Picked up My New Giulia QV Today - Alfa Romeo Forum
You are currently unregistered, register for more features.    
 67Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools
(Post Link) post #1 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago Thread Starter
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Towcester
County: Northamptonshire
Posts: 106

Member car:

Giulia QV

Picked up My New Giulia QV Today

Ordered in August, confirmed spec in October, finally collected today - my first Alfa after 30 years of wanting one - yey. Had it 30 minutes before dropping it off at the detailers for paint protection and don't get it back until Saturday - nooooo!

As a target 'conquest sale' having had BMs, Porsches, Audis and Jags for the last 6 or 7 cars, my experience so far has been pretty positive (other than some monumentally squeaky brakes). The dealer couldn't have been more helpful and the dealer manager is clearly as big a petrolhead as I am - rare in the car industry - and went the extra mile to ensure I was happy with the service. I can't say the dealership as a facility is up to much compared with the 'prestige' brands, which may be an issue at service, or if I have to take the car back for minor issues and have to wait, but none of this really matters when a car is this SEXY. Photos attached for those that like car porn. Dealer did the minimum prep possible at my request, but I will take some better photos when it has been detailed and the sun is out. Will also write a brief comparison with my M5 if anyone is interested.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Front.jpg (120.6 KB, 166 views)
File Type: jpg Rear-Side.jpg (95.5 KB, 151 views)
File Type: jpg Side.jpg (125.3 KB, 161 views)
Ralf S., Cream, PR and 12 others like this.
Hamfisti is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
(Post Link) post #2 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: GTA needs work, Spider is lush
AO Silver Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: Gloucestershire
Posts: 1,036
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hamfisti View Post
Ordered in August, confirmed spec in October, finally collected today - my first Alfa after 30 years of wanting one - yey. Had it 30 minutes before dropping it off at the detailers for paint protection and don't get it back until Saturday - nooooo!

As a target 'conquest sale' having had BMs, Porsches, Audis and Jags for the last 6 or 7 cars, my experience so far has been pretty positive (other than some monumentally squeaky brakes). The dealer couldn't have been more helpful and the dealer manager is clearly as big a petrolhead as I am - rare in the car industry - and went the extra mile to ensure I was happy with the service. I can't say the dealership as a facility is up to much compared with the 'prestige' brands, which may be an issue at service, or if I have to take the car back for minor issues and have to wait, but none of this really matters when a car is this SEXY. Photos attached for those that like car porn. Dealer did the minimum prep possible at my request, but I will take some better photos when it has been detailed and the sun is out. Will also write a brief comparison with my M5 if anyone is interested.
Enjoy, the smoothness of the acceleration can catch you out at the higher end of the national speed limits...it would be good to see another Giulia let alone a QF on the road. I did a cross country trip yesterday and did not see another Giulia. Where are they ?
Maser3200 is offline  
(Post Link) post #3 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago Thread Starter
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Towcester
County: Northamptonshire
Posts: 106

Member car:

Giulia QV

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maser3200 View Post
Enjoy, the smoothness of the acceleration can catch you out at the higher end of the national speed limits...it would be good to see another Giulia let alone a QF on the road. I did a cross country trip yesterday and did not see another Giulia. Where are they ?
Seemingly on a fleet of boats somewhere off Portbury!!

I don't think the QV will ever be a common sight, but I'm told that 12 have been sold by Motorvogue in Northampton already. Seems there may be a QV hotspot in this part of the world and they'll be more common than a Fiat 500!
alfajunky likes this.
Hamfisti is offline  
 
(Post Link) post #4 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: Patiently waiting for Giulia QF
AO Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: North Yorkshire
Posts: 67
Congratulations! I am not jealous at all Be interesting to hear how it compares to your F10 M5.
SilverChariot is online now  
(Post Link) post #5 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago Thread Starter
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Towcester
County: Northamptonshire
Posts: 106

Member car:

Giulia QV

Quote:
Originally Posted by SilverChariot View Post
Congratulations! I am not jealous at all Be interesting to hear how it compares to your F10 M5.
Thanks. Have a lot of miles to do next week, so will jot a few lines down on the QV vs M5.

