I have just had to sort out another set of wheels to replace my Ti alloys as 3 are buckled. I now have an expensive set of paper weights as apparently two of the wheels are too badly deformed to bother repairing. So probably weigh them in and get £50 for the lot from the scrappy. What a waste !!
Got a set of 17" Sele wheels to go on instead, which should be stronger and easier to clean.
Its not just an Alfa/Fiat problem if you look about different forums, and I have had a Vw and an Audi both with buckled alloys-the Audi had 4! handled like a pig till I changed them and my folks got a brand new Renault that had the front 2 alloys bucked from new-the garage reckoned it was when it was loaded onto the transporter that caused it.
Male cow manure! New cars get loaded onto transporters with cheap steel wheels to avoid exactly this...the dealer gets the alloys separately to fit at their garage.
Not sure about that-can't speak for all manufacturers but I live up the road from Nissan and most of the cars come out with alloys on, they stick big white plastic discs over them to stop them getting scratched but have seen the stock yard guys hoofing them onto the transporters like they are auditioning for Dukes of Hazard!
Well I have swapped the tin foil Ti wheels out for some 17 inch Selespeed alloys. Looks good, although I do prefer the look of the Ti wheels, the ride is much better when not running on square rims !!!