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How many stone chips do you have

  • Mito

    Votes: 45 67.2%
  • Brera

    Votes: 2 3.0%
  • 159

    Votes: 8 11.9%
  • 0-5 stone chips

    Votes: 25 37.3%
  • 6-10 stone chips

    Votes: 11 16.4%
  • 11-20 stone chips

    Votes: 8 11.9%
  • 21-40 stone chips

    Votes: 6 9.0%
  • 40 or more stone chips

    Votes: 14 20.9%
  • Roof

    Votes: 3 4.5%
  • Front Bumper

    Votes: 19 28.4%
  • Bonnet

    Votes: 32 47.8%
  • Doors

    Votes: 7 10.4%
  • Front wheel arches

    Votes: 11 16.4%
  • Rear wheel arches

    Votes: 28 41.8%
  • Other

    Votes: 3 4.5%
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After a number of members identifing this may be an issue (including my Mito with upwards of 70 stone chips after 5k miles) I thought I would try a poll.

I am trying to find out if this a general issue for modern Alfa's or just the Mito.
 

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Water based paints, loose stones from the exploded potholes, and gritter/salters! The paint stands no chance whatsoever.;:)
 

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The 159 is quite hardy (Stromboli Grey) but it has some on the front bonnet / bumper and a bit of a rash on the rear sides / arches.

The front of the Rosso GT looks like it's been hit with a 12 gauge:(
 

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Water based paints, loose stones from the exploded potholes, and gritter/salters! The paint stands no chance whatsoever.;:)
This is the very thing I am interested in, my wife has a BMW 1 series with 67k miles (she has had it from new) it's a 05 plate and has less than a dozen stone chips.

I assume this would be water based paint as well.
 

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Concur, 3 year old 159 in Aurora Blue :cool: you got look hard for stone chips to be honest, couple on bonnet and rear wheel arches but an acceptable level for 3 years driving
 

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My GT is on 68k and has a front end respray as was chiped so bad :( looks mint now though.
 

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got a nice big one mid bonnet and it bounced of the windscreen to putting a mark there rather than a chip and then got a 2nd big one on the rear wheel arch on Friday there is plenty of small ones mostly bonnet and rear wheel arches
 

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There's always going to be an exception, so how about this? Two year old 159 - Stromboli 21,000 miles, not one single stone chip, just one minor chip on a front wheel arch, inflicted by a tyre fitter. I can only put this down to luck or divine providence, I don't follow other vehicles too closely, but our roads here in Dorset are as potholed as anywhere. I didn't vote, as I wasn't sure which box to tick.
 

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There's always going to be an exception, so how about this? Two year old 159 - Stromboli 21,000 miles, not one single stone chip, just one minor chip on a front wheel arch, inflicted by a tyre fitter. I can only put this down to luck or divine providence, I don't follow other vehicles too closely, but our roads here in Dorset are as potholed as anywhere. I didn't vote, as I wasn't sure which box to tick.
Good point.

Difficult thing creating a meaning full poll, I guess I should have had the option of '0' as well as colour and milage but you can only have a number of options in the poll.

Depending on results I may try a model specific poll.
 

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Maybe I should add that my car had a front bumper & one wing respray about a year ago, after a minor rear-ender pushed me into the car in front, but I had no chips before the respray, and none since. One thing that might help is not a lot of motorway mileage, we haven't got any here in Dorset, though it's done a fair amount of autobahn/autoroute/autostrada travel. The paint on my car is generally pretty good, but Meridien did warn me not to go for Alfa red.
 

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Bonnet has a few but the doors seem to have more than would be expected, soft paint?
 
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