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Thank you ARosso for bringing me home safe and sound. On Monday night, May 31, I was traveling from Gallia county right on the Ohio river to my home in Montgomery county. Half an hour into a two hour drive, the radio broadcast was interrupted by tornado warnings during my entire drive. It was pitch black, no rain or hail, but strong winds. Severe lightning lit up the sky as if it was daytime. Not a single state trooper was on the road! I'm terrified of thunder storms, but every radio station was playing Christian music which helped keep me focused on the journey. Made it home safely, put ARosso in the garage and went straight to my basement. In the morning I saw on the news that my city and several communities around had been hit by tornados! About a dozen people were texting me to see if I was ok. Feeling extremely blessed to have made it home safely and still have a home with no damage. Just thankful to be alive. Made it through the storm with ARosso.
 

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Wow, glad you made it too!

Did a google search are you talking about the series of storm that left 600 homes unlivable?

Reports of 140mph winds.

If anyone wants to doubt just how good this vehicle is...

How did it drive?

You were fighting the wind I would think but it went where you pointed, accelerated and stopped correctly?

Did you FEEL in control? Or was it white knuckled, teeth grinding the whole time?
 

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Thanks Alfaoffroad, I appreciate that. I felt very safe and secure driving in the high winds with little roll or sway on the road. I know I made the right choice when I got ARosso. She handled like a dream in a bad situation. I did not have any issues with handling or breaking (I was excellerating the closer I got to home). Gripping the steering wheel as I would normally drive was very comfortable. Love the thumb grips.
 

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Happy to hear you are ok.

Storms are some scary situations.

I had one in the Alfa, big heavy snow and the highways were being shut down. I had mine in A mode with the Blizzack DMV2 and it handled like a beast and got me home before the last road was closed.

Love this car each time I drive it
 

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Scary situation. Happy to hear you made it home safe and still had a home in the morning. Many people weren't so fortunate. The Alfa can be replaced but Angel Rain cannot.

Eighteen years ago we had an adjacent neighborhood pretty much disappear overnight. The tornado sirens didn't sound until after the damage was done. Luckily it was all new construction so families had not yet moved in.

I have had a panoramic sunroof in my last four vehicles and always wonder if it was a good choice when the hail starts hitting it as severe storms occur. So far so good.
 
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Glad it was still comfortable!!

I've delt with some Monsoon rains a couple medium flash floods and the winds at Desert Hot Springs, nothing like what you guys describe. But that with how it handles in deep sand and sloppy mud, surface transitions from sand to loose rocks, mud, makes me think it has the best open axle/torque vectoring AWD on the market. Others talk about being predictive, this really is. I think it vectors torque to help counteract side winds...could be wrong, but I think it for more reasons than it would be cool.

The weight dist, stance and aerodynamics - even from the side - seem like it would be better than most SUVs in high winds.

Glad it all helped get you home safe and sound!

She probably needs a bath now!
 

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Our Stelvio didn't do as well in that storm, or any other storm for that matter. When it rains, the car throws an error, disables Adaptive Cruise, and intermittently panic brakes when there's nothing in the road in front of it. It's going in for service tomorrow morning but they're already telling us it's a 2-day delay to get "something" each time they have to reprogram a computer and if they need parts it might be as much as 2 weeks. Not a positive feeling.
 

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When there are heavy rains, water come off of the windshield and on to my side view driver's side window and makes it difficult to see out of it. Very strange. Anyone else notice it.
 

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"throws an error, disables Adaptive Cruise, and intermittently panic brakes when there's nothing in the road in front of it."
sensors for modern convenience items like adaptive cruise and auto braking don't like to be able to see any more than you don't.
I suppose placement/adjustment/fine tuning of electronic stuff helps - but if the weather is really bad you shouldn't have that stuff on. others may have a different opinion.
 

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"throws an error, disables Adaptive Cruise, and intermittently panic brakes when there's nothing in the road in front of it."
sensors for modern convenience items like adaptive cruise and auto braking don't like to be able to see any more than you don't.
I suppose placement/adjustment/fine tuning of electronic stuff helps - but if the weather is really bad you shouldn't have that stuff on. others may have a different opinion.
So you're saying every time it sprinkles you pull over and go through the menu system to turn off all the driver's aids? Frankly, I don't believe you.





I don't even recall seeing a menu item for "don't warn about ACC failure when ACC isn't turned on".
 

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"I don't believe you"

I don't know if I have adaptive or regular cruise - I don't use it.

the optional driver assistance package - I didn't order it. I'm guessing that is your "put on the brakes" scenario.

so no, I don't adjust what I don't have or use, and if mine had come with it I'd try to turn it off.
as far as fine tuning, something that AR might do - adjustment of what you can is up to you. maybe you are sensitive and have things set accordingly?

the point is they are sensors, and if it's raining (or blizzard conditions) like it does here, they can't make sense of it.
I've had them (and the camera) act up for cross traffic warning and parking.

really, I don't believe you - not that they act up, but that you accuse me of making up that I don't have issues with this stuff, or take offense to sensors not being able to see. whatever.
 

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Our Stelvio didn't do as well in that storm, or any other storm for that matter. When it rains, the car throws an error, disables Adaptive Cruise, and intermittently panic brakes when there's nothing in the road in front of it. It's going in for service tomorrow morning but they're already telling us it's a 2-day delay to get "something" each time they have to reprogram a computer and if they need parts it might be as much as 2 weeks. Not a positive feeling.
Hi williaty,
We're sorry to hear about this. We certainly understand how concerning this may be. We're available via private message if you need any additional assistance while your vehicle is at the dealer.
Lydia
Alfa Romeo Social Care Specialist
 

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Hi williaty,
We're sorry to hear about this. We certainly understand how concerning this may be. We're available via private message if you need any additional assistance while your vehicle is at the dealer.
Lydia
Alfa Romeo Social Care Specialist
Nothing we need you to do yet but dropping it off this morning was a comedy of errors. No Alfa loaners are available at this dealership, so my wife got stuck in a Jeep. Then she made it about 10 feet (not even out of the parking lot!) before it threw a TMPS error and she got out to find it had a completely flat tire with a serious hole in it. She had to sit around several hours (making her very late to work) while they found a new tire to match, mounted and balanced it, and gave the Jeep to her a 2nd time.
 

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That is terrible. Why would they give you a loaner car with a flat. BTW I wouldn't be upset with a Jeep loaner. Nice car
 

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Lost1750GTV, you make a good point. The proper way for these systems to respond when confused by the weather would be to error into a "you are on your own" mode. ( I think it should actually say that on the screen ) Then just let us drive and hand over complete control. ( If the engineers want, they can even have it say "you are an idiot to keep driving". I can live with that. )



I don't have the adaptive cruise. I regretted that at first, but I am glad now. The front parking sensors drive me crazy enough as it is. They can be turned of with a push of the button. Not sure if the automatic braking can be shut off.
 

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shortly after I got mine (and after a deluge) I adjusted everything to low. I can't remember what all there was, but it was obnoxious, not now. I don't bother pushing the park sensor to off now either - maybe I'm used to it, maybe they are quieter ?
I sure didn't want extra stuff like that.
 
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