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The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Isn’t Getting Cheap as Quickly as I Thought It Would

If you’re interested in sporty sedans, you’re probably well aware of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which made a big splash when it first went on sale for the 2017 model year. It was, and still is, a truly impressive vehicle: gorgeous styling, an exotic new Italian brand and a rear-wheel drive architecture with a 505-horsepower turbo V6.

Naturally, I expected this car to depreciate heavily, given the fact that the Alfa Romeo brand was new and uncertain, and that this car just wouldn’t be as well received in the used marketplace — which is very wary of potential reliability issues — as cars like the BMW M3 or the Mercedes-AMG C63. As a result, I figured resale values would plunge and early examples would be very cheap to pick up by now.

Unfortunately, this isn’t quite what’s happened. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is actually doing quite well on the used market, with pre-owned (and certified pre-owned) examples still bringing big money. The very cheapest Giulia Quadrfioglio models on Autotrader are just starting to creep under $50,000, but they have big miles — around 40,000, which is a lot for a 2017 car. The bulk of used 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio prices seem to be in the $55,000 to $65,000 range, which isn’t as affordable as I was predicting.

This especially surprises me because the Maserati Ghibli is so affordable. The Ghibli, whose Maserati brand name is stronger than the Giulia’s Alfa name, has depreciated much faster than the Alfa — to the point where it’s easy to find certified pre-owned and used Ghibli models in the $35,000 to $45,000 range. Admittedly, the Ghibli came out a few years before the Giulia, but there’s no question it’s losing value faster.

So, for all of you wannabe Giulia Quadrifoglio owners out there, you’ll have to wait another couple of years before these fall into the more reasonable $35,000 to $45,000 price range — and by then, you might be wise to fear Alfa reliability, as the car will be four or five years old. Indeed, the truly great used Giulia Quadrifoglio deal that enthusiasts were hoping for may not come to fruition.

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  1. At this price, have it over with. 2015 Tesla Model S 90D. Don’t worry about any Maserati, Alfa, BMW, or timing belt.

  2. The quadrifoglio has the maintenance cost of a ferrari. It is $3k and 8hrs to replace the belt that requires replacement every 3 years.

    • A few who have had the belt service done said less than 3k, closer to 2k.  That said it’s recommended at 3 years and a few who did it at 30k said it was still in good shape. 

  3. Was able to get one in the 50s with 2+ years warranty.  Since it was 80k new, this felt like a decent deal.   It’s a great car. 

  4. The Ghibli isn’t a very good car for reliability, handling, or interior. Basically the only buyers are brand snobs. The QV on the other hand is widely considered one of the best sports sedans ever made, and many of the software issues have been addressed. 

    • Giulia’s interior and infotainment isn’t as good as a BMW/Mercedes or Audi, but it does look great and I’m sure drives wonderfully. I just wouldn’t buy it over its competition. I personally think if you were to look at it against an M2, the M2 is the better car and way better purchase/investment. 

  5. Alfa Romeo new brand?

    you mean new in the US?  And even in the US I am sure they were there in the past…. (up to 1995 according to wikipedia)
    • Common non-car folk still don’t know the brand in the market, so it’s new to them. It’s a hard sell for even the enthusiasts on the non-Quadrifolio models as there’s a big depreciation drop off, even when you discount big. I was in the market and after much research, not even the CUV Stelvio was holding it’s value like it’s competition. 

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