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so here we go... I drove the car yesterday and it was all good. today, after came back to work, I want to drive it again. And it couldn't be started. First I tried to use my key to open the doors, nothing happened. So I took out the real key and open the door, I then sit inside the car, pushed the start engine button, nothing happened. I tried other buttons on the dash, nothing happened.
so, what should I do? is it a battery issue?

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This happened to me before with my S3. Have you checked the battery of your remote? My solution was to use the extra remote and then replace the battery on the original one. After that, never had the same issue.
 
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Try to put the keyfob inside the central arm rest (that is the closest to the receiver) and start the car. If nothing happens, try with your secondary keyfob.
If that doesn't work, your car battery might be dead or disconnected. The manual shows where to plug the jumpstart cables in the hood.
If you want to access the battery, you are going to have to lower the central rear seat and have someone small crawl in the trunk, and pull the manual release switch. Once the trunk is open you can access the battery and check it.
 

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It almost surely battery....if fob batery was dead car would display in central dash Key not present when you tried to start the engine...seems like car is dead, no power
 

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Thanks, guys, I guess so it's the car battery. I tried my two keys and neither of them worked. Also, I actually observe the 'battery low' red indicator while driving the car back from the dealer. And I haven't driven the car for only about two days. Just didn't think that it would be completely dead in just 2 days...

so I guess I'd better buy a portable jump starter and give it a try tomorrow...
 

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A bunch of people seem to have gotten bad batteries.

The classic cause of a dead battery is an interior light left on. I do not know if that is possible in Giulia as I think all of the lights are time limited when the car is not turned on.

The trunk interior light switch getting stuck on would be a creative cause of such problems. This one light might not be on a timer. Unlike your fridge, you can "peek" by folding down the rear seat center; at least unless you have a QV.

Curious that Giulia does not have an underhood light; however that means there is no such light to worry about getting stuck on.
 

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^^ most cars have for years intelligent limiters...if current is too high car wil start shutting down....

Since OP says that red light was on when he was driving home reason could also be altenator or any other part of charging circuit....result would be if course dead battery.....it would be wise to check over all charging components ob the car not just replacing the battery....
 

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I've seen several cases of bad batteries causing all kinds of problems for Giulias. I'm sure this is another one to add to the list. I'd jump it and drive it to the dealer for a diagnosis and probable replacement. Good luck OP.
 

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It sounds to me like exactly what happened to me with my old Porsche 997 and also once with a rented Passat. Modern computer controlled cars once the battery go beyond a certain threshold just seem to die outright with no warning whatsoever. On the P-car I couldn't even open the trunk because it's electrically opened.
 

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I've seen several cases of bad batteries causing all kinds of problems for Giulias. I'm sure this is another one to add to the list. I'd jump it and drive it to the dealer for a diagnosis and probable replacement. Good luck OP.
Based on the low battery stories and some very weird behavior as a result, I wouldn't drive it anywhere. Even if you successfully jump it, the charging circuit seems likely the culprit, and without it, you're not going to get far on a just jumped battery. Call Alfa Cares and get a tow to the dealer.
 
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hi
thanks for all the info. I will get my jump starter tonight and will report back. I will also call Alfa service to have a full check. I guess it may be the sensor issue.

And the other thing is, are you going to buy a portable jump starter? I found most of the products on Amazon don't have a cable long enough to reach the negative post? I want to have a portable one, any idea on this?
 

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I had a similar problem with the charging system. Turned out to be a bad IBS ("intelligent battery sensor"). Below is a link to a thread discussing the problem I had.

http://www.giuliaforums.com/forum/7...-problems/37866-drained-battery-no-start.html
Thanks for the link!

I parked the car next to my apartment's window. And the backup key is just left inside the room. I can actually unlock the car's door inside my room... I didn't drive the car for about a week. So I am also thinking of buying a faraday cage to store the keys.
The story about this is: when I drove the car from the dealer, I only have one key. They mailed the key to me the day before yesterday. So before that, I only have one key and I took the key with me to work. But after that, there was another key in my apartment... So I guess that is the reason why the battery run out.
 

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since Alfa service department doesn't work on Sundays. So I called road assistant to give the car a jump start. One guy came and tried to jump start the car, failed. I can't start the engine. Then on Sunday, the jump starter I bought from Amazon arrived, so I tried it again, this time it worked! So I guess my jump starter is better than the road assistants'...

But anyway, the car back to life, I drove about half an hour to charge the battery. But there is still one problem. I can't select DNA mode. Nothing happened after I change the DNA setting. So I don't know what mode I am in while driving... And there is an Auto Start/Stop unavailable light, and an ECU warning light, and a battery low warning. So basically, the same issue as stated in this thread
http://www.giuliaforums.com/forum/7...-start-stop-warning-service-engine-light.html

So I am going to schedule a service...
 

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.... But there is still one problem. I can't select DNA mode. Nothing happened after I change the DNA setting. So I don't know what mode I am in while driving... And there is an Auto Start/Stop unavailable light, and an ECU warning light, and a battery low warning. So basically, the same issue as stated in this thread
http://www.giuliaforums.com/forum/7...-start-stop-warning-service-engine-light.html

So I am going to schedule a service...
As long as the ECU warning is on, DNA (amongst other things like start/stop ) will not work.
For non-persistant errors, they should reset after 4 or 5 starts. However, this of course only applies if the original error no longer exists.

battery warning would seem to indicate your battery is still not sufficiently charged.....
 

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Can you provide info on the Amazon jump starter with cables long enough for the Alfa?
 

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Can you supply info on which jump starter has cables long enough for the Alfa?
 

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I made a extension cable (neg) from a cheap set of jumper cables for my jump starter battery.
 

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since Alfa service department doesn't work on Sundays. So I called road assistant to give the car a jump start. One guy came and tried to jump start the car, failed. I can't start the engine. Then on Sunday, the jump starter I bought from Amazon arrived, so I tried it again, this time it worked! So I guess my jump starter is better than the road assistants'...

But anyway, the car back to life, I drove about half an hour to charge the battery. But there is still one problem. I can't select DNA mode. Nothing happened after I change the DNA setting. So I don't know what mode I am in while driving... And there is an Auto Start/Stop unavailable light, and an ECU warning light, and a battery low warning. So basically, the same issue as stated in this thread
http://www.giuliaforums.com/forum/7...-start-stop-warning-service-engine-light.html

So I am going to schedule a service...
Hi notus,

We are sorry to hear that you are having a tough time with your Giulia. Once your schedule the service appointment, please send us a PM so that we can document this and provide additional assistance while your vehicle is in service.

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Hi guys, another update.
So this morning after I started the vehicle, I found that all error cleared! I can change DNA mode again.
So I guess the cause of not being able to select DNA is the low battery power.
BTW, I have bought faraday cages to store the other key in my room, so that it won't drain the battery again...
 
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