2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical, structure, brake and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has been hailed as a family-friendly luxury SUV created with performance in mind. The automaker claims that the newest models are “built to lead, not to follow,” but owners tell a different tale. This SUV suffers from a defective electrical system, malfunctioning brakes, a weak structure, hazy visibility and a failing engine.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Electrical System
Service Brakes
Unknown Or Other
Power Train
Vehicle Speed Control
Exterior Lighting
Electronic Stability Control

Problems with the Electrical System

With a properly functioning electrical system, driving a car can be enjoyable and fun, but when components start to become glitchy, everything falls apart. That’s precisely the case with the Stelvio.

One post on the Stelvio Forum showcases numerous problems by saying, “ Day 1: we drove the car (started all well, no issues) for around 10 miles parked the car in a lot. Came back say 30 mins later – left turn signal failure, brake light failure. Hopped out, everything is fine dash signal indicator going fast. Resolved next day on its own. Day 2 – Started the car, service engine light/message came on disabling Auto Start / Stop. Day 3 – tried restarting multiple time, relocking the hood. No use. Day4 – The issue is still there. Start the car to idle for around 30 – 40 mins. No improvement turned it off. Day 5 – Scheduled apt with Service. Turned it on to start my drive to the dealership. All is well. I still head to them to check. Just after start the tailgate didn’t close auto so I had to manually push it and the power windows acted funny to be operated from the driver door console. Major issue which came up while driving – Climate Control failed. The dash displayed 20 F when it was 70 outside. Crazy ride.”

Sadly, this SUV is riddled with electrical problems on every front. Recall Number 19V551000 highlights a defective Body Control Module that causes the fuel gauge to read higher than it actually is. Recall Number 19V148000 also indicates that faults with the Brake System Module software might prevent users from disabling the Adaptive Cruise Control. This problem can put owners at risk of an accident. So what exactly is the Stelvio “built to lead?” The way it looks, it spends more time in the shop than most luxury SUVs, making it the leader of lemon cars, but we can’t imagine that’s what the automaker intended.

Problems with the Brakes

The braking system must operate properly so that stopping is possible on the road, especially when driving a vehicle that might have kids inside. Yet, the Stelvio fails on this front as well.

One Stelvio Forum user claims, “I don’t like the brake pedal feel, it’s much better to fell the actual pressure in the system. The pedal feels dead.”

This is the least of the braking issues. Recall Number 17V823000 reveals that the system might have contaminated brake fluid included, which doesn’t just damage the parts, but also affects performance. With this in mind, it’s possible that the only reason the Stelvio is leading is because it cannot stop. Does anyone really want a runaway luxury SUV that loses braking power?

Problems with the Vehicle Structure

Let’s face it. The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is not a low-dollar SUV. Owners pay a pretty penny to drive this SUV and they expect that the vehicle will hold up over the years, but that’s not the case.

Here’s what another comment on the Stelvio Forum states. “Last Saturday evening, we had a major rainstorm hit our region. I had to see a client.As I was driving, I saw water coming onto the floorboard of the passenger side. Like from under the dash. See photo. It kept coming so I placed a rag I keep in my car to prevent the water from getting onto the carpet as I was driving.At that point I got all the major warning signals on my dashboard: no forward frontal collision warning, no rear brake lights, left turn signal bad, etc. I knew at that point the battery must be the culprit.Unfortunately, I could not open the passenger door since none of the door worked except the driver’s door. I keep an emergency flashlight inside and wanted to see where the water was coming from. I was not in the mood to climb over the console and play stunt man.First I thought it was related. But it’s not. Without the heated seats on, heated steering on and other equipment on, the warning lights disappeared. I made a short video to prove to my Service Advisor I wasn’t on mushrooms at the time.Yesterday, I dropped he car off at the dealership since I still could not open the doors of the car.”

The Stelvio is not meant to function as a boat, and this water damage probably caused permanent loss. On top of these complaints, we see other structure-related issues. Just look at Recall Number 18V203000. It illustrates that water might also leak into the wiring connectors in the rear liftgate, leading to corrosion. If corrosion exists, the tailgate could open on its own while driving, allowing cargo to fall out and causing a road hazard. This is just one more reason why someone might not desire to buy a luxury automobile from FCA – the creators of the Dodge Grand Caravan and FIAT 500X.

