• Jan 25, 2009
Turns out the Alfa Romeo 8C - or the U.S. verson of it, at least - isn't perfect after all. Due to an incorrect torque setting on the front and rear suspension upper and lower ball joint nuts, Maserati is recalling 7,912 vehicles in the U.S. They include the 8Cs that have made it over here (thought to number 88), as well as GranTurismos and Quattroportes from the 2008 model year.

If unchecked, the ball joint nuts will come loose, and that will cause problems ranging from steering wheel vibration to separation of the steering arm. That, unsurprisingly, "could result in a loss of steering capability," which usually leads to a crash. The recall should begin next month, and you can get in touch with Maserati to find out more at 1-201-816-2600.


[Source: Edmunds]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Just wanted to point out that, if Top Gear is reliable at all (which is admittedly doubtful), the 8C is also slow as molasses, doesn't handle all that well and has a questionable interior. I think car and Driver came to essentially the same conclusion. Of course, when you look like that, it doesn't really matter... at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        what about road and track?
      • 6 Years Ago
      There's a recall I wouldn't mind being affected by, as it would imply that I own an 8C.

      • 6 Years Ago
      nothing is perfect
        • 6 Years Ago
        Now I bet if it was a domestic, people would be roasting it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        very true.

        but seriously, this is one recall I'd LOVE to be a part of!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The italians really should leave the ball-nut torquing to the french who are into that sort of thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fix it again, Tony redux. Anybody, repeat anybody who's had an Italian anything knows they'll have a few screws/nuts/bolts loose.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Even my Bertone X1/9 mechanic used it. And I put his kids through college and paid off his two ex-wives. I was offered an original Alfa twin choke Duetto and passed it. Bought a Miata. Not as distinctive but almost no problems in 17 years. Now on my second. The Duetto went to a friend, who estimates it costs him two bucks a mile in repairs. No, it ain't funny when you're writing the checks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wait, did you just make a joke using the letters F.I.A.T.?? As in, they're Italian (so the guy's name is Tony) and they always break down?

        BWwwwwaaaaaahahahahahahahhaha.

        Oh my god, you're so original!! I've NEVER heard that joke before, especially not on this website. Did you spend all night thinking that one up? I mean, that is true quality joke-writing right there.

        Aaaaahahahaha, I'm still laughing my ass off over that joke, I mean, I'm really, really still literally rolling around on the floor. I never thought that I'd ever literally be doing the ROTFL, but that joke was just SO F'ING FUNNY I can't even breathe anymore.

        Wow, I just can't believe that we got such originality and quality humor from this little automotive blog site...
      • 6 Years Ago
      best looking car eever

      and if I owned one i'd drive to the dealer for the recall with the biggest smile in my face

      shoot, whoever doesn't want to drive this car to their delaer for the fix, let me know - i'll come over and do it for you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      well, it is an Alpha.

      All beauty, but it breaks a lot!
        • 6 Years Ago
        First, learn to spell it: It's "Alfa". Secondly, seriously? What, no other car was ever recalled? The knee-jerk Italian car jokes belie your ignorance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      oh my, an alfa with problems? no way...Italians got the soul but not the durability
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Which usually leads to a crash"

      lulz
        • 6 Years Ago
        Meh. I've had lower balljoints seperate on my old 95 Dodge Neon, traveling at 80mph, and I just pulled over and didn't slam on the brakes. Same thing happened with my 89 Accord, with similar results. You just have to be gentle when it happens.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this the ghost of Alfa Romeo (lack of) reliability coming back to haunt the 8C?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wait, Porsche had to replace almost every Boxster engine during the first year of production because they blew up left and right, and they still are, from the forums I've been reading. The BMW 530i V8 I once owned cracked its cylinder heads twice, and the Audi A4 I just sold last year was in the shop once every other month for some electronic issue, but somehow you never hear anyone in the forums issue a knee jerk wise crack about German reliability. 90% of the people posting on Autoblog have never even owned an Alfa, so they're content to just recycle outdated anecdotes from the 80s.

        I've owned Alfas and Fiats, and although I would not call any a paragon of reliability, neither were they the nightmare so many uneducated folks seem to believe. I certainly never had any catastrophic failures, and mostly they were just sensitive to proper maintenance. I followed the book, gave them an Italian tune-up every now and then, and were not any worse than the vaunted German cars that followed them /
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm...thought it would be something like the dodge durango ball joint fiasco...where they tended to fail, and fail often.

      Nice catch I guess.

      Let's just hope they get that torque wrench fixed before the Mito GTA comes next year. ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here we go.... the world-famous reliability of Italian cars!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, because no other car from any country has ever been recalled.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wrong torque setting? So get out the wrench and tighten it. Don't need no stinkin torque wrench. Big deal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ahhh tony the pizza is burnt.
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