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We are wondering whether the 2019 Stelvio Sport we just leased is a lemon or whether this is a common problem experienced by others. We leased the car 3 1/2 weeks ago. After only driving the car here and there for a week and a half, it began shaking while driving on the highway, the check engine light came on and the car began to decelerate. The car made it to the nearest exit, but stalled at the stop signal at the end of the exit, initially would not restart for several minutes but eventually did, but entered into limp mode and we were only able to get it to crawl onto the nearest parking lot. Roadside assistance towed it to the nearest Alfa dealer and we were initially told that the problem was the battery and oil supply fault (neither of which passed our smell test), but we knew immediately when we picked up the car and it began misfiring again right away that the technicians were largely guessing.

Three of the cylinders continued to misfire while with the dealer and we are now being told that the problem is a failed multiair actuator unit and it will be replaced. The car has now been in the shop for two weeks - longer than we were ever even able to drive it.

We are considering fighting to have the car replaced under Virginia's lemon law, but if we are not the only who have experienced something similar with a Stelvio, we are not keen to go through this again with a replacement


Any thoughts would be appreciated.
 

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Multiair failures are not common, not in Alfas or Fiats, not in Jaguars or Land Rovers either (JLR licenses their valve train, it is MultiAir with a different name).

Generally problems with the 4 cylinder engine are rare. However, defects happen and it sounds like it happened to you. Sorry, sucks. Hope you can find a way to be happy either through lemoning or getting it repaired. Either way try to stay calm as normally lemon buy backs require more than one or even two repair attempts before being used. Hopefully this will be fixed correctly now they know the problems.


As an aside:

It could be the battery/oil supply fault was your problem and why the car would not start after losing power and dying. If you think about it, depowering the engine then turning it off in a low oil pressure situation is better than running the engine till it seizes. (Which at highway speeds could easily cause a massive accident as all 4 wheels would instantly stop moving - since it is part-time AWD you might just freeze the rear wheels depending on which axles were engadged - when the engine seized and you would lose all control of the car)

Assuming the oil supply fault means not enough oil was being pumped into the engine, that would mean everytime you tried to start the car you may have been dry cranking it...which is the worst thing possible to do to any engine. That it eventually started may have been the automotive equivalent of when the credit card company approves an overlimit charge..yeah it happened..but shouldn't have and may wind up making things more complicated because of it.

Could be dry cranking/operating with incorrect pressure caused the Multiair hardware to try and operate without enough fluid...if all that did was blow out an actuator that is a really well designed system, as other designs would likely cause actual mechanical valve damage in the same circumstance.

Nothing is more important to an engine than oil.

Don't know how many times you tried to start it, but rule of thumb is a couple times..maybe up to 4...if it seems like it really wants to catch but really stopping after a couple failed attempts is smart....if you don't want to break something. This isn't with new cars...this is with all cars.
 

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Thanks for your replies. This is a brand new 2019 Stelvio that had only 28 miles on it when we picked it up from the dealer and drove it less than 30 miles before it broke down a week and a half after we obtained it. We did not experience any issues whatsoever with vehicle prior to it breaking down on the highway. Re the oil supply fault, the technicians could not figure out why that fault displayed, nor did there appear to be any problem with the battery. Although I was not driving the vehicle when it broke down, there was no choice but to try to start it after it stalled, as it stalled at a dangerous spot in traffic with small children in the vehicle.
 

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Misfiring, CEL, Throttle Controls, and Multiair Actuator Unit Failure

OP here. After 23 days in the shop and a replacement multi air actuator (along with various other troubleshooting), we picked up our new 2019 Stelvio last night only for it to begin violently shaking and enter into limp mode with the Service Engine and Service Electronic Throttle Control lights illuminate after only a 10 minutes drive this morning. We picked up the car a month ago and it has been in the shop for more than time than we were ever able to drive it. We are done with this car, but have we just been extremely unlucky or have most of you Stelvio drivers out there experienced problems?
 

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Seems extremely unlucky. Sounds like there is some type of major engine issue, assuming the actuator was bad it could be by going bad additional problems were created that are still affecting the engine, which makes sense given the description of the original problem.

You are unfortunately the first person with a major engine problem in the 2.0 to post on the board. Probably not the first person ever, but not the in the majority either.

Sorry it's happening to you, hope Alfa helps you get a fast and happy resolution whatever you decide to do. (I would be done with that particular car too btw.)

If you haven't contacted Alfa Cares, it probably wouldn't hurt to call them.
 

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Hi @narasetay,

We are terribly sorry to hear this experience that you have had thus far with your Stelvio. If you would like additional assistance while in service, please send our team a private message.

Darlene
Alfa Romeo Social Care Specialist
 

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Thanks very much for your responses ALFAOFFROAD. It is helpful to hear that the significant problems we have experienced are on the rare side as we are trying to decide whether to run the risk of seeking a replacement Stelvio. We are now being told that the Powertrain Control Module on our lease needed to be replaced (in addition to the Multi Air Actuator) and that that has supposedly solved the problem. Given our prior experience with this car, we are not at all hopeful.
 
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