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Who is Alfa Romeo? This history on the Alfa Romeo website and Wikipedia article provide a little bit of insight....Enzo Ferrari started his racing career with Alfa Romeo. The history of the Alfa Romeo crest/badge can be found HERE.
This 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce was purchased from Suzanne Cullen, Kevin Roman, and their sales manager Vito Susca at Alfa Romeo of St. Petersburg- all were great providing information and organizing the deal prior to and during our visit to pickup the car.
Pics below are from the dealership ad and they were nice enough to send me some video as well.
The new Veloce trim package replaces last years Ti Sport package.
Window Sticker HERE, Build Sheet HERE, Dealer AD HERE.
ALFA (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, English: Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company)
Alfa Romeo did not give us an AGM battery so I decided to proactively purchase and install an AGM battery-
An Odyssey ODP-AGM49 H8 L5 from FCP Euro with their LIFETIME guarantee (Odyssey specifications HERE), Also available from Amazon.
I found a good Giulia battery replacement DIY video. I started my R&R by connecting jumper cables to a functioning spare battery and the jump terminals under the hood- this will prevent memory loss and having to reset things when the OE battery is removed for replacement (NOTE: be careful to remember you still have power at the rear wiring after you remove the OE battery).
-Next, I removed the vent tube,
-loosened the 10mm nut for the ground terminal and removed the ground terminal/IBS assembly carefully,
-removed the positive terminal cover by depressing two releases and pulling up,
-loosened the 10mm nut for the positive terminal AND removed the two Phillips head screws on the red retainer (this works like sheetrock anchors to hold the positive electronics to the battery) which should allow the positive terminal to be pulled free,
-removed the 10mm nut on the mounting plate at the passenger side base of the battery.
To remove and install the replacement battery, it helps to have another set of hands to hold the wiring out of the way. When installing, it is also helpful to hold the vent tube out of the way as the battery is put into place, careful to slide the battery in from the passenger side to go under the fixed driver side battery mount.
-Next, bolt passenger side mounting plate in place,
-reinstall the positive terminal tighten the terminal nut and screws for the red retainer,
-install positive terminal cover,
-install vent tube,
-install ground terminal/IBS assembly and tighten nut,
-remove jumper cables from jump terminals and battery up front,
-reassemble any interior cover pieces for battery
Additional items purchased were:
Schumacher BAF-B1 Battery Terminal Cleaning Brush to clean both the post and terminal,
Permatex 22058 Dielectric Tune-Up Grease applied to all surface areas of both -/+ posts before reinstalling terminals to prevent corrosion,
Dual USB Car Charger,4.8A Output,Cigarette Lighter Voltage Meter to monitor battery voltage, required specific positioning so I could read the voltage but works well
Prior to taking my car in for PPF, I decided to remove the emblems, I think debadged is cleaner looking. Park the car in the sun and/or use a hair dryer to warm the double sided tape/adhesive. You can then use fishing line/dental floss OR a plastic trim removal tool to carefully remove the emblems. Typically there is some tape/adhesive left behind, I use a pinstripe removal tool with a drill to get the worst of it off and then follow that with WD40, not a great lubricant but great for fishing and adhesive removal. Next, throughly wash the area with soap and water to remove the WD40, dry, and wax.
Xpel Ultimate Plus Paint Protection Film (VIDEO) on the bumper/front fenders/mirrors/door handles/windshield trim installed at Sun&Shield Automotive Films, my go-to guys for paint protection. I would post pictures but you can't see it
Ordered and installed Stuff4Car Start Stop Deactivator, shipping was quick and they are very responsive to questions.
Installation Instructions HERE and Installation Video HERE.
Forum thread HERE for alternative method of achieving this.
Ordered Security Gateway (SGW) bypass for FCA cars built dates 2017+ and Dual set of Security Gateway harness extensions for FCA cars (two 12 pin and two 8 pin extensions) 45cm/18" from Stuff4Car.
Stuff4Car installation instructions HERE (forum intro HERE) that includes some forum discussion on installation and HERE.
