Maserati Forum banner

1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Good morning all. First off, thank you for letting me join the forum ..

My friends father passed away and he gave me his 05 QP. The car has been sitting idle in his garage for the last few years. I’m going on Thursday to get it up and running, then trailered home. I’ll pump the tank, fresh fuel, new battery and pray she fires up. The car was driven into the garage and turned off and has been sitting since. The car has been dealer maintained since new. Here’s my question.. Is this car going to prompt me for any codes before starting her? My plan is to install the battery and let her wake up a little bit while I drain the fuel. Then fresh 94 and see if she starts. Drove a BMW 850i daily for years, and I’m pretty mechanical as well. First Italian car, what am I up against here??
137076
D585D9B5-687F-430B-B521-D7B96890C0A0.jpeg
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
46 Posts
Sorry to hear of your friend’s father. That’s a great color combo (same as mine). Others will have good start-up recommendations, but at first blush, your plan sounds like a good one. I’m guessing the brake calipers might be a bit sticky, and if sitting for so long, there’s always the risk of mice having played around with wiring.

If there’s a good independent Maserati specialist near where the car is currently located (or close to your home), consider trailering it straight there for a full fluid servicing, including the F-1 hydraulic fluid. At least they should have the right scanners to help diagnose anything that might come up, and could get you a baseline clutch reading, etc. Paying to get a good bill of health from a specialist of Gen V QPs may be a good way to go for peace of mind (considering the car is a gift), and then as you research maintenance tips and quirks of the car on this forum, you’ll be that much more prepared to handle things on your own.

If you share where the car is currently located (or where you live), forum members here will probably have some good recommendations for shops. Good luck and have fun with it!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Sorry to hear of your friend’s father. That’s a great color combo (same as mine). Others will have good start-up recommendations, but at first blush, your plan sounds like a good one. I’m guessing the brake calipers might be a bit sticky, and if sitting for so long, there’s always the risk of mice having played around with wiring.

If there’s a good independent Maserati specialist near where the car is currently located (or close to your home), consider trailering it straight there for a full fluid servicing, including the F-1 hydraulic fluid. At least they should have the right scanners to help diagnose anything that might come up, and could get you a baseline clutch reading, etc. Paying to get a good bill of health from a specialist of Gen V QPs may be a good way to go for peace of mind (considering the car is a gift), and then as you research maintenance tips and quirks of the car on this forum, you’ll be that much more prepared to handle things on your own.

If you share where the car is currently located (or where you live), forum members here will probably have some good recommendations for shops. Good luck and have fun with it!
Thank you. I have a binder from his son of the complete maintenance history of the car. I’m in the 19128 zip code area and I have a close friend who has a shop that works on these cars. I was there yesterday and I’ll be taking it right to him for a complete fluid flush of all components. He has 4 Ferrari’s of his own amongst other cars as well. So I’m pretty sure it will be in good hands.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
200 Posts
Be sure to put in new fuel. I've had personal experience with stale fuel varnishing and seizing a valve in a valve guide and the camshaft/pushrod/rocker "drifting" the valve guide partly out of the cyl head. I don't trifle with that any more 😐. That would be a horrible (effective) end to what looks like a nice car.

Sorry to hear of the person passing; congrats on such a nice gift.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
200 Posts
You speak of getting a new battery. Great. Make absolutely sure the new batt is at peak charge... As much as it'll take, like 13+ voltage. Like taken right off being charged and put into the car. Complex Italian cars suffer grievously from anything close to low voltage... and for a best chance of not suffering from that eventuality... do as I suggest. Also, please - Others weigh-in, you may benefit from waiting on all warning lights or almost all warning lights going off - before engaging the starting motor. I think about 30 - 40 seconds of ignition-on time?

Others, more knowledgeable... if an oil pressure sender is readily accessible, is it possible to fit a hand pump/barbed pipe thread fitting in its place temporarily and pre-oil the engine? I have heard of this process using an Autoparts store plastic transmission oil transfer pump, with said push type hand pump capable of 30-50 psi???

