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We bought a leftover 2002 last May and just found this site. Several questions:

A) Vibration - When cold or just sitting for an hour or two, the car vibrates for the first mile or so. The dealer says these are due to the Michelin Pilot Sport tires but these are the same as on my 2003 BMW M3 which doesn't have this problem. I'm in Florida and the car is used almost every day. The car has never seen below 50 degrees. Any thoughts?

B) Twice the Cambiocorsa failure light has come on. On repeat start-ups, it doesn't go away but strangely disappeared the next day. Any thoughts?

C) The transmission ships hard. It also sounds cheap when shifting from reverse to 1st or the other way around on idle. I am told that there is a new clutch and diaper available.

D) The rear window is foggy.

Any thoughts or comments?

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A) I don't know

B + C) It is probably an oil problem : before the first service they use a more liquid oil then after they replace it by a more viscous oil. The mechanic said me Maserati have a problem to find the correct one because it is very temperature dependant. Secondly I had a leakage on my car, then they replaced some part. The system is know perfect.

D) I have a coupe but is seems the obeserve a condensation phenomena (large temp difference between outside / inside with too much humidity inside). Be sure to use the A/C but at not too much low temp.

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It takes time for an engine to warm up, normally up to 15 minutes of low rev driving, so maybe this coupled with the fact that it's an F1 gearbox makes it clonky, don't know.
As for you rear window, do you have a plastic one or a glass one on your spyder? If it's a plactic one, then it would explain the problem. You can either replace it or use special product for plastic windows. But they need constant care (I had one on my Boxster and they're a pain)
I think since the 03 models, spyders get a glass window.
For the vibration, check with you dealer maybe.
Sorry, not much help but I don't own that car.... yet :wink:
 

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My wifes new 2003 Spyder also has the odd driving vibration for the first mile or two. I don't think it is the tires as your dealer claims. I have pilots on my 456M and I don't have this issue.

The Cambiocorsa malfunction light has also come on for us, in fact, the dealer returned the car to us yesterday with the light on! We pointed this out and they quickly reconnected it to the computer and we were told it needed a light switch replacement. Maybe that will work for you.

Our primary concern with the car is its poor performance accelerating from a stand still. We experience a ridiculously long lag until the car will launch. We have asked our dealer to fix this and we are disappointed they returned it to us yesterday without resolving the problem (we live 100+ miles away). We are going to return the car tomorrow for another look. Any input or help will be appreciated!
 
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