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I am about to buy my first Alfa - a 140 multiair 170bhp veloce - having only ever owend a ford before - very excited! I am having a few dilemmas about potential extra items so was hoping for some advice please....

1. Alfa red Vs. Etna black - my husband and I are in disagreement (I am tending towards the red!)

2. Sunroof or no sunroof? (Have read on other posts that these can cause some real issues but not heard much about the benefits?!)

3. I'm considering upgrading to the 18inch spoke design alloy wheels - just because they look so cool - but as an inexperienced driver I don't really understand what the implications of this are in terms of how it will feel different to drive compared to the 17inch wheels?

4. Re. the alloys, if I get the 18inch I might get them painted to look more like the ones that come on the Cloverleaf - thoughts on this and on which colour body they might look best painted/ not painted?

5. The red break calipers look awesome - are they worth it? How does it make the car feel in terms of driving? Again, better with a black or red car?

6. What does the electric lumbar adjustment do? Is it worth getting?

Am also getting the socket for the TomTom - any other suggestions for something that I've not mentioned and might be worth getting? Really I'm looking at getting only a couple of the above so just grateful for any advice :)

Thank you so much for any advice!
 

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2. Sunroof or no sunroof? (Have read on other posts that these can cause some real issues but not heard much about the benefits?!)
Am also getting the socket for the TomTom
If it has aircon/climate control what advantage does a sunroof give you? Is it worth the extra cost? For the aircon etc to work properly the sunroof would have to be kept closed.

I enquired about the TomTom socket. Apparently it only works with a specific dealer supplied model of TomTom which cost over £300.
 
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Hi,

I am about to buy my first Alfa - a 140 multiair 170bhp veloce - having only ever owend a ford before - very excited! I am having a few dilemmas about potential extra items so was hoping for some advice please....

1. Alfa red Vs. Etna black - my husband and I are in disagreement (I am tending towards the red!)

2. Sunroof or no sunroof? (Have read on other posts that these can cause some real issues but not heard much about the benefits?!)

3. I'm considering upgrading to the 18inch spoke design alloy wheels - just because they look so cool - but as an inexperienced driver I don't really understand what the implications of this are in terms of how it will feel different to drive compared to the 17inch wheels?

4. Re. the alloys, if I get the 18inch I might get them painted to look more like the ones that come on the Cloverleaf - thoughts on this and on which colour body they might look best painted/ not painted?

5. The red break calipers look awesome - are they worth it? How does it make the car feel in terms of driving? Again, better with a black or red car?

6. What does the electric lumbar adjustment do? Is it worth getting?

Am also getting the socket for the TomTom - any other suggestions for something that I've not mentioned and might be worth getting? Really I'm looking at getting only a couple of the above so just grateful for any advice :)

Thank you so much for any advice!
Hi, as this is your first Alfa, as a rule of thumb your first Alfa has to be red.

Bigger wheels i.e 18" over 17" means that there is less air/tyre between the car and the road. The bigger the tyres the harder the ride will be. But the Giulietta has a fantastic suspension so 18" tyres is not a problem at all. I have 18" tyres and cant complain.

Red brake calipers: This is upgraded brakes from the standard brakes, bigger discs and pads and therefore far better brakes. And it looks better! So yes that is worth it.

The electric lumbar support is a button next to the seat that you push. As you push it in the seat expands at the bottom of the backrest giving extra support to your lower back.
 
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4. I have recently asked about possibly having my alloys re-sprayed and found that it would cost around £450 from a specialist.
 

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Alfa red is just lovely, just taken mine to the hand wash and its glowing. I understand the problem though, Etna is very sweet in the right light. First Alfa? Veloce MA? got to be RED :) IMHO

Sunroof - I'd pass (and did) I also came from a Ford and can count on one hand the number of times the roof was open A/C all the way. Miss the heated windscreen though.

Not sure the brakes NEED to be any better than stock (pretty bloomin good) but red Brembos look nice behind
18's .. I didn't and still wonder ... what if .... though I have 17 turbines anyway.

TomTom integrates with the car and the socket can't be retrofitted. For £80 its probably worth adding to the list but it looks like you loose the top storage space - that or I'm not brave enough to pull the cover hard enough lol
- I use a Galaxy S2 but thought the socket a good idea for the future.
 

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Both colours look good IRL but many say it has to be red for Alfa. Whatever floats your boat, I'd say.

Red calipers - no brainer - look great and better brakes.

Not sure about electric lumbar but would definitely spec heated seats having had them for the first time in my Ti.

I'd not spec a sunroof with our weather and vecause of the aircon operation as mentioned above. Nice on a sunny day though but is it worth it?

The basic Tom-Tom socket is, I was told this week by Bauer-Millet, going to be standard on new builds so ask for it anyway, Basically it's not much more than a cigar lighter socket anyway!
 

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Would go for heated seats rather than sun roof, youll get more use out of them. And never ever ever buy a black car unless you like cleaning them every weekend, (I was that soldier I have 2) Ahhhh :cheese:
 

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Flag the sunroof if either of you are over 6 feet tall. Reduces head room, also no good if you have 'big' hair.
 