See the following link:. Prime BMW oil pump or starve your bearings?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
You speak of getting a new battery. Great. Make absolutely sure the new batt is at peak charge... As much as it'll take, like 13+ voltage. Like taken right off being charged and put into the car. Complex Italian cars suffer grievously from anything close to low voltage... and for a best chance of not suffering from that eventuality... do as I suggest. Also, please - Others weigh-in, you may benefit from waiting on all warning lights or almost all warning lights going off - before engaging the starting motor. I think about 30 - 40 seconds of ignition-on time?

Others, more knowledgeable... if an oil pressure sender is readily accessible, is it possible to fit a hand pump/barbed pipe thread fitting in its place temporarily and pre-oil the engine? I have heard of this process using an Autoparts store plastic transmission oil transfer pump, with said push type hand pump capable of 30-50 psi???

See the following link:. Prime BMW oil pump or starve your bearings?
I’m definitely charging the battery tomorrow night. I’ll take it off charge when I leave the house to get the car. I’ll also bring my jump box just in case. Thank you for the insight, and your reply.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Be sure to put in new fuel. I've had personal experience with stale fuel varnishing and seizing a valve in a valve guide and the camshaft/pushrod/rocker "drifting" the valve guide partly out of the cyl head. I don't trifle with that any more 😐. That would be a horrible (effective) end to what looks like a nice car.

Sorry to hear of the person passing; congrats on such a nice gift.
I have a pump to empty as much as possible of what’s in the tank. Then I’ll put fresh fuel in her, turn the key till the lights on the dash hopefully all go out, look up and ask my friends father if he’s here I need him, then turn the key. Hopefully she’ll fire up. He drove her in there in 2015 and it’s been religiously started until 2017 when the battery died.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
19 Posts
Remember that once the engine is running it is normal to have a "Check engine light" for 15-30 seconds. Don't panic. Parking brake normally engages when parked too, so be sure it is releasing before backing out of the garage.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Remember that once the engine is running it is normal to have a "Check engine light" for 15-30 seconds. Don't panic. Parking brake normally engages when parked too, so be sure it is releasing before backing out of the garage.
Thank you...I'm aware of the CE light and the delay. I'll watch for the parking brake.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
22 Posts
Good morning all. First off, thank you for letting me join the forum ..

My friends father passed away and he gave me his 05 QP. The car has been sitting idle in his garage for the last few years. I’m going on Thursday to get it up and running, then trailered home. I’ll pump the tank, fresh fuel, new battery and pray she fires up. The car was driven into the garage and turned off and has been sitting since. The car has been dealer maintained since new. Here’s my question.. Is this car going to prompt me for any codes before starting her? My plan is to install the battery and let her wake up a little bit while I drain the fuel. Then fresh 94 and see if she starts. Drove a BMW 850i daily for years, and I’m pretty mechanical as well. First Italian car, what am I up against here?? View attachment 137076 View attachment 137076
Consider seating and refreshments for the neighbours when they come over to hear what the noise is. Ensure safe distancing.

Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
[QUOTE
357814BC-9A80-4AE6-A81F-A85EFEBDA6FB.jpeg
357814BC-9A80-4AE6-A81F-A85EFEBDA6FB.jpeg
AEC1AB95-6F2F-420E-9D3F-E7FE7EF0F352.jpeg
="QP_QP, post: 1006925, member: 99699"]
Best of luck with your plan.

You brought back nice memories mentioning the 850i! I have owned 850i for 10 years, one of the best GT cars.
I miss that car!
[/QUOTE]
It worked, drained all the fuel, put 10 gal of 93 and a bottle of 104+ octane booster with injector cleaner in it. New battery fully charged and she actually fired right up. Got a ton of lights on now but I know someone who works on these and it’ll go to him tomorrow for a full service
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
46 Posts
Looks great! Congrats on getting her home. I hope you’ll be able to offer many neighborhood kids memory-imprinting rides in it (with all of the Quattroporte’s sights, sounds, and smells) as a way to pay the gift forward on behalf of your friend’s late father.
 
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
Top