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As some of you might recall I had the radiator replaced in my Spyder a few months ago when I bottomed it out on a parking block and cracked it. Since I've been away from the car for the last few months it hasn't seen much action. A car buff friend of mine is trying to help me sell it and when he took it out for a test drive the other day he noticed a faint engine coolant smell. This raised major red flags as I just shelled out $3+ grand to have the whole radiator replaced.

The mechanic who did the service is NOT a Maserati dealer, but IS an authorized Maserati mechanic. He seemed to have a good track record with servicing and repairing friends Maserati's and Ferrari's in the area so I trusted him (although his prices are a bit high). He says he only does repairs by the book on what Maserati recommends and does not cut corners to avoid displeased customers or half assed repairs. Well this to me sounds like a half assed repair...

When the car was given back to me after the new radiator he said it was back to 100% condition and even said he test drove it several miles to make sure. After my buddy drove it and noticed the engine coolant smell inside the cabin (coming from the air vents to be exact) I immediately took the car back to him to see what it was all about. Maybe he missed something when installing the radiator, I don't know? The owner of the shop told me that there was NEW engine coolant leak, in a hose somewhere that "they must have missed"

Now I find this to be very coincidental; being that I just had the radiator replaced which is directly related to the engine coolant AND that the smell was never therer prior to me taking it for repairs. I'm thinking that somehow in the process of replacing the radiator they caused this new leak to occur as it all just seems very coincidental to me. Not to mention when they were replacing the new radiator shouldn't they have found this existing leak that is now in question? When he test drove the car to make sure everythign was peachy shouldn't he have noticed the same smell and realized that there was still a problem? It just seems strange to give the car back to me, say everythings fine, then withing a 100 miles on the odometer find another problem and have them say "oh, yea we must have missed that!"

On top of this all, he says that the (minor) leak is in such a place that in order to fix it they'd basically have to take the whole engine apart. This is something he says they wouldn't be comfortable doing and I would need to take it to an actual dealer for that repair! Very very fishy sounding to me. They should have noted the leak when they were doing the initial repairs and then told me this, instead of me having to find it on my own and pointing it out to them. Not to mention when I took it in the second time to get this diagnosis he charged me a few hundred just to look at a car I just spend $3k fixing!

Now my dilemma is what to do? I haven't talked to him yet as I want to get some good recommendations on how to proceed. I'm almost set on having him pay for the new repairs at a licensed dealer because I do think he was the cause of this new problem. The guy has a really good track record around town and everyone I've talked to says this is really unusual; which puts me in another awkward situation. I'm going to talk to my lawyer later this week and see what my legal rights are here. I've put no more than 100 on the clock since I took delivery of the car with the new radiator from him. What would you do if you were me and do I have any legal rights in a situation like this? I'm almost positive this guy screwed up my car and I don't want to spend another several thousand fixing a problem he caused!

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!
 

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Lionel, to answer your question; yes the mechanic did warranty all of his work. By using authorized parts straight from Maserati they are all under Maserati warranty, as it the labor.

I'm going to get a more specific diagnosis of the new found leak to better help connect this to the radiator.

I agree with your 4 possibilities, pure coincidence seems very very coincidental so I am going to try and find a direct coorelation to the radiator and new found problem.
 

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Jaev- I would hope thats only the problem...

Heres an update of what the mechanic said:

Their exact diagnosis was "found evaporator/heater core leaking"

The big issue was with respect to putting the car/engine back together after fixing it. They indicated that Stop Leak would work just find for a short time repair.

The repair that I paid $3k for which I think is a direct cause of this problem indicates on the repair sheet that "replaced radiator and disconnected the a/c condensor and recharged the a/c"

Do you think there is any connection between this work and the subsequent problem now?
 
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