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I am looking to buy a 1.75 tbi Giulietta and was wondering what common problems I should look out for?
What experiences have people had reliability wise on them?

Also does anyone know where I can find the service intervals and details of what are included in each?
I just want to see when anything major like cam belts are supposed to be changed so I know what cost may be incoming sooner rather than later depending on age and mileage.

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Only had a couple of probs with mine in just over a year (2011 plate). Some of the LED's in the highlevel brake light stopped working but had the unit replaced under warranty and am currently experiencing the backlighting for the fuel gauge going out intermittently, other than that no probs.
Not had the tailgate wiring loom problem . . yet!

You can find the service info in the owners manual which you can get on-line as a pdf.

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Only had a couple of probs with mine in just over a year (2011 plate). Some of the LED's in the highlevel brake light stopped working but had the unit replaced under warranty and am currently experiencing the backlighting for the fuel gauge going out intermittently, other than that no probs.
Not had the tailgate wiring loom problem . . yet!

You can find the service info in the owners manual which you can get on-line as a pdf.

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1 year in only fault to report heated rear screen nw repaired wiring all ok now would recomend yearly oil and filter
cambelts evey 4 years to be 100% sure. So far im happy as can be she a good looking car and goes like stink
 

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1 year old & no faults (previous owner must have been particularly meticulous!!)
 
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Apologies for the thread hijack, but my wife's Giulietta 1750Tbi is due a cambelt and water pump change (38k but just hit 5 years old). Any thoughts on reputable places to have the work done, in the Staffordshire or West Midlands area? My local main dealership used to look after my old GT but their service was terrible, so looking for somewhere new.

Also, any ideas on what I should be paying for the work?
 

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Apologies for the thread hijack, but my wife's Giulietta 1750Tbi is due a cambelt and water pump change (38k but just hit 5 years old). Any thoughts on reputable places to have the work done, in the Staffordshire or West Midlands area? My local main dealership used to look after my old GT but their service was terrible, so looking for somewhere new.

Also, any ideas on what I should be paying for the work?
I took my last G MultiAir to Peak Alfa who did a major service and timing belt change for just under £500. I recommend them. Roger Evans races Alfas as well as fixes them so not only is he happy to service them, he is also not averse to a bit of tuning! It's in the Peak District so is not too far away from you.
 

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Sounds good to me, I'll call Peak Alfa tomorrow. Main dealers have quoted £615, so it looks like I might save a few quid :) Thanks for your help on this.
 

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This might be a bit far for you but I've heard good things about these guys in Sandbach:

Heath Road Garage - HRG | Heath Road Garage

In terms of issues with my MY2014 Cloverleaf, so far I've had the passenger side door handle replaced as it stopped working, the aerial replaced due to a crackling DAB radio and the headlining packed to solve a squeaking noise. All done under warranty.
 

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Dunno if it's an issue or not. If you start mine up from cold especially in winter there is a strong petrol smell.


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Thanks for the responses so far guys. Found the owners manual servicing schedules seem reasonable.
Seems to be a much more reliable car than we are used to from Alfa then, mostly electrical niggles now?
 

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Had mine for 15 months and absolutely no problems at all. Still love it.
 

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1.4 Multiair 170

My daughter is looking at buying a 3 year old 170 Giulietta. Be grateful for any pointers about issues to look out for. For example, should I try to get a diagnostic printout from the dealer? Initial research indicates that a full service history will ensure correct oils/fluids have been used and there have been some problems with tailgate wiring but not discovered much else.
 

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My daughter is looking at buying a 3 year old 170 Giulietta. Be grateful for any pointers about issues to look out for. For example, should I try to get a diagnostic printout from the dealer? Initial research indicates that a full service history will ensure correct oils/fluids have been used and there have been some problems with tailgate wiring but not discovered much else.
If it's a MultiAir one then there have been issues of early versions having MultiAir unit failure (Including my last car...) but I think 3 year old ones will be OK.

Gearboxes can be an issue however, though I don't know if this is confined to early versions or is an ongoing problem.

