Alfa Romeo has been trying to shake off the brand’s reputation for unreliable vehicles with the new Giulia, but it seems like their latest performance sedan has been running into one problem after another.
Last we heard, a Giulia Quadrifoglio broke down on the Anglesey Circuit while a PistonHeads journalist was behind the wheel, but it seems like reliability problems have been cropping up even before then. Car And Driver’s test Giulia QV died following a remote start and even though they managed to get the Giulia started, it was stuck in low-boost advanced-efficiency mode. James Mills from The Sunday Times went through three test vehicles and all of them had one problem or another. Even his colleague didn’t escape unscathed, suffering jammed parking sensors that wouldn’t stop beeping.
These failures seems widespread and they’re plaguing both journalist test vehicles and privately owned ones. Jalopnik took a look at the Fiat Chrysler service bulletins via a subscription-based Mopar service site called Tech Authority and listed a few of the reported issues.
There’s the customer reported chattering noise when steering is at full lock. Alfa Romeo currently has no fix for this, instead it is labels as a feature of the AlfaTM Link technology. Programming updates were issued to allow the rear defrost and blower fan to function during a Start/Stop operation. A brake bulletin stated that the brake pad wear sensors can get disconnected and the fix is to simply use tape and a zip tie.
Of course there’s the long list electrical issues; remote start function was not working consistently, forward collision warning system may turn itself off, infotainment screen locking up, lane departure options appearing in cars not equipped with it, and a few more. Most of these problems requires a program update.
The Giulia is an exceptional performance sedan, but maybe Alfa Romeo should have ironed out a few more kinks first.