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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-03-2018, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Car wash for Stelvio?

I'm planning to pick-up a Stelvio.
I've heard that it's recommended that these cars be washed by hand, rather than be put through a car wash with brushes.
I live in the Northeast where washing by hand would be impossible in the winter.
What do people think about washing these?
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Hmmm, I'm hard pressed to think that a hand wash would be highly recommended. I suspect the paint of these cars is easily good enough to withstand a machine wash, again and again and again. Although, having said that, I do hand wash my own Alfas, mainly because I'm cheap.

I remember an old news clip a few years ago that showed when a new Ferrari rolled off the line, it was run through a typical flailing roller car wash station. Thought that was a scream. They probably don't do that nowadays, though.

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You can wash your Stelvio just like any new car, no more no less. I either do a touchless or a hand wash on new cars. Early Stelvios had water penetrating into the footwell I think, but it should have been corrected by now, there is a factory recall.

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I drive by the Alfa/Maserati dealer here in NJ all the time, have not seen anybody washing cars by hand :-). Except the 4C with the soft paint. It's pretty impossible here in the NE to not use a car wash for a daily driver. Find a good car wash, you might need to drive a bit. If you are in Northern NJ, Madison Car Wash sees my Jaguar daily driver 2x month. Pretty gentle for a car wash. Right next to the Jaguar dealer, the Jaguars go through all the time.
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A Stelvio is far from a garage queen.

I mean it is an SUV.

I use to be obsessed with washing all my cars by hand and never through a car wash.

All my cars go through a car wash now (Alfa Giulia and Saab 9-3) except my Alfa Spider.

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Sorry I wasn't able to get back earlier. Suddenly got crazy busy with work.
No jokes.
My first "new" car was a Saab. A car nut friend thought I should always wash by hand. Problem was, I lived in downtown Boston and had to drag a hose out to the street.
It was such a pita, I usually drove around in a "dirty" car. Don't want to go through that again!
My wife's 328 goes through car washes without a problem. Btw, I did find that the Stelvio's transmission and "infotainment" system were nearly identical to her car.
Big difference is that the BMW drives like an old Buick compared to the Alfa!

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I'm planning to pick-up a Stelvio.
I've heard that it's recommended that these cars be washed by hand, rather than be put through a car wash with brushes.
I live in the Northeast where washing by hand would be impossible in the winter.
What do people think about washing these?
Thanks!
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Ran our Stelvio through automated car washes many times. No swirls, scratches or scuffed wheels (and we have the 20" wheels). If eventually some swirls did develop I'd have that fixed in a couple of hours at a detail shop. Looks like new though, and it is easy and convenient. Better a car wash than salt and other contaminates sitting on your car. These are meant to daily drivers. Not Ferrari garage queens.

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Ran our Stelvio through automated car washes many times. No swirls, scratches or scuffed wheels (and we have the 20" wheels). If eventually some swirls did develop I'd have that fixed in a couple of hours at a detail shop. Looks like new though, and it is easy and convenient. Better a car wash than salt and other contaminates sitting on your car. These are meant to daily drivers. Not Ferrari garage queens.
I have started to put my Giulia through the automated car washes.

I am actually going to get the $19.99 / unlimited monthly pass.

My Spider though will always be washed by hand.

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Thanks Sam, Iíve been using a diy spray wand with so-so results. Time to go to a drive-through. JJ
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I have started to put my Giulia through the automated car washes.

I am actually going to get the $19.99 / unlimited monthly pass.

My Spider though will always be washed by hand.

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Same here as to my Fiat spider and my Alfa Spider (when I had one). Mostly because they are convertibles of limited roof water resistance.
I also run my '17 Giulia through the car wash

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On the subject of commercial car washes I’ve got a concern. Some (most?) recycle the wash water to save money and present an eco friendly image. While I’m sure particulates are filtered, dissolved solids i.e. salt is not. In other words, filtered, concentrated brine is sprayed all over your car. I’d be interested to hear if my concern is valid. Anybody know?

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I'm planning to pick-up a Stelvio.
I've heard that it's recommended that these cars be washed by hand, rather than be put through a car wash with brushes.
I live in the Northeast where washing by hand would be impossible in the winter.
What do people think about washing these?
Thanks!
JJ
By hand! If you can't find a car wash with cloth washing strips. Not a guarantee but if you can't get it done by hand, find the best one you can and make sure they pre-wash it before going in.


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