Have you got a date for yours' yet. Black with yellow calipers is going to look amazing, but good luck with keeping it clean and swirl free - the paint is fairly soft.
Hamfisti is offline  
(Post Link) post #6 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: -
AO Platinum Member
 
Ralf S.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
Posts: 12,657
Images: 18
Congratulations.. Looks monster.

Waiting 30 years though.....


Ralf S.
Ralf S. is offline  
(Post Link) post #7 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: -
Posts: 23
Awesome, looks the part, especially with the short plate! Is that Comp Red?? I've not yet seen one in Alfa Red...?

That will be me in a few weeks hopefully!
Multo Bene is offline  
(Post Link) post #8 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago Thread Starter
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Towcester
County: Northamptonshire
Posts: 106

Member car:

Giulia QV

Quote:
Originally Posted by Multo Bene View Post
Awesome, looks the part, especially with the short plate! Is that Comp Red?? I've not yet seen one in Alfa Red...?

That will be me in a few weeks hopefully!
Yep - short plinth from Italy and 350mm plate. I don't like the way the standard plinth and plate hang over the scoop in the bumper - just me being a bit OCD.

I've not seen an Alfa Red Giulia yet either, so looking forward to lining mine up side by side and comparing.
Hamfisti is offline  
(Post Link) post #9 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: Brera has gone
Club Member
Membro Premio
 
stuart1714's Avatar
 
Club Member Number: 1760
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
Posts: 1,605

Member car:

Giulia 2.0

Congratulations, it looks fantastic.
stuart1714 is offline  
(Post Link) post #10 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: Petrol head
AO Platinum Member
 
cue2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: Kent
Posts: 23,300

Member car:

Giulietta,Kuga

Love the car. Love the cr@p car lot you got it from!
Collected my new Giulietta from a similar looking place, luckily in the dark, but hoping not to have to visit too often.
You're right about the short plate. Alfa accommodated the 520mm plates in the past .
cue2 is online now  
(Post Link) post #11 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: -
AO Member
 
alfajunky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Northamptonshire
Posts: 367
Garage

Member car:

Giulia QF

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hamfisti View Post
Seemingly on a fleet of boats somewhere off Portbury!!

I don't think the QV will ever be a common sight, but I'm told that 12 have been sold by Motorvogue in Northampton already. Seems there may be a QV hotspot in this part of the world and they'll be more common than a Fiat 500!
Yep, be joining you soon. OMG I'm so loving those yellow callipers, so pleased I made that choice and mine is Alfa Red, so we'll def' have to meet up at a Club meet.
alfajunky is online now  
(Post Link) post #12 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: Waiting for my Giulia
AO Platinum Member
 
OperationAlfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: Essex
Posts: 23,331
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hamfisti View Post
Yep - short plinth from Italy and 350mm plate. I don't like the way the standard plinth and plate hang over the scoop in the bumper - just me being a bit OCD.

I've not seen an Alfa Red Giulia yet either, so looking forward to lining mine up side by side and comparing.
Did the dealer sort all of this for you? I have a private plate which is only 5 characters long so maybe this is something I should ask them to sort for me...
OperationAlfa is offline  
(Post Link) post #13 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: Patiently waiting for Giulia QF
AO Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: North Yorkshire
Posts: 67
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hamfisti View Post
Thanks. Have a lot of miles to do next week, so will jot a few lines down on the QV vs M5.

Have you got a date for yours' yet. Black with yellow calipers is going to look amazing, but good luck with keeping it clean and swirl free - the paint is fairly soft.
No date yet. 10 days ago it was status 16, so hoping it'll be built soon. Black is hard work... I know coming from an Etna Black Giulietta and Nero Carbonio Maserati... but worth it when it's clean and sparkling!
SilverChariot is online now  
(Post Link) post #14 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: Running in
AO Member
 
Ruskins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: United Kingdom
County: Oxfordshire
Posts: 735
Images: 4
Garage
A fine choice of colours!

I picked up mine last night in the dark and rain.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg QV.jpg (131.1 KB, 91 views)
Ruskins is offline  
(Post Link) post #15 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: Waiting for my Giulia
AO Platinum Member
 
OperationAlfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: Essex
Posts: 23,331
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruskins View Post
A fine choice of colours!

