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Hi, I'm new to this forum and have a question.

I'm looking at buying a 2nd model year Quattroporte. I have been an avid fan of Italian cars all my life, but have never owned one. I have driven in one Quattroporte, and It was a truly awesome experience. I have only one problem, though. There isn't a Maserati dealership anywhere near me. It's odd, because theres just about every upscale dealership there is within 15 miles of me, but nothing for maserati. As much as I love this car, I don't want to hassle with it being in the shop every week.

Does anyone know how reliable these things are? Any links, owner feedback, or raw data (especially) would be great!

Thanks guys!

~~~Zach~~~
 

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Hi Zach and congrats to your decision joining the Maserati experience. I have my QP for 2 years now and had 0 issues with it. It actually is the most reliable car I have. The Caddilac XLR left me stranded 2 times, and the Hummer one time. I drive the QP probably the most of all the cars, about 20 000 miles in 2 years. Dealer says the more you drive them the less problems you have with them. One time it told me there was a electrical failure, but it reset itself and has not surfaced again.
I had the clutch changed one time and one new set of tires. That is it. There were some minor trim issues at the first service, which were taken care off under warranty. No issues with getting warranty service at all. I am sure you will be happy with your choice and will enjoy the car tremendously.
Keep us posted what you decide to do! :D

By the way, where are you?
 

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Hi, I'm new to this forum and have a question.

I'm looking at buying a 2nd model year Quattroporte. I have been an avid fan of Italian cars all my life, but have never owned one. I have driven in one Quattroporte, and It was a truly awesome experience. I have only one problem, though. There isn't a Maserati dealership anywhere near me. It's odd, because theres just about every upscale dealership there is within 15 miles of me, but nothing for maserati. As much as I love this car, I don't want to hassle with it being in the shop every week.

Does anyone know how reliable these things are? Any links, owner feedback, or raw data (especially) would be great!

Thanks guys!

~~~Zach~~~
Hey Zach,
I've had my QP for 67000 miles now over the last 2.6 years. I've posted quite often about reliability (which has been terrific). Please search my posts and hopefully you'll find some useful info. Half the year I live in Idaho and its 350 miles to the nearest dealers. In the winter in Palm Springs which until recently was 110 miles to the nearest tolerable dealer. All worked out fine.

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Thanks guys for the feedback so far...I'm already looking up good deals on them! :D

But (and I don't mean to offend you, I doubt you're fabricating anything) I like to have hard numbers and facts on any car I buy. Do you guys know of any sources that have data on them. Or any publications that have stated their reliability?

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Thanks guys for the feedback so far...I'm already looking up good deals on them! :D

But (and I don't mean to offend you, I doubt you're fabricating anything) I like to have hard numbers and facts on any car I buy. Do you guys know of any sources that have data on them. Or any publications that have stated their reliability?

Thanks!
I don't. I suspect there aren't enough of these cars in service or long enough to support third party evaluation like from Consumer Reports, JD Power or Edmunds. There are also some reliability horror stories you'll find if you search the posts on this board; but most have had good reliability, but expensive service and a lot of tires.
 

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Thanks guys for the feedback so far...I'm already looking up good deals on them! :D

But (and I don't mean to offend you, I doubt you're fabricating anything) I like to have hard numbers and facts on any car I buy. Do you guys know of any sources that have data on them. Or any publications that have stated their reliability?

Thanks!
I doubt you'll find any hard numbers and surveys as there are not enough examples out there for any representative surveys. I agree with Kbrookings you'll find some horror-stories out there about reliability and my service rep. said that there are some issues with the QP, but that those stem mostly from the car not being driven enough, which I tend to agree with.
Don't forget it is an italian boutique manufacturer we are talking about. That makes the QP that special, however, you have to, sometimes, expect the unexpected. I went into the Maserati experience eyes wide open, and up to now, have been nothing but pleasantly surprised about the service from the dealers and the manufacturer, and about the usability of the QP all together. Have fun researching, I know I did for almost 1 year before I pulled the trigger. The more you know the better your ownership experience will be. Remember also that Maseratis are somewhat expensive to service properly, but I know they will reward you in so many other ways! :cool:
 

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as others mentioned, there aren't that many QP's for that long to be statistically representative.
if you like to be part of the statistics then may be the QP is not really for you.
 

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Working at a dealer I can tell you that the cars that are driven more and the way they're meant to be driven (it is afterall a sports car with four doors), have little to no issues. There have been a few small issues that have been worked out as the model years\ service samples have progressed, but as a whole the cars have been very reliable, and most of my owners have experienced better reliability than the Mercedes \ BMW \ other cars they have come out of.

