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  1. CEL with very high oil level

    Do It Yourself (DYI)
    The GranSport engine oil should be checked when the engine is running AND hot!!! It is imperative NOT to have more oil than the MAX, because that will cause serious damage to the engine. If the engine is not running, then you will get a false reading, because the oil will flow down without...
  2. Reliable independent Maserati Technician in massachusetts

    QP5 2003-2012
    In my experience, the X-pipe needs at least.... 30 minutes and the wheel spacers requires... 5 minutes to install and maybe another 15 minutes to do a wheel alignment. I installed a DBW some years ago, it took... hmm about 2 hours of tinkering, including lunch. So either the dealer doesn't like...
  3. FD DBW module - Long Term Test results

    Coupe, Spyder, GS
    I haven't done many changes to my stock GS, just three things. One is the DBW module, which was a very good investment, the second is my Larini decats which transformed the sound of the car and the third was a bluetooth module for the Infotainment (Becker OEM) which never actually worked, so...
  4. Merak SS questions

    Vintage Maserati
    well said, but I'm not a purist :) My suggestion will help him so that he doesn't limit his options in the future when he decides to sell the car. Better than the alternative, to suggest to switch engines and then one day find out that his car won't sell as well as he thought.
  5. FD DBW module - Long Term Test results

    Coupe, Spyder, GS
    This is by no means an advertisement by FD and their products. I thought I'd post this because this has never been done before and people might find this information useful. I installed my FD DBW somewhere around 2008-2009 when I still had 10,000km (~6,200miles). Now I've got 100,000km...
  6. Merak SS questions

    Vintage Maserati
    The serial numbers of the engine and transaxle are documented in the production papers of the car, available at the Maserati factory. Some of those papers can be obtained from the factory for a price. Yes, changing something major, like the engine, is a big no-no for a classic car. Many people...
  7. What model are these wheels off?

    Vintage Maserati
    I'm not sure if these are maserati wheels, I tried to find a matching model (Indy, QPIII, etc) but I couldn't find them anywhere. Maybe an aftermarket type? the originals are mostly Borrani wire wheels, Campagnolo magnesium wheels and some other types released in later years.
  8. Reliability, maintenance costs, durability?

    My data is my experience, I've been around these engines from the start and over the years we've learned what they need. Overall, they are bulletproof, but they do need regular oil changes to keep them from causing wear (eg: variators). Yes I know of a QP with 250,000km in Milan, and several...
  9. Reliability, maintenance costs, durability?

    If you change oil every 12,500 miles, then you'll become another one of those guys who hear strange noises from their engine and eventually find out a very expensive bill is coming their way due to the damage, which usually forces them to sell the car. They almost always come here to complain...
  10. Help with old Maserati logo

    Vintage Maserati
    I believe the first one, is a 1980's badge that first appeared in the Biturbo models and used until 1997 or 98. The Shamal has it on its hood, but not the late Ghibli GT. The second one, appeared just before 2000 with the 3200GT models, later used in the 4200 GT/Cambiocorsa as well. The third...
  11. Merak SS 1980 rebuild

    Vintage Maserati
    I think its an electronic module for the headlights. Two plugs per side (4 in total), so that would imply that each side gets one plug for raising the headlight pods and one plug for turning on the light of the raised pod. I'm not sure if its an original item or an after-market unit that...
  12. highest known mileage on GT

    There is a QP Automatic in Milan that went over 250,000km several years ago. I've been told it only required the typical maintenance during regular service intervals.
  13. Sticky buttons

    Coupe, Spyder, GS
    The old plastics in the 4200 would commit suicide even when the car was not used. Sometimes the dealer would order new ones and they would come already damaged in their packaging. In newer cars, the problem is different, they are better and more durable. But, they can be destroyed by chemicals...
  14. Sticky buttons

    Coupe, Spyder, GS
    Rocketman, You are too late to the party, we've complained about this before. Just for your information, this is not just about Maserati, these bad plastics have been used by Ferrari, Audi and many other manufacturers over the years. Eventually they got scrapped due to their magnificent ability...
  15. Is this a problem?

    QP5 2003-2012
    Just to clarify something, some dealers will overcharge when an insurance is paying the bill. The above items require: Water Pump - 2 hours (mostly unbolting/bolting things to reach the pump) Thermostat - 2 minutes Temp Sensor - 2 minutes Antifreeze - 2 minutes Sealant - 2 minutes so the...