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Exclamation CNET review, with many questions answered!

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Too bad they went cheap on some of the interior bits. That's likely going to be a deal breaker for the Merc and Audi crowd.
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Too bad they went cheap on some of the interior bits. That's likely going to be a deal breaker for the Merc and Audi crowd.
I really wonder if that is actually true, or another example of motoring journalists copying each other. There is nothing wrong with the quality of the plastic in my daughter's 2000 156, my 2004 GT, or my wife's 2008 159, so I doubt that there would be a problem with the Giulia either. I think these guys have trouble letting go of the idea that BMWs, Mercs and Audis are superior, so they have to find something wrong with Alfas. They can't find anything else, so they pick on the plastic which is an entirely subjective thing and difficult to prove.
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they are just copying what someone other says, just read local test and they said they interior is fully on par with germans

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they are just copying what someone other says, just read local test and they said they interior is fully on par with germans
You have confirmed my suspicions Vsix. Motoring journos feel they have to find something wrong with a car and if they can't, I reckon they often make something up. I would never base my buying decisions on what those guys say.
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Interesting review.

"Cheap plastic..."
Keep in mind that all cars have switched over to plastic knobs and many other parts. It save weight and money. Not saying I want plastic knobs, no matter how well made they are.

But, let me point out the Alfa Romeo 4C. The reviewers complained about "cheap plastic knobs" there, along with a list of other things. Having owned my 4C 23 months and 23,000 miles now, I have no idea where or how they formed their complaints.

Yes, the knobs are plastic. Any and all plastic knob is cheap in my opinion. Show me an affordable car that doesn't have plastic knobs. The key word is "affordable".

The 4C is a parts bin car. Not uncommon for manufacturers to use existing parts, it's cost effective.

And the truth of the matter is that I bet none of us have been able to experience the Giulia yet. Which means we still don't have an opinion of our own. All we have is an opinion based on somebody else's opinion. Had this author said he likes the plastic knobs, would your current opinion be different?

I will wait until I have personally experienced the Giulia to form my own opinion.

I'm not even bothered by the delivery delay. I personally don't want a sedan in my stable. And, I went through all this, 'hurry up and wait' BS with the 4C. It's just typical Alfa Romeo leadership. When my dealer calls me and says it's here, I will be one of the first to go see it in person. Hopefully I'll get to test drive it.
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Too bad they went cheap on some of the interior bits. That's likely going to be a deal breaker for the Merc and Audi crowd.
I got to sit in a pre-production example during the Alfa national convention. It's not an S-class, but I didn't notice anything unusually cheap on the interior bits. I found the latest M3 to have a few. Reading the article, it looks like it may just be the auto shifter they didn't like. Unfortunate, given that the manual shifter is quite nice.

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So the plastic knobs thing - can someone tell me what material other car manufacturers use and which manufacturers we're talking about? I was in an Audi A8 last week and while I didn't do a thorough materials analysis all the knobs and buttons sure seemed like plastic. Here's a closeup of knobs in a Ferrari 488. If this knob isn't plastic they sure went out of their way to make it look plastic.


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