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Is a used Alfa Giulietta reliable? What Car?

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Is a used Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback reliable?
According to our most recent reliability survey, the answer is a surprising yes. In our 2017 study, the Giulietta finished in 10th place in the family cars category with a score of 83%. Most reported problems related to non-engine electrics, but all were fixed under warranty within a week. Alfa Romeo as a brand did well, too, finishing in fifth out of 32 manufacturers, with an overall score of 86%.

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That sounds like the same result as last year or did they just reuse the stats?
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That sounds like the same result as last year or did they just reuse the stats?
The OP states 2017...
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Had my 2012 Veloce for 18 months now and touch wood its been fine (as long as the batteries strong lol).
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The OP states 2017...
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Is a used Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback reliable?
According to our most recent reliability survey, the answer is a surprising yes. In our 2017 study, the Giulietta finished in 10th place in the family cars category with a score of 83%. Most reported problems related to non-engine electrics, but all were fixed under warranty within a week. Alfa Romeo as a brand did well, too, finishing in fifth out of 32 manufacturers, with an overall score of 86%.

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Being nothing wrong with Alfa reliability for years. When will this myth of fragility die?

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Being nothing wrong with Alfa reliability for years. When will this myth of fragility die?

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Yet manufacturers like VW turn out cars like the MK5 and Mk6 Golf with no end of problems.

But people flock to them and they enjoy rock solid residual values.
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Most reported problems related to non-engine electrics
Most likely the tailgate wiring loom. Whoever decided to make all the wires the same colour wants shooting.
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Well 2.5years into my Alfa, and I have had to change the oil twice, terribly unreliable.

I have spent more garage time switching between Summer and Winter tyres.
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Most likely the tailgate wiring loom. Whoever decided to make all the wires the same colour wants shooting.
Also the quality of the wiring plus the routing of the loom from hatch to body. (Changed on later models). Another culprit, but less common, is the gear lever position sensor wires.

On our aircraft all the 12v wires are white but hey are clearly marked with unique numbers and letters.

It is strange the Giuliettas have black insulation whereas the Mito and Fiat 500 have coloured and are therefore easier to match.
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Also the quality of the wiring plus the routing of the loom from hatch to body. (Changed on later models). Another culprit, but less common, is the gear lever position sensor wires.

On our aircraft all the 12v wires are white but hey are clearly marked with unique numbers and letters.

It is strange the Giuliettas have black insulation whereas the Mito and Fiat 500 have coloured and are therefore easier to match.
Anyone know what year they sorted out tailgate wiring loom
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I wouldn't say sorted out, but I've not heard of failures subsequent to the change in my limited experience. What they did was to move the attachment to the hatch further over towards the hinge. This should mean the wires twist instead of bending. The wires and insulation are much more brittle over time than the silicone covered wires in the commercial replacement looms.
The change was at a facelift I believe.

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Here's the difference. New arrangement.
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Here's the difference. New arrangement.
Thanks for that away from home at the moment so can,t check but suspect I have the old set up its a 63 plate just prior to the facelift.
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I hope the myth of the 'unreliable Alfa' stays around for years to come... It means that those in the know get to buy and enjoy these lovely cars for a fraction of the cost of a similar age german box
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Here's the difference. New arrangement.
Which year is this car? Thank you in advance!
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I've had a 2010 G for the last 6 years and it just needs proper regular maintenance. No issues other than, EGR cooler cover, EGR valve, battery died after 5 years but stop start didn't work for nearly 2 years, and I've just done the rear wiring looms in the last 2 months. Annoying at the time but not unreliable, the diesel engines are well renowned for their reliability!!
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I've no idea, sorry. I found the images online. I first noticed the change 2 years ago though.
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I hope the myth of the 'unreliable Alfa' stays around for years to come... It means that those in the know get to buy and enjoy these lovely cars for a fraction of the cost of a similar age german box
Like a fool I bought my most recent one brand new. Whoops.

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I hope the myth of the 'unreliable Alfa' stays around for years to come... It means that those in the know get to buy and enjoy these lovely cars for a fraction of the cost of a similar age german box
The problem with that is if residual values are seen as low less people buy them new which isn't good for Alfa or for investment in future models.
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Here's the difference. New arrangement.
Just checked mine, it is the latter arrangement.
BTW I love the faff of opening the hatch.
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The unreliability tag wasn't a myth on the early g's. I owned a 2010 2.0 diesel 170 veloce, years ago. 1st problem was the difficulty engaging 1st gear. The linkeage on the box eventually snapped leaving me stranded. If there had been no rain for about a fortnight all the suspension bushes would dry out so the car squeaked over every bump. Radio reception was at best iffy. When the outside temperature approached 0C the drivers door refused to unlock. I had to open the passenger door and reach across go open it. It was absolutely fine at normal temperatures. And no, there wasn't any water inside turning to ice. I finally threw in the towel and sold it when the rear o/s passenger door started displaying the same symptoms. Christ, that car was frustrating. Shame cos the engine and handling were sublime.
Fast forward to this year I bought another, figuring it wasn't a generation 1 car and should be sorted. Its a 1.4 m/a 170. Must be one of the last made registered in 2017. It's everything the first car wasn't. Everything works as it should and it has enough toys fitted to please anyone. Just hoping things don't change for the worse.
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