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Go for Alfa Red! I ordered my Alfa a month ago after quite a lot of reading on forums, spec'ed with the following:
- Sport pack 18" with red calipers
- Blue & Me
- TomTom socket
- Visibility pack (incl. xenon)
- Electric lumbar
- Heated seats
- 2nd key

IMO, don't miss the 18" alloys with red calipers, B&M, the socket and heated seats. I also sat in the back of of a Giulietta with sunroof, and was surprised that the sunroof would give you 3-4cm less head room. My head was touching the roof actually (I'm 181cm tall, almost no hair LOL!), so I decided to go against it...
 

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If you spec alternate wheels, look at the classic-looking horseshoe alloys - much kudos among the cognescenti and they look great. ;)
 

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Thanks for all the advice guys... much appreciated! so... so far it's looking like:
- Alfa red (although very keen to hear more opinions on this - does anyone own the Etna black??) - and I presume the non metallic for the red is the way forward?!
- 18 inch alloys (not sure which ones!)
- red break calipers
- heated seats (can you get these with the standard veloce seats, which aren't leather i don't think?)
- Tom Tom socket
- No sunroof

What's the verdict on the electric folding wing mirrors? I heard it barely reduces how far they stick out?

Thanks!!
 

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Thanks for all the advice guys... much appreciated! so... so far it's looking like:
- Alfa red (although very keen to hear more opinions on this - does anyone own the Etna black??) - and I presume the non metallic for the red is the way forward?!
- 18 inch alloys (not sure which ones!)
- red break calipers
- heated seats (can you get these with the standard veloce seats, which aren't leather i don't think?)
- Tom Tom socket
- No sunroof

What's the verdict on the electric folding wing mirrors? I heard it barely reduces how far they stick out?

Thanks!!
- Go for the red, but ask the dealer to spray the 18"s as part of the deal ;)
- I think you need full leather for the heated option? may be wrong.
- I regret NOT getting the brakes, they are the uprated 4 pot Brembos, so more safe and look so much better!
- Tom Tom socket is a good idea, i didnt know it could'nt be retro-fitted :(
- Don't get the sunroof, maybe a carbon transfer for the roof if your after the black effect on the roof?? Choose the vis pack, BOSE or Xenons! (i WISH i had gone for the xenons!!!)

I avoided the folding mirrors personally, but if you park in the garage or on the steet, although they do not fold completely they will save the effort of manually pushing them in!!

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I have the half leather seats and they are heated (at least the front seats). No idea if you can spec the car like that in the UK, but at least Alfa build cars like that.
 
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I have the folding mirrors, aluminum kick plates, Bose, Full leather, dark aluminum dash treatment, 18" 5 hole mags (8C inspired), lumbar support, oversized exhaust tip, automatic wipers and headlights and red stitching steering wheel etc (think its called visibility pack in the UK) to name but a few, the one thing I regret not specking is the brake calipers (I didnt know at the time it was upgraded brakes, thought it was just paint on the calipers). So the brakes is a must. The folding mirrors doesn't fold in to far but every little bit helps...
 

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On the other hand, I am extremely happy with sunroof.

From March to October I am driving more or less just with open roof. So much better than clima.

Plus car looks much better (especially white one).
 

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Thanks for all the advice guys... much appreciated! so... so far it's looking like:
- Alfa red (although very keen to hear more opinions on this - does anyone own the Etna black??) - and I presume the non metallic for the red is the way forward?!
- 18 inch alloys (not sure which ones!)
- red break calipers
- heated seats (can you get these with the standard veloce seats, which aren't leather i don't think?)
- Tom Tom socket
- No sunroof

What's the verdict on the electric folding wing mirrors? I heard it barely reduces how far they stick out?

Thanks!!
Hi I have an etna black its a lovely colour when clean and in the sun, it is a massive pain to keep it that way however. I have a prefererence to black cars which is why I chose over the Alfa red.

I have the heated seats with the normal veloce seats , definitely worth it!

I have folding mirrors and they do come in handy in tight spots and they are not a costly option.

I would recommend visibility pack as well very usefull, and parking sensors the car is hard to see out of at the back.
 

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Here is a couple of pictures of my Etna black

Hope this helps
 

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Thanks for all the advice guys... much appreciated! so... so far it's looking like:
- Alfa red (although very keen to hear more opinions on this - does anyone own the Etna black??) - and I presume the non metallic for the red is the way forward?!
- 18 inch alloys (not sure which ones!)
- red break calipers
- heated seats (can you get these with the standard veloce seats, which aren't leather i don't think?)
- Tom Tom socket
- No sunroof

What's the verdict on the electric folding wing mirrors? I heard it barely reduces how far they stick out?

Thanks!!
- Black or Red will look lovely, there is a thread on colours look at some other people's pictures, or do a google image search for the colours and Guilietta.
- 18" all the way! 5 holes are the best (especially with red, and powder coated dark grey!)
- Brake callipers always, apart from the performance they look so much better!
- Heated seats available with the std part leather seats, I hardly used them in my GT - do you really need them?
- Sunroof adds weight and complexity, but it is a nice airy feel (I ordered mine with Sunroof :D)

TomTom socket is handy as no wires, but units is 2x more than a generic tom tom or garmin that sticks to the screen :(
 

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I have a 1.4 MA Lusso in Etna Black with 18" Spoked Alloys. It looks sleek, mean and moody and after six weeks i still have to look back at it every time i walk away:)

I might be my imagination, but cars seem to get out of my way on the motorway a lot quicker than they did when I drove normal cars......
 
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