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Greetings to all,
I am just about to purchase a used GranSport that is about 1700 miles from new. Are there specific things that I should be on the alert for in one of these cars .. any warnings, problem areas, or red flags? Are there long term concerns about clutch wear or, for that matter, anything else I should know proir to taking the plunge. I have a long history of weird car ownership; everything from Alfas and Lancias to a recent stint with a Porsche GT 2 and many Ferraris in between, so I do have some inkling as to what I am doing, I'm just having trouble coming up with information on GranSports aside from the fact that they seem to be fantastic cars and what Maserati should have offered to begin with!

Thanks for any and all help.

DAB.
 

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Hi... I have been lucky so far, just crossed 4000km and no major issues.

Like Bimbo said... just shout, there are enough GS owners here to assist.

Good luck
 

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Well there were a lot of GS owners about mostly BEFORE they got their GranSports. Where are Phil, Ian, Wäschpi etc now...? I think that just goes to show that most are having to much fun to stop by the forums :roll: Oh well (sigh)...


Too true... no fun anymore
 

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To be honest, I had not given the "red mat option" undue thought until now and as for the celebratory beverage decision, I have that one well in hand...so to speak !!!

DAB.
 

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So whats the problem, fettucini is great stuff, I love it especially with some basit and cheese, what could be better?...I must add that I've been called much, much worse many, many times... and recently, come to think about it.

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Had a look at it - that guy needs serious help... :lol:


Pesto,

Unlike many others, this is a civilised place, and (provided you avoid red mats :wink:) you will get loads of friendly advice !

It took me two weeks to really feel at home with the paddle shift, and I wouldn't be without it now. The whole Maserati experience has been a very pleasant surprise.

Only one suggestion - don't put it in a warm garage immediately after washing it. I left mine in the garage for a few days, and when I tried to take it out again it wouldn't move. Whether it was down to the handbrake or the brakes generally I have no idea, but something had seized rock solid.

Sat there nonplussed - eventually gave it 4000 rpm and came out of the garage backwards like a cork from a bottle. Not much fun, but didn't hit anything ! :D

Anyone else had this unusual thrill ?
 

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It was your handbrake and the corrosion on the discs causing the brakes to seize.

I had this problem on a Lotus Elise which had been washed, immediately garaged and then left for 4 months with the handbrake engaged. The brake pads were bonded to the discs. Trying to break the bond by driving forward or reverse did nothing as one wheel would not turn - my garage floor still has the drag marks. I had to remove the wheel and free with a mallet. I then had to drive a couple of miles with foot on brake pedal and gas pedal to wear down the rust on the discs. This was a lucky escape as any worse and I would have required new pads and discs - expensive! The moral of this tale is if your car is wet and then garaged leave the handbrake off (only if it is safe to do so of course).
 

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Yes - won't use the handbrake again ! Normally give a car a run to dry out the brakes, but didn't because the roads were so muddy, and it had started to rain again.

Lesson learned... :roll:
 
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