Misano Blue Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio

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  1. 9 Nov 2020 at 8:09 PM #41
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    Cheers fella, in the UK they are auto only.
    It’s a great transmission to be honest :)
     
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  2. 10 Nov 2020 at 9:56 AM #42
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    So the car was at the AD yesterday to have the 2020 suspension springs installed.

    Alfa raised the QV’s suspension between late 17 and early 18, nobody seems to know why however the results had negative affects on the car sitting too high and the camber being wrong.

    After searching online I found a service bulletin so was able to have the new lower springs installed for free :)

    Subtle but noticeable difference looks wise however it has really improved the drive too much to my surprise.

    Before and after ride height measurements (Taken from top lip of wheel to arch)

    Before After
    FL. 13CM. 12CM
    FR. 13CM. 12CM
    RL. 13.5CM. 12CM
    RR. 13CM. 12CM

    [​IMG]Untitled by Stephen Longfield, on Flickr

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    Looks great. I didn’t think there was much difference but it looks much better. I’m sure they’ll settle a bit.

    Cheers :thumbsup:
     
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    Cheers buddy, to be honest if they stay as they are I’m still happy. Another 10mm and I’ll be over the moon :thumbsup:
     
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    The suspension raise that you mentioned explains why some cars look like they are on stilts.
    I have been looking at these since before i bought my M3 and wasnt sure why some car sat better than others - all explained now.
    Lovely car by the way.....maybe a wake up call to trade the M3 at the start of year.
    You got plans to remap it - think they become even more potent with a few extra ponies.
     
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    Strangely I still can’t find the official reason that they did it.

    Easiest way to avoid is go for a MY late 18’ onwards, you could also go early 2017 but those cars don’t have apple car play :thumbsup:
     
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    Not fussed on apple car play - would be more colour and condition that I normally buy cars.
    An early 2017 car would be fine if it meets above criteria.

    Heart and for ease of use say go Alfa.
    Head and for future residuals says look towards porsche.
     
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    I was tempted to go back to Porsche myself, sadly the only ones I want are coupe/2 door and having a 8 month old boy I figured that would wear thin quickly.

    I have loved these since they first came out too so thought now was a good time to give it a whirl :)

    I buy on age/condition/spec and mileage too so certainly wouldn’t let suspension springs get in my way :)

    Sounds like a 2017 would be ideal for you :thumbsup:

    There’s a few recalls to make sure have been completed too
     
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    Such a beautiful car. Alfa knows how to make cars look good!
     
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    Love the colour, and so rare to see these anywhere. Must feel special to drive them for that alone. Really want to drive one there is a lot of hype about these cars especially when compared to M3s and the C63s in most reviews online. Always comes out on top when compared.
     
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    Cheers Redman,

    I do 50k miles per year for work (well i used too until last month) and ive only ever seen 2-3 on the road!

    Definitely have a go of one if you can, if you are used to one car it can take a bit of use to get familiar with the brakes/media controls etc but its such a good drive. The steering is just spot on.
     
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    Good coup there with the springs Ste! , you've just compounded the fact that I want one! when they dip below 30k for a 17 plate I'll strike , pending work and the current situation mind,not bothered about apple play, versuvio grey or the darker monte carlo blue for me I think!
     
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    BTW I've often thought about the next one down, the Veloce, can get them for 20odd K ,but wont hold the money like the quad, supposed to be a very good steer too! they look almost the same too ,some even have quad alloys
     
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    If you find a 17 car you like give me a shout before you buy.

    There were a few bits on the 17s that could cause fairly significant and definitely very inconvenient problems.

    Mine was one of those cars and it spoiled the enjoyment

    Fixes for all of the issues but they haven't all necessarily been retrospectively applied.
     
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    Yeah the cars im sort of sniffing over are 2017 models......although an volvo XC90 has been added to purchases (wife reckons keep M3 and change family car to an XC90).
    is list extensive.
    apart from springs what else was there?
    feel free to PM me

    cheers.
     
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    The main ones where a wiring loom that was too short and caused a wiring plug to the turbo to lose a proper connection, scuttle panel recall and various software updates.

    Happy for RSK to post here the things to look out for in case anyone else is looking and interested :thumbsup:
     
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    Another quick update, when the car went in to have the new springs fitted the Alfa Romeo dealer managed to put a small scuff on the rear bumper :angry:
    To make matters worse they did the typical 'see if he notices trick' which i did the next morning.
    I called them and advised them of the damage and tbf they offered to have it repaired foc, however after digging a little i found out they use a scuffs and scratches repair chap......outdoors.

    The car is totally immaculate with not even a stone chip so suffice to say i wasn't happy with this, i tried getting them to pay for me to have it done by my local and trusted guy which they didn't entertain. Far from happy but not about to trust them to do the work i booked it in with my local chap to get rectified.

    It was so small i even briefly considered leaving it but it just seemed silly on such a immaculate car and i know it would annoy me.

    [​IMG]Untitled by Stephen Longfield, on Flickr

    So whilst it was in being done i asked them to colour code my keys, AR do actually do these but not in my colour :dough:

    They are also, wait for it.......£150 Errrrrrr no.

    My painter did them for free :) result!

    [​IMG]Untitled by Stephen Longfield, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by Stephen Longfield, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by Stephen Longfield, on Flickr

    All sorted and chuffed with the quality of work, they really do take evey effort to do the job right!


    Tbh i have seen a few on the road but not with the additional pack to make it look closer to a QV, great little package by the sound of things and they remap to over 300bhp i see.
     
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    Indeed - first two are critical, scuttle cover recall must be done as without it water drips straight down into the unprotected ECU and causes a world of problems.

    Some early 17 cars also had a recall for a replacement of turbo wastegate clips which caused a permanent limp mode until reset.

    First year cars also have a strange indentation/blemish on the sat nave screen, it's normal but hard to unsee once you notice it and I know of a few guys who had it replaced but def not a deal breaker.

    Random alarm going off was an also an issue which involved recalibrating the sensors via what I think was a separate update.

    Some cars had their batteries replaced - worth checking if any car you look at was one of these.

    Lastly as Stelongy says every single software update is an absolute must and for the early cars there were a few large ones, the first of which took 2 days to apply ! Most obvious fix beyond what couldn't be seen under the bonnet etc should be a recalibration of the fuel gauge which showed the tank as being fuller than it was, these cars really don't like to be run on low fuel levels and go into limp mode as a result.

    Amazing cars - find a good one with all the bits done and you will adore it just as Ste seems to be doing.

    Happy hunting
     
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    Spotted your car on my travels earlier today mate looks stunning and a really nice colour, cant say Ive seen many before.
     
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