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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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I purchased a Ti Sport in Vesuvio Gray. I've had it for just over a month, I've put 3000 miles on it, and I've had zero problems. So far, I love it.

Driving it is such fun. Plenty of power and sharp handling. It makes me so happy to cruise down the highway, enjoying the premium audio. At first, I was not happy to not have a CD player, because I have an enormous CD collection. However, I've set up Amazon Music to my liking, and with the many playlists I've created, I can enjoy endless great music via my phone.

My one real annoyance is the automatic start/stop feature. They should have designed it so that you could set it once and leave it, because I don't want the engine to shut off when I have the A/C running. It's annoying to have to push that button every time I start the vehicle.

It's nice to have all the bells and whistles, although the proximity alarm is a little annoying when I'm in a car wash, or when I pull into a parking space and get a little too close to the curb. But that's really a pretty minor issue.

I do a lot of highway driving, and I've been getting 24-25 miles per gallon. Of course, paying for premium gas is not fun, but, considering the power under the hood, it's well worth it.

And I just got my new vanity plates today.

Overall, I am thoroughly satisfied so far with my Stelvio.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-06-2018, 06:57 AM
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Nice to hear, test driving a Stelvio this afternoon. looking to lease in October due to current lease obligation. If you could be so kind to keep me informed on service issues or problems.

Good luck and thanks again
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Congrats and welcome. We bought ours in December and no problems. There is a factory recall to replace some weatherstripping but haven't had that done. A friend did and it took 2-3 hours. Dealer loaned a Guilia, washed Stelvio and topped off fuel.
Yes a few nuisances to get used to, kinda Alfa required I think. But the good experiences are really great.
Enjoy and drive
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Shirley, the way the start stop works is mandated by regulation, not Alfa?

Can’t wait to try a Ti with the more powerful Veloce engine when they arrive in Australia later in the year

'66 1600 Duetto | '73 1600 GTJunior | '03 156 1.9JTD Sportwagon | '11 Giulietta QV (wow, revelation) | I really don't need this many Alfa's...
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Shirley, the way the start stop works is mandated by regulation, not Alfa?

Cant wait to try a Ti with the more powerful Veloce engine when they arrive in Australia later in the year
I have not heard of any regulations in America requiring a start/stop feature. I hope it won't appear in all new vehicles.

And don't call me Shirley!
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I have not heard of any regulations in America requiring a start/stop feature. I hope it won't appear in all new vehicles.
It has to do with fleet mileage and emissions.

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It has to do with fleet mileage and emissions.
CAFE....cooperate average fuel economy.
It's where they agregate all of their fuel averages to come up with one number. It was easier when fuel prices were high and buyers turned to high mileage autos. Not as easy with all the suv's. Recent government proposals to lower the numbers will make it easier for manufactures to meet their numbers....at the cost of consumers.
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Here's an update: I've hit the 5000-mile mark on my Stelvio, and I'm happy to report that I still have had no problems at all. We've all seen reviews of the Stelvio and Giulia where writers complain about problems encountered during a test drive. However, I have encountered none of that. Of course, the long-term reliability remains to be seen, but my Stelvio has been perfect so far.
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Surely, that's good to hear.

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And yet, the clowns at CR continue to offer their opinion that the Stelvio, as with the Giulia and the Fiat cars, has an expected dismal or very poor reliability rating. Their usual anti-Italian bias/prejudice is showing.

They should stick to lawn mowers and kitchen blenders.

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Last month my wife's Maserati Quattroporte was totaled by a minor rear end collision by a meth addled semi driver. Heart breaking. Had only 24k miles on it. New clutch (I most definitely will not miss the duo select gear box). All that work to keep it immaculate and a 3 mph bump totals it.

Got her into a Volcano Black Stelvio TI Sport. Matches my Giulia QV. So we are now an 8 Italian car family once again. Used to be 6 Alfas, the QP and a Ferrari.
Now 7 Alfas and the Ferrari. 5 are mine and 2 are hers. So his and his and his and his and his and hers and hers Alfas. So nice to be married to a woman for over 33 years who shares my love of Italian vehicles and F1. We went to Austrian GP this summer.

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Update

I just hit the six-month mark today. Here are the numbers:

6 months
15000 miles
0 problems

I really like that last number. I still love my Stelvio. After living with it for a while, I have one more criticism. For the most part, it's no big deal to not have a touch screen. However, entering a destination address in the navigation system without a touch screen is a major pain. Fortunately, I rarely use the navigation. I hope the folks at Alfa have the sense to put in a touch screen when they update the vehicle. For daily driving, I thoroughly enjoy nearly everything about the Stelvio. It still gets a very high recommendation from me.
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I saw 3 Stelvios here today just north of San Francisco...they love Alfas in Marin County....
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