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Thanks Laura. Will see what dealer determines. In the meantime, it does seem curious that there are multiple posts about premature battery death/brownout, and that replacement (OEM?) Batteries are on backorder from Italy. Why didn't my dealer have one if this is a known issue? I'm doubly concerned, as I just bought a used '18 Giulia. Don't know if they share batteries. Thanks for your comments! Will keep in mind.
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I too, just experienced the battery issue today.
MY2019, Ti Sport. Just under 2000 miles. Took delivery 3 months ago.
Went out this morning and battery was flat. Here are the steps I took:
1. Use physical key to unlock the driver's door
2. Reach in behind the driver's seat and and open the rear door.
3. Lower the left rear seatback
4. Use a flashlight to find the liftgate emergency release and pry off the access cover
5. Fish out the release cable and pull it
6. Manually open the liftgate
7. Remove cargo cover and setup a battery charger.

Luckily, this all took place in my driveway. Don't even want to think about the possibility of this happening in the airport garage or the mall.
The battery tested at 4.2V. I put the charger on it and it took about 90 minutes at 10amp to get it to start.
Once started, it threw every possible warning at me: ESC warning, Lane departure warning, Power steering warning, Auto Start/Stop warning, Hill Start Assist warning, etc., etc. Some of that may have been caused because the battery was disconnected at one point during the charging procedure.
It took a few starts and a drive around the block to clear all the warning lights. I followed the manual's procedure for clearing the Power Steering warning and that helped a lot: Start the car, turn wheel all the way to the left, all the way to the right, then back to center.
Only remaining issue seems to be Auto Start/Stop function which did not kick in during my 30 minute test drive.

In the past few days, I too was hearing that high-pitched whine after parking and locking the car. Sometimes it would go on for 5 or 10 minutes. My guess is that it never stopped last night. Just a hunch..

I guess we'll see where this goes but battery dependability is important to me. I cannot afford to miss appointments or flights....BTW; this is a Varta battery.
 

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@Siciliano glad you are running again. Remember the battery posts under the engine hood. Super easy to charge the battery that way. The whining sound should be done within 30 secs, otherwise something is stuck. That happened to me once but that’s it (got the car jumped). The dealer cleared all codes and checked battery. Make sure your battery can maintain a full charge. Mine is the original Varta and doing ok so far...get a new and better battery for peace of mind.
 

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Forgot all about those posts under the hood! I guess I followed the charging instructions noted in the manual. Not sure why they don't mention those posts under the hood. Sounds like you've had good luck with it. Thanks for that !
 

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Don't laugh at me, but I bought one of those $14 plug into the cigarette lighter/auxiliary outlets to read voltage when the car is on and running. Obviously I had problems with the Varta and wanted a way to at least get an indicator. With the Varta, before the dealer changed it under warranty for a Mopar labeled equivalent (enhanced, not AGM), the meter read below 12.4V or what Google told me was low. After the battery swap, the meter started low and now is consistently above 12.4V. I have read on the forum about the Alfa having a "smart" alternator, and have no idea what that means or implies, but it did take a little time for the battery to read up into the "good" area consistently and I have wondered if the computer has to learn a battery and/or driving style. Except for putting thought into the battery, my Q4 has been flawless and really fun to drive. The dealer in Naperville, Illinois has been good. I didn't quite get the concierge type service noted above and my Subaru dealer had better snacks.
 

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Like @R Leong i bought a ‘cigarette lighter’ volt meter, it works fine, full charge battery with alternator on (engine running) should read +14 v. Cranking the engine shows less than 12 v but recovers quickly with the engine running to the 14 v level. If the battery cannot hold a full charge (or a problem with the battery sensor), it will continuously read less than 14v @Siciliano
 

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@R Leong and @Gator1 : Who knew this stuff existed?....Not me! On Amazon, there are many varieties of those volt meters that plug into the cigarette lighter. Thanks to both for a great tip !
 

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For any following this battery death spiral thread, it's now been over 5 weeks that we're without our 18 Stelvio Ti Sport, leased March 2018. Waiting for replacement battery from A-R. Now being told that A-R changed their battery distributor and will be another 2 weeks. Have engaged A-R cares and they're trying to expedite. Dealer and SM have been doing what they can. Free loaner.
This was our Halloween "trick" (the day the battery died)...never would have expected this wait. And to be "treated" this way by a premium brand. But I'm making sure A-R takes care of this. Under warranty.
Curious if anybody else in the U.S. experiencing same.
 

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5 weeks for a battery???

That is insane and a little hard to believe could happen. Have you talked to Alfa Carr or has the dealer been "handling" the communication with Alfa?

Did you ask for an interstate battery, or another brand? Several people have had dealers replace with another brand including Interstate, which is very avalible everywhere in the USA.

Personally I would go to Autozone, get a new battery and drive the car.

....5 weeks? Nuh..uh....
 

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I've spoken directly to my A-R Cares case specialist. As well as email exchanges. As well, have exchanged PM's with Laura from A-R Cares, on this forum. Case specialist has dealt with my SM. And SM tried contacting regional manager if I recall. A-R says another battery (non OEM), or even from a vehicle on dealer lot, are not options.
Yes, I could have bought a battery for $200, 5 weeks ago. But I don't own the vehicle. And it's under warranty.
Seems there should have been a TSB for whatever "sticks on" that put a load on battery and drained it. And if the OEM battery is known to be subparagraph, why is there not a better supplied battery by now.
IMO, this is on A-R.
 

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I've spoken directly to my A-R Cares case specialist. As well as email exchanges. As well, have exchanged PM's with Laura from A-R Cares, on this forum. Case specialist has dealt with my SM. And SM tried contacting regional manager if I recall. A-R says another battery (non OEM), or even from a vehicle on dealer lot, are not options.
Yes, I could have bought a battery for $200, 5 weeks ago. But I don't own the vehicle. And it's under warranty.
Seems there should have been a TSB for whatever "sticks on" that put a load on battery and drained it. And if the OEM battery is known to be subparagraph, why is there not a better supplied battery by now.
IMO, this is on A-R.
*subpar, not subparagraph...
 

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Has nothing to do with it being Alfa's responsibility. Get a new battery, file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, send the reciept for the amount of the new battery to Alfa with a letter explaining you expect reimbursement.

Are they diagnosing the battery drain or waiting for a new battery? It isn't the same thing.

You are at the point you could lemon the vehicle and get a new one (with a new battery already inside) in most states. Federal law allows for the replacment of factory parts with aftermarket - under warrenty - if the factory parts are unavailable in a reasonable amiunt of time.....

Like I said, really doesn't make sense why it would take so long and Alfa would not offer options. Not saying you're making anything up...just saying it doesn't make sense. ...like alot of things in life....
 
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