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I just called SanFran F/M in regards to my car which was dropped off yesterday March 27. It seems they are so behind/short staffed that no one can look at the car until at least next week.

Seeing that the Maserati is marketed as a car designed to be used daily, vs say a Ferrari, it is a bit disheartening to know that when these cars go down, the support is not there to get us back on the road quicker.

I have 2 other autos to use, but within the past year, it my car has been in the shop for 20% of the year for warranty related issues. Something which I will have to seriously consider in buying another Maserati.
 

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That's distressing to hear. They had mine for three weeks around Christmas/New Years. At the time Gino said it was "unusually busy" plus it was the holiday season, and having other options like you, I wasn't too bothered by the time involved.

The problem MAY be that FMSF is overloaded because FMSV is SO abysmal.
 

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Mine just went in for a door that won't close

and yes its going to FMSF so i guess we are going to hae a race to see who get whos car first. The y picked up mine on a flat bed because the locking mechanism of the car wont close anymore.

What's wrong with your car, if you dont mind me asking. Mine just came out of the shop for warranty related items as well. Cosmetic mostly, but still an inconvenience. I think it took me more than three weeks to ge t my car back.

I guess thats what we get when we purchase such an exotic, daily driver.

SO what other 2 cars do you have?
 

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I think the "unusually busy" season is year round....I too thought about FM of SV, since I heard the original service guy Vince has been relieved of his duties.... I still can't get past the first impression I got from them tho....

My car is in there for what we believe to be a failed F1/Cambiocorsa pump. There is also some followup work being done from the replacement of my Speedo Cluster. There seems to be something loose within the steering column since I got it back last time.

I have also asked that the Vents be replaced as the Chrome surrounds literally flaked off by simply running a microfiber towel over it with some leather conditioner.

I plan to have them check out the excessive vibrations I feel at around 2500-3000 RPM on the underside of the vehicle.

in the meantime, I will be using my trusty old MBZ c43 AMG, which has never failed me in over 100,000 miles. the weekends are going to spent with my little Lotus Elan, which is a complete blast to drive.
 

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demoe,

I just noticed in your signature you list an Elan. You wouldn't happen to work at One Maritime Plaza would you? I noticed one in our garage the other day and you don't see those too often.
 

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Vince is gone, but the replacement, Zane, is worse. He's the guy that quoted me $6,500 for a clutch replacement and when I told him FMSF would do it for $3,500, he graciously backed off to $5,000.

He also gave me the "three weeks til an appointment" story when all I wanted them to do was read the OBDII and tell me the fault.

NEVER going to them again.
 

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why would it be difficult ot hire qualified mechanics? i mean, if i were a mechanic, i much rather work on ferraris all day than bmw's or mb's all day.
 

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I'm not sure but shouldn't there be some minimum level of training to work on a particular brand? There are two dealerships here within 50 miles and three in about the same radius in Southern California. I don't know what the supply of Ferrari/Maserati trained mechanics is but I'm betting the demand in California exceeds the supply.
 

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I was half-seriously thinking about "pseudo-retiring", going back to school to get up-to-date on automotive repair (electronics? isn't that the radio?), and getting a job working on exotics...as long as I could pick and choose which days I come into work...
 

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demoe,

I just noticed in your signature you list an Elan. You wouldn't happen to work at One Maritime Plaza would you? I noticed one in our garage the other day and you don't see those too often.
Andrew,

no that is not me, what colour is the Elan you see? I know most of the local Elan owners as they are quite rare.

you can pick them up on Ebay for cheap, and they are very moddable cars. Mine is lowered, modern looking rims, intake, chip, suspension, brake mods..I actually have more fun driving the elan than the Maser.
 

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Steeldream said:
Vince is gone, but the replacement, Zane, is worse. He's the guy that quoted me $6,500 for a clutch replacement and when I told him FMSF would do it for $3,500, he graciously backed off to $5,000.

He also gave me the "three weeks til an appointment" story when all I wanted them to do was read the OBDII and tell me the fault.

NEVER going to them again.
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Sounds similar to the quote Vince gave me to lower my car. They wanted $2200, "because it is a lot of work",...I later learned it is not a lot of work, but rather him being clueless about what the job entailed.

Thanks for the tip on his replacement, I guess I won't be looking to tow the car from San Rafael to Redwood City.
 

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demoe said:
Andrew,

no that is not me, what colour is the Elan you see? I know most of the local Elan owners as they are quite rare.

you can pick them up on Ebay for cheap, and they are very moddable cars. Mine is lowered, modern looking rims, intake, chip, suspension, brake mods..I actually have more fun driving the elan than the Maser.
The Elan I've seen (just saw it again yesterday) is Red with a black top.
 
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