Maserati's Quality Control has been very thorough, but with such a small sample of cars, some things have cropped up that they have been very responsive with fixing. There was an issue where some cars went out with defective clutch throw-out bearings for instance (defective from the bearing manufacturer). The symptoms were a howling clutch on first gear take off. The cars with this had new clutch packs (discs plus bearings) put in under warranty. In rare cases a replacement had the same defective bearing and these were re-replaced under warranty.

Dash squeak was another - after a few thousand miles, the leather cover and instrument panel would develop a squeak. On the first couple we had to come up with our own fix, but within a few weeks MNA had implemented a fix, and a special kit was made available for repair.

With the long oil change intervals, and the rest of the maintenance being fairly predictable, you shouldn't have much of an issue living far away from your dealer. Especially if you can ignore the little things that may come up in between service intervals. (things like the dash squeak, or if you needed to have an extra key programmed) Roadside assistance will still cover tows if for some reason your car was inoperable while under warranty. (assuming its inoperable due to a warranty issue)

Now you may also want to try to work with your nearest dealer for purchasing the car, and see what they can offer in terms of service help. For our customers that live a distance away, we offer pickup\dropoff service with our truck and trailer, or driving a loaner out and driving the customer's car back within a reasonable distance. We do this for cars purchased from us or not, but your dealer may be more willing to go the extra mile if you've bought your car from them.

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Wow I was amazed at everyone saying the QP is reliable. I've had mine for a month now and its been in the shop about 2-3 times so far. 1st issue was the sensors kept going off giving me airbag and traction control warnings telling me to drive safely to the nearest dealer (one sensor actually had to be replaced for 600$). Another thing that most people aren't used to are the oil and fluid changes made a 2200 dollar hole in my dads pocket
 

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Don't confuse reliability with maintenance and parts costs.

The cars are very expensive to maintain and parts are hard to source other than from the dealership and a couple of online services. That makes the cars expensive hobbies but does not make them unreliable.

There are a few quirks with the QP but generally the cars run very well.
 

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Reliability

I had reliability fears when buying the car - 2006 QP - because i drive from Philadelphia to Canada more than once a year..... a 600 mile trip each way. This is the bulk of my mileage.

I am at 12,000 miles over the past 2 years and have had ZERO problems (touch wood, there's a curse now !)
It has done a bit of city driving in Phila and NYC but mostly highway.

I finally figured that they didn't win all those races by stopping in the pits all the time. Thoroughbreds are thoroughbreds
 

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2 years/One minor problem...

I've had my 2007 Quattroporte Exec. GT automatic for almost 2 years now and the only problem I've had is a gas gauge that went out. Bad
fuel pump that was replaced under warranty. Had a 2006 Coupe GT before this one and only had some minor electrical issues, again repaired under warranty. This being my first experience with Italian exotic cars I have enjoyed both cars but especially the Quattroporte. Lotsa lira on tires for it,
though. I purchased a spare tire kit from Maserati of Houston for almost
$2,000. I thought this was a bit excessive. But overall, the joy of driving this car is worth the price of tires,
maintenance, etc.
 

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Tires

My tire wear problems haven't been too bad at 12,000 miles .... maybe I'm too kind to them but I do think of not ripping them on corners so I go a bit carefully.

I buy at TireRack.com and the cost isn't terrible but the dealer installation can add up:laugh:!!
45 minutes a wheel at whatever rate your shop charges.... OUCH!!
 

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What Kind of Tires do you use?

I currently have Michelin Pilot Sport 2's all around, put on 2 weeks ago. Hopefully
they will last longer than the P-Zero Pirellis. I, like you, am a conservative
driver, with occasional diversions, ahem. (Louisiana H.P. hides everywhere).
I hope the Michelins last longer. Smoother ride on them ....

Thanks for the info....
 

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Submariner, Welcome to the forum... I think the Maserati is quite recommendable.

For the most part our customers are quite happy with the reliablity of all the modern Maserat's. There rarely is a problem and at least in most cases if there is a problem, it's covered during the warranty period.

Sometimes the repair costs or clutches can be a bit expensive. However, the same will be true of any high end car and few of them can offer the same unique and amazing experience as the Maserati.

Where else can you get a Ferrari V8 under the hood of such an exclusive, beautiful and luxurious vehicle?

Best Regards,
-- Jeff
 

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If you look at the gearlever, tiny metal handle, it means this car doesn't have the newer ZF transmission. Depends what you want. I tried both and decided to go for the ZF. It is much easier to live with as a daily driver then.
 
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