shiny, hope maybe you'll eventually like the "Brendas"!



My own ideas also - with restricted rear visibility and reliance on side mirrors, I installed a rear camera. Great for parking. Illuminates in the rear view mirror automatically when in reverse, can also be turned on anytime with override switch.


Override switch -


The side repeaters are smoked, given that the car is black.



The car was made by Pininfarina in July 2010 (the last batch of Australian specification cars before Pininfarina closed their factory in October 2010 :( ), and is one of 10 Ti specification Breras said to be in Australia. As I understand it, the Ti is broadly similar to the Brera S which was UK only, except the Ti has Skyview.



So thanks to everyone on here for sharing their knowledge. My ownership experience has been great and trouble free so far, so I'm well pleased I listened to you guys and took your advice.
 

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Great write up fella!

That is a beautiful looking Brera with a good wheel combo to! I like the mods too, nice and subtle :thumbs:
 

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That's a stunning looking car:wow:

They are still one of the best looking cars around regardless of cost.

I'm genuinely chuffed to bits that I bought my second one but scared to think what will eventually replace it.

As for that V6 :inlove: Sounds superb, pulls for ever & suits the character of the car perfectly.

We'll gloss over the fuel consumption:lol:
 
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