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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:07 pm 
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Couple of pics of my beauts together on the drive.

Now if the Brera had the engine of the 9-5 and the rear seat legroom and the front headroom and the stereo it wouldn't be having a RAC inspection on behalf of a prospective buyer currently residing in NZ but moving back to Blighty in Jan.

What a pretty car though and it's lovely drive and properly quick and a great warble from the engine. We were planning to go across Europe in it in the summer. Ultimately though I used to be a die hard Alfisti but now I'm a Saabinista and have decided its got to be a Saab on the drive.

Now that doesn't necessarily mean my trusty 9-5. It may have to make way for a 9000 Aero. Wished I could justify a nice 900 Turbo but it will be doing 15k thousand a year seems a shame to put one through that.

Anyway some pics and one of Cassandra after her pre inspection wash. If it does sell this week I am gonna miss that achingly pretty Italian.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:00 am 
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So how bad would an RAC inspection be that takes 2.5hrs on a 12yr old Italian... well strap in.

1) There was a leaking coolant bleed screw (made of plastic, known weakness ordered £8 plus £10 for G30 1litre coolant)
2) Rear spoiler misaligned - now realigned -cost 10mins of my time.
3) In the odd place there are some less professional paint repairs -ie its had a couple of stone chips and one good size one touched up. He didnt notice the Chipex repair i had carefully done on door edge but commented that beyond those repairs the body was in very good condition and solid underneath.
4) He also noticed a chip on the window and light corrosion on PAS pipe.

Thats it!!!!!!!! :D

I will take that everyday and pat myself on the back as i found a good one and avoided the dogs and lemons in the first place.

I haven't seen the report - that will be sent to a chap in NZ who commissioned it as hes moving back to the UK. Hopefully i will get a copy.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:37 pm 
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Great result - for the buyer........ I suppose it's a good result for you too, as it means the sale will be smoother.

If you dont mind me asking, what made the Brera go for sale? I've hankered after one for a very long time, but never managed to bring myself to buy one. Are they worth owning....... even for a short time? Stupidly, I've never actually driven one. I've driven many an Alfa, and whilst the sound is lovely, the styling are astonishing and the under-bonnet view is akin to automotive porn, I've never connected.

And simply, that is why I've never bought one...... I cant put a finger on it, I can't find a word for it. I've never felt that 'whatever it is' that Alfa Romeo people rave about.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:22 pm 
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Hi. I use my car as a company car and the 9-5 has got 156k on the clock and ive had it for years so was looking around for something with low miles that was interesting.

In my yoof i was a full on Alfisti and when i saw the price of Breras i thought aye aye that cud be interesting. It was never going to be a V6 either a 2.2 or 2.4JTDM.

I had driven a 159 2.4 years ago and very nearly bought a TI (bought a Civic 2.2 instead - dont ask). The few I tried were great. After a 9-5 Aero they feel much more alive and focused and that interior is a pretty bloody good place to sit. And you cant stop looking at it I mean sooo pretty.

I decided 2.4 JTDM was the way forward as with a remap and etc you get 250bhp and closing on 400lbs torque feet.

I found my one at an Alfa Race specialist (what a garage, from the engine building room to the dyno etc and the stock drooolllll). It was his car and had been prepped for his mum as her daily. All things you want to hear! It also had swirl flap delete and haven't checked but most prob egr delete too and prob has a map judging by the way it drives.

Looks right, goes fantastically. My only long run was round the M25 from and into Excel and back to Southampton . Giving it some beans and city driving it gave 42mpg.

Why am i selling it. My head just brushes the roof and where we were going to share my missus car for kids and dogs I don't think she was very confident driving the Alfa so would have had to rely on the Brera for more than just me and missus. Also my kids are tall and there is no room in the back.

Alfa's just fizz and do things differently and you feel very involved as a driver. The Brera breaks the mould a bit as it is more of a GT, cruises fantastically but also pokey focused round the twisties too. Despite sounding like a truck on start up it also has a lovely 5 cyl warble which is very Quattrro esq .


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Hi. I use my car as a company car and the 9-5 has got 156k on the clock and ive had it for years so was looking around for something with low miles that was interesting.

In my yoof i was a full on Alfisti and when i saw the price of Breras i thought aye aye that cud be interesting. It was never going to be a V6 either a 2.2 or 2.4JTDM.

I had driven a 159 2.4 years ago and very nearly bought a TI (bought a Civic 2.2 instead - dont ask). The few I tried were great. After a 9-5 Aero they feel much more alive and focused and that interior is a pretty bloody good place to sit. And you cant stop looking at it I mean sooo pretty.

I decided 2.4 JTDM was the way forward as with a remap and etc you get 250bhp and closing on 400lbs torque feet.

I found my one at an Alfa Race specialist (what a garage, from the engine building room to the dyno etc and the stock drooolllll). It was his car and had been prepped for his mum as her daily. All things you want to hear! It also had swirl flap delete and haven't checked but most prob egr delete too and prob has a map judging by the way it drives.

Looks right, goes fantastically. My only long run was round the M25 from and into Excel and back to Southampton . Giving it some beans and city driving it gave 42mpg.

Why am i selling it. My head just brushes the roof and where we were going to share my missus car for kids and dogs I don't think she was very confident driving the Alfa so would have had to rely on the Brera for more than just me and missus. Also my kids are tall and there is no room in the back.

Alfa's just fizz and do things differently and you feel very involved as a driver. The Brera breaks the mould a bit as it is more of a GT, cruises fantastically but also pokey focused round the twisties too. Despite sounding like a truck on start up it also has a lovely 5 cyl warble which is very Quattrro esq .


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