What Do BMW Fans Think About Alfa Romeo?

by Bimmerfest.com Member - BimmerFest Staff on June 12, 2019, 3:16 pm

We decided to answer that question at Bimmerfest, the world’s largest private BMW owners gathering, where Alfa Romeo sponsored the autocross event.

With both the Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV available for Bimmerfest attendees to try out, hear what they had to say after their test drive.

Bimmerfest 2019 was larger than ever before with more than 5,000 BMW owners in attendance and over 25,000 attendees. Here’s the video of what went down.

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4 responses to What Do BMW Fans Think About Alfa Romeo?

After Hours commented:
June 18, 2019, 10:04 am

The old joke is that FIAT (which owns Alfa) stands for "Fix It Again, Tony." Alfa still has problems with reliability. It's a pity, because there is so much that is right about their cars. When I bought my first BMW in 1968, it was an unknown make in this country and a radical choice. A friend bought an Alfa. He had to carry spark plugs and a wrench, since the plugs fouled in city traffic. My BMW needed nothing but routine service. Now a BMW is a conservative choice and still a great choice, provided that a knowledgeable enthusiast chooses the right model and builds it right. Alfa, according to the magazines, still has reliability problems.
DShatzer commented:
June 20, 2019, 11:12 am

Alfa has a huge development facility in the US and is getting it right. The Alfa’s of the 1960’s were true performance cars, like BMWs of that era, but compromised some driveability in urban environments for best performance. The emissions controls really leveled the playing field, and if FCA gets the electronics fully sorted, it will be very hard to beat. 505hp from a V6 compares nicely to the new S58 505 hp straight six. Good times are here!
SteveinArizona commented:
August 1, 2019, 10:05 am

Great driving vehicles. If they could get the reliability issues resolved, I would be happy to own one. But like Jags of old, one needs two Alfas -- one to drive and one for the shop.

If Alfa dealers at least had good loaner policies it might mitigate the problems. But what I have been reading is that when an Alfa goes in for service, owners get a Chrysler 300 (ouch) or a Fiat (oucher if that is a word and it isn't).

It is truly a shame that Alfa can't get its reliability right.
Autoputzer commented:
August 1, 2019, 11:28 am

The same thing I think about Alfa's parent company, FIAT: "Fix it again, Tony.

Although in fairness, after owning a 1976 VW Rabbit I also think the same thing about Audi and it's parent company.