Am I crazy? Bought a 113k Giulia Quadrifoglio!!

Am I crazy? Bought a 113k Giulia Quadrifoglio!!

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MikeGTi

2,529 posts

204 months

Sunday 26th February 2023
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Kuwahara said:
What’s the latest on the QV…
Don't mention the door... boxedin

Martin-G

136 posts

98 months

Monday 6th March 2023
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Gibbo, was TB’s car previously?

Gibbo205

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3,572 posts

210 months

Monday 13th March 2023
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MikeGTi said:
Kuwahara said:
What’s the latest on the QV…
It has been fine apart from a door latch failing!



Don't mention the door... boxedin
Yep, absolute pig of a job to change with Alfa quoting £1000-£2000 to sort due to them admitting they'd destroy the door card to get access.

I manage to remove door card with the door not opening without damaging it, just took a lot of time and funky tools, then inner panel removal, window out and smash the old latch up until could gain access to operate the cam lobe manually to release from door striker. Once door open was easier to refit a new latch and other new parts due to items destroyed during getting to old latch.

Door now works, as it should, did it myself and total bill was under £200.

Other than that zero issues, gearbox and differential oils changed also. smile

Now just belt service left and trying to hunt a specialist down who can do that for me, most just want to do the entire service but I've done everything and more, just needs belt doing, new pulleys/tensioner and I shall change water pump too for good measure.



Martin-G said:
Gibbo, was TB’s car previously?
Not sure who TB is, can you eleborate more please. smile



Some pictures I grabbed at weekend of car, always makes me look back at it:









Kuwahara

916 posts

21 months

Monday 13th March 2023
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Being biased here but they don’t have a bad angle do they ,loving the Veloce also and it’s little quirks…

Gibbo205

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3,572 posts

210 months

Wednesday 29th March 2023
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Car passed its MOT yesterday with no advisories. smile

croyde

23,325 posts

233 months

Wednesday 29th March 2023
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Nice one smile

A44RON

500 posts

99 months

Wednesday 10th May 2023
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Epic thread

how does it compare to your E60 M5 you had?

I'm currently trying to source an tidy LCi E60 M5 as a 'preservation' project, ie update its weaknesses and make it as good as it can possibly be. But I'm wondering for the total outlay i would be better off just buying a used Giulia Quad and fitting an Akrapovic exhaust. Maybe I'll do the M5 thing for a couple of years and then get a Giulia

Gibbo205

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3,572 posts

210 months

Friday 12th May 2023
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A44RON said:
Epic thread

how does it compare to your E60 M5 you had?

I'm currently trying to source an tidy LCi E60 M5 as a 'preservation' project, ie update its weaknesses and make it as good as it can possibly be. But I'm wondering for the total outlay i would be better off just buying a used Giulia Quad and fitting an Akrapovic exhaust. Maybe I'll do the M5 thing for a couple of years and then get a Giulia
The Giulia has been far more reliable, the only issue has been the door latch, otherwise the car has been great.
I've never been able to get the serpentine belt changed, lack of specialist around me but a local garage had a look and came back saying the belt looks new, so I've left it. Not sure if I mentioned it but I've also as preventative maintenance done the ZF gearbox oil and filter/pan change plus changed the E-Diff oil too.

E60 M5 vs Giulia QF though, the latter is a far better car in pretty much every way, the Giulia even sounds decent, the M5 was just a money pit, big bills and around 11mpg average. The Giulia can return close to 40mpg on a run, but in race mode is quicker than the M5 was and handles better. smile

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croyde

23,325 posts

233 months

Friday 12th May 2023
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Reading about your care and attention on the car makes it a very good buy in my opinion.

Everyone kept telling me to get the belt done on the 156 I had briefly but it looked as good as new and had only done a couple of thousand miles since last replaced 6 years previously.

If only I had the money.

ChocolateFrog

26,885 posts

176 months

Friday 12th May 2023
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They're certainly a bit of a looker.

Don't think I've seen one on the road yet.

Gibbo205

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3,572 posts

210 months

Friday 12th May 2023
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croyde said:
Reading about your care and attention on the car makes it a very good buy in my opinion.

Everyone kept telling me to get the belt done on the 156 I had briefly but it looked as good as new and had only done a couple of thousand miles since last replaced 6 years previously.

If only I had the money.
Yeah like I say I started to pull the car apart somewhat, but the bumper looks a pig to remove, but I got a good view of the belt and got a decent LED on it and it looked absolutely fine. Also as no local specialist had done one before I did not fancy been guinea pig and Alfa in general won't do just the belt, they want to do the full major service of which I've done everything except the belt, they also wanted to charge like £1400 for it.

To make it perfect the seat bolster needs a repair and condition.

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Alfahorn

7,785 posts

211 months

Friday 12th May 2023
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Gibbo205 said:
Yeah like I say I started to pull the car apart somewhat, but the bumper looks a pig to remove, but I got a good view of the belt and got a decent LED on it and it looked absolutely fine. Also as no local specialist had done one before I did not fancy been guinea pig and Alfa in general won't do just the belt, they want to do the full major service of which I've done everything except the belt, they also wanted to charge like £1400 for it.

To make it perfect the seat bolster needs a repair and condition.

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There are some great trimmers out there that will sort it. Usually it's the right side of the drivers seat bolster from getting in and out that gets worn, not an expensive fix.

Topbalcblue

12 posts

55 months

Saturday 20th May 2023
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I see it’s up for sale at a very reasonable price. What’s wrong with it?! Sorely tempted by getting rig of my 981 Boxster S for something more practical, but still special. I loved my Veloce.

CarlosSainz100

547 posts

123 months

Monday 22nd May 2023
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Anyone know why the OP has it up for sale?

Alfahorn

7,785 posts

211 months

Tuesday 23rd May 2023
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CarlosSainz100 said:
Anyone know why the OP has it up for sale?
Where is it advertised? I haven't seen an ad for it.

croyde

23,325 posts

233 months

Tuesday 23rd May 2023
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Alfahorn said:
CarlosSainz100 said:
Anyone know why the OP has it up for sale?
Where is it advertised? I haven't seen an ad for it.
It's on Pistonheads, at least it was a week ago.

interstellar

3,531 posts

149 months

Tuesday 23rd May 2023
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croyde said:
Alfahorn said:
CarlosSainz100 said:
Anyone know why the OP has it up for sale?
Where is it advertised? I haven't seen an ad for it.
It's on Pistonheads, at least it was a week ago.
https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/14929832

Martin-G

136 posts

98 months

Thursday 1st June 2023
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[quote=Gibbo205]

Not sure who TB is, can you eleborate more


Initials of a PLC Director from central south that had one of these in comp red. Regional retail department store business.

barrycoupe

50 posts

88 months

Saturday 3rd June 2023
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Good on you! I have a Quadrifoglio as well! It is my 38th Alfa but also my 117th car since I was 17! Anyway, to get to the point. Advice for anyone buying one of these wonderful cars, butch the Pirelli’s and fit a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4s. Better ride by a long way, better handling and last longer! Mystified by your 37mpg. Was that averaging 40 mph in 8th gear!!! 30mpg is attainable on a long motorway cruise at 75 to 80mph. Oh and anyone, please don’t buy a BMW. Even the latest one does not handle like the Alfa, nor has the same delightful quick rack steering. And be honest, BMW have lost the plot on how any of their cars look. Usually driven by oyks who don’t understand the finer points of the best! Ciao 4 now.