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Got a great deal on a 2008 QP Executive GT. Now dealer says it needs new breaks new tires and new wheels! And Suggested may as well get new rotors! Grand Total almost $10,000 and great deal no longer look so great!

Decided to buy EBC Yellow Stuff Break pads. $250

Ordered used 2009 wheels that are almost new (Hope that's ok) $1250

and now working on tires... NOOO IDEA!!!

P Zero, P Zero Nero, P Zero Rosso, Conti DWS, ....... Holy Moly!!

Front are 245/40 zr 19
REAR Are 285/30 zr 19

What is least expensive way to go about doing this and still look good.

I also have some paint that has worn off from bottom under rear doors is that normal? Oh yea dealership wanted $4,500 for that.

Rear Arm rest is busted and that was $1,500...

Thinking I can get this done without going broke! I hope!!

Any word from the wise???


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There are rarely "good deals" when buying these cars. This is usually what you get, a car with problems that someone wanted to dump. The first things I would do before dropping all of this money is get a second opinion. I'm not sure who your local dealer is but there should be a reputable Indy shop near by, let them confirm or deny the importance of these repairs.

As for tires, are you only driving the car on sunny days or is this an all but snow source of transportation?
 

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Why did it "need" new wheels? I just had the wheels for mine completely refurbished and they are truly like new now and they were a disaster (wildly curbed and one actually had a sizeable chunk missing from it). Cost = $130/wheel = $520.

I bought new tires while I was at it - got the VRED's that are so popular on this board. Cost = 1000 for the set.

Most car dealerships have a painter that they work with that can handle minor paint repairs like yours for a fraction of the cost of a tradtional body shop.

I had a small tear in the vinyl on the center console, near the parking brake, fixed. Cost = $100.

The EBC pads are fine (unless you were planning on taking your car to the track).

Re. the armrest, did you buy that from your dealer? Did you check Ricambi, maseratiparts or eurospares first? Always check with them before buying such parts from your dealer.

Before you plunk down huge chunks of money on the car, post on here and the very insightful members (not me, but the guys on here that actually know something) can give you their input and hopefully can provide less expensive alternatives.
 

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First off congrats on the QP, I'm sure you'll enjoy her once this is all settled and behind you.

Secondly, we offer a Quiet Brake Pad set for the QP that many members on this board have had excellent results with. It includes both front and rear pads as a complete set and as I'm sure you've found, these are much less expensive than the factory pads. Specifically we built these pads as we found that other brands in the market and even the factory pads squeak quite a bit. So after several iterations of the chamfering and compound, we're very happy with the results.

We also offer Sport Rotors for the QP that are less expensive than the factory rotors should you find that they are required.

We offer Vredestein tires for the QP (made in Holland and co-designed by Giugaro a famed designer of many Maserati models). They have also been well reviewed on this forum and although we don't quote prices directly on the forum, they are also quite a bit less money than the factory rubber and they wear quite nicely. (I'll PM you pricing for reference)

For what it's worth, the sizes you quoted aren't the standard size on the 2008 QP Exec GT, it may have been a minor typo or perhaps the previous owner has had them changed. Here are the standard tire sizes:

Front : 245/40ZR-19
Rear : 285/35ZR-19

It is also worth noting that used vehicles are required to have so much tire and brake left on the car when they are sold. So you may want to learn about those provisions in your state to see if there is any protection for you. Essentially, dealers have to sell cars in "safe" conditions with reasonable life left in the tires / brakes / etc. This doesn't apply however to clutches and other non-safety items. I would this that if the damage to the wheels was structural, this would also be covered. However, if the damage is strictly cosmetic that it would not be covered.

For any paint / upholstery repair... I'd just shop around for quotes and you may even just ask someone at the dealership if they can share who they work with here (unless they do it in-house, but this is rare)

Good luck and let us know if we can be of any help! We do ship around the nation and worldwide.

Best Regards,
-- Jeff
 

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My 2007 QP is still under warranty. Why didn't the dealer cover your 2008 arm rest under warranty?
 

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Thanks for response!

There are rarely "good deals" when buying these cars. This is usually what you get, a car with problems that someone wanted to dump. The first things I would do before dropping all of this money is get a second opinion. I'm not sure who your local dealer is but there should be a reputable Indy shop near by, let them confirm or deny the importance of these repairs.

As for tires, are you only driving the car on sunny days or is this an all but snow source of transportation?

I know it needs break pads and and new tires. I also already bought a set of newer wheels of a 2009 QP guy called them V something and he sent me pix and they looked like new.
I want to make the most out of having it. It's only vehicle I have. I don;t race but find myself doing 100 + mph on freeway pretty regularly... Do people drive these cars in the winter?? Or is that a terrible idea? Sorry but I am a true rookie!

Thanks!
 

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Car kinda skips.

Why did it "need" new wheels? I just had the wheels for mine completely refurbished and they are truly like new now and they were a disaster (wildly curbed and one actually had a sizeable chunk missing from it). Cost = $130/wheel = $520.

I bought new tires while I was at it - got the VRED's that are so popular on this board. Cost = 1000 for the set.

