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Veloce Turbine Alloy Corrosion

Just washed my car today and I remembered previously seeing potential corrosion bubbling under the paint on one of my wheels, had a good look around and sure enough, corrosion bubbling up on at least 2 of the wheels.

To me this is shocking, the car is 1.5 years old, has zero kerb damage / rash (but has the odd stone chip, can't help those).

I also mentioned in another thread that the Alfa Romeo wheel caps are corroding around the badge edges aswell.

Not impressed.

Booking in with a dealer to get sorted under warranty.

Anybody else had issues?

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Just washed my car today and I remembered previously seeing potential corrosion bubbling under the paint on one of my wheels, had a good look around and sure enough, corrosion bubbling up on at least 2 of the wheels.

To me this is shocking, the car is 1.5 years old, has zero kerb damage / rash (but has the odd stone chip, can't help those).

I also mentioned in another thread that the Alfa Romeo wheel caps are corroding around the badge edges aswell.

Not impressed.

Booking in with a dealer to get sorted under warranty.

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I have the 18inch 5 hole grey alloys. The wheels and centres are perfect. Only corrosion in on the wheel weights
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I have the 18inch 5 hole grey alloys. The wheels and centres are perfect. Only corrosion in on the wheel weights
My turbines are fine too,no rust at all.Just recently got another set of wheels for the summer tires and will be using the turbines during winters only.
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I must be the only one

I'm hoping this time Alfa do the right thing and just replace the wheels, or refurb, not my issue after November so ultimately as long as it doesn't cost me, I don't care.

The drivers side rear is really bad. A one inch square patch (ish) which has bubbled up quite badly.

Very disappointing

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I've had all of my wheel badges replaced under warranty. Wheels themselves are fine, though.
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I've had all of my wheel badges replaced under warranty. Wheels themselves are fine, though.
That's good to know. If it comes down to it, would you be willing to PM me any info re that claim, dealer and service managers name etc just in case they deny my claim? Knowing Alfa customer services, it's highly likely it wont just be approved!

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I've also had the wheel centres replaced under warranty - the edges went white. Plus all the wheel weights went rusty but nothing they will do about that.
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I've also had the wheel centres replaced under warranty - the edges went white. Plus all the wheel weights went rusty but nothing they will do about that.
Glad to hear that they have replaced the wheel centres in at least 2 cases.

My actual wheels have corroded, not just the wheel weights. I have replaced the weights several times (when I've had the wheels balanced).

It's a bit dark, but you should be able to see the corrosion in the attached pic.

I have not had this issue on any new car, bar my Volvo which had diamond cut wheels and corroded very slightly on one wheel.

I'm very disappointed by it.

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I must be the only one

I'm hoping this time Alfa do the right thing and just replace the wheels, or refurb, not my issue after November so ultimately as long as it doesn't cost me, I don't care.

The drivers side rear is really bad. A one inch square patch (ish) which has bubbled up quite badly.

Very disappointing

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You’re not alone. My QF has the silver 5 hole option and all are corroding and flaking around the centre caps. Dealer has taken pictures and sent it to Alfa. Same age as yours and only done 13,000 miles.
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You’re not alone. My QF has the silver 5 hole option and all are corroding and flaking around the centre caps. Dealer has taken pictures and sent it to Alfa. Same age as yours and only done 13,000 miles.
I LOVE my Giulia, but I wish I had faith in Alfa customer services to sort this out.

It really puts me off upgrading my Veloce to its big brother.

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Just washed my car today and I remembered previously seeing potential corrosion bubbling under the paint on one of my wheels, had a good look around and sure enough, corrosion bubbling up on at least 2 of the wheels.

To me this is shocking, the car is 1.5 years old, has zero kerb damage / rash (but has the odd stone chip, can't help those).

I also mentioned in another thread that the Alfa Romeo wheel caps are corroding around the badge edges aswell.

Not impressed.

Booking in with a dealer to get sorted under warranty.

Anybody else had issues?

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My Giulietta came with turbine wheels and they corroded quite badly to the extent I had them repainted in a single gloss colour. Only problem now is two weeks on and I ended up scraping one against a hidden curb when moving over on a narrow country lane.
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My Giulietta came with turbine wheels and they corroded quite badly to the extent I had them repainted in a single gloss colour. Only problem now is two weeks on and I ended up scraping one against a hidden curb when moving over on a narrow country lane.
I know, it's so painful. Like me cracking my bumper on the kerb

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Do any of you guys suffering with wheel corrosion have your cars 'hand washed' by our friends from the far side of Europe?

I ask because they can use some pretty nasty stuff to clean dirty wheels.
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Do any of you guys suffering with wheel corrosion have your cars 'hand washed' by our friends from the far side of Europe?

I ask because they can use some pretty nasty stuff to clean dirty wheels.
Not a chance.

Only wash it myself

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Maybe Thailand doesn’t have such a long tradition of building alloy wheels?
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Maybe Thailand doesn’t have such a long tradition of building alloy wheels?
That's my feeling, maybe a bit to learn on alloy wheel production.

I think Mercedes and Lexus could also learn a bit about alloy wheel manufacturing.

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I had this on all four wheels on my three series, nothing of the sort on my five-holes though. Certainly wash protocol and the products used has a lot to do with it.
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My Quadrifoglio Wheels Affected Too

I noticed yesterday that there are small areas of bubbling on each of my front wheels.

I'll see if I can get it dealt with under warranty when I next go to the dealer.

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I noticed yesterday that there are small areas of bubbling on each of my front wheels.



I'll see if I can get it dealt with under warranty when I next go to the dealer.



Andy
Andy, can you please keep me informed of your progress? Just in case Alfa approve yours. Many thanks.

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By way of an update, Alfa have agreed to replace 3 of my alloys and all 4 badges. The 4th alloy is not showing any signs of corrosion, so I can understand.

Good outcome in the end.

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