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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 09:56 PM
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I work for a volvo dealer and we are selling XC40's with a $2,000 addendum because of the limited availability. You have to remember we are at the dealership to turn a profit and unless you had a price already negotiated it's up to the dealer to determine the selling price.
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post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-09-2018, 06:40 AM
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Talk about a big letdown.....

My dealer just notified me that my Stelvio Quad came in. However, just as I proceeded to start the paperwork, they told me that the Quad was not "leaseable".......meaning Alfa doesn't offer any lease options on the Stelvio Quad at the moment. Given that I generally don't like to buy 1st year models, esp. Alfa's with their questionable reliability, I was definitely NOT interested in financing it. Not only that, they marked up the MSRP by an extra $3,500! (which is kind of funny given how poorly Alfa's are selling).

Anyways, Motor Trend reviewed the Stelvio Quad recently. Although they praised the performance aspect saying that it was extremely fast, they also lambasted it for it's poor interior build quality (squeaks, rattles galore). Given these facts, why would Alfa force interested buyers to purchase or finance the car? Leasing such a car is the safer way to go, but I guess Alfa knows "better."
I don't know what all this talk about "poor interior quality" is. I've driven Jags, BMWs, Mercedes, and Audis recently and I wouldn't say any of these had "better" quality than the Stelvio or Giulia. They're different, and I'd say the Jag and the BMW were not as nice on the inside. This is completely subjective. Also, I don't know why people are so hung up on leasing. When I went to buy my new Giulia, the thought of leasing didn't even cross my mind. Why would I throw money down a rabbit hole and not get an asset in the end? I plan on keeping my car until it has 200k and is 25 years old at least.
Also, worries about first-year models are understandable but isn't that what warranties are for? I've now obtained coverage for 125k mi and 8 years through the purchase of an extended warranty. After 7500mi, the new Giulia has been phenomenally reliable. My final point is why are you worried about maintenance costs when you already have a Maserati, a Ferrari, and a Lamborghini? Money is quite obviously not an object and these cars are legendary for requiring extraordinarily deep pockets to maintain... Insurance alone on one of those for a year undoubtedly costs more than I spend on maintenance for my fleet of eight affordable cars each year. The repairs are free under warranty for the Stelvio Quad, so why not buy in to Alfa for the long term? As they say, however, "tastus non disputandem est".
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" I plan on keeping my car until it has 200k and is 25 years old at least"

Lol, our newest car is the 94LS. Our daily driver since 1994 has been the 91S with 190k miles on it now. Finally, I'm putting in a new clutch, it's first replacement.
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" I plan on keeping my car until it has 200k and is 25 years old at least"

Lol, our newest car is the 94LS. Our daily driver since 1994 has been the 91S with 190k miles on it now. Finally, I'm putting in a new clutch, it's first replacement.
Nice. My 164S has almost 170k and 70k of them are mine. I was six years old in 1994... We'll see what the situation is in twenty years. My thought is that the Giulia is one of the last generation of pure gasoline powered sports sedans available. No driver aids beyond traction control. No electric motors. An engine always ready to burst into full song. I'd sooner take the train than ride in a self-driving car, and no dollar I've ever earned will go to line Elon's pockets. I think I'll keep the Giulia forever.
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