I picked up mine last night in the dark and rain.
Loving it?
OperationAlfa is offline  
(Post Link) post #16 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: -
Club Member
Membro Premio
 
Barry Z's Avatar
 
Club Member Number: 1095
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: United Kingdom
County: Hertfordshire
Posts: 120
Quote:
Originally Posted by OperationAlfa View Post
Did the dealer sort all of this for you? I have a private plate which is only 5 characters long so maybe this is something I should ask them to sort for me...
Apparently the plinths are fitted at the factory, so unless your dealer shows the tenacity to ensure the car is shipped "plinth free" (mine didn't!) it will be too late by the time the car reaches the UK. My advice would be to make sure you have confirmation that the plinth will be fitted in at the dealers and then make sure the dealer doesn't forget!
Barry Z is offline  
(Post Link) post #17 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: Running in
AO Member
 
Ruskins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: United Kingdom
County: Oxfordshire
Posts: 735
Images: 4
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by OperationAlfa View Post
Loving it?
Absolutely! Its very different from the previous cars I've owned and you get the sense that there is a bomb under your right foot.

It got put into A and has not been over 60mph so far.
Maser3200 likes this.

Last edited by Ruskins; 3 Weeks Ago at 10:52.
Ruskins is offline  
(Post Link) post #18 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago Thread Starter
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Towcester
County: Northamptonshire
Posts: 106

Member car:

Giulia QV

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruskins View Post
A fine choice of colours!

I picked up mine last night in the dark and rain.
Genius colour choice Ruskins
Hamfisti is offline  
(Post Link) post #19 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago Thread Starter
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Towcester
County: Northamptonshire
Posts: 106

Member car:

Giulia QV

Quote:
Originally Posted by OperationAlfa View Post
Did the dealer sort all of this for you? I have a private plate which is only 5 characters long so maybe this is something I should ask them to sort for me...
No, I sorted the plate thing as follows:
375mm 'Italian' plinth from EB Spares - 12 plus p&p. Had to come from Italy and took a week
350mm plate from Craigsplates - I think this was about 22 plus p&p. The plate can be as little as 342mm (without Euroflash or badge) with 5 characters from memory, but since the plinth is 375mm, the 350mm plate is as close as I could find without getting into silly money territory with a custom plate. All this takes a fair bit of time, so don't leave it too late.

But it doesn't all end there!
The narrower plate has circular section protruding from the rear that is designed to fit into the tow bar socket hole on the offside of the UK cars. The problem with this is that it pushes the short plinth as far right as the standard UK plinth, which still covers the scoop in the bumper and doesn't look right. So, the protrusion on the back of the plinth has to be cut off to allow the plinth to be fitted centrally, next to the grille.

But even that isn't the whole story!
Barry Z is correct in that my car came from the factory with the plinth already fitted (photos of my car with the wrapping on are on another thread). Both the long and the short plinth are secured to the bumper with 4 screws - 2 in a vertical line on the left hand end and then two staggered on the right hand end. This means that, if, like me, you want a short plate centrally mounted, the shorter plinth can be fixed into the 2 left hand holes, but the right hand holes from the factory are then visible as they are not covered by the shorter plate.

The only way to resolve this is to have the holes filled and sprayed - not ideal on a new car, but that's the choice. As I had been discussing the short plinth thing with the dealer for weeks and had made it clear what I wanted, he very kindly arranged for this to be done by the body shop before I collected FOC to me (I must have left too much money on the table when I negotiated my deal!!).

The good news is that the Comp Red is extremely easy to match and blend according to the body shop and I now have a handy tin of ready mixed paint for the inevitable stone chips. The detailer I took it to was happy enough with the spray and the repair is invisible. Despite all the aggro, I figure it is worth it.

So as Barry says, when you order, ask them to ensure the front number plinth is left off. Indeed, my dealer thought that the next batch of cars may be coming without the UK plinth factory fitted, so Alfajunky, Andy and others that are due to get their cars in the next couple of weeks should be able to confirm.

