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post #16 of 46 (permalink) Old 07-04-2018, 04:44 PM
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Hello guys, I am looking for a compact luxury SUV and wanted to check out the Alfa Romeo Stelvia. Alfa is new for the US market. For the owners here, I know it is too early to tell but in general I here from a lot of people that Alfa has a bad reputation for reliability. Has this been an issue you considered before purchase or have any comments/info to share, it would be very helpful.
Those online reviews always talk about reliability, but I think they are just copying each other. I've had my Stelvio for nearly a year. It was the first one sold in San Diego. It has nearly 10,000 miles on the clock. I've never had a single problem. It's a wonderful car and handles beautifully. The big question is why anyone would need a Quadrifolio edition. The normal engine is already very powerful. I always feel like I'm having to keep my enthusiasm in check. Happy trails!
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I totally agree about the journalists copying each other. They have no data to back that assertion whatsoever. Clarkson can be blamed for most of that bs.

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2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
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1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
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1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
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He is of course a doofus. A funny one sometimes, but still a doofus. Don't forget about Consumer Reports with their "full of baloney" opinions about Alfas.
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I totally agree about the journalists copying each other. They have no data to back that assertion whatsoever. Clarkson can be blamed for most of that bs.
thats very true, they usually copy the 1st reviewer, in UK is funny when EVO magazine bashed 4C so all other english mags also says its bad to drive, nowhere else in the world its so badly bashed, almost vice versa and its praised. This same phenomenon is easily seen in Giulia reviews.

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You have to wonder why they copy each other like that. Is it lazy journalism or fear of standing out in the crowd by having their own original thoughts? I don’t get it.

Current Alfas
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), sonís girlfiendís car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (sonís new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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I'll chime in with the group. I've owned my 2017 Sport/Perf. Giulia Ti Q4 for 14 months with 13,000 mi on the clock and not a single problem of any kind.
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You jogged my memory. Soon after I bought my new Super it was the brakes and the sqraunching in the front suspension. I think both were fixed on warranty.

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https://www.giuliaforums.com/forum/2...-problems.html

Helpful link. Don't know if the Stelvio Forum has the equivalent.

Jim: '17 Giulia Q4 Ti Sport/Performance, '83 and '92 Spiders, '12 Honda Odyssey family hauler, '18 Mustang GT, and a '96 Taurus SHO because I love underdogs, and small V8s
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We'll turn 20,000 miles on the clock this week on our Stelvio TI Sport. We've owned it for a year with no problems. It is my wife's DD and once in awhile she let's me drive it if I'm really nice. She absolutely loves it. We traded in a '16 Lincoln Mkc which was always in the shop and had more issues than any car we've ever owned. We're just finishing up a 2,800 road trip and have averaged 27.9 mph according to the trip computer, and yes, I've done most of the driving this time. No regrets whatsoever on buying the Stelvio
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For whatever reason, the journalists have the German cars as being the best cars on the road. I personally would not own a German car. My dad had them and they was always in the shop for something.

No matter what Alfa Romeo produces, the cars will have to overcome the stigma of what we went through with the Alfetta's We won't belabor that point, but until this generation of cars shows that the cars are reliable from testimonies like what I have read in here, we will continue to have journalists find something wrong with them.

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Unfortunately, impressions from the past still live with us, such as the opinion from CU that Alfas will NOT be reliable, regardless, and thus rate them as not recommended.

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As I recall, the main unreliability problem with Alfas, when driving them in the 1960s, was the Marelli electrics.
But the Brit sports cars with Lucas may have been worse.
Remember the old line about why the Brits preferred "warm" beer?

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I have owned and worked on lots of different cars over the years and there is nothing unusual about alfa electrics that I have seen. Plenty of other cars have problems and all cars can suffer from age related corrosion, loose connections etc. Often older cars have been tinkered with by people who don’t know what they are doing. Radio and immobiliser installers are a prime example of that.

Current Alfas
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), sonís girlfiendís car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (sonís new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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And, as we all know, the moment you let the smoke out of the wires the electricity goes away.
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Remember that this reputation couldn't have happened without the cooperation of the owners neglect. FCA has done everything to eliminate this problem by building a vehicle that needs very little owner attention.
Cheers, Jon
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