Watch Out, Alfa Romeo’s Having Problems With Leaky Stelvios, Tailgate Might Unexpectedly Open

With Italian flair and a legendary badge, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio presents a tempting alternative to the usual array of crossovers on the market. Unfortunately, the combination of Italian manufacturing and Chrysler reliability seems to mean the quality isn’t quite there just yet.

Case in point: the two latest recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Administration. Both address build-quality issues with the Stelvio. And they’ll see the automaker calling in 12,595 units in the United States alone.

Water, Water All Around

The more glaring of the issue presents the danger that the tailgate could open while the vehicle is in motion – albeit only at low speeds. Apparently the problem comes down to corroding connectors.

The second issue also relates to water leakage, but at the other end of the vehicle. Moisture seeping into a control module could leave vital functions like the exterior lighting and windshield wipers malfunctioning (or not functioning at all).

To fix both issues, FCA will beef up the weather sealing to keep moisture from seeping in and making everything go haywire.

By our read of Fiat Chrysler’s sales figures, by the end of March it had only sold 5,374 examples of the Stelvio in the US to date. That’s less than half the number of vehicles being recalled. So suffice it to say, the recalls will affect every unit out there.

What’s more is that this isn’t the first recall we’ve seen issued for the Stelvio in the United States. A handful were previously called in (alongside the Giulia sedan) for contaminated brake fluid. The model only started reaching dealers last summer.

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  • Ahhh, Alfas and their legendary reliability problems…

  • SteersUright

    Welcome to the world of Alfa it appears… (cue fanboys!)

    • Matt

      (Cue original Alfa jokes)

      • LeStori

        Cue in Yawn.

  • Shahul Usman

    well, I keep my dog in the hatch of my wagons/suvs.. shame if they fell out under acceleration …

  • Tumbi Mtika

    That’s not ideal.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Men going through a divorce may find this vehicle interesting…

  • Ed Ward

    Don’t blame Chrysler for this trash.

    • Andys

      yeh dont add Chrysler trash to real cars, that would be the last disaster if us reliability would touch Italian cars.

      • Ed Ward

        Lmao, CHRYSLER is the reason alfalfa Romeo is in business and the same goes for low margin Fiat and CHRYSLER based Maseratis idiot. Don’t be mad that Alfa Romeo still makes trash despite the AMERICAN cash it’s receiving to fund it’s problematic trash cars.

        • Andys

          ROFL Chrysler would be in bankcrupt whit its trash cars without Fiat and Alfa so stfu really, go back to school kid

          • Ed Ward

            Poor thing, let’s re-cap. In 2008, Fiat was Dead broke, the 2 billion dollars GENERAL MOTORS gave Fiat in 2004 ran out and Fiat was desperate. Late 2008 the stock market crashes forcing GM, FORD, big banks, CHRYSLER and so forth to seek funds from the U.S government. The u.s government loaned CHRYSLER 12 billion dollars only if it merge it’s operations with a struggling Fiat. Every since 2010 CHRYSLER’S income has passed fiat’s income by 80%. Fiat is a money pit, still relying on Chrysler’s huge profits. The US government saved Fiat by saving CHRYSLER idiot. DO YOUR RESEARCH.

          • Andys

            Lol idiot without Fiat Chrysler would not sell any of its shit car. They were all outdated trash. Fiat made it profitable and paid its debts. So now idiot kid stfu and go educate urself a bit more whos making shit trash cars.

          • Ed Ward

            You act like Fiat had world class high margin vehicles before CHRYSLER, well I got news for you fat girlfriendless boy, Fiat had outdated GM based trash that no one wanted either. The difference is, CHRYSLER was looted and ran into the ground by a German institution, Fiat ran itself into the ground with vehicles that made absolutely no money at all. As for FCA, WITHOUT THE C, FA WOULD HAVE BEEN A DEAD CARCASS.

        • Steven Buys

          Ed, I’m pretty sure that Fiat saved Chrysler by buying a controlling stake in them, which prevented them from going bankrupt.

          • Ed Ward

            You guys are so slow, Fiat purchased the remaining of CHRYSLER with Chrysler’s profits. Fiat was Dead broke when they merged with Chrysler. Chrysler had 12 billion in US government loans and Fiat had nothing but intellectual property and management. For those of you who don’t remember, GM gave Fiat 2 billion dollars in 2004 to go away, by 2008, the money was gone. The US government saved Fiat and CHRYSLER.

  • Day_Trader

    Yeah, nice try. That’s why comment above got 7 likes and yours, umh, -1.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Whataboutism is not a good look.

  • baofe

    While most cars have their issues and recalls, Alfa’s are known to be problematic. If you disagree than you need to take your fan boy cap off and face the reality. There is a reason FCA lands dead last in most reliability rankings.

  • Andys

    really well said, even this article writer has bias, every brands have recalls. And what the hell this means “Italian manufacturing and Chrysler reliability” what has chrysler to do with this`? we could also say German manufacturin and DKW reliability, that carsscoop writer should educate himself a bit more. This is pathetic writing.

  • Andys

    its German nobody cares, they are good even they have “some” reliability problems.

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