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Had mine since February and no major issues....minor annoyances but most were DUE TO USER ERROR- however been trying to service my car for recalls since early April and my dealership doesn’t have a loaner or a time frame of when it will be done and how long it will take - so I am still driving a recalled car/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif(
When I took my Stelvio in for the two recalls, it took them just under two hours. I felt that was not bad for both. With that being said, my dealer had done a few before mine, which helped in getting the process down.
Right and that’s the way it should be!! I am concidering servicing at a diff dealership - because it makes me uncomfortable to knowingly drive a recalled car...
 

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I just had the first service finished and they had a beautiful new waiting area for Alfa customers - with my phone and tech it'd be a perfect place to get work done and make calls so in the future now that I know I wouldn't hesitate to wait up to 1/2 day or so and not miss a beat at work. For the recalls I'm holding out for the loaner (no problems at the moment) + hitch installation. The Service Manager quoted $139 for routine work @ 20K interval and when you think about it not bad- I usually did my Jeep locally $50-60 for synthetic every 5000 miles so for now until the locals get stocked with correct oil + filter it's worth the drive (40 miles each way). They were very accommodating + a place to work on premises makes it worth the drive for me.
 

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I am still amazed about the "legacy" reliability stigma. I have had several relatives ask me .....so has it broke yet? I respond...no how about your Ford?
 

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I just tell them it is more reliable than anything germany currently offers. I really mean it.
 

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Mine threw a stop/start system error on the 3rd day. The system was not working for two days, then it fixed itself I guess. The CEL disappeared by itself, and never had the same issue back again.
 

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Only had mine a week but the alarm has a habit of going off on its own. Not seen mention of it here, but lots of similar comments on the Guilia forum about it happening. Apparently it's something to do with sensitivity which the dealer can adjust, but it's not something you can do yourself.
Mines going in for the tailgate recall tomorrow and I asked about the alarm going off randomly when it's parked up, which it's still doing, and was immediately told that there's an update for that and they're going to sort it while it's in?
 

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I'll bet that many if not most of the strange electrical problems are due to a compromised battery.
The are gel cell batteries that have to be charged at a much lower voltage than a regular wet lead acid battery. Also, quick charging can damage one of the battery cells.
A lot of these cars have been sitting on the lot for a long time, rapid charged or jumped over the course of their being stored.You can drive the car with a bad battery for weeks and have it suddenly fail.
When I just bought my Stelvio from Glendale Alfa they agreed to install a new Mopar gel cell battery (similar to the Vartus/Alfa battery).

Incredibly, at least here in California, the Alfa batteries have been back-ordered for several months. So the dealer got the permission of the Alfa rep to substitute a similar Mopar part.
People who are having electrical gremlins should get a new battery from the dealer. Recharging a gel cell battery may get you going but will not fix a compromised cell.
 

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Only had mine a week but the alarm has a habit of going off on its own. Not seen mention of it here, but lots of similar comments on the Guilia forum about it happening. Apparently it's something to do with sensitivity which the dealer can adjust, but it's not something you can do yourself.
Mines going in for the tailgate recall tomorrow and I asked about the alarm going off randomly when it's parked up, which it's still doing, and was immediately told that there's an update for that and they're going to sort it while it's in?
Apparently the alarm update thing is also not a thing. Apparently it needs a new sensor, located somewhere in the roof. It's on order from Italy and will be a week or so. Until then, me and my neighbours will have to put up with the alarm randomly going off in the middle of the night?
 

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Apparently the alarm update thing is also not a thing. Apparently it needs a new sensor, located somewhere in the roof. It's on order from Italy and will be a week or so. Until then, me and my neighbours will have to put up with the alarm randomly going off in the middle of the night?
I"m sure this must have already been thought of but don't see it mentioned in the thread....is there a fuse that controls the horn that could be pulled (without disabling other critical functions)?
 

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Apparently the alarm update thing is also not a thing. Apparently it needs a new sensor, located somewhere in the roof. It's on order from Italy and will be a week or so. Until then, me and my neighbours will have to put up with the alarm randomly going off in the middle of the night?
I"m sure this must have already been thought of but don't see it mentioned in the thread....is there a fuse that controls the horn that could be pulled (without disabling other critical functions)?
The alarm sounder is not the horn, it beeps for about 20 seconds or so, same beep as you get when you lock/unlock the car as far as I can tell.
 

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I got a lovely Ti Sport about 3 weeks ago. On the day after I took it home, the electronic throttle control failed, leaving me in “limp” mode on a busy road, unable to exceed 21 mph. It took the dealership a week to recalibrate the throttle and do a software upgrade. The day after I got it back, the electronic throttle control warning light reappeared, but fortunately it didn’t go limp again so I was able to drive home from a weekend getaway, terminated early due to fears of throttle failure. After another week in the shop to investigate the warning light, they have nearly received all of the parts needed to replace a defective fuel pump. While I loved the car for the couple of days I drove it without problems, I’m not exactly thrilled with the problems and their slow solutions so far.
 

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hopefully they are realizing the number of different codes a malfunctioning fuel pump can trigger, it seems it may be right behind batteries for dealers chasing the wrong problem.
 

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Wow. Something new. I had a Vespa GTS350 for a couple of years-- it was a screamer (could do a wheelie) due to water cooling and high pressure fuel injection. Our 'other' Italian friends finally issued a recall and replaced the fuel pump due to thermal shut down. Mine left me sit multiple times... but the point is the high pressure fuel pumps needed for direct injection (and subsequent boost of available power) are likely to be more problematic than old school pumps.


With a new fuel pump the Vespa was returned to its former glory and I put about 5500 miles on it... led to a H-D... and now I'm getting my thrills on 4 wheels.
 