The point of this? So that I am able to use AlfaOBD OR MultiECUScan to review settings/make updates. It is recommended that the bypass module only be installed when needed and then removed to maintain security from hackers. More on AlfaOBD/MultiECUScan features can be found HERE, HERE (Disable Seatbelt Chime), and HERE.
NOTE: The following is provided for informational purposes only, user assumes all risks. At least one forum user has had issues as detailed HERE. Most of the forum write-ups are using power/ground into the light/rain sensor (where this user had an issue), same color wires are present in the mirror plug if that seems more desirable....or you might not decide this worth the risk- YMMV.
Valentine 1 Gen2 radar detector (Owners Manual, Quick Start Guide, Programming Guide, Troubleshooting, How To Upgrade) hardwire installed using a Xislet Radar Detector Hardwire Power Cord Mirror Plug Tap with Inline Fuse from Amazon, I used the cord with the smallest pins. A good forum thread on how the trim pieces come apart/off to access the mirror plug is HERE.
Using the Bluetooth connection to the V1 from my Android phone with the JBV1 app adds a lot of useful functionality- Some discussion around the JBV1 app can be found HERE, helpful settings guide HERE.
First oil/filter change for me at 5k miles, good time to install a Stahlbus Oil Drain Valve Plug M14x1.5x12mm from Amazon - Installation and Operating Instructions.
Oil changed using Amsoil Signature Series 0W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil (warranty info HERE) and an OE Alfa Romeo/MOPAR oil filter P/N 04892339AB. If using OE oil, OE Mopar MaxPro+ 159AA SN+ P/N 68444159AA was superceded by MaxPro+ 988AA SP P/N 68523988AA.
No dipstick per se, but there is an optional dipstick (Mopar P/N 2025600210) that can be used as described HERE.
Several good DIY guides: AlfaWorkShop, Auto Tech Mobile Mechanic, Factory Manual, and several forum writeups.
When the oil change notification popped up at ~6300 miles, I did the same as in StelvioForum post #48 HERE to clear the notification (it does not reset the service interval)......by next oil change I'll have extension cables installed so that I can use a SGW Bypass with AlfaOBD or MultiECUScan to not only clear the service notification but reset the service interval.
Madness AutoWorks Monza Exhaust installed, I needed a little bit more sound and less restriction can only help.
Videos: Madness DIY and Sound Clips (Giulia installation HERE is more detailed), Madness Lusso vs Monza Sound Clips. The Monza exhaust arrived well packed and UPS-proof, also came with a new catalytic converter/downpipe to exhaust pipe gasket so OE P/N 68315094AA did not have to be purchased for installation.
My exhaust removal and installation detailed in pics below. One of my favorite tools bought later in life was the Lisle Exhaust Hanger Removal Pliers, wish I had bought this tool 20 years ago, makes hanger removal SO easy as demonstrated HERE. Installation took a little over an hour, not bad at all- Everything lined up easily. 4C was relegated to driveway but was not harmed during this exhausting process
Exhaust sounds loud on cold start but mellows out after it is warmed up, NO DRONE but sounds great when driving agressively. This is they way the Stelvio should have come from the factory. I do have a little acceleration whistle but according to this StelvioForum thread that is normal.....I think the Monza is perfect and the Lusso might actually be too quiet, but I guess it is good to have choices.
Engine Oil Change at 5106 miles- OE Mopar MaxPro+ Synthetic 0W-30 and Mopar Oil Filter 4892339AB - No sample taken
Giulia Video, Informational and Test/Review: *High Speed Connection Recommended*
Giulia DIY Guides/Installation Instructions/Videos:
EuroCompulsion: Alfa Romeo Giulia/Stelvio STOP/START Ignition Switch Replacement (forum thread HERE, HERE, and HERE)
Alfa Romeo- P A S S I O N E The inspirations and influences of Alfa Romeo design (Archived HERE)
Classic and Sports Car UK (July 2020): 110 Years of Alfa Romeo, A - Z (Stradale centerfold HERE)