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It seems to me that an oil change in the Maser is just like every other car except they charge you much more. So why not take it to a Jiffy Lube type place even if you have to bring your own oil and filter? Is that crazy? I'm just looking for options here 'cause the cash is getting real tight.
 

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Hi,

I am going through the same thing myself. Below is the link for a very intresting step by step guide on oil and filter change posted by Kent.

http://www.maseratilife.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5231&highlight=kent+recycle+filter

If you decide to take the car to a non specialist i suggest you hand them the guide. It will make it much easier for them as well.

Regarding the oil used the two top options, in my opinion always, are the Redline and Amsoil oil both 5-40 specs. You will need 9 litres.

For oil filter you can either get the one from Jeff of Formula Dynamics or the one from the M dealer. From what i understand it is not worth getting an aftermarket one since the savings are minimal and the risk high.

If you are changing the spark plugs as well the ones i found are the NGK(code PRM8A) and the DENSO iridium(code IU24). The denso ones can be supplied from Jeff.

Apologies for the long post but i thought it might be of help since i ve been doing the research for my annual service.

Regards,

Marios
 

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I think Jiffy Lube is a bit extreme, but you can definitely bring it to a "normal" mechanic. And marios idea of bringing the instructions is a good one.
 

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I think Jiffy Lube is a bit extreme, but you can definitely bring it to a "normal" mechanic. And marios idea of bringing the instructions is a good one.

That's an excellent idea as most fast lube type places have probably never changed oil in a dry sump engine. It would be lost on them that the oil must be drained from two places. Definitely bring the instructions.
 

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Jiffy Lube would work....however, make sure to find the nicer Jiffy Lube in your area- you know, not the shady one in the bad part of town. Also, make sure that the person doing the oil change is a bit older and has an appreciation for the car, this way you'll run less risk of them damaging anything and you being held liable.

Make sure to stay with the car the entire time, or at least make sure they're not taking it our for a joyride. Remember, this isn't the dealership so when they say "drop it off by 9 it'll be done by 5" theres a good chance of an afternoon joyride.

Slip the mechanic a $20 before he starts and tell him to take good care of the car and you should be fine. Any good mechanic will actually LIKE to do the oil change as its an experience for them and a good way to learn an Italian sportscar they normally wouldn't have the privelage to work on. The key is just finding the right guys to do it at an affordable price.
 

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I wouldnt trust an engine with a dry-sump system with anyone except a specialist mechanic, dealer or perhaps myself. In this case, it wouldn't even need to be a Maserati specialist - a Porsche mechanic could do it as they all have dry-sump experience.

The reason is that any "retail" place, Jiffy, EZ, or even a regular garage, has a VERY high chance of under-draining and over-filling with disastrous results. if it was the place the work was being done, then even with the manual/instructions, I'd watch over them......

Without a dry-sump, I'd be more willing to go elsewhere, eg the QPs with an autobox, just not the DuoSelects
 

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Jiffy Lube? Oh dear god! They screw up even the most simple oil changes - I will never ever even let one of "them" (Walmart, Juffy Lube, Oil Can Henrys' etc.) do my 12 year old Dodge farm truck much less the friggin' Maserati. So, unless you have a friend that can use the facilities and you supervise step by step, then find an independent you can trust. I plan on using a local race shop that runs and support Ferrari's, once the warranty is up.
 

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I took my Porsche to Jiffy Lube once... only once. It was right after I bought it. It was cold and rainy, so I was lazy and didn't want to do it myself. So I took in my own filter and oil. Long story short they couldn't do the oil change. They totally stripped out the oil drain plug. I eventually had to drop the whole oil pan and have a shop take the seized plug out. Maybe it wasn't their fault, but they sure didn't help things. Regardless of weather I do all of my own oil changes now, just did my wife's SUV last night in the freezing cold garage. I'd take a Maser to an independent who works on Porsche and Benz, but I'd still make sure they knew where the oil drain locations were. I'd never take the car into Jiffy Lube again though. Plus when you do your own work it can be a real plus. I found a number of other issues with the wife's SUV that I addressed.
 

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Please do not take your Maserati to Jiffy Lube. Most of them will not even work on the car as I've heard them say the liability is just too much in case something happens.

I've heard many horror stories and seen a few of the results. I'm sure they're not all bad... the problem is knowing which is which.

If you need to save a few bucks, either go to a local independant sports car shop with people that you believe you could trust to work on your car... or go to the dealer and let them know, you need to save a few bucks and can they compete with local independants.

The other option is to do it yourself. We'll all pitch in and help if you've got the time and will to get it done. We stock the factory oil and filter and can ship it to your door.

Best Regards,
-- Jeff
 
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