First 3k miles- Stelvio Quadrifoglia
I posted to the new member site two weeks past. I bought a 2018 Quadrifoglio with in early May 2019. I love the car. There really isn't anything else out there like it including the 4 cylinder Stelvio. My ownership experience has been atypical.
At around 400 Miles the throttle control valve light came on. The dealer spend 3 days charging the battery then doing a full diagnostics. They didn't find anything. This happened two or three more times before, at around 3k miles, they diagnosed a left turbocharger wastegate problem mid-June. Fixing the wastegate requires dropping the motor and removing the exhaust manifold. The repair "hit a snag" when two exhaust studs broke off in the head. To remove the studs the head had to be removed and sent to the shop.
Shortly after the head was removed, Alfa decided that replacing the motor was a better solution than fixing the current one. We are currently waiting for Alfa to confirm that the motor has been built and shipped. The hope is that it will be hear this week or early next week. My daughter is getting married in Chicago late August. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a fabulous road trip car.
Alfa and the local dealer have been very good to work with. I haven't seen other motor replacements on line so I don't think this is a design issue. I am dealing with the supply chain of a first year, low volume exotic car. I have been provided a base Stelvio loaner which has been reliable and performs well. It is a pleasant car to drive. However, the base car is not the same as a Quadrifoglio. Even on one Turbo, it is an incredible machine. The base car drives much better than my previous non-sports cars/trucks/SUV's but it is not the same. My previous car was a Jaguar F-Type S coupe. I tried the F-Pace S and the Land Rover Discovery. They were a definite step down from the F-Type for dynamics while the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a step up.
I go and visit my car Friday afternoons. I have posted a few pictures of the motor in the Gallery. It is a very dense package and quite complex. I am glad I am getting a new one.
PS- I did not ask for a new motor and have tried not to complain too much. Stuff happens. Everyone has been great to work with.