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Mas. Coupe Manual Transmission :Feedback:

Hey. I m slowly getting ready to make a move on 2006 Maserati Coupe with Manual Transmission. Are there any owners out there that would like to share a little experience with their cars? I would mainly like to eye people that race, shift quickly, etc. Hows the shifting? Notchy? E46 M3 like? Knife in butter ( like most american sticks?) Also, throughout my experience with manual transmission cars, did any of you change your fluids in transmission and rear axle? Usually Redline, Royal Purple is the choice of fluids and usually it helps in shifting department. Thanks in advance.
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My experience: Shifts smoothly once well warmed up which I find takes about 15-20 minutes of driving. Notchy 1st to 2nd until warm. Clutch must be fully disengaged. Requires firm committed shift - you can't be lackadaisical. Strong centering on shift lever, so again you need definte movement. It never feels like a Japanese or small Euro car.

No concerns about using reverse which I understand can be a concern with the CC (I stand to be corrected on that). Also no concerns about having to creep along in traffic should you have to although your left foot will get a workout - the clutch isn't superheavy but again it's not like a Japanese car or small Euro car.

I doubt that most people could shift the stick as quickly as a well-sorted CC can shift. Overall, I like the stick shift GT version and it was a deciding factor in my purchase. But there are strong opinions and much debate on the merits of GT versus CC. Try both if you can.

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Thanks. That oil you mentioned, is that for both transmission and rear axle or just rear axle?
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Not sure I understand the question. Given it's a rear-mounted transaxle, I assumed it's a single unit using the same fluid oil. Maybe someone can advise if otherwise. My invoices simply list "4 gear oil" probably litres but could be quarts.
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What's the cost at the dealer or indy to replace the clutch on a MT?
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basically, transmission requires oil, then theres a driveshaft coming out of transmission and that driveshaft goes to rear axles( rear differential) , so theres 2 units requiring oil. Unless Maserati has the same setup as old Porsches 968 with transmission being placed in the rear of the vehicle.
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It's a single unit in the rear. That's why it takes time to warm up - it gets no heat from the engine. Same with the CC.
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Just purchased a 2002 MT. I'd agree, it shifts fine, not silky smooth by any means. I am concerned with mine because it seems to grind 3 under hard- driving conditions. Only on upshift, never on downshift. It may be correlated to heat.... Seems to happen after it's been working hard. Has anyone seen this? Or failed a 3rd gear synchro in an MT?
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adjustment

The car has a cable that needs to be adjusted from time to time. This is the only problem with the manual gear box. Jeff FD was at one time looking into quick shift kit for this gearbox. You may check this out. The car was not designed to be raced. It is a fast fun grand touring car. This is my 4th Mass- all manual - Mexico-Merak-OP-and now Spyder. I am a little older than most of you all, but the early cars were really made better.
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Interesting. Can anyone point me out to some technical drawing of this unit? maybe some actual pictures?
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What's the cost at the dealer or indy to replace the clutch on a MT?
Cost is around $4k-$5k depending on labor rate. Add maybe $100 or $200 for F1 cars.



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I love my 2004 Spyder with 6MT. I bought it after having owned a 2005 GranSport (with CC transmission of course). I just love being able to row the gears myself. Coupled with the gem of an engine that all of these cars share, it's a true driving pleasure.

I changed the transmission fluid myself. Easy enough to do. Replaced with Motul Gear 300 75w90, and noticed an immediate difference in smoother shifting. I'm sure Royal Purple and Red Line are fine too (I've used both of them in other vehicles) - - I don't think you can really go wrong with a high-quality synthetic.

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^ thats what i wanted to hear Thanks.
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Cost is around $4k-$5k depending on labor rate. Add maybe $100 or $200 for F1 cars.
$3k Parts and labor

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Interesting. Can anyone point me out to some technical drawing of this unit? maybe some actual pictures?
You might find some of what you're looking for here: http://www.eurospares.co.uk/partTabl...A=1&B=21232&S=
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