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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-15-2018, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Stelvio...90 days and counting

The good news is there have been no glitches so far. Only 2100 miles which is about what I expected. It's primarily my wife's car so local short duration trips, same as the previous car. Two longer trips, one northwest of Seattle in January and most recently to The Dalles up the Columbia River Gorge.
Last years fires in the Scenic Gorge took its toll on the forest, but it's not as bad as it could have been. Crews are still working to restore hiking trails ,but some will be off limits until sufficient vegetation returns.
As we settle in the Stelvio there are a couple things that are taking some getting used too. The engine shut off when stopped was a nusience, but I now just over ride that mode, but it has to be repeated each time the engine is started. It's not an Alfa thing, it's just a way for manufactures to meet CAFE regulations. Also our previous car had the ability to change to preset seat adjustments depending on the driver from outside the car before entering. We have to be seated and have ignition on before we can push the desired setting. My wife insists on sitting as close to the steering wheel as possible so it takes some time to wiggle in and set the seats. I really haven't looked too deeply into it so I may be missing something.
Otherwise it is preforming as expected. I have learned when on long freeway trips it is advisable to use the cruise control....80-90mph can sneak up on you.
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Figured out the seats. Looks like the ignition has to be on....press start button, but leave foot off brake( so the engine doesn't start). Also I can do a remote start before I open door. Would be nicer if it was powered all the time. I'm going to play with the start fob. Pushing the open button multiple times may also function to select seat mode.
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Just got mine a couple days ago, havent even finished the manual. My wife is same way, super close, so good to hear im not alone. So far not too big an issue.

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Welcome and congrats. If you have the power fob with you it's just a matter of reaching to turn on the ignition button .....you don't have to get in. My previous car changed driver seat selection just by pushing the " unlock" button. 1 push for #1 setting, 2 push for #2 setting.
Find a nice straight stretch without traffic and test the acceleration.
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"When all else fails....read the instructions".

Personally, I resist as long as I can.

Or give it to the kids to figure out.
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Help me re Reverse.
Seems only way i can get into reverse is by going into drive, then back into reverse.
Book says push brake n shift button at same time, shouldnt be that hard or am I missing something?
only other gripe is having to turn off the auto off at stop each time, but whatever
Still love it n only cruising.

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There is a button on the back side of the gear selector. By pushing that in as you grip the selector you should be able to move into either reverse or forward. I guess it's kind of a lockout button like the original 4 speeds on muscle cars. If that doesn't happen then it may be a dealer issue.
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I get that, but can you go from Park right into reverse? I have yet to figure it out, so i go into Drive, then back into Reverse

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Help me re Reverse.
Seems only way i can get into reverse is by going into drive, then back into reverse.
Book says push brake n shift button at same time, shouldnt be that hard or am I missing something?
only other gripe is having to turn off the auto off at stop each time, but whatever
Still love it n only cruising.
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I get that, but can you go from Park right into reverse? I have yet to figure it out, so i go into Drive, then back into Reverse
I recall no problems going to reverse from park. My wife is gone with the Stelvio for the week so I can't confirm. I think I would have noticed though.
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reverse

Mystery solved, hit button, push lever forward for reverse, back for drive, doy,
im thinking old school auto, where its all in order, p-r-n-d
that only took me 2 weeks.
Probably because I read the manual, something I never do
lesson learned

now if I can only figure out why these silver lever thingies dont activate the turn signals....

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Turn signal levers are a press down and release, they do not stay down as the traditional levers.
Press halfway down to activate lane change. If lever does not de-activate, lightly press lever to cancel. It takes a adjustment as our minds are tuned to the traditional method.
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hmmmm, mine just click forward...

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I watched "Top Gear" the other night and I was impressed. Went against a Volvo & Range Rover their top models. And although the Klutz from Friends didn't hook the Horse trailer correctly, it can tow! More impressive was it's ability to run down the Volvo at the end of the demonstration. The Range Rover got lost, go figure. Well right now I have a 2007 Jeep Commander, a bus, got to replace her, and I hope you Stelvio owners who have a towing package can give me some input. We're Horse people! I can't imagine what the V6 is capable of seeing the 4T, cause it wasted them both.

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that top gear was real show, no wonder they break Volvo 2 times (2 different cars, engine fastenings in both), Velar got its engine under cover plastics broken.

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