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That information came right from Maserati service literature as far as the engine #..I copied and pasted it...Jason

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The newest bulletin says prior to engine # 148697. So they must have narrowed it down a bit.

"Model Type: Quattroporte Automatic (M139) & GranTurismo (M145) Model Year: 2007 to 2009 Subject: Addendum - Noise from variator Date:*8/10/2018** Bulletin*No:*MTB‐200917G* Supersedes:*MTB‐200917F* Section:**Engine** Maserati Quattroporte and GranTurismo vehicles with wet sump engine, with an engine number prior to 148697, may be affected by two different types of timing variator noise. In the event of a customer complaint of the noise from variator at cold start or when releasing the throttle in above mentioned vehicles, verify the engine number and follow the flow chart shown on following page."

For reference, my 2011 4.7 is engine # 173XXX

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Originally Posted by Finn View Post
Thanks for all the responses guys, very valid points were brought up! Now is there a way to confirm anywhere if the variators have been fixed or not if there’s no documentation ? Does a Maserati dealer share that information based on vin or no? There are some competitively priced 2009’s out there so I was wondering.
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I'm a new forum user from Ankeny, IA, looking to fulfill my dream of finally owning a Maserati. I'm originally from Europe and not a stranger to Italian cars and their quirks, I've had 3 Alfa Romeos among others. As a dad for two young daughters I'm limited by budget but also need some space to enjoy my fun car with the kiddos and wife. This car will be strictly a fun can that will be driven during the weekends and such - not looking to add a daily driver.

I have been looking for Quattroportes between 2008 and 2011. The facelifted models from 2009 and on seem to carry a premium whereas 2008's can be found even under 20K with reasonable miles. Are there any reasons why I should spend more and get a facelift? If that saves me big repair bills in the future I'm willing to flex my budget. I'm aware of the cam variator issue in 2010 and older QP's, but is there something else I should consider? Have these cars had issues with the skyhook suspension? I understood the Sport GT S models come with regular dampers and have actually contacted a dealership about a 2008 Sport GT S.

Any other tips and information is appreciated. Also if you are looking to sell your Maserati, please feel free to message me.
Am proud owner of a 2011 4.7. I would just mention that like me you will have people approaching you asking about the car plus the usual waves and beeps by passing cars. The 4.7 engine is more fun to talk about than the 4.2... ;-)

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I would add one more thing. There are some cars that are very cheaply priced. This is almost always for a reason: accidents, hurricanes, floods etc. Make sure you know what you are buying. Also, if the level of wear (e.g. seats) doesn't appear to match the mileage I would walk away.
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