Most car dealerships have a painter that they work with that can handle minor paint repairs like yours for a fraction of the cost of a tradtional body shop.

I had a small tear in the vinyl on the center console, near the parking brake, fixed. Cost = $100.

The EBC pads are fine (unless you were planning on taking your car to the track).

Re. the armrest, did you buy that from your dealer? Did you check Ricambi, maseratiparts or eurospares first? Always check with them before buying such parts from your dealer.

Before you plunk down huge chunks of money on the car, post on here and the very insightful members (not me, but the guys on here that actually know something) can give you their input and hopefully can provide less expensive alternatives.
Thanks for response!

I don't plan to take car to track but more day to day aggressive driving perhaps. When I am driving the steering wheel shakes and when I am speeding at 55+ mph on freeway and I hit even a small crack in the road I feel the car and steering wheel skip (hop) to the right. It feels so unsafe so I actually parked it now till I get all this stuff taken care of. Dealer didn't say I needed alignment or balance tires or that my something or another is bent so I have no idea if they just wanted to get my money then say oh btw it wasn't any of that stuff we told you it may have been...

I wanted to make sure I can change tire brands to the VRED's without the dealership having an excuse to why my car is skipping and hopping. I had a Range Rover and dealership had issue with Pirelli's we had on the truck saying that they were the reason car made noise on freeway, till we told him that those were the tires that came with the truck from his dealership! Geez...

Gonna look into leather repair and body shops.

I wish I woulda read your post before spending $1250 on those wheels btw!

I didn't buy armrest yet and figured heck just keep it up and out of sight! But if I can get it at good price I'd change it.

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Read lots about you.

First off congrats on the QP, I'm sure you'll enjoy her once this is all settled and behind you.

Secondly, we offer a Quiet Brake Pad set for the QP that many members on this board have had excellent results with. It includes both front and rear pads as a complete set and as I'm sure you've found, these are much less expensive than the factory pads. Specifically we built these pads as we found that other brands in the market and even the factory pads squeak quite a bit. So after several iterations of the chamfering and compound, we're very happy with the results.

We also offer Sport Rotors for the QP that are less expensive than the factory rotors should you find that they are required.

We offer Vredestein tires for the QP (made in Holland and co-designed by Giugaro a famed designer of many Maserati models). They have also been well reviewed on this forum and although we don't quote prices directly on the forum, they are also quite a bit less money than the factory rubber and they wear quite nicely. (I'll PM you pricing for reference)

For what it's worth, the sizes you quoted aren't the standard size on the 2008 QP Exec GT, it may have been a minor typo or perhaps the previous owner has had them changed. Here are the standard tire sizes:

Front : 245/40ZR-19
Rear : 285/35ZR-19

It is also worth noting that used vehicles are required to have so much tire and brake left on the car when they are sold. So you may want to learn about those provisions in your state to see if there is any protection for you. Essentially, dealers have to sell cars in "safe" conditions with reasonable life left in the tires / brakes / etc. This doesn't apply however to clutches and other non-safety items. I would this that if the damage to the wheels was structural, this would also be covered. However, if the damage is strictly cosmetic that it would not be covered.

For any paint / upholstery repair... I'd just shop around for quotes and you may even just ask someone at the dealership if they can share who they work with here (unless they do it in-house, but this is rare)

Good luck and let us know if we can be of any help! We do ship around the nation and worldwide.

Best Regards,
-- Jeff

Thanks for taking time to contact me. I looked at the brakes you offer and looked great but saw some threads saying it didn't have slot for brake sensor. I bought EBC cause my mechanic said to do so but not even sure if those have sensor slot. I did see your rotors and as soon as I need those I know where to get them cause everyone seems to love your products.

I did write the sizes wrong for tires and went to your website to find the tires and didn't find them there. Is there another like you can send me to order tires from?

I bough car from individual from Las Vegas and had it shipped to Michigan so I am going to presume all the safely requirements are irrelevant.

And I will shop around for paint shops.

Thanks again!
 

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My 2007 QP is still under warranty. Why didn't the dealer cover your 2008 arm rest under warranty?

I guess he told my brother that it was somebody broke it because of use for something it wasn't intended for.. No idea what that even means? Maybe he means as a highchair?? :rolleyes:
 

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I know it needs break pads and and new tires. I also already bought a set of newer wheels of a 2009 QP guy called them V something and he sent me pix and they looked like new.
I want to make the most out of having it. It's only vehicle I have. I don;t race but find myself doing 100 + mph on freeway pretty regularly... Do people drive these cars in the winter?? Or is that a terrible idea? Sorry but I am a true rookie!

Thanks!
Some do drive these in the winter, I personally prefer to have a second car like a Subaru or Audi as a winter car. I recommend having 2 sets of tires for the car if you're driving it year round. Get a good set of Summer tires and a good set of Winter tires. A RWD car of any sort is a handful when slush and snow arrive. I don't see that the QP is any better OR worse than other RWD cars in Winter conditions.
 

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Winter driving

Yea I see your point about winter driving with rear wheel drive car. Maybe its a good time to look into getting a small 4x4 for our Michigan weather.

Thanks for the advice!!
 
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