New Member looking at a 2007 QP5
Hello all. I'm new to this forum, and new to the Maserati. I went to look at a 2007 QP (base model) with only 23K miles. It has the automatic transmission. It wasn't as pristine as I had expected for such low miles, but I am still interested in it, and have a couple of questions to help me decide whether or not to purchase. I've done most of my own mechanic work over the years and am no stranger around cars. I have even done engine swaps in BMWs. This will be my first Italian car.
Based on my prior research, I expected to see red valve covers, but these were blue. What is the significance between the blue and red valve covers? I believe this is supposed to have the 4.2L engine.
The driver's side sun visor is broken and will not stay up. Are there non-dealership places to purchase parts like this? Would the replacement be straightforward?
Most of the dash controls are sticky from what I think I've learned is due to heat affects of the manufacturer's finish. Has anyone here had experience with this and had a good solution (effective mild solvent and technique)?
There was a mild shimmy when I drove it (not a braking shimmy). The aftermarket rims have a few dents in them so I am hoping that fixing them or buying OEM rims will solve the shimmy. What is a good resource for OEM rims? (I have been doing some googling already).
I do plan to get a PPI done before I make an offer or decision.
Thanks much for taking the time to read this. I am hoping to become part of the Maserati family.