You mentioned the tailgate wiring but bear in mind that this issue affects a lot of other cars, not just the Giulietta. The "proper" repair is to replace the wiring loom but this can be expensive out of warranty. However, there have been plenty of hints on how to repair this yourself and worse comes to worse then any autoelectrician can repair it for you at a fraction of the cost.

Always ensure that Selenia (is it?) oil is used and that coolant is always the pink one. But largely the Giulietta has been pretty reliable.
 

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Thanks for the heads up Joolietta. :thumbs: Had not heard about the possible gearbox issue. The selenia oil use was what made me think a full AR service history would cover that and the multiair unit was redesigned in 2012 hence going for the 2013 build

My daughter has had a 147 for 12 years and wants another AR and I think I have persuaded her not to go for the Mito. Also I am getting bored with the 'extra' maintenance to keep it going!!
 

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Thanks for the heads up Joolietta. :thumbs: Had not heard about the possible gearbox issue. The selenia oil use was what made me think a full AR service history would cover that and the multiair unit was redesigned in 2012 hence going for the 2013 build

My daughter has had a 147 for 12 years and wants another AR and I think I have persuaded her not to go for the Mito. Also I am getting bored with the 'extra' maintenance to keep it going!!
If possible it can be worth checking the service invoices rather than just looking for a dealer stamp in the book, because some Alfa dealers don't use Selenia. The one I went to used Shell Helix oil, which some say is better than Selenia, but personally I think all Alfa/Fiat approved dealers should at least tell you if they don't use Fiat Groups recommended products.

Also my Sisters 2013 MiTo TwinAir had the UniAir module (like the MultiAir unit but for the 2 cylinder TwinAir engine) fail at 10,000 miles and it got iffy again at 30,000 miles, so whilst 2012 MultiAirs onwards will be better, it doesn't totally rule out the unit going wrong. That aside they are damn good engines though.
 

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Thanks for the responses so far guys. Found the owners manual servicing schedules seem reasonable.
Seems to be a much more reliable car than we are used to from Alfa then
Well, I've had a 156, 159, a G 2L, and now a GQV and they have all been incredibly reliable, so no, no more reliable than other modern Alfas in my experience :yes:

Don't believe the hype!
 

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Well, I've had a 156, 159, a G 2L, and now a GQV and they have all been incredibly reliable, so no, no more reliable than other modern Alfas in my experience :yes:

Don't believe the hype!
Well you may be lucky... My Alfas have been incredibly unreliable. But thanks anyway :)
 

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Well you may be lucky... My Alfas have been incredibly unreliable. But thanks anyway :)
You'll notice I've skipped over the '86 GTV6........

Sorry you've been unlucky, 'Friday cars' I guess.
 

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Apologies for the thread hijack, but my wife's Giulietta 1750Tbi is due a cambelt and water pump change (38k but just hit 5 years old). Any thoughts on reputable places to have the work done, in the Staffordshire or West Midlands area? My local main dealership used to look after my old GT but their service was terrible, so looking for somewhere new.

Also, any ideas on what I should be paying for the work?
WAD & Simplyalfas are both good (first by reputation, second by experience)

WAD Alfa Romeo Service Specialists - Wolverhampton, West Midlands

SimplyAlfas - Your independent Alfa Romeo service specialists, for Used Sales, Servicing, Parts and Body Repairs in the West Midlands
 

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Heath Road Garage Sandbach Cheshire

I bought a 2011 Giulietta 2L JTD 170bhp (my 12th Alfa) yesterday at junction 19 on the M6. It had done 82K and no cam belt change. I was not prepared to take the risk of driving back to my base in Wilts. So checked here on the Forum for Alfa specialists near location. HRG seemed to have a very good reputation. So booked in and I was really delighted with the service from Alfi and his team. They really do know about Alfas. I waited about 3.5 hours and drove back to Wilts confident that there would be no broken belts, bent valves, seized water pump or damaged rockers. The HRG package for this model includes the conplete cam belt kit, water pump as well as the aux belt kit. Great value at under £400+VAT. I would recommend them to anyone. In fact if I lived nearer they would be my goto Alfa experts.
 
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