Problems with the Windshield Wipers

Along with the structure, the visibility must be up to par. Otherwise, owners put themselves in danger while trying to navigate the road.

Look at what this Stelvio Forum user had to say, “Was stuck in a commute home in the snow / ice for about 3 hours and my windshield wipers kept accumulating ice. Only way to (somewhat) be able to see was to keep the wipers on high and pin the defrost on super hot. Well, at not so great times, my car made the decision that high speed was not really necessary and dropped down to normal mode – even though it was definitely set to high speed. When that happened, I couldn’t see anything. Pulling over wasn’t really a good option because I was on the highway and cars were sliding around everywhere.”

Does it surprise anyone to find out that there’s a recall related to the visibility as well? After all, there’s been a recall for almost every component. Recall Number 18V147000 shows that the wiper motor software might misinterpret overheating issues, causing a limitation that only allows for low-speed operation. Drivers are experiencing reduced visibility as a result. Maybe it’s for the best that owners can’t see the other sleek luxury SUVs on the road. Otherwise, they might decide to jump ship for another brand.

Problems with the Engine

Finally, it’s time to take a look at the powerful engine that’s supposedly included with the Stelvio. Yet, once again, there’s nothing but complaints.

One such user on the Stelvio Forum said, “Our Stelvio service lights came on after getting off highway. Then the engine quit at the light. My wife was in one of the busiest intersections in the area for 3 hours. The drivetrain was locked up, the engine would not turn over. Had to have it flat bedded with Dolly’s on all four wheels. 12 days at the dealer and still in the same condition. Engine will not turn over and can’t put the vehicle in neutral.”

Recall Number 18V635000 talks about another engine issue that states the motor was created with inadequate webbing material that might cause a coolant leak. In addition, Recall Number 18V636000 says that the engine can cause a misfire, which damages the catalytic converter. In extreme cases, this could lead to a car fire. In review, how does the Stelvio lead the pack? By having the issues in every single system, making it the poster child for lemon cars.

