Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio... reliability

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio... reliability

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TA14

12,722 posts

259 months

Sunday 19th December 2021
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delta0 said:
StescoG66 said:
I am sure there was a guide on here a few months back.
MissChief said:
Amazing. Thanks for finding that!
First point: available for £32K smile

truekumar

482 posts

70 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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Hi guys, I’m seriously considering buying a fairly new Gulia QV. Maybe 2022 model or a brand new face lifted one if I can get my hands on one fairly quickly.

How has everyone on here been getting on with theirs in regards to reliability? I’ve never owned an Alfa before and there seems to be so many scary stories about them….I had considered a 911 (but not enough room in the back to fit the kids in), I’d considered the new G87 M2 (but not a fan of its boxy shape) and also the G80 M3 (but hate the front nostrils). The Gulia QV Is definitely the sexiest of my potential options BUT extremely fearful of the reliability and dealership aftercare.

Does Alfa still offer the extended 5 year warranty on the QV???

Also which colour would one recommend? I want something that pops and feels special, currently considering either Etna Red or Verde Green?? Opinions please! And also which options would you guys recommend on this car??

abucd4

523 posts

145 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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truekumar said:
ñI had considered a 911

Also which colour would one recommend? I want something that pops and feels special, currently considering either Etna Red or Verde Green?? Opinions please! And also which options would you guys recommend on this car??
Responding as I’ve gone from Giulia (Veloce) to 997.

The 997 is more capable and makes a better noise, but the Giulia is more playful to drive in reality and the sheer positivity of the reaction you get to it is ridiculous, everyone loves them. Mine wasn’t even a QF.
I’d happily go back and not feel short-changed.

I’m convinced most issues come from oil and batteries. The multiair units have filters in them that get clogged and “can’t” be changed. Solution is to change oil with the correct stuff even sooner than the short intervals. I did this however I’m not sure the correct oil was used on one service - immediate misfires after service and a new multiair unit needed shortly after.

My car was an early car and would throw lights for fun, but it was always battery related. If I was to have another I’d keep it on a trickle charger.

All colours look good, honestly there’s no bad option. Go with your gut on that one and you won’t be disappointed.

truekumar

482 posts

70 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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abucd4 said:
Responding as I’ve gone from Giulia (Veloce) to 997.

The 997 is more capable and makes a better noise, but the Giulia is more playful to drive in reality and the sheer positivity of the reaction you get to it is ridiculous, everyone loves them. Mine wasn’t even a QF.
I’d happily go back and not feel short-changed.

I’m convinced most issues come from oil and batteries. The multiair units have filters in them that get clogged and “can’t” be changed. Solution is to change oil with the correct stuff even sooner than the short intervals. I did this however I’m not sure the correct oil was used on one service - immediate misfires after service and a new multiair unit needed shortly after.

My car was an early car and would throw lights for fun, but it was always battery related. If I was to have another I’d keep it on a trickle charger.

All colours look good, honestly there’s no bad option. Go with your gut on that one and you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks, I’m guessing and seriously hoping that the oil and battery issues may have now been rectified on the latest models…at least that’s what I keep telling myself anyway.

truekumar

482 posts

70 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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Is the 5 year warranty still available for the QV? From various internet searches, it seems that Alfa offer a 3 year one on a brand new QV, 2 years manufacturer one and 1 year with the dealership? What’s the difference in the final 3rd year? Different cover?? Also why no option to extend to a full 5 years??

I’m hoping that all the quirks are now sorted out on these cars since the platform has been around for so many years.

firethorne

Original Poster:

85 posts

105 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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truekumar said:
Hi guys, I’m seriously considering buying a fairly new Gulia QV. Maybe 2022 model or a brand new face lifted one if I can get my hands on one fairly quickly.

How has everyone on here been getting on with theirs in regards to reliability? I’ve never owned an Alfa before and there seems to be so many scary stories about them….I had considered a 911 (but not enough room in the back to fit the kids in), I’d considered the new G87 M2 (but not a fan of its boxy shape) and also the G80 M3 (but hate the front nostrils). The Gulia QV Is definitely the sexiest of my potential options BUT extremely fearful of the reliability and dealership aftercare.

Does Alfa still offer the extended 5 year warranty on the QV???

Also which colour would one recommend? I want something that pops and feels special, currently considering either Etna Red or Verde Green?? Opinions please! And also which options would you guys recommend on this car??
I started this thread 5 years ish back as asked the same question. In a nutshell, I would never do it again, my new quadrifoglio left me by the side of the road three times and I never saw it again after a turbo failure four months before my three years was up. When it worked, it was the best saloon I’ve ever driven.
But as a daily car needing to be reliable, I did not found this to be the case.
In summary, it’s the best saloon car, you should never own!

truekumar

482 posts

70 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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firethorne said:
truekumar said:
Hi guys, I’m seriously considering buying a fairly new Gulia QV. Maybe 2022 model or a brand new face lifted one if I can get my hands on one fairly quickly.