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I do believe it is the low pressure pump in the tank that has caused codes, resulting in replacing fuel injectors etc - of course if it ain't right it affects everything downstream, but I guess if one assumes the code IS the issue, the obvious is overlooked.
 

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Couple of issues I have with my 2017 built stelvio which I've had for about 5 weeks:

-> Brakes audibly vibrate when slowing down at 50-60mph
-> Transmission is very very sluggish and does hard changes (jerks the cabin slightly) on cold start. Clears after 2-3 min.

Have not gone to the dealer yet to check it out. Both are minor but annoying.
 

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Couple of issues I have with my 2017 built stelvio which I've had for about 5 weeks:

-> Brakes audibly vibrate when slowing down at 50-60mph
-> Transmission is very very sluggish and does hard changes (jerks the cabin slightly) on cold start. Clears after 2-3 min.

Have not gone to the dealer yet to check it out. Both are minor but annoying.
My Stelvio's transmission does the same thing. What I have found eliminates/reduces that, for a cold start, is letting the car warm up for 30-60 seconds before departing. Most of the cars I have owned if you give them 30 seconds to warm up on a cold start the idle speed will drop from about 1400-1500 RPM to 800-1000 RPM. The Stelvio needs about 1.5-2 minutes to idle down but once it does the transmission shifts fine.

A question I have
Does anyone else's Stelvio when you get in and close the door the speedometer and tach flash twice at you? Because mine does.
Does the parking sensor radar closeness show up on the screen when backing up as mine will beep but the image of the car does nothing.
 

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Couple of issues I have with my 2017 built stelvio which I've had for about 5 weeks:

-> Brakes audibly vibrate when slowing down at 50-60mph
-> Transmission is very very sluggish and does hard changes (jerks the cabin slightly) on cold start. Clears after 2-3 min.

Have not gone to the dealer yet to check it out. Both are minor but annoying.
My Stelvio's transmission does the same thing. What I have found eliminates/reduces that, for a cold start, is letting the car warm up for 30-60 seconds before departing. Most of the cars I have owned if you give them 30 seconds to warm up on a cold start the idle speed will drop from about 1400-1500 RPM to 800-1000 RPM. The Stelvio needs about 1.5-2 minutes to idle down but once it does the transmission shifts fine.

A question I have
Does anyone else's Stelvio when you get in and close the door the speedometer and tach flash twice at you? Because mine does.
Does the parking sensor radar closeness show up on the screen when backing up as mine will beep but the image of the car does nothing.
The flash is normal. It’s an Easter egg, it’s actually a heartbeat rhythm. Much like how in the right conditions the Alfa script on the parcel tray reflects on the back glass so that it’s framed perfectly in your rear view mirror.

My parking sensors show distance when reversing as normal.
 

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Couple of issues I have with my 2017 built stelvio which I've had for about 5 weeks:

-> Brakes audibly vibrate when slowing down at 50-60mph
-> Transmission is very very sluggish and does hard changes (jerks the cabin slightly) on cold start. Clears after 2-3 min.

Have not gone to the dealer yet to check it out. Both are minor but annoying.
Hi StelvioGuy,

We are sorry to hear that you have these concerns with your new Stelvio. If you decide to take your vehicle to the dealer, please send us a message so that we can provide additional assistance while in service.

Darlene
Alfa Romeo Social Care Specialist
 

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Couple of issues I have with my 2017 built stelvio which I've had for about 5 weeks:

-> Brakes audibly vibrate when slowing down at 50-60mph.
-> Transmission is very very sluggish and does hard changes (jerks the cabin slightly) on cold start. Clears after 2-3 min.

Have not gone to the dealer yet to check it out. Both are minor but annoying.
My Stelvio's transmission does the same thing. What I have found eliminates/reduces that, for a cold start, is letting the car warm up for 30-60 seconds before departing. Most of the cars I have owned if you give them 30 seconds to warm up on a cold start the idle speed will drop from about 1400-1500 RPM to 800-1000 RPM. The Stelvio needs about 1.5-2 minutes to idle down but once it does the transmission shifts fine.

A question I have
Does anyone else's Stelvio when you get in and close the door the speedometer and tach flash twice at you? Because mine does.
Does the parking sensor radar closeness show up on the screen when backing up as mine will beep but the image of the car does nothing.
Couple of issues I have with my 2017 built stelvio which I've had for about 5 weeks:

-> Brakes audibly vibrate when slowing down at 50-60mph
-> Transmission is very very sluggish and does hard changes (jerks the cabin slightly) on cold start. Clears after 2-3 min.

Have not gone to the dealer yet to check it out. Both are minor but annoying.
My Stelvio's transmission does the same thing. What I have found eliminates/reduces that, for a cold start, is letting the car warm up for 30-60 seconds before departing. Most of the cars I have owned if you give them 30 seconds to warm up on a cold start the idle speed will drop from about 1400-1500 RPM to 800-1000 RPM. The Stelvio needs about 1.5-2 minutes to idle down but once it does the transmission shifts fine.

A question I have
Does anyone else's Stelvio when you get in and close the door the speedometer and tach flash twice at you? Because mine does.
Does the parking sensor radar closeness show up on the screen when backing up as mine will beep but the image of the car does nothing.
The flash is normal. It’s an Easter egg, it’s actually a heartbeat rhythm. Much like how in the right conditions the Alfa script on the parcel tray reflects on the back glass so that it’s framed perfectly in your rear view mirror.

My parking sensors show distance when reversing as normal.
Not noticed any vibrating brakes or gear box issues on mine, though I always use the right hand paddle to put it into drive. I think there is something in settings which allows you to play around with beep and/or image on the sensors.
 
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