10 questions from our users
I have the new 2019 Guiletta Veloce Automatic... just want to find out, when coming to a robot where you must wait or what is it best to keep the car in DRIVE or NEUTRAL?
I like my Giulietta but I’ve been informed I have to pay over $300 to get my Uconnect gps system updated. It keeps taking me to all the dead end streets. Other manufacturers don’t charge their clients for an update. Why do I need to pay this extravagant amount for an update?
I didn't want their gps and i use google maps on bluetooth. I certainly wouldn't pay them one cent, $300 that's laughable. The company is by no means a generous one, with every new car I bought I got free car mats, they wanted money - pft, cheap skates!!! Glad you like your Giulietta
Just been told that it could be the inlet manifold, does that make any sense?
Just for the record it’s a giulietta 2014
November jtd progression 2ltr turbo diesel
I bought my 2ltr turbo diesel new has 68000kms on it and has now broken down .
does anyone know what problems they have and how to fix them ?
Mine has been fantastic but on my last trip it made a fast buzzing noise then gradually over a distance of 50kms it lost power till it could go no more,any ideas thanks
They are a beautiful car to look at but full of problems. I was same as you, bought it brand new didn’t even have 10kms on the clock, custom ordered from Italy. mine started to play up at around 45000kms the turbo decided to just stopped working which what your talking about sounds pretty much what happened to me. Fast buzzing noise, I got it home as I was literally 5 seconds away then it didn’t want to start the next day when I got it all booked in at my Alfa dealership. I got it towed there instead and it sat there for 4 weeks before the part made its way from Italy.... at a cost of 6k and some change. I then had it back from that incident for 3 weeks before water pump decided to just stop working, not that it was old or anything just to the poor workmanship on the car Alfa mechanic said that this is a very common issue that they haven’t tried to fix at all in production, that cost me $1200 and 4 days luckily they had this part on hand because it’s a known issue, the electrics stopped working my power lumbar stopped and my indicators only worked when they wanted to and that was a rare occurrence not to mention the radio decided to work on the odd occasion too, had that rectified costing $2200 and 7 days, again all parts they needed were on hand again because it’s a common problem, the day I jumped in my car and it decided to not want to have power steering was when I gave up, I got it down to the dealership and was told again it was a common problem and they could have it all fixed, that was the last $4500 I spent on that car! I pick it up and drove it straight to a Mercedes dealership traded it in on a c63 and have never looked back..... Alfa’s are beautiful cars and still I would love to own one again in particular a 4C but they will always be a lemon. Everything goes wrong with them when they are still relatively new... now let me also put in there that I always took it to the dealership for services ect and they apparently check for all these common problems in their checks but it was always “ok”. Never again.... at least I can say I was a proud owner of an Alfa Romeo for 2 and a bit years.
Looking to buy a second hand 2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde Auto, 1.8L Turbo Petrol with 33,000 k's on the clock. any advice, reliable option? still has 1 year of warranty on it.
Hi I have the distinctive, I wouldn't buy one new, let alone second hand. This car is not recommended by me at all, the only thing it's got going for itself is the look of the front but even that gets spoiled by the fact that the top of the windscreen blisters and Alfa Romeo don't want to know about it (biggest cheap skates and great at shirking the blame onto you or some other factor.) Get a Toyota "anything" they are reliable, don't fall apart and cost an arm and a leg for every little thing !
Hi guys - has anyone ever bought an older Alpha like a 2008 model? My 17yo son is determined to have one however I am worried the cost of servicing will be out of control.
Minor service can range from $200-$400 and major can go from $500-$1000. The car needs to service every 12 months or 15,000km; if the car only do less than 15,000km, the chances are you will probably on need to do a service every year at an Alfa specialist - a normal mechanic will not be able to reset the computer between for oil change & oil degenerate sensor unless they have the right tool. Random maintenance can easily be look after by your normal mechanic - breaks, battery, etc...
Use the following for a price guide.
The above mechanic is an independent Alfa specialist. The price I've mentioned looks pricey however at 15,000km or 12 months, it's actually more economical to service compare to some older cars which requires every 5,000km.
Good luck !
EDIT: My answer only applicable to Guilietta however other models may varies but use the link for a price guide !!!
Which model does he want to get ? He may have an addiction to Alfas. They are a life long love affair. I have had 8 Alfas so far. So in terms of feeding his passion it may be worth the cost. If he pays for it himself even better ! But It will be the same as any older BMW or Mercedes for a 10 year old car.
Strong word of advice is to go and see a recognised Alfa Specialist they will charge much much less than a dealer. Also get the very best car you can find with the lowest mileage that you can afford. Dont ever buy a bomb.
Also join all the Alfa websites you can to get advice on servicing it will save alot of money.
Lastly you can buy parts online overseas at almost half cost. So if you know what your doing your sevicing costs can be almost 1/3 to 1/2 price of a Dealer. Let us know if you need any more info.