There is a whole thread on this on the Giulia Forum called 'Smaller Front Number Plate' and as I haven't had an Alfa before, this offset front number plate thing was completely new to me, so my thanks have to go to @Scotital, who clearly is the guru/anorak on the subject!
Hamfisti is offline  
(Post Link) post #20 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: Married
Regional Representative
For East Midlands - AOEM
 
braddersR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: United Kingdom
County: Leicestershire
Posts: 42,325
Images: 13
I was at my local dealers this morning and there were two on the forecourt awaiting pdi etc.

One Competizione Red with the standard quadrifoglio alloy wheels .... the other was black with the dark quadrifoglio wheels .... both looked super cool
braddersR is offline  
(Post Link) post #21 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: -
AO Silver Member
 
tony4hop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Cheshire
Posts: 1,052

Member car:

159 & 156 S/W

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maser3200 View Post
...it would be good to see another Giulia let alone a QF on the road. I did a cross country trip yesterday and did not see another Giulia. Where are they ?
Good luck seeing another one on the road, I was in my 159 last year from NW up to Newcastle and back and next day down to London and back - didn't see another 159!

Loving OP's car - not jealous at all
tony4hop is offline  
(Post Link) post #22 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: GQV TCT finally here...
AO Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Lothian
Posts: 1,957
Images: 4
Lovely. Still stuck here twiddling my thumbs and waiting for Alfa UK to remember that Scotland's capital city exists. 5 months and no dealership replacement yet!
Ali_ is offline  
(Post Link) post #23 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: re-alfista'd
AO Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Oxfordshire
Posts: 226
Quote:
Originally Posted by Barry Z View Post
Apparently the plinths are fitted at the factory, so unless your dealer shows the tenacity to ensure the car is shipped "plinth free" (mine didn't!) it will be too late by the time the car reaches the UK. My advice would be to make sure you have confirmation that the plinth will be fitted in at the dealers and then make sure the dealer doesn't forget!
I'm surprised that front plinths are (apparently) fitted before dealer receives the car, it's the first I've heard of it.
My car (one of the first in UK mid-December) did not have the long plinth fitted so there was no problem with hole filling when the short plinth was fitted.
If anyone has a direct channel to Alfa UK, tell them not to fit plinths, there is no need for it.
Scotital is offline  
(Post Link) post #24 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: GTA needs work, Spider is lush
AO Silver Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: Gloucestershire
Posts: 1,036
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruskins View Post
Absolutely! Its very different from the previous cars I've owned and you get the sense that there is a bomb under your right foot.

It got put into A and has not been over 60mph so far.
Not so much of a bomb , more cruise missile once out of A. I did the first 150 miles in A , now spends most of its time in N. Acceleration from 70 is awesome....100 comes up soooo quickly, I found this at Millbrook (phew).
Maser3200 is offline  
(Post Link) post #25 of 91 Old 3 Weeks Ago
Status: -
AO Member
 
alfajunky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Northamptonshire
Posts: 367
Garage

Member car:

Giulia QF

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hamfisti View Post
Ordered in August, confirmed spec in October, finally collected today - my first Alfa after 30 years of wanting one - yey. Had it 30 minutes before dropping it off at the detailers for paint protection and don't get it back until Saturday - nooooo!

As a target 'conquest sale' having had BMs, Porsches, Audis and Jags for the last 6 or 7 cars, my experience so far has been pretty positive (other than some monumentally squeaky brakes). The dealer couldn't have been more helpful and the dealer manager is clearly as big a petrolhead as I am - rare in the car industry - and went the extra mile to ensure I was happy with the service. I can't say the dealership as a facility is up to much compared with the 'prestige' brands, which may be an issue at service, or if I have to take the car back for minor issues and have to wait, but none of this really matters when a car is this SEXY. Photos attached for those that like car porn. Dealer did the minimum prep possible at my request, but I will take some better photos when it has been detailed and the sun is out. Will also write a brief comparison with my M5 if anyone is interested.
Alison and Jane in the Service Dept have been there since it opened I reckon, certainly as long as I've been going there - took my first 75 back in the early/mid 90's. They are very helpful
alfajunky is online now  
Reply

Go Back   Alfa Romeo Forum > Supported Alfa Romeo Models > Technical & Vehicle Assistance > Alfa Giulia

Tags
giulia , picked , today

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome