WHAT WE LIKE: We like when our lovely Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is not spending extended periods of time in the dealership service bay. And, will wonders never cease, that hasn't happened recently—just some quick visits, both scheduled and unscheduled. See below for more details on the unscheduled visits since our last update 15,000 miles ago. As for scheduled, well, we had our dealer perform the 20,000-mile service, amounting to an oil change and inspections, for $223. As ever, we like the Giulia's surprisingly supple ride quality (for its performance capabilities). We also like road-tripping the Giulia much more than we ever expected we would. Yes, its super-quick steering makes it slightly darty, but long-haul drives are unexpectedly calming given how tightly strung it seems at first blush. Blasting by laggards, with the exhaust firing out a healthy "Blat!" on upshifts, is another of our favorite activities.
WHAT WE DON'T LIKE: Look, we didn't want to say this, but we're pretty sure that the Giulia has become a hypochondriac. Sometimes traumatic events, particularly those involving catastrophic health scares, can push even an otherwise stable vehicle into a cycle of anxiety-related maladies. See below if you're interested in what it is we're going on about here. Other things we do not like about the Giulia: the same old touchy brake pedal, with which not one staffer has mastered consistent, smooth stops around town. And we weren't exactly happy about having to replace the rear tires at 14,000 miles. They were down to the cords by the time we swapped on a new pair for $757. But, given the Pirelli P Zero Corsa's treadwear rating of only 60 and the Alfa's tremendous power, we weren't surprised by their brief life span, either. We're considering swapping out the Corsas for something a little less sticky come summer 2019. For the next few months, the QF will continue to ride on Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 winter tires.
WHAT WENT WRONG: At least a couple of things went wrong since our last update. And yet, nothing at all went wrong. That's because every time the Giulia Quadrifoglio has recently indicated something is wrong, there's nothing wrong. This behavior is, well, wrong. Let us explain. At 18,486 miles, our Giulia warned us that it was low on oil. But it wasn't. A dealership technician told us the sensor just needed to be recalibrated. And that non-problem problem has never recurred. But at 23,673 miles, our old nemesis, the "service electronic throttle control" message, lit up again. The car seemed to be fully operational but, given our previous experiences with that particular warning, we felt compelled to take it seriously. At the dealership, the light went away and the techs could find no errors. Another problem solved by not actually being a problem. If this were our personal car, we would be in a constant state of high anxiety. And that is a variety of excitement, just not the kind we crave out of a 505-hp sports sedan.
WHERE WE WENT: The Giulia's earlier problems, as well as its more recent feints, have shaken our faith in the car. But, somehow, that didn't stop many staffers from taking long road trips in the QF. In the past 15,000 or so miles, the Giulia has visited places as far afield as Boston, Chicago, and New York, along with treks to Ohio, Tennessee, and northern Michigan. Tellingly, each road tripper felt compelled to note in the Alfa's notebook that the car made it all the way to his destination and back without stranding him. That's good news. And that it is news at all is also kind of bad news, right?
Months in Fleet: 10 months Current Mileage: 26,709 miles
Average Fuel Economy:19 mpg
Fuel Tank Size:15.3 gal Observed Fuel Range: 290 miles