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Hi all, I'm brand new here, and also a brand new UK Maserati owner as of last week (my second car I'm proud to say, although at 25 my bank balance isn't as happy, hah)

When I purchased the car, the owner told me about three false alarm lights on the dash (engine, ABS, suspension) but said it has been reset by a specialist three times and just comes on again. The car feels and drives absolutely fine, no brake lockup, smooth ride, smooth engine, no actual faults that I can feel whatsoever, even after hundreds of miles driving it home. But today a fourth little doozy has been added to the light collection - a red blinking gearbox light. The car feels absolutely no different, no gearbox clunkiness, no smells, no leaks, no inaccessible gears. But I'm curious if anyone has had similar issues with their QP, since I'm not too keen on paying over and over again just to reset a paranoid car.

Thanks in advance for any help that can be given.

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Very difficult to diagnose via internet. You need to get it scanned with a SD.

However, here's my opinion:

Your ABS module has in it a cluster of sensors. When one of these sensors fails, it will trigger the suspension control fault, ABS fault and ASR/MSP faults. ABS lights and Suspension lights will illuminate steady. Most people cannot detect any problems, except the fact that your "brake hold" no longer works when accelerating from a stop (this is the F1 feature which holds the brake for 3 seconds after letting off to give time to depress accelerator thus preventing roll back on a hill).

Now, you can drive your car until a second sensor fails within the ABS module. That's when the NCR will immediately trigger limp mode and throw a gearbox trouble code. If it hasn't already, it will begin to act erratically, as it tries to confine the car to second gear.

You say you can't detect any issues, but if the gearbox light is flashing, then you are running with degraded functionality with slower shifting and it should take more turns to crank the car.

If this is the case (that's a big IF), then you need to simply replace the ABS module, which is attached to the ABS pump, secured by four hex bolts.

Again, this could be a combination of issues but the SD3 will point to the fault within the ABS module if that is in fact the problem.
 

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Very difficult to diagnose via internet. You need to get it scanned with a SD.

However, here's my opinion:

Your ABS module has in it a cluster of sensors. When one of these sensors fails, it will trigger the suspension control fault, ABS fault and ASR/MSP faults. ABS lights and Suspension lights will illuminate steady. Most people cannot detect any problems, except the fact that your "brake hold" no longer works when accelerating from a stop (this is the F1 feature which holds the brake for 3 seconds after letting off to give time to depress accelerator thus preventing roll back on a hill).

Now, you can drive your car until a second sensor fails within the ABS module. That's when the NCR will immediately trigger limp mode and throw a gearbox trouble code. If it hasn't already, it will begin to act erratically, as it tries to confine the car to second gear.

If this is the case (that's a big IF), then you need to simply replace the ABS module, which is attached to the ABS pump, secured by four hex bolts.

Again, the SD3 will point to the fault within the ABS module if that is in fact the problem.
Thanks for the info, and the brake hold does actually seem somewhat intermittent. When I first purchased the car it didn't hold the brakes on hills at all, but now it does, which seems like an unusual way around for that to occur.
 

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One more thing. They guy who sold you the car lied. There are no false alarms on this car. There are simply problems you're willing to fix and problems you aren't.
 

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Welcome aboard, we've seen some of these faults (ABS, Suspension, MSP) come from even a low battery or a bad negative ground connection. With that said, it can be much more involved as some have mentioned. The gearbox warning is a bit more concerning, get the codes read by a specialist and see what the real problem is that's causing that light to trigger, it can be an easy fix or signs of a bigger problem but it's nearly impossible to diagnose without more information.

Hope that helps!

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One more thing. They guy who sold you the car lied. There are no false alarms on this car. There are simply problems you're willing to fix and problems you aren't.
Yep, have to agree here. Under UK law there's lots of recourse if you bought from a dealer.

Catmanv2, you might want to reach out to our new member in your quadrant of the planet?
Thanks. Levante, come on over to SportsMaserati We don't bite and we're closer to home (being UK based) Who on earth was the specialist who cleared the lights without telling you what the errors were?

Pretty sure we can find you a better one.

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Definitely check the battery negative strap connection to chassis... not just at the battery, check it at the chassis. This is an Achilles heel of these cars. I drove a hundred miles home one day with the transmission light flashing and the next day the car would not move. I had it towed to my shop, whereupon they discovered that this faulty negative strap connection had arced and killed the transmission control unit, so I had to replace that with a scrap unit because no one could figure out how to download the correct firmware for my vehicle into a new unit.
 

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Hi Mike, we just bought an 06 QP in the UK as well, in what looks like the same colour as yours. If you think yours is lighting up like a xmas tree then trust me its nothing like as bad as ours! this one is a donor car for an engine and transmission swap into another vehicle so we will be learning as we go as to how to rectify all these faults so will keep a keen eye on this thread, it seems to be a very helpful website :)

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