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Quad with mismatched wheel finishes

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I washed my 2017 Quadrifoglio yesterday for the first time since I got in a month ago. Came up beautifully, especially the wheels! That is, until I approached from the left side this evening and thought something wasn’t quite right... see for yourselves. Two completely different finishes! Is this a thing???!!

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The wheel badly scuffed and got refurbished for resale of the car, in the wrong colour?
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The wheel badly scuffed and got refurbished for resale of the car, in the wrong colour?
Where these wheels available in two different finishes?
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I washed my 2017 Quadrifoglio yesterday for the first time since I got in a month ago. Came up beautifully, especially the wheels! That is, until I approached from the left side this evening and thought something wasn’t quite right... see for yourselves. Two completely different finishes! Is this a thing???!!

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Looks like a refurb in not quite the right colour/finish. But in fact, even from the factory, the fronts and rears can be slightly different colours since they are made in different batches (obviously, being different widths) and this colour variation 'effect' isn't confined to Qf wheels
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Rear is OEM, the front one is either a replica or someone mismatched the paint during refurbishment.
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Is the mismatched wheel an OEM part? Some of the various replicas are apparently a different colour to the factory version. If it is OEM then it seems likely the refurb'ed explanation is probably the answer. The factory finish is very dark.
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Did you buy from main dealer? If so take it back to them and complain. The front looks like a silver wheel and the rear dark chrome. Do the other side match?
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Did you buy from main dealer? If so take it back to them and complain. The front looks like a silver wheel and the rear dark chrome. Do the other side match?


Wheels on other side look dark and match the rear on the left - see below. The car was purchased from an independent prestige dealer, not Alfa.

Looks like I cleaned the brake dust off that front left a little too well!

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Maybe they got some different peoples wheels mixed up at the service shop during a tyre rotation. But if the odd one out wheel is not an official colour then that would be unlikely.

As suggested the wheel has probably been repainted from curbing damage, especially being the front left wheel. From my experience with wheels that get refurbished you can usually spot them. Firstly the tyre sidewall may just be a little damaged from when they sand the rim back and when repainting some fine over spray makes its way in the spaces between the spokes. This leaves a rough to the touch finish. Of course if it has new tyres there will be no tyre damage and if the whole wheel has been repainted then there should not be over spray.

Looks like you will have to get it repainted in hopefully, the correct colour. Try the car dealer you bought it from, see if they will rectify it, or at least some agreement over cost. I would think they made good money on the car they sold so should be 'happy' to keep you happy with a few hundred spent on a repaint. I'm not too sure on the laws in Australia but you may be able to pull some levers, although I always hate the thought of doing that. See if you can find any pictures of the car before you bought it or when they listed it to see if the wheels were a different colour then.
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Maybe they got some different peoples wheels mixed up at the service shop during a tyre rotation. But if the odd one out wheel is not an official colour then that would be unlikely.

As suggested the wheel has probably been repainted from curbing damage, especially being the front left wheel. From my experience with wheels that get refurbished you can usually spot them. Firstly the tyre sidewall may just be a little damaged from when they sand the rim back and when repainting some fine over spray makes its way in the spaces between the spokes. This leaves a rough to the touch finish. Of course if it has new tyres there will be no tyre damage and if the whole wheel has been repainted then there should not be over spray.

Looks like you will have to get it repainted in hopefully, the correct colour. Try the car dealer you bought it from, see if they will rectify it, or at least some agreement over cost. I would think they made good money on the car they sold so should be 'happy' to keep you happy with a few hundred spent on a repaint. I'm not too sure on the laws in Australia but you may be able to pull some levers, although I always hate the thought of doing that. See if you can find any pictures of the car before you bought it or when they listed it to see if the wheels were a different colour then.
This is the only photo from the original advert on car sales.com.au which showed the left side of the car. Not all that obvious hey?
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The WSP Italy OEM replacement wheels show that exact mismatch. You could compare the serial numbers on the back of the spokes.
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The WSP Italy OEM replacement wheels show that exact mismatch. You could compare the serial numbers on the back of the spokes.


That’s interesting to hear. I’ll get the wheels off this weekend. What experience have you had with the WSP Italy wheels?


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This is the only photo from the original advert on car sales.com.au which showed the left side of the car. Not all that obvious hey?
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Is it just me or the lighter finish of that front wheel looks nice.


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Is it just me or the lighter finish of that front wheel looks nice.


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In isolation it does look nice actually. Looks a bit odd in certain lights though in comparison to the rear. Dealer has put me in contact with a wheel guy and will cover the cost of any repaint/replace.


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That's good news. Though you know what, I would be tempted to get the other 3 wheels done to match that front. I just think it looks so nice on your black car and gives it a bit of contrast.
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