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what about removing/reducing all the unnecessary battery drainage. I've done the following:
- headlights off delay, I used to have 30 and I disabled it.
- greeting lights - disabled
- I disabled the lights when you lock the car with the fob, 99% of times I lock car, I hear it and the rearview mirrors move so I don't need a "third" confirmation with the lights.
- power liftgate - always conscious that it's better to have engine on. so If I need to open it after I parked, I do it from the driver door with engine on, and then close it from the back, but at least it saves one trip under battery power.
- seat adjustments - with the engine on.
- disable the auto on/off after switching engine on (until they make it possible to disable it constantly via software). I think this one is a biggie especially if you drive in traffic or you do many stops (traffic lights etc).
Good ideas! I turned off auto start for radio. I only turn the radio/screen on after starting my SQ if I want otherwise I just enjoy my drive w/o any distractions. Btw, I also turn off auto start/stop right after starting the engine as a habit now.
 

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Mine had EXACT same issues!!! Twice.
I put on forum just last month. After 7 weeks in shop, techs from Italy put a computer patch and appeared to work for 3 months but happened again, overnight! Back to dealership, did another patch and now working for 3 weeks. The alternator appears to drain the battery due to computer telling it to do what it does. If “dead” episode occurs again, I’ll try to lemon it and get 2019 or 2020 because I love my car otherwise but as you said, it’s very scary if not working in the middle of nowhere!
Good luck!! I’ll let you know if it occurs again!!
 

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Also, contact AlfaCare because they have actually been very helpful and understanding. I now have a record of the issues with them and know 3rd time will be it. (844) 253-2872
 

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Thanks to all those that have chimed in here. I guess it makes me feel a little better knowing it is not just me or something I am doing. I will continue to provide updates as anything changes. If/When it happens again, perhaps I will have it towed to the dealer to let them feel some of my pain.

I think, after reading some of the others, it must be a combination of items...something must be causing an additional drain, and perhaps the battery is not up to the task.

Whatever it happens to be, Alfa needs to get their act together...there is no way an entry-level luxury vehicle, nor any other "new" vehicle for that matter, can it be considered acceptable to leave your owners stranded.

-TooSlow
Hi tooslowmonroe,
Please send us a private message if you continue experiencing troubles with your battery and we will gladly assist you in getting this addressed by your dealer.

Lydia
Alfa Romeo Social Care Specialist
 

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Sad Day...

My Stelvio died on the freeway today, barely made it to an off ramp. Happened earlier in the week (total electtical faliure) jumped with my USB unit and got it home. Changed out the Vartar with a new Napa AGM. No problems until today....same condition. Had to have it towed 80 miles to the nearest dealer. No idea when they will fix....concerned for future road trips.

Love the Stelvio.....but loss in confidence.
 

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Hi @smunger4,

I am terribly sorry to hear that this has happened! Please send us a private message if you would like assistance while your Stelvio is in service.

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Actually Alfa Care was great!! Super customer service. Disappointing the Sacramento market does not have a dealership any longer, but hopefully this is just some quirky electrical issue. Stelvio has been perfect through 26K.

Thanks for the response!!
 

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I am having the exact same problems that many forum members have been having. First I got the Christmas tree, then I got a car that wouldn’t start and had to be jumped, then I got the Christmas tree again, and now it is completely dead. It is a 2018 Stelvio Quadrafoglio with just over 5000 miles.

I am having it towed to the dealer tomorrow. Alfa Romeo of Kirkland, WA.


I am quickly losing faith in Alfa Romeo. There’s no need for us to have to deal with this. I brought it to the dealer after the first Christmas tree, and all they did was charge it over the weekend and told me I have to trickle charge it every night. What kind of car needs a trickle charge if it is driven everyday?? Unacceptable answer. My 2107 911 sits for months and immediately starts and works perfectly.
 

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Dealer changed the battery. Not sure which brand. Picking it up later today. Fingers crossed.


I am having the exact same problems that many forum members have been having. First I got the Christmas tree, then I got a car that wouldn’t start and had to be jumped, then I got the Christmas tree again, and now it is completely dead. It is a 2018 Stelvio Quadrafoglio with just over 5000 miles.

I am having it towed to the dealer tomorrow. Alfa Romeo of Kirkland, WA.


I am quickly losing faith in Alfa Romeo. There’s no need for us to have to deal with this. I brought it to the dealer after the first Christmas tree, and all they did was charge it over the weekend and told me I have to trickle charge it every night. What kind of car needs a trickle charge if it is driven everyday?? Unacceptable answer. My 2107 911 sits for months and immediately starts and works perfectly.
 

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I have a 2019 Stelvio Ti Sport purchased in July 2019. The 1st dead battery incident was 2 weeks after I bought it. Since that jump start it has gone to today (5 months & 5,500 mi) and now happened again. What I've read is very disappointing as I see no definitive reason and modifying how I use the car to try and avoid it is simply silly.
I doubt it's the battery and very likely a draining problem. At 1st I thought is could be me where I do something exiting the car that somehow keeps it on? Even so if it's that sensitive it's unacceptable. I will put the dealership on notice this week that whatever they do I will claim the Lemon Law.
Just a thought but could it be related to the engine? Any of the Quadrofolio's have this issue?
 

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2019 with 6000 miles. Just went to the garage and it’s totally dead. Doh.
As everyone has noted, the OEM battery just can't support all the electronics. I had mine switched to an Interstate battery a year ago, and haven't had an electrical issue since.
 

