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    What are your thoughts on 2018 & 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio (4 cyl)?

    FCA Product that's close to the same size as a 500x - so this kinda' on topic

    Guys - do you have any experience/thoughts on (used) 2018 & 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvios'?

    I'm looking for an eventual replacement for my '98 Explorer and have noticed that 2018 & 2019 Stelvios' (4 cylinder) are available for fire sale prices.

    The only weak spot I can find with these two years and cylinder count is a battery drain issue - some have it and some don't. What say you?

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    My best friend owns a 1998 Ford Explorer. A Eddie Bauer edition. He’s got close to 300k miles on the clock. That’s a big step to a Alfa Stelvio. The only issue, I see. They start, at $41K. One Fast SUV. You might want to check out some of the Alfa forums, see what their thoughts are on that vehicle. That would be you best bet, on feedback.

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    Smark -

    Thanks for your reply.

    I have 216,00 on my '98 Explorer, been in it for 16 years, and for the past few years have been thinking ahead.

    Waited and was hoping for the 2020 Explorer BUT it's been a disaster BOTH build & reliability wise; from the Base/Entry Level that starts at $35K and straight up the to the $60K ST level.

    It's been the worst (most anticipated) roll out ever - a total fail - so much so that the current FORD CEO admitted it at the latest shareholder's meeting.

    Hence branching out my options -
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    We turned in our 500X for a Stelvio. We went in for another 500X, which we enjoyed a alot, but the dealer gave us a great deal on the Stelvio so we took them up on the offer. The car we got was a Stelvio with the Sport package. If you get one, I would recommend getting a late production car. Early car's stereos don't support Android Auto/Apple Car Play, plus there were a bunch of updates as time went on. We've had the car for 2 years and have never been back for anything ( I service the car myself). Our car is one of the first in the country so there are a handful of BCM and PCM updates I want to get which address some annoyances, which later cars have had automatically applied to. The car is solid and stout feeling. Comfortable and a good long distance car. It moves pretty well, too. Our biggest gripe is the 500X (we had Trekking Plus w/beats) has a better Stereo than our early car. Later cars are better and the 2020 cars are even better.

    You can get a good deal on a Stelvio, too. I would check out John Montgomery at Benson Alfa Romeo in South Carolina or Fiat of Larchmont in New York.
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    take a Stelvio for a test drive. i think you will find it so much better than you expected. Very early ones had software issues that were fixed with patches. 2nd year models and newer are extremely reliable and i know at least a dozen owners (i belong to the Alfa Romeo Owners Club) that had had zero problems. Nothing against the Explorer as i'm a Ford guy too but the Stelvio drives and rides better. It's the best mid size suz on the market. take advantage of the good prices when you can.
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    The biggest thing I'd worry about is the lack of dealers. IIRC there are about 85 dealers in the country and the Alfa site is useless for locating them. If you travel, you could find yourself hundreds of miles from parts/service. Our closest dealer is a 200 mile journey and they are noted for squeezing customer's wallets.

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    Guys - do you have any experience/thoughts on (used) 2018 & 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvios'?
    You owe it to yourself to at least test drive one- it's an incredible automobile, a SUV that drives like a sports car. Test drove a new 2018 leftover (base model w/Sport package, 20" wheels, paddle shifter) last summer when I had my 500 Abarth in for service .... I was blown away and I want one. Don't know what your budget is but I wouldn't necessarily rule out buying new- this particular car had been on the lot awhile and was the last of the 2018's ... $12,000 off the sticker, under $35,000. That's not much more than what the same dealer is asking for used 2018's today. In my area they're currently offering $8500 off on 2019 Stelvios. Just bought the 500 Abarth a few months before so I didn't get it. Best of luck in your new car search.
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    Guys - thanks for taking the time to write down your experience/thoughts/advice!

    Yes, one of the things I am worried about is obviously factory service (for software upgrades as well as some stuff I wouldn't think of tackling on my own).

    I'm kind of lucky where I live in the East Bay region of the Nor Cal/PRK because we have three representatives within a 20 mile radius of my house.

    We have McKevitt in Berkeley which is a Volvo dealer since the 50's, a Jeep dealer, and when Fiat came back to the US the picked the to their stable. And since AR's reintroduction to the US, they added them to their list.

    I feel McKevitt is a pretty stable dealership and I've trusted them to work on our 500, and have had excellent customer service & service work results.

    Then there's 2 new kids on the block (as far as I know) which are Alfa Romeo of Walnut Creek, and Alfa Romeo of Marin.

    About 30 - 40 miles out are Alfa Romeo of Burlingame and Alfa Romeo of Livermore.

    About 50 miles out is Alfa Romeo of Stevens Creek (San Jose).

    I really want to take a test drive one - the more I read about the engineering as well as the owner reviews the more I like it!

    The BIG Stelvio bargains are the used 2018's - because they DO NOT support Andriod Auto or Apple Car Play (two things I could care less about) and there is no software upgrade available for the head unit to make it accept AA & CP. Additionally some early 2019's (late 2018 builds) are also in the same boat.

    And as veloce2 & Fiat500USA wrote, AR really listened and took care of a lot of the 2018 "nagging" issues with the 2019 year model. And from what I've read that owners wrote, it only gets better with 2020 year models.

    Anyone else that wants to chime in don't be shy!
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    I would look into the new 2021 Alfa Tonale. When it arrives here. Starts, at $35K. That one good looking crossover. Prefect size too.

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    Overall, despite of cylinders, price, age... Alfas look better than Fiats.
    That is my European point of view.

    Actually, I was considering (OK, my wife, or FOR my wife) going from 500X to Stelvio (on the plate were Stelvio, Macan, Q5).
    Q5 won due to the largest trunk.
    Stelvio would be more stylish, I think. But well, it is for her. Definitely, any of them is better than 500X was, except unique look of 500X and many positive comments on it.


    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    I would look into the new 2021 Alfa Tonale. When it arrives here. Starts, at $35K. That one good looking crossover. Prefect size too.
    It really looks nice. Very different.
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