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I recently purchased a 2006 Maserati GS and I have noticed, after only tooling around in it for about 100 miles, that launch from a dead stop or slow roll is very sluggish, and at some points very dangerous. Take for instance, a scenario where one would have to pull out into oncoming traffic to either merge or cross. I apply significant pressure to the gas pedal (nothing crazy), but nothing really happens for a good 3 seconds and then the clutch kicks in and car takes off. I end up losing a lot of time in that 3 seconds and often it puts me in a dangerous situation.
I have read other posts that speak of a "tweak" in the clutch for better performance, but I have also read how this significantly will reduce the life of the clutch. I don't understand why I have to sacrafice safety for clutch life (money).
 

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Are you in Sport mode when this happens?

Are you on a slight incline when this happens?

Nevertheless, sounds like something is wrong. Take it in immediately ....hopefully you can replicate it with a tech in the car.
 

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Clutch hestitation

Definitely something wrong. There might be a fraction of second hesitation (still less than would be on a manual), but nothing that actually makes a difference in traffic. I choose mobile phone according how quickly I can flip between the menus, so I would not tolerate any hesitation. I have to say though, that what you describe sometimes seems to happen in reverse. Pressing the gas too quickly causes revving, but doesnt engage the gear. I thought this was a safety feature, so you dont end up smashing into the garage wall, if you are being clumsy with the gas!

- Toffe
 

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RQ, very interested to hear if you get any useful feedback from the dealer. My CC is exactly as you describe, perhaps not 3 seconds but enough to be very frustrating at the lights. The clutch bites slowly and then the car holds back and then finally i can accelerate. It's something you end up driving around but shouldn't have to...
 

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3 seconds delay sounds like a problem.
One dubious aspect of the CC is when braking approaching a junction and just as you come on to the throttle to drive-on the box decides to change down from 2nd to 1st - that tends to delay the pick-up!

I have found that since fitting a tubi exhaust this no longer happens as the car now hangs on to the gears a little longer while down-shifting.
 

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Perhaps in "non-sport" mode there's a little more take-up, but in sport mode, it launches fine.
 

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Could it be the hill holder function in action?
 

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this could help!!!!

Hi all,

The same thing happened on my girlfriends 03 coupe, my car (04 coupe)was a lot quicker from a complete stop. it still takes some time but not 3 seconds, then i took the 03 car for service and they performed a CC transmission upgrade, all is well now. the car still take some time from launch but it is definitely quicker.(like my 04)

i also wonders if the car takes so long to get going how are you going to get a 0-60 speed of 4.8s. well my friends, i talked to Maserati and they told me to put it in sport mode take out the MSP and just slam the gas really, really, but REALLYfast.

OH MY GOD!!!!, the car jumped out and started going in microsecounds. i can only imagine what this is doing to the transmission and