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I've been trying to get caught up and have not seen a conclusive solution to my issue.

Background: 2018 Stelvio Ti - 4800 miles currently, owned for 9 mos (since Oct 2018)

First Issue: March of 2019. Stelvio had been sitting for about 10 days in garage. Wife tried to leave and there is nothing...no lights, no electrical of any kind. The master mechanic in me thinks the newfangled machines with all their computers drained the battery in those last 10 days.

Being more handy than hansom luckily, I was able to connect my battery charger and get the Stelvio started the next day.

I verified charge status with my handy-dandy multi-meter and found charging to be indicated by a 13.9 V reading across the jumper-dealy under the hood and the ground pin. So far so go I thought.

Scheduled an appointment with the dealer JUST IN CASE. Few days later, took into dealer and got a clean bill of health. Dealer noted some software updates were required and did so.

Overall...I thought to myself...SELF...it's still a beautify vehicle. You still love driving it. This is just one of those hiccups that happen. NO WORRIES.

...and it's been love at first sight until July 24rd (of '19)...

Second Recurrence of First Issue: 7/23, all was well in Stelvio land. The wife had taken the grandson to the park. Came home, parked the Stelvio in the garage as is usual. Morning of the 24th, DEAD STELVIO. All the same characteristics of the first one. Absolutely zero electrical activity. Again, being handy as ever...10 AMP charge for 90 minutes and the Stelvio was able to start on it's own.

I left it running for 30 minutes to ensure full enough charge.

7/25 - no activity...dealer appointment made for Friday the 26th.

7/26 - Drove to work, Stelvio started up after sitting for 36 or so hours.

Dealer looked it over for two hours, said battery checked out fine. No log of any other issues.

SO...I do not think there is a charging issue...I think it would have indicated as such...and perhaps my lovely wife missed the message it should have been found in the logs.

I don't think it is a battery issue as with a partial charge, it was able to hold charge for 36 hours and not exhibit any issues when verified at dealer (from what I was told, battery was "load tested" with results well within specification.

As I was talking with my service adviser and the shop manager, I was told there are several Stelvio with the same challenges...and no one can find anything wrong. They have said that someone from AR is coming to the dealership next week (last week of July '19) to review these issues and help them resolve.

SO...Thank you for reading so far...

I know there are plenty of stories like this out there...has anyone been able to identify the root cause and solution?

I feel that there must be a few things going on...first, there must be some type of drain occurring? Maybe? ...and second...is there some type of master cutoff that senses the drain and shuts down everything? My HUGE failure was verifying battery voltage PRIOR to charging...I don't know why I did not think of that. FOR SURE if it happens again I will do this.

Upon implementing the charging, all manner of relays and whatnot start activating and whatnot...there is plenty of "activity" occurring once 12V is supplied under the hood.

Thanks in advance for any additional input. I am hoping some here had the same problem and I can point my dealer HERE for the solution.

I know I should not even be considering this, but I feel like this wonderful vehicle is now sitting in the suspect box. The wife is worried about taking it on a weekender trip...what happens if it dies when we are in a hotel?

-TooSlow
I seem to be having similar issues. Have a 2018 Stelvio Quadrofoglio with 8k miles on it. Back in Feb 2019 I came out to a completely dead car. I had it towed to the dealership where they said the battery was dead, tested the battery and it passed, and then sent me off on my way.
All good until a couple days ago. I come out to a dead car again. The difference this time was that I was able to jump it and get it started. The first time, a jump did nothing.
So I've made an appointment with my dealership today to bring it in and have it looked at.
From reading these threads, I'm not feeling too optomistic on anyone finding a root cause here.
Since I jumped my car a few days ago, I haven't had a problem.
I also went to O'Reilly Autoparts and purchased a Jump Pack. I'll keep that handy in case this happens in a place where I can't get a jump from someone.
 

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I seem to be having similar issues. Have a 2018 Stelvio Quadrofoglio with 8k miles on it. Back in Feb 2019 I came out to a completely dead car. I had it towed to the dealership where they said the battery was dead, tested the battery and it passed, and then sent me off on my way.
All good until a couple days ago. I come out to a dead car again. The difference this time was that I was able to jump it and get it started. The first time, a jump did nothing.
So I've made an appointment with my dealership today to bring it in and have it looked at.
From reading these threads, I'm not feeling too optomistic on anyone finding a root cause here.
Since I jumped my car a few days ago, I haven't had a problem.
I also went to O'Reilly Autoparts and purchased a Jump Pack. I'll keep that handy in case this happens in a place where I can't get a jump from someone.
I forgot to mention that when the battery was dead, and I jumped it I could no longer use any of the driving mode features, the engine light stays on, and I saw a few other lights that eventually disappeard.
 

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Sounds kind of quiet in here - I can only assume that the higher Cold Cranking Amp (CCA) AGM Type Battery (Mopar BAAH8800AA and it's Interstate/Autozone Equivilant) and perhaps a Alfa-Romeo system re-flash/computer patch update has taken care of this issue or???

Currently looking (online) at quite a bit of low mileage 2018's TI & TI Sports and scratching my head wondering if this is a good idea. I realize that a big part of why the the 2018's are priced so low is due to their lack of Apple Air Play and Android Auto (two things I could care less about in a driver's car). Wondering if the old adage "if it's too good to be true" is swirling around in the background, waiting to rear it's nasty head on the next owner/victim.
 
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