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Complaint Data

CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other, Visibility/wiper
DateDec 23, 2022
Body control module while driving in rain, received multiple incorrect messages on dash screen, horn began to beep. Unable to turn horn off until parking and disconnecting the negative battery cable. Had body control module replaced. Two weeks later, driving in rain: multiple warning lights appeared. Monitor said passenger and driver doors were open-they were not. Gas gauge became 'unavailable,' displaying only empty tank. Lights flickered on and off in cabin. Dealer said this was never a recall issue. Alfa says it was but the recall 'expired, so not eligible to fix' this is recall number u36. Obviously still a problem.
CategoryElectrical System, Exterior Lighting, Structure:body
DateSep 11, 2022
Water discharge on the passenger side whenever the ac is switched on and the car is driving. The water leak led to electrical malfunction with electrical lights switching on even when the car is switched off or the lights switching off when the car is in motion. The water on the passenger side was a nuisance for a long time but when the electrical system went haywire, it became a safety risk especially during night driving when the lights may switch off abruptly. The water leak incident was first reported to the dealership on march 6th, 2021. We did not drive the car around much in the year due to covid. We subsequently reported the problem to dealership in march and may of 2022 (start of the summer months). The water leak continued to happen and we ignored it for a while until aug 6th 2022 when we took a long trip and the passenger side was completely soaked. The electrical malfunction started happening sometime after. Eventually, on sept 6th 2022, the car battery died as the lights were running throughout the night. The water leak incident has been looked by dealership and they did found dampness on the passenger side but could not recreate the issue. The car has been with dealership since sept 7th 2022 for them to check for electrical and water leak issue. The videos of the incidents could be found here: https://www. Dropbox. Com/sh/plin71ez82sflh3/aadr4qoj744_dtoinw0y108ha? Dl=0
CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateAug 23, 2021
During the recent rainfall the front passenger side suffered a massive water leak, causing that side of the cabin to flood possibly causing water damage as well. This happened while the car was stationary and also while in motion. This also cause electrical failure to multiple components of the car including the infotainment system, headlights, indicators, engine stop/go among others.
DateMay 18, 2021
I orchard my car used, but still under warranty. Within a week it has shut down with a service engine error. I was told it was the power control module (pcm) both times. There's no logical reason, I know of for a car with only 40k miles on it to have an engine failure such as the pcm. Both times both dealerships stated that the game was coming from the solenoids and having a misfire caused by the pcm.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateMar 13, 2021
The fuel gauge inside the car shows wrong readings and you can run out of fuel
CategoryEngine, Fuel System, Gasoline:fuel Injection System:injectors
DateFeb 25, 2021
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 alfa romeo stelvio. The contact stated that occasionally the vehicle suddenly loss motive power and failed to accelerate. The failure occurred intermittently however, the failure mostly occurred while starting the vehicle. The contact stated that he learned of a known issue with the direct injection within the engine. The contact contacted fullerton alfa romeo (1034 us-22, somerville, nj 08876, (877)463-1821) who stated that the mechanic was unable to identify the cause of the failure. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure and cleared some unknown diagnostic trouble codes. The failure persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and opened a case. The manufacturer recommended that a complaint be filed with nhtsa. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.
DateFeb 17, 2021
Alfa romeo usa is in my opinion hiding a constant problem they have with stelvios. The oil turbo line has a faulty oring and leaks oil onto engine which causes smoke that can not be healthy to breathe in. I have talked to severa alfa dealers in service depts and they confirm to me that they have fixed numerous stelvios with this problem. This should be a national recall for repair at no cost to the consumer. I tusually happens close to warranties expiration near 50k miles or shortly after.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Service Brakes
DateFeb 12, 2021
There was a issue with my vehicle turning on fine then once I got down the road it started to not go it completely stopped in mid drive on me and the engine light and oil light going crazy. It started sounding bad this has happened 3 times it shouldn't be happening on a 2018 that's been up to date on maintenance. I take the care home park it for a day then never day crank it up it cranks right up as if it did nothing the day before sounds normal runs fine no lights on at all but it did this 3 times in 3 months. Something is definitely malfunctioning. I also got in a alfa romeo group and 75 percent of the people has had the same issue with their vehicle rather it be the car or suv or year they all had the same engine type.
CategoryPower Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateOct 24, 2020
While on a hiway, with cruse on, stopped for a red light. While stopped the engine shut off. I pushed the stop-start disable buttion. The car acclerated into the intersaction before I braked it to a stop. Luckely there was no one infront of me and no cross traffic or we would have wrecked. The car then went back to idle and has been fine since.
CategoryElectronic Stability Control
DateOct 21, 2020
The car won't get up to speed like it post to. It takes forever for the car to get up to 30mphs. They say it's a oil sensor problem.
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateOct 01, 2020