I'd steer him away from buying one (they don't hold their value at all, in fact market value for my car is laughable). I have an Alfa Romeo Guilietta Distinctive (it's four years old). The interior is made of plasticky rubbish, my door handles have snapped off at least four times in the early days of owning this car (the whole inner door needs to be replaced when the handle snaps in half (they have to order them) not just the handle and that takes a long time. If you want the seats to recline be prepared for a clunky hard to turn wheel on the lower bottom side (reminiscent of the 50's, 60's not sure exactly when the wheel method was first invented, but a real pain to use). The shiny silver coating on the door handle peels off and "cuts your hands", Alfa tends to make out this has never happened but if you go on one of the Alfa sites (where people talk about their issues) you will see it's not unheard of. My sun visor is almost dangling off, you can't screw it back in. The black coating on top of the front windscreen has peeled off (make it look like an old abandoned car), again they try to blame you about it. Customer services is atrocious (you get passed around so many times), in fact I think they make you waste time so that you run out of time. Servicing is very expensive and you just can't go "anywhere", Alfa has made it so that only Alfa specialists can attend to the electronics. My blue tooth recently stopped working and the odometer kept flashing, it cost me $1,600 to replace the little computer box in the car.
The interior is a stupid design, if you want to use the usb for music you have to have the glovebox opened. There's really nowhere to even cradle your mobile phone. It uses a lot of fuel. These cars have a beautiful front, the rear is nothing special (the rear sensor acts up a lot). Maybe I got a lemon, who knows, but I would never buy another one.
I am looking to buy a 2013 Guilietta 2.0 L turbo auto for my son. It has 110k kms, and I can get it for $11k (originally $14k). The km worry me, not so much for the engine but wear and tear on electronics in particular.
We were really lucky ours only had 19k KMS. An older lady had had it but she passed away. Only advice is there seems to be a lot of ks, it would worry me too. We’ve had no issues thus far with engine/electronics, or anything else. Best of luck.
Well its up to you on the mileage. Personally I only buy cars around 50- 60 or 70Ks max. Although I drove a car like mine with well over 100K on the clock and I couldnt tell any difference to it and my current car with 40Ks on the clock. But what ever you deceide make sure the timing belt has been done recently or is within the servicing period. Also make sure you have documented evidence the timing belt has been done also from a reputable mechanic preferably an Alfa Specialist. Also I would suggest getting a full mechanical inspection from an Alfa Dealer or Alfa Specialist before purchase. Lastly its good to get a good price but more important to see the car has had an excellent service history with maintenance from a reputable Alfa Dealer or Specialist. This is much more important to the price you pay whatever it is.
You shouldn't worry too much. My car is fine and currently has 45,000km on the clock since 2016 which averaged around 22,500 a year. The electronic still work just like new.
If the car has been maintained well and looked after, nothing that you need to worry about. As the engines in Alfas are quite sensitive to oil viscosity and specs, check if the car has been changed with the correct grade and specification e.g. my Alfa needs 5w-40 Fiat 9.55535 GH2.
I have purchased a 2014 model recently and the engine warning signs ( injection system) are blaring at me. I live 3 hrs from a major service centre. Has anyone else had this problem? The car otherwise has driven perfectly in the four months I have had it. Odo is 88000.
No sorry no problems like that with my car but I’ve only done 9000ks. Would it still be under the 3 year warantee that comes with the car? Is so you should make arrangements to get to a service centre asap.
I think its time i bought an Alfa,
Was going to get a 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Should i get manual or Auto, whats more reliable. I prefer to drive manuals.
Also can i turn the stop start function off?
Finally is there much difference in the models eg. distinctive vs progression .
I love my Alfa Giulietta Distinctive Diesel but I must caution you to ensure you have access to a good mechanic who can source reasonably priced parts first. My DPF temp sensor failed at 15,000kms and cost over $600 to replace. Resale values are poor also which may work for you if you are buying a 3 year old car. Reliability is generally good. If your budget will extend get a manual QV but watch out for the thrashed versions out there.
I own a Giulietta Distintive tct auto, dual clutch.
And also a 2004 Spider, which is manual.
Enjoy driving them both. The manual is, I suppose, the old fashion manual driving.
You can also drive tct auto like a manual with paddle shift (also fun to drive)
As far as I know, the tct dual clutch, is one of the most reliable thus far. I believe that if you service the car regularly and don't drive it as if you're on a race track every day, the car will look after you.
Please don't think that you shouldn't enjoy the dynamics of it, but with experience in owning a few Alfas, have known people that just because it's an Alfa, that it has to be driven as if you're on the race track. Then, they hop in their wife's Toyota, or what ever, and drive it like an old man.
(No offence to the Seniors
I am looking to buy a 2013 mito – progression auto. Got couple of questions if you guys can help.
1. What is typical service cost ( in Melbourne)?
2. How is the fuel economy?
3. Is there any common fault that I should look out for such as transmission ?
Hi Kaz, not sure whether you got my answer! I don't get the promised mileage but I only drive in sports mode and I live in the Adelaide hills. I get around 8.0 litres per 100k using 98 octane fuel. My car's done 44,000 so it has only had one service (it has 30,000K service intervals) and the service cost $385. No mechanical problems so far, touch wood!
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