How has everyone on here been getting on with theirs in regards to reliability? I’ve never owned an Alfa before and there seems to be so many scary stories about them….I had considered a 911 (but not enough room in the back to fit the kids in), I’d considered the new G87 M2 (but not a fan of its boxy shape) and also the G80 M3 (but hate the front nostrils). The Gulia QV Is definitely the sexiest of my potential options BUT extremely fearful of the reliability and dealership aftercare.

Does Alfa still offer the extended 5 year warranty on the QV???

Also which colour would one recommend? I want something that pops and feels special, currently considering either Etna Red or Verde Green?? Opinions please! And also which options would you guys recommend on this car??
I started this thread 5 years ish back as asked the same question. In a nutshell, I would never do it again, my new quadrifoglio left me by the side of the road three times and I never saw it again after a turbo failure four months before my three years was up. When it worked, it was the best saloon I’ve ever driven.
But as a daily car needing to be reliable, I did not found this to be the case.
In summary, it’s the best saloon car, you should never own!
May I ask, what did you change into instead?

generationx

6,851 posts

106 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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generationx said:
Just for balance: I've had mine since new (it's one of the first on a '66 plate), have covered 28,000 miles and not been let down once.

The people who have had problems tend to shout the loudest. The rest of us just enjoy our epic Giulias.
An update from a happy owner - mine is now six and a half years old and, apart from a new battery this year (fair enough for the age), has been completely trouble-free, and flew through its MOT recently.

Just do it.

truekumar

482 posts

70 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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generationx said:
generationx said:
Just for balance: I've had mine since new (it's one of the first on a '66 plate), have covered 28,000 miles and not been let down once.

The people who have had problems tend to shout the loudest. The rest of us just enjoy our epic Giulias.
An update from a happy owner - mine is now six and a half years old and, apart from a new battery this year (fair enough for the age), has been completely trouble-free, and flew through its MOT recently.

Just do it.
Wow! Thanks! That gives me some reassurance! Did you buy yours brand new six and a half years ago??

darty

202 posts

285 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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Mine is a 2017 car, owned it since new and done 25,000 miles. I have had no issues with reliability and the only significant bill was the last one outside of normal servicing costs. Work needed was:

Replacement rear discs and pads (car was left for a few weeks after being driven in the snow and handbrake pads got stuck to discs)
New stainless brake bleed nipples (others corroded)
Both rear anti roll-bar drop links replaced
Dump valve boot replaced as a precaution
Modified scuttle fitted (to avoid water dropping on to electrics - probably rectified on newer cars)
1st Replacement battery

I don’t normally keep cars this long, but nothing else ticks the boxes and is so much fun to drive for the money. The Pirelli P Zeros don’t perform well, but Michelin Pilot Sport 4S’s are a significant improvement. The only other issue which I need to resolve is for some reason the cruise control recently stopped working…

generationx

6,851 posts

106 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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truekumar said:
generationx said:
generationx said:
Just for balance: I've had mine since new (it's one of the first on a '66 plate), have covered 28,000 miles and not been let down once.

The people who have had problems tend to shout the loudest. The rest of us just enjoy our epic Giulias.
An update from a happy owner - mine is now six and a half years old and, apart from a new battery this year (fair enough for the age), has been completely trouble-free, and flew through its MOT recently.

Just do it.
Wow! Thanks! That gives me some reassurance! Did you buy yours brand new six and a half years ago??
Yes I did, it was one of the first in the UK, and I still love it. No idea how to replace it either.

truekumar

482 posts

70 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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generationx said:
truekumar said:
generationx said:
generationx said:
Just for balance: I've had mine since new (it's one of the first on a '66 plate), have covered 28,000 miles and not been let down once.

The people who have had problems tend to shout the loudest. The rest of us just enjoy our epic Giulias.
An update from a happy owner - mine is now six and a half years old and, apart from a new battery this year (fair enough for the age), has been completely trouble-free, and flew through its MOT recently.

Just do it.
Wow! Thanks! That gives me some reassurance! Did you buy yours brand new six and a half years ago??
Yes I did, it was one of the first in the UK, and I still love it. No idea how to replace it either.
Nice! And yes, there doesn’t seem to be many alternatives apart from the old V8 C63, the new G80 M3 or G87 M2, of which neither seem to really appeal to me. I thought about a 992 or 991.2 but with two kids they are very impractical.

Anyone have further info on the 5 year extended warranty on the QV??

abucd4

523 posts

145 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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darty said:
The only other issue which I need to resolve is for some reason the cruise control recently stopped working…
Possibly daft question but have you cleaned the sensor in the front?

firethorne

Original Poster:

85 posts

105 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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truekumar said:
firethorne said:
truekumar said:
Hi guys, I’m seriously considering buying a fairly new Gulia QV. Maybe 2022 model or a brand new face lifted one if I can get my hands on one fairly quickly.

How has everyone on here been getting on with theirs in regards to reliability? I’ve never owned an Alfa before and there seems to be so many scary stories about them….I had considered a 911 (but not enough room in the back to fit the kids in), I’d considered the new G87 M2 (but not a fan of its boxy shape) and also the G80 M3 (but hate the front nostrils). The Gulia QV Is definitely the sexiest of my potential options BUT extremely fearful of the reliability and dealership aftercare.

