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Who is Alfa Romeo? This history on the Alfa Romeo website and Wikipedia article provide a little bit of insight....Enzo Ferrari started his racing career with Alfa Romeo. The history of the Alfa Romeo crest/badge can be found HERE
This 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C was purchased from Shawn Stuart at Airport CDJ in Orlando, he provided pictures and videos quickly on request and answered all of my questions- VERY responsive. First pics below are from the dealership ad along with the videos Shawn sent me, and a few pics from the night we picked it up.
I had been looking at the 4C since it came to the US but couldn't find the car or deal I wanted, they seemed to be mutually exclusive. And then Alfa announced the 4C Coupe would be discontinued for the NA market in February 2018 and corporate cars with little to no miles started to show up at greatly discounted prices. The first car I found was in NC, white with camel interior like my departed Viper, almost as well optioned as this car but the dealer became non-responsive to requests.....so on to the next car. This was the second car I found, I called the dealer as soon as I received the listing notification from CarGurus and beat some other people to the deal. This car had most of the available options, and one of the key things I was looking for which was the Akrapovic Titanium Exhaust.
Window Sticker HERE, Build Sheet HERE, AutoCheck Report HERE. As it turns out, my car is a 1 of 1 for the NA/US market- BIG Thanks to John4C for the final numbers
This car is powered by an Alfa Romeo 1750 TBi engine (a version built by Autotecnica Motori is used in the F3 car) and an FCA shared 6-speed DCT.
ALFA (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, English: Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company)
I would recommend that anyone buying one of these cars that has the oil changed as part of the pre-sales process check the oil type, I didn't know the oil had been changed but found the sticker on the windshield later as we were driving home.....5W20 ???? But I'm not sure they actually changed the oil, the original filter was on tight and the drain bolt had never been removed.....And all tires inflated to the front spec....
So much for trusting dealer service departments and their knowledge. The first thing I did the following day after returning home was source Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w40 (Technical Data Sheet HERE, forum thread on required oil HERE) from Advance Auto Parts, one of the few oils available locally that meets the required MS-12991 specification from FCA/Alfa Romeo, and a Mobil1 oil filter (P/N M1-110A) since it was also readily available at Advance Auto and comes with a warranty to back up whatever manufacturer warranty you have left on your car. I had already ordered the OE Mopar filter (Mopar P/N 68237532AA, Mann P/N W6014) in bulk from Rock Auto but not in time for this change (forum thread on oil filters HERE and HERE). Mopar Filter Guide HERE. This Mopar filter (aka Mann W6014) has a higher bypass pressure (2.5 bar or ~36 psi) than most of the readily available McParts filters so at the next change I will have and go back to OEM. As an example, the Mobil1 M110 oil filter has a bypass pressure of 13 psi per BITOG forum info- good video HERE from Book Autowerks comparing oil filters.
To get the car in the air I used the Sector111 guide (archived HERE in pdf format).......and then reviewed the Alfa Workshop Oil Filter Change DIY Guide HERE and the forum guide HERE. Checking the oil level seems straight forward but there is some discussion on the forum whether 5 or 6 qts is the correct fill based on the dipstick HERE. Resetting the oil service reminder is detailed in an Alfa Romeo video HERE and EuroCompulsion has a PDF document HERE.....despite the aforementioned resources for resetting the "Change Oil" message that came on around 8400 miles and trying the pedal dance 1 or 100 times, nothing worked until I tried Philster's method (HERE, archived HERE) - SUCCESS .
Best way to check the oil is this Alfa Workshop method: car cold, crank and run for a few minutes, check dipstick- this is the only way I was able to see it on the top line (not over, not under) after adding 6 qts. The oil level is different on each side of the dipstick, most likely due to the entry into the oil pan at an angle.....go with the lowest side when checking, after a change and 6 quart fill it is dead on.
But really, as long as you find a way to capture all the oil that leaks out when removing the filter (on TIGHT from the factory with what felt like no oil on filter seal prior to installation so that will SLOW you down the first time while all the oil drains down onto you and the garage floor), you might be OK following this guide using a TopSider and accessing the oil filter from the driver side wheel well: Alfa 4C Oil Change Without Removing Diffuser.
I was not sure that the car would come with the oil fill cap removal tool so I ordered one, the dealer found it so now I have a spare. Tough part to track down online, but MoparOnlineParts had it, P/N 68320860AA. Makes for an easier time removing the oil fill cap without scratching it AND without having to remove the engine cover to access the cap.
[EDIT] There was another oil that had the FCA MS12991 spec on the label, Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic MST 5w40 (aka Synpower) available cheapest from NAPA online when single quarts are on sale or from Walmart in the 5 quart container. Be sure to check the packaging, this oil listed the correct spec for a while but now the current packaging no longer has the spec listed, guess they changed the formulation and did not want to pay for certification or? From the oil that DID list the spec, specification sheet HERE.
Outside of warranty I will switch to Amsoil 5W-40 Synthetic European Motor Oil, Amsoil warranty HERE.
So, I decided to do the next oil change at 5k miles- I'll send a sample out to Blackstone and see how it looks before completely trusting the Alfa oil change intervals. I also decided this would be a good time to install a stahlbus Oil Drain Valve M18x1.5x12mm from Amazon - Installation and Operating Instructions. I have used a similar product from NoSpillSystems (FEMCO) before with good results, P/Ns 10-18150-06 and 1002 would be a bit more expensive for this application and might not have worked as well given the tight access to the drain bolt area on the oil pan.
Forum thread HERE, Alfa_Tech video HERE.
Xpel Ultimate Plus Paint Protection Film (VIDEO) on the front bumper/hood/fenders/roof/rockers/mirrors/door handles and
Xpel Prime XR Plus Ceramic Window Tint (VIDEO) installed at Sun&Shield Automotive Films.