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KeepItLow

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Hi everyone,

I'm currently looking to buy a Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV, so after lunch today I went to look at one and gave it a test drive.

The car is very comfortable and quite on the road, first thing I notice was how light and shallow the clutch was.

Just got some concerns with the build quality of these, cos the car I test drove had its brake pedal fallen off  :o and stitching on the shift boot was opening up  ???.
Other than that, the car drives smooth and gearchanges are pretty much effortless.

I'm looking for one without sunroof, either standard seats or leather seats is fine. Can someone please tell me what's a good price to buy one of these at and what to look out for? I'm in Sydney btw. Appreciate all your opinions!  ;)
« Last Edit: November 02, 2012, 08:08:26 PM by KeepItLow »
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Re: Test drove a Giulietta QV today, need some advise please! :)
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2012, 10:34:53 PM »
The giulietta is a really well built car. Don't know how the brake pedal could be falling off? A similiar thing happened to me in my sisters vw polo when the clutch pedal came off. As for the stitching opening up I think your being too picky for a car that is being used as a test mule for potential buyers.

Others may provide advice on the car our you could try ausalfa.com for other reviews by sydneysiders in the know

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Re: Test drove a Giulietta QV today, need some advise please! :)
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2012, 01:35:15 AM »
We've had ours for almost a year and are very happy. My wife usually drives it. As for the clutch, I have embarrassingly stalled it a few times after hopping in it from my daily the 164Q. I always put it in D when I drive it, as I enjoy it more and it doesn't prompt you to change gears.
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Re: Test drove a Giulietta QV today, need some advise please! :)
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2012, 10:08:04 PM »
Thanks for the reply guys,

The giulietta feels really refined and quiet to drive, it was comfy even on crappy sydney roads..

Currently trying to sell my 09 mini cooper s then mostly like will get one of these!  :D
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Re: Test drove a Giulietta QV today, need some advise please! :)
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2012, 08:06:33 PM »
Picked up my new Giulietta QV today, its in anthracite grey colour which I thought was quite unique..

Very happy with the car so far, just need to get use to the clutch pedal and everything! :)

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Re: Picked up my Giulietta QV today! (test drove it a few weeks back)
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2012, 04:35:58 PM »
Congrats.
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Re: Picked up my Giulietta QV today! (test drove it a few weeks back)
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2012, 09:44:24 PM »
How do you find the pedal layout?, i sat in one about a year ago, and there was no footrest or room for your foot, next to the clutch pedal, great looking car though, all the little styling tricks make it a sexy looking car, one that stands out from the hatchback crowd, Colin.
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Re: Picked up my Giulietta QV today! (test drove it a few weeks back)
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2012, 08:12:44 AM »
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Re: Picked up my Giulietta QV today! (test drove it a few weeks back)
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2012, 11:36:39 PM »
Sorry for the late reply guys, being at ausalfa.com more lately...

Colcol, at first I thought the brake and accelerator was too close.. now I'm used to it so its ok! :)
As for the footrest, I don't really need it.. I have a stange habit, I like to rest my left foot flat infront of the clutch pedal so I never use the footrest in any of cars  :P

Have had the car for 3 weeks now and totally loving it.. always get ppl looking and admiring the styling of the car!  ;)

Here's some pics! :)









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Re: Picked up my Giulietta QV today! (test drove it a few weeks back)
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2012, 11:45:14 PM »
Also changed my main light to Philips Diamond Vision.. just so it matches the color of the DRL! :)





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Re: Picked up my Giulietta QV today! (test drove it a few weeks back)
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2012, 01:46:03 PM »
Nice colour combo!   It really hightlights the 5 silver "spokes" on the rims quite nicely.

For the lights: we've done the reverse on our 159:  I've put in white LED's in place of the normal park globes to match the xenons main beam to give the front the all white look.

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Re: Picked up my Giulietta QV today! (test drove it a few weeks back)
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2012, 06:59:02 PM »
definitely looks better to have matching colour of parkers and main beam!  ;D
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Re: Picked up my Giulietta QV today! (test drove it a few weeks back)
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2012, 09:09:27 PM »
As for the pedal layout, the brake being close to the accelerator pedal is good for heel-toe, not really needed in new Alfa Romeo's with the strong synchromesh, but a good habit none the less to extend the life of the synchromesh, but no dead pedal, what is this, a 1980 Toyota Corona or a Alfa Romeo, when you start to drive in briskly on a early Sunday drive, you will not be able to support yourself, and you will be hanging onto the wheel, instead of supporting yourself by bracing your foot, and when not changing gears, instead of resting your foot on the dead pedal, it will be hovering around the clutch and it will most likely cramp, is the new Giulietta  the first Alfa not to have a foot rest?, 33's and Suds had very narrow ones, that did the job, ......thats why motor racing teams spend a lot of time and money getting the drivers comfortable with pedals and footrests, Colin.
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Re: Picked up my Giulietta QV today! (test drove it a few weeks back)
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2012, 09:58:00 PM »
Have to agree the close pedal is good for most ppl, though having a size 10 foot I can easily heel toe in any car :) have being a nature habit to me since I started driving manual car.. especially in my Evo you really need to heel toe or rev match downshifts, if not its quite rough :P

Well I'm not that fussed about the footrest, even with my left foot flat on the ground its quite steady during spirited driving.. lol maybe its just me!
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Re: Picked up my Giulietta QV today! (test drove it a few weeks back)
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2013, 10:08:46 AM »
Sorry for the late reply guys, being at ausalfa.com more lately...

Colcol, at first I thought the brake and accelerator was too close.. now I'm used to it so its ok! :)
As for the footrest, I don't really need it.. I have a stange habit, I like to rest my left foot flat infront of the clutch pedal so I never use the footrest in any of cars  :P

Have had the car for 3 weeks now and totally loving it.. always get ppl looking and admiring the styling of the car!  ;)

Here's some pics! :)











Love this color, Ihave the Alfa red QV which I wasn't sure of at first but love it now. Have had QV for 2 years now and love it. Only problem is the shaking mirror and the gear knob falling off.