Does Alfa still offer the extended 5 year warranty on the QV???

Also which colour would one recommend? I want something that pops and feels special, currently considering either Etna Red or Verde Green?? Opinions please! And also which options would you guys recommend on this car??
I started this thread 5 years ish back as asked the same question. In a nutshell, I would never do it again, my new quadrifoglio left me by the side of the road three times and I never saw it again after a turbo failure four months before my three years was up. When it worked, it was the best saloon I’ve ever driven.
But as a daily car needing to be reliable, I did not found this to be the case.
In summary, it’s the best saloon car, you should never own!
May I ask, what did you change into instead?
Porsche Macan S , that now tows track day cars . Change of approach and is an amazing all year round versatile vehicle…but no where near as much fun.


velocemitch

3,820 posts

221 months

Sunday 1st October 2023
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truekumar said:
generationx said:
truekumar said:
generationx said:
generationx said:
Just for balance: I've had mine since new (it's one of the first on a '66 plate), have covered 28,000 miles and not been let down once.

The people who have had problems tend to shout the loudest. The rest of us just enjoy our epic Giulias.
An update from a happy owner - mine is now six and a half years old and, apart from a new battery this year (fair enough for the age), has been completely trouble-free, and flew through its MOT recently.

Just do it.
Wow! Thanks! That gives me some reassurance! Did you buy yours brand new six and a half years ago??
Yes I did, it was one of the first in the UK, and I still love it. No idea how to replace it either.
Nice! And yes, there doesn’t seem to be many alternatives apart from the old V8 C63, the new G80 M3 or G87 M2, of which neither seem to really appeal to me. I thought about a 992 or 991.2 but with two kids they are very impractical.

Anyone have further info on the 5 year extended warranty on the QV??
Might be wrong but I’m pretty sure the 5 year warranty on Alfa’s was a special deal which ran for a while, but is no longer.
It was only available on a private purchase too, not on leased cars, so was actually quite rare. It was called 5-3-5, 5 year warranty, 3 year servicing, 5 year recovery. My 2019 Stelvio has it, runs out in March 2024.

theplayingmantis

3,862 posts

83 months

Monday 2nd October 2023
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Not this guy again...

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

i thought half term was in a couple of weeks...

there terrible, engine explodes every other week and the wheels fall of when you go above 48mph.

why not add in a nissan micra or caterham super7 in your mix of random completely different and non comparable options as well for good measure.

sorry to be grump folks but this has been done to death and the poster is well aware, so cannot be serious.

RonnieHotdogs

1,016 posts

102 months

Monday 2nd October 2023
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theplayingmantis said:
Not this guy again...

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

i thought half term was in a couple of weeks...

there terrible, engine explodes every other week and the wheels fall of when you go above 48mph.

why not add in a nissan micra or caterham super7 in your mix of random completely different and non comparable options as well for good measure.

sorry to be grump folks but this has been done to death and the poster is well aware, so cannot be serious.
yes

Thought I recognised the name. They'll be back in 6 months asking the same questions about a car they have no intention of buying.

Jay-44

58 posts

108 months

Thursday 4th January
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I was going to start a new thread but thought I'd ask on here first.


I've been toying on the idea of buying a Gulia QV since it launched and for whatever reason just didn't happen, Now looking for an Interesting family car I'm back on the lookout,

My main question Is can someone tell me If I should go for a facelift or pre facelift car and what reasons should a facelift be better / updates/ more reliable or just internet crap?


I don't mind either one in terms of 'looks alone' but I would be interested in buying the right one so If It means spending a little more for the facelift or If I can save some money If there isn't much benefit from the Facelift ones.



Thanks


generationx

6,851 posts

106 months

Thursday 4th January
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Nearly seven years in. So far the only non-service/mot item has been a new battery (at six years old). Can’t let her go!

Square Leg

14,712 posts

190 months

Thursday 4th January
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Jay-44 said:
I was going to start a new thread but thought I'd ask on here first.


I've been toying on the idea of buying a Gulia QV since it launched and for whatever reason just didn't happen, Now looking for an Interesting family car I'm back on the lookout,

My main question Is can someone tell me If I should go for a facelift or pre facelift car and what reasons should a facelift be better / updates/ more reliable or just internet crap?


I don't mind either one in terms of 'looks alone' but I would be interested in buying the right one so If It means spending a little more for the facelift or If I can save some money If there isn't much benefit from the Facelift ones.



Thanks
I had a pre facelift (2019) Stelvio QV prior to my current 2020 facelift Giulia QV.

The pre face lift don’t have a GPF so the exhaust is slightly louder (not much imo).
Hear change in Race mode have a louder crack on the upshift.
On the Giulia, pre 2020 should have the carbon roof - facelift cars only had carbon if it was a paid option.

I prefer the slightly different interior layout in the later cars, and whilst the touchscreen isn’t up to BMW standard is actually good enough - I tend to use the central wheel instead of the touchscreen.

Facelift cars also have thicker glass and better NVH which some people don’t like.

Very happy with mine..