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I need to start by saying I just purchased a 2002 Spyder CC. I immediately sent it to the Maserati Dealership for a once over check up and oil / filter change.

When the service rep called me to review the condition report he told me a brake fluid / coolant fluid and oil change service was $855. OK that sounds like alot to me. There is a distinct difference between CHEAP, and, STUPID.

OK, how much is just the oil change? $455.00. Ohh Kaayy, I'm really confused at this point.

Now, I own a couple of airplanes and I thought the oil change service on them was on the high side at $175-$200 including 8 quarts and a filter. So, I figure $200-250 max at the dealer for the Spyder.

What am I missing? Is this some kind of magical oil change where you need to be a contorsionist to accomplish the work and it takes 3 hours to finish? Is the oil grown from olive trees of the Amalfi Coast? Actually, that may be cheaper.

Does everybody out there pay the $455 or do it themselves? Is it really that difficult. I mean, COME ON! My Ferarri guy does the oil change in my Mondial Cab for $120.

The point here is I just cant allow myself to get screwed. So, is doing an oil change on my Spyder CC like every other car out there or not?

They then told me the brake fluid gels if not changed once a year. What? Is that for real? OK, every couple of years, maybe? But mandatory every year?

Please help!!! I need to decide whether to rescue my car from hostage or pay the piper, that is, if I dont puke on the service rep when I pay.
 

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Wait until you hit the 15/30K servicing and they need to do the plugs and filters as well!

There are a few threads on the expected costs for the various service intervals and they vary quite a bit. There is nothing that a decent DIY'er can't do themselves for quite a bit less, but you have to weigh that against the piece of mind of having a good relationship with your dealership at least during the warranty period! A good dealership will always find a few small warranty extras that they will take care of for you so the sting is a little less severe.
 

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The truth is if it's under warranty, have the stealer do it. It's in the database and there are no questions. Out of warranty, do it yourself. The private mechanic that does my BMW swears he can do the Maser but I just can't do it!

I'm right at 12,000 and have that wonderful 15k service coming up. Anyone want to buy my wife's home made cookies? Only $2500 a dozen ;)
 

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Where do u live??? So cal?? If anyone lives in so cal and needs any thing service wise let me know I have met someone that has a shop that actually works on maserati's for fraction of the cost nothing close to the dealer... oil change shouldn't be more than 200 dollars. I hate seeing my fellow Maserati owners get jacked just because we drive something that is viewed a rich mans car. Let me know I can introduce all of u to him and I am not doing this to get a kickback or anything just spreading the word.
 

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Tommy..Where in SOCAL??? Orange Co?
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No the guy I know is in LA in the San Fernando Valley...Forget the dealer at all costs unless you have no other choice and you know it.
 

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Still I wonder is there a DIY guy out there that has changed the oil? Is there anything unique about doing it that makes it a big deal?

ANyone know about the brake fluid gelling story?

Thanks,
Bob
 

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A lot of us do our own oil changes... I do it myself.

Easy as hell.. Only thing different is that there are two drain plugs.
 

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Hey guys unless you really know how to do it don't try it I personally don't know how some of the people here do thats awesome but if you haven't ever done it just take it to some place..
 

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It is a very simple operation... Just need to jack the car up, unscrew a bolt, but the bolt back in... Unscrew another bolt, put it back in... Unscrew the oil filter, then screw on a new one.

Drop the car, add oil. Run it.
 

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Easy as pie...

We have the Factory Approved Q European (Ferrari / Maserati Standard) 5W-40 Fully Synthetic Motor Oil and factory filters in stock. ( Website will be updated shortly )

So you DIY'ers can just point, click and save yourself a ton of money by doing it in the garage on a weekend. I'm hoping you spend the saved money on a few FD products but hey, that's just me...

Seriously though if you're at all inclined for this sort of work the Maserati is not as difficult as you may think to perform simple maintenance on as long as you have the guidance of a board like this. There are other areas that are much more complex, however everything we list on our site can be performed by a weekend mechanic that has a desire and a decent set of tools.

This forum is a great source of knowledge, get used to using the search feature and you will be impressed with what these members have contributed to the community.

Best Regards and congrats on your purchase!

-- Jeff
 

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We have the Factory Approved Q European (Ferrari / Maserati Standard) 5W-40 Fully Synthetic Motor Oil and factory filters in stock. ( Website will be updated shortly )

So you DIY'ers can just point, click and save yourself a ton of money by doing it in the garage on a weekend. I'm hoping you spend the saved money on a few FD products but hey, that's just me...

Seriously though if you're at all inclined for this sort of work the Maserati is not as difficult as you may think to perform simple maintenance on as long as you have the guidance of a board like this. There are other areas that are much more complex, however everything we list on our site can be performed by a weekend mechanic that has a desire and a decent set of tools.

This forum is a great source of knowledge, get used to using the search feature and you will be impressed with what these members have contributed to the community.

Best Regards and congrats on your purchase!

-- Jeff

Jeff, you self-serving bastard! ;)
 

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Still I wonder is there a DIY guy out there that has changed the oil? Is there anything unique about doing it that makes it a big deal?

Thanks,
Bob
http://www.maseratilife.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1918

My Ferarri guy does the oil change in my Mondial Cab for $120.
He wouldn't have any difficulty with the Maser - take your Spyder to him.

The truth is if it's under warranty, have the stealer do it. It's in the database and there are no questions. Out of warranty, do it yourself.
Mostly agree. With an upcoming coolant change, brake fluid flush, and oil change due, plus some small warranty issues I want fixed - I'm gonna have the dealer do it.
 

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moltovino, sorry you get ripped off that quick! Good point of you for not accepting it!

I'm also a GA pilot, you know alot about engines, take it to your ferrari guy or just do the job yourselfs!!

IMHO somebody who can work on Ferrari's and does so with succes should have no problem at all doing some Maserati maintenance!!!!
 

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It is a very simple operation... Just need to jack the car up, unscrew a bolt, but the bolt back in... Unscrew another bolt, put it back in... Unscrew the oil filter, then screw on a new one.

Drop the car, add oil. Run it.
What bolt? I thought they would just suck the oil out of the dry sump tank?
 

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I believethey actually drain it (to get all the crap out of the bottom...). Plus, it is a dry sump, so I dontthik they could suck out all of it.
 

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There's 1 drain plug in the engine sump (readily accessible) and one drain plug in the oil tank that is accessible through a hole in the belly pan on the right front corner of the car. The filter is accessible from the bottom, on the right side of the engine.
 

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It is a very simple operation... Just need to jack the car up, unscrew a bolt, but the bolt back in... Unscrew another bolt, put it back in... Unscrew the oil filter, then screw on a new one.

Drop the car, add oil. Run it.
My mechanic: "hip hip hooray there is a jiffy lube coming to town"

Me: "why are you happy? They must be taking a lot of your business" (they do oil changes and such for a couple of tenners)

Mechanic: "yeh, they will screw it up (i.e. overtighten/undertighten drain plugs, oil filters), the oil will leak out of the block, tthe block will seize and then i get to do an engine overhaul"

And this is jiffy lube he is talking about. People who do this all day.

Morele: only do this if you know what you are doing. Personally I use a torque wrench for the drain plugs. Also, don't do it if you don't like a mess on your driveway/garage floor. No matter how I try, there is always a little accident.
 

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Jeff...

I will be after some of that Q here in a few weeks... I was going to do the Mobil 1 again but since you have it...
 
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