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I hope you can help me with a question about a new Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa, which I bought just about one year ago. I'm coming up on my one- year service, which the dealer tells me will cost about $700. I asked what the service comprises, and he told me it includes an oil and filter change and checking fluids and brake linings. That's it. I was dumbfounded. I know this is an exotic and will be expensive to upkeep, but am I wrong in feeling this is pure profiteering? If so, do I have to have my vehicle maintained (not repaired, but maintained) at Maserati? Or can I go elsewhere and would that cost be more reasonable? If this is the way it is, I'll shut up and smile; I just want to know if I'm being taken advantage of. Thanks for any help.
 

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I hope you can help me with a question about a new Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa, which I bought just about one year ago. I'm coming up on my one- year service, which the dealer tells me will cost about $700. I asked what the service comprises, and he told me it includes an oil and filter change and checking fluids and brake linings. That's it. I was dumbfounded. I know this is an exotic and will be expensive to upkeep, but am I wrong in feeling this is pure profiteering? If so, do I have to have my vehicle maintained (not repaired, but maintained) at Maserati? Or can I go elsewhere and would that cost be more reasonable? If this is the way it is, I'll shut up and smile; I just want to know if I'm being taken advantage of. Thanks for any help.
Consider Eugenio's in Glendale for a $250 oil change and brake inspection. Then take it to the dealer for warranty work and Maserati campaigns. For the 18000 service consider the dealer because of all of the filters and adjustments and the value of computer print out that only they can do. But Eugenio's can do that as well if you prefer. There are a few other Italian car specialists around. Orange County Maserati is a bit cheaper and will provide a loaner or pick up.

We have a summer home in Sandpoint Idaho and there is a shop there that does a great job servicing my 05 QP. I have 51,000 miles now, so its pretty much goodbye to the dealers.

Anybody else have experience with independents that they can recommend?

Ken
 

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Beverly Hills I assume? I'm amazed you even got an appointment for service--they always quote me 6 weeks+, that's IF they answer the phone or return messages, which to date has been about 20% of the time. I've never actually managed to get an appointment there.

The fact is the people on the westside just line up to buy cars there every weekend, so they can charge what they want and do what they want and do what they want; there will always be new people coming in to fill their books.

I go to the Auto Gallery in Woodland Hills and they do fine, though they're busy now because of a move.
 

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I just took a look at my reciept for my 1 year service. The total bill was $660 from FMoW. It was 4 hours for the service plus an oil change. That was in 2005. So $700 seems correct for the official service.

That said, I believe it is more than just an oil change, look in your owners manual or call and get a quote from another dealer. You certainly do not need to keep the car "dealer" maintained but it will help with resale as the records are important.

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Eugenio in my opinion is one of the best mechanics in the United States you Californians have the pleasure of dealing with. I would rather buy a car that's been serviced by Eugenio than a car that's been serviced by ANY Maserati or Ferrari dealer.
 

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My goodness, so sorry for not replying sooner. I want to thank you all for your nonjudgmental and prompt and helpful replies! Really helps me out.
 

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Do it yourself! Its easy. Use correct oil. You can be sure that its done properly and that they wont find or make up some other things that might need doing. Saving a lot of cash and job satisfaction makes up more than the price reduction on resale value. keep all receipts and take photos on the procedure to convince next buyer. This is what I do-I do not like getting ripped off. A car is a car. Dont go to the dealer unless you REALLY have to. Just my opinion! The brake fluid change is only necessary if you are using your car on the Track for competitive use. If it aint broke-dont fix it.
 

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The brake fluid change is only necessary if you are using your car on the Track for competitive use. If it aint broke-dont fix it.
I Disagree with the brake fluid comment.
Brake fluid absorbs moisture over time, and this can cause corrosion in the system. A few pints of clean dry fluid is signifiacanty less than a set of Brembo Calipers.
 
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