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 alfa romeo stelvio. The contact stated that the vehicle had been to the dealer five times since it was purchased. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate over 40 mph and frequently went into limp mode. The contact stated that the electronic throttle control and check engine warning lights were illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the fullerton alfa romeo dealer located at 1034 us-22, somerville, nj 08876, where it was diagnosed that the turbo charger needed to be replaced. The part was replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered to return the vehicle back to the dealer. The contact was not satisfied and requested a trade, which the manufacturer rejected. The contact stated that the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 30,500.
DateJul 15, 2020
Driving down the highway, around 65 - 70 mph my panoramic sunroof exploded.
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control, Exterior Lighting
DateJun 04, 2020
21,000 miles may 2 2020 while exiting my neighborhood, electronics failed again and the car would not accelerate anymore; I was stuck in the middle of a heavily trafficked us highway, with the risk to be hit by other cars. The car went into the normal drive mode and I was not able to switch to economic or dynamic driving mode anymore, car would not run over 40mph. All kind of warnings started showing up on the dashboard. I had to stop/start the car a few times, and it resumed functioning. Current major failure-30/05/2020, cannot say the car mileage because the dashboard screen totally blacked out, 2020. All customized controls settings went back on factory settings and the center dashboard on the driver side is completely blacked out. Car is blocked in normal driving mode without the possibility to switch to dynamic or economic mode. Esc warning is activated on the dashboard. *tr
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Unknown Or Other
DateApr 22, 2020
This car has been in the service department more than 8 times with cracked radiator, electrical problems and recalls. It has come to a dead stop on major highway and almost killed us
CategoryPower Train, Service Brakes, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMar 08, 2020
With only 11,000 miles the vehicle has received four major repairs, two incidents could have resulted in an accident. 1. Blind spot monitoring system; one day in repair shop 2. No radio or navigation system; one day in repair shop 3. Seizing-up or locking off right-rear brake pad that grinder into brake rotor. This made steering difficult. Vehicle was in repair shop for one week. 4. Malfunction of start & stop system, and electronic throttle control while driving in rush hour interstate traffic; nearly disabling vehicle intraffic. Speed limited was reduced to 25mph in a 65mph highway. Car was disabled for a few hours but errors mysteriously went away. During this event we discovered the alfa romeo in our residence closed with no notification. If vehicle remained disabled the next option will be too tow the vehicle to omaha, ne.
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control, Exterior Lighting
DateFeb 09, 2020
On may 9, 2018, the vehicle underwent the recall #u36/nhtsa18v-205 to seal the potential water intrusion that would affect the body control module. However, on december 16, 2019, a noticeable amount of water was located on the passenger floor board and after driving for 20 minutes on the freeway at 65 mph, we experienced what we found out to be later water intrusion that affected the body control module. As recall #u36 describes we experienced the following issues: 1) the turn signals spontaneously engaged as well as did not engage when requested, 2) the fan did not operate, 3) the passenger side front and rear doors would lock/unlock randomly, 4) a warning symbol displaying on the dash indicating that the proximity sensors are not functioning, 5) a warning symbol displaying on the dash indicating that the parking brake was not engaging while driving without prompt from the driver, 6) the headlights were rapidly alternating from high beams to low beams, 7) complete loss of headlight function during hours of darkness. Based off of the aforementioned incident, it appears that either: 1) the recall was never performed on may 9, 2018 as indicated on the scanned invoices or 2) the recall that was performed on may 9, 2018 was not properly completed. On january 3, 2020, the dealership considered the vehicle fixed by only replacing the bcm. The dealership failed to identify the location of where the water entered the vehicle cabin. Therefore, they failed to fix the underlying problem that caused the damage to the bcm and future damage can be expected to occur from water entering the vehicle cabin.
CategoryService Brakes
DateDec 17, 2019
Alpha romero when driving in heavy traffic at highway speeds, accelerating and braking occur together and often, the engine will cut off and all systems become inoperable. Stop/start system failure symbol appears on screen. This will occur when stop/start system despite having disengaged by pressing button on dashboard. It takes several seconds for the engine to come back on. During this interval, the car can not be controlled. Car is moving but can;t be controlled by driver. Alpha romeo customer center is aware of problem but says there is no fix available at this although they have known about it for some time. In my opinion is this an extremely dangerous situation and an immediate recall is needed to prevent serious injury/damage. Recall is necessary to fit this problem immediately. This has happened more than once.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateDec 05, 2019
There's a problem called etc error. It has happened 5 times since 9500 mileage. And now car has 15900 mileage. Every time it happened when I was on highway trying to accelarate. When that problem occured, I suddenly lost power and had to pull over in the middle of traffic. Then I needed to shut down the engine and restarted, after this action power was back on with engine check light on, too. And car was driveable with auto start/stop and remote start unavailable. I went to dealships 3 times. First dealship can't not locate the problem and just reset computer. Second dealship found one problem and replaced a part. But after a couple thousands of miles, the problem happened again. I have two videos, but they are too big to upload.
CategoryForward Collision Avoidance
DateOct 11, 2019
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 alfa romeo stelvio. The contact sated that the forward collision detection system failed. While driving over a bridge, the automatic braking system engaged independently with no hazard ahead. The contact also stated that the adaptive cruise control detection system activated incorrectly. The system detected a vehicle on the passenger side and engaged the braking system as if the vehicle were in front of the contact's vehicle. The contact stated that the failures occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to thompson maserati alfa romeo (303 swamp road, doyles town, pa 18901, (215)348-0056) to be diagnosed, but no error codes could be found. The dealer realigned the sensors, but the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 11,500.
CategoryService Brakes
DateJun 25, 2019
I was driving south bound on the 605 in stop and go traffic. Vehicle in front of me broke and as I engaged in the brake it became unresponsive and sped up after I engaged them. Causing my vehicle to collide with two other vehicles
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateMay 16, 2019
Driving down a straight road (thank goodness), no traffic close by, no overpass and going about 45mph. I heard what sounded like a shot gun in my car. I heard air and looked up and my sun roof was busted. No way anything hit it. I was on top of a bridge with no walkway and a river about 5 stories underneath. I was scared to death and my poor dog in the back is still traumatized. I pulled over and the sunroof was busted all around the edges and a big hole in the middle protruding out toward the sky (not inward like something hit it). You can see from the photos. Had roadside service tow it 1hr 45 mins to the dealership. Of course they are saying that it is an insurance thing and there is nothing they can do about it. They aren't even acknowledging the fact that this happens. They are saying that they have never heard of something like this happening. There is a alfa romeo forum and I saw 4 different instances in that one forum just today. The pictures all look like mine with the edges of the sunroof all broken and a big hole in the middle protruding out. If I hadn't of had the sunshade down, then glass would have rained down on me and I think I would have wrecked. Right now our insurance isn't even wanting to give us a rental b/c they say it is a manufacturer defect and they need to pay for it. I saw that there is a class action lawsuit on hyundai due to the same issues. How can the us not have better regulations that this. If I weren't going slow on a perfectly straight road, as scared as that shotgun sound made me, I can totally see having an accident. This is a serious problem that needs addressing or a warning to the public that the sunroofs are not safe.
DateMar 03, 2019
It is disgusting that auto manufacturers don't give a spare or run flats on a car today. I was on i95 with my family when my new one day old car had blowout at 10pm at night. Alfa roadside took 6 hours to find us. This is safety issue because I was stuck side of the black darken highway without spare. The semi truck passing 12 inches away from my car doing 80+ mph. How is it in 2019 manufacturers can sell a car without a spare or even flares. The worst part alfa offer spare as option but since my car came without it I can't order a spare no where. Alfa don't offer to sent a spare aftermarket. Tire rack told me that they don't have or are available spares that fit my alfa stelvio. A spare tire kit weigh 20 lbs and how much gas can a person save. I was told it is mpg thing. I am in the doghouse with my family and I have to buy another full size wheel and tire to used as my spare. The car has 20 inch wheels and takes up 1/2 trunk space. If I put on another alfa smaller rim like 18 to save space I was told by manufacturers my warranty is void! I having my cousin in italy sent me a donut spare for emergency. The spare is from alfa romeo stelvio ti made in italy wheel that has spares included and sell aftermarket. The dealer says if I used I lose my warranty. Safety issues being struck on i95 without a spare. How can nhtsa make manufacturers get away with this in 2019. Spares are more important than any other safety features
CategoryElectrical System, Exterior Lighting, Service Brakes
DateFeb 18, 2019
Hello, I bought an alfa romeo stelvio 2018 on december 31st 2018, pre-owned with 4800 miles. At 7900 miles the brakes warning came up, I took the car at the alfa romeo dealership. They replaced the rear brake pads and rotors, they also made me pay for it saying it wasn't under warranty, which I don't understand because alfa romeo warranty for the brakes service is up to 12,000 miles or 1 year ( the car now has 8100 miles). While at the dealership they also did earlier the 12 months service. After scanning the entire system I've been told that the car was in great shape. I picked up the car from the dealership, and I was driving back home, after driving about 60 miles, the entire electronic started to act really weird, I was getting countless warnings on the dashboard, the turn lights stopped working, all lights around the car started randomly flashing, the car stopped accelerating, ac system stopped working the windows got foggy I couldn't see anything, I was on the highway running 60/70 miles/hour, almost got into an accident while trying to pull the car over on the side of the road. This is a big safety/reliability concern of mine, the car totally stalled while running at 60/70 miles/hour on a highway, putting my safety/life at big risk. The car is currently back to the dealership. I'm seriously thinking to have the car replaced or reimbursed. Is there any kind of action I can take with alfa romeo usa to have the car replaced/reimbursed? Best regards, *tr
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other
DateDec 04, 2018
11/10/18 picked up new car from the dealer 11/12, 11/13,11/14, 11/15, 11/19 car started & had no issues. 11/20/18 car did not start, engine light indicator is on. Had road side assistance boost battery. Unsuccessful. Car towed back to dealer 0n 11/21/18 11/23 car returned, drove car 11/26/18 without issues. 11/27/18 car did not start, engine light & oil light indicator on, car towed back to dealer. 12/4/18 car returned to me and working. Drove car about 10-15 miles, while driving I noticed the engine light indicator was on while driving. Called dealer while in car, and dealer instructed to return car same day. I did not stop or turn off the car until I arrived at the dealer ( same day) I drove up to service dealer parking lot and turned off the car. While waiting,at dealer the staff informed that the car did not start, and they had to push the car inside of the service area. As of this report, I do not have a working car.
DateNov 13, 2018
On september 21, 2018 whole cooler engine fluid was flushed inside in the passenger side car. The car was purchased on 09-19-2018. The recall had been seen since 09-14-2018. The car was sold to us with a safety recall with same vin number
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Power Train
DateSep 25, 2018
After fueling up the fuel tank, the vehicle was driven on the highway and smoke began to emit out from the vehicle's hood. The driver was not alerted there was any issue from the vehicle's dashboard indicator/warning lights. The driver pulled over on the highway shoulder and the vehicle was on fire until the fire/police department arrived on scene. *dt updated 10/22/18*jb
CategoryElectrical System, Service Brakes, Structure:body
DateSep 17, 2018
I got my alfa romeo stelvio in november 2017 and less than a year, it got too many problems, some of which are serious n good help from dealers. Problems: 1. From months, I was getting all lights out indications where all lights work, when I put indicator on it gives annoying sound in car. (this happens while vehicle is in motion & stationary) 2. When it rains outside, water leakage in car near front side passenger legs ' (this happens while vehicle is in motion & stationary) 3. Volume in car raises and hit max automatically. (this happens while vehicle is in motion) 4. If I turn off car and get down while I was on call, still media does not go off unless I manually disconnect my phone from car bluetooth. 5. Parking break gets auto release when I press on accelerator. 6. One more huge stupid issue from alfa romeo. While I was driving, I got indicator saying engine on/off button not available and was honking by itself and that too when I was driving. When I pulled over from traffic & turn off vehicle then it goes into panic mode. This is so stupid n serious. (this happens while vehicle is in motion & stationary) important note: I understand most of the above stated issues were part of recalls (u34 & u36). Strange thing is when I checked with dealer & alfa romeo premium care, as per documentation the recall fixes were done on my car. Which means the recall fixes were not good enough to fix the issues, which caused for recall and as stated by the national highway traffic safety administration (nhtsa) these issues will increase the risk of a crash. Such a disappointment with most rated motor trend of the year alfa romeo. Am just giving recent date when happened, but this is happening from long and not proper support from dealer to fix it. When last time it happened I went to dealer and left car with them. Visibilty wiper/other parts affected too.
CategoryForward Collision Avoidance, Vehicle Speed Control
DateAug 07, 2018
The forward collision warning system activated for no reason. As I was starting to accelerate from a traffic light on a city street it came on suddenly and rapidly decelerated the vehicle. Luckily no one was behind me.
CategoryElectrical System, Parking Brake, Power Train, Service Brakes
DateJul 30, 2018
While I was driving 15 mph on a private road, I suddenly lost power steering and power brakes. I managed to bring the car to a stop, but I couldn't engage the parking brake, shift out of drive, or turn the car off. The electronic shifter, electronic parking brake, and electronic starter were all unresponsive. I saw numerous warning messages on the dashboard. One of them said "service shifter. Continue in d. Do not shift or turn engine off", but it didn't tell me what I could do to return the car to a safe state. I kept my foot on the brake and called roadside assistance. I asked them what my options were, and they told me that I could wait until the car runs out of gas. I'm not sure what I did, but I eventually got the care to shut off, but it stayed in neutral, so I still couldn't take my foot off of the brake. Eventually a tow truck arrived and got the car in to park by entering the cargo area by climbing through the back seat,disconnecting the battery, and reconnecting it.
CategoryService Brakes
DateJul 08, 2018
Depressed brake came to a stop then engine revved up and car took off while foot on brake had to engage car into park to get it into stop very dangerous this has happened several times reported to dealership again second time I've reported to nhtsa car not safe to drive
CategoryService Brakes
DateJun 20, 2018
Sometimes when brakes are initiated the engine accelerates and speeds up
CategoryUnknown Or Other, Vehicle Speed Control
DateApr 17, 2018
I bought my 2018 stelvio in dec 2017. I thought it was odd the car needed a software update only about three days after having it - now after researching I've learned many people have brought their new alfa romeos in for "software updates" related to all the sensors and electrical systems. My car currently has about 5k miles on it and in those miles I have experienced on about 3 or 4 occasions a warning message on my display that reads "gear selector malfunction" or "automatic transmission failure". The message also tells me for both issues not to shift out of "drive". After about 10 seconds the error went away. I thought it was a fluke because during that moment I never felt any difference or experienced anything strange. However, I was in a collision with a stationary object (a metal barrier pole in a parking lot). I put the vehicle in reverse, the vehicle indicated it was in reverse and the rear camera displayed along with the overhead picture of the vehicle with the sensor layout. I proceeded to back up by pushing the throttle and the vehicle launched forward with a huge amount of force. I struck the pole. No one was injured. No property damage other than to my vehicle. Initial assessment is metal bumper replacement, radiator and cooling. But airbags never deployed. However the sensors never indicated I was near an object either while I was clearly in reverse. After research I found there have been a slew of electrical issues as alfas are drive by wire and use sensors and software to run the vehicle and people are reporting bad batteries which are causing faults. I believe my fault has to do with a bad battery with low voltage and my sensors and software are not up to date which I should be notified about. I've filed an insurance claim however I would like escalate this incident to determine the cause for myself and others and to prevent future occurrences.

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  • Anthony

    Hi There
    We love our Stelvio 2.2 Diesel and have owned Alfa’s without many issues.
    However, the car stopped in the middle of the road without warning.
    We discovered it had a fuel delivery issue and was reading the tank with a quarter but was actually empty.
    Fixed under warranty.
    Now, the car is being repaired again. It failed while driving just like that fuel issue.
    This time its serious. Apparently, a weld that holds a timing belt pulley broke and bent the valves at 33000kms.
    It’s having a whole engine replaced under warranty.
    Ironically, our dealer replacement car, Mercedes A180 2020 engine momentarily lost power while driving.
    That car has also been replaced.
    Also, a faulty battery in the Stelvio was replaced under warranty.
    It caused various electrical issues like the loss of stop start and driver aids.
    Hearing many issues with these modern cars!!!
    What’s going on? We watched a near new Lexus being pulled onto a flat bed. It was stuck on the road holding up traffic.
    Are these parts from China?

  • william d

    Bought an 2018 model with 20,000 miles and now has 49,000 and having electrical issues we no nothing about or can explain. Found out this car has had 7 in shop electrical services recorded that was not disclosed when we bought the vehicle? Now we are experiencing this.

  • Diamond

    Nothing as of yet but stay tuned I’ll be keeping my eye out for things that was bought up by these consumers very helpful info.All eyes on the Stelvio .

  • James D

    My 2020 stelvio diesel bought new has now had a engine failure at 26000 kms
    Stuck in dealers now told 3 month wait for a new engine
    Perth Western Australia

  • Gordon W

    Devin, my sister has just experienced the same thing returning to Ireland from Italy and is getting it looked into on Monday. Did you get any satisfaction in the end? I’ll let you know if we find a solution.

  • Philip A

    In January 2021, the engine on my 2018 Stelvio failed completely in less than 60,000 miles and had to be replaced. Alfa would NOT help me because the car had over 50,000 miles and was out of warranty. I am about to file suit in the USDC NJ, bit was curious if there are any class actions pending against Alfa as a result of engine failure?

  • Devin P

    I love my Stelvio but has anyone ever had an issue with their windshield wipers not turning off? My poor truck has been at the dealership for a little over 2 weeks now with no resolution on how to fix the issue. They have changed the modem and checked all sensors, followed every module instruction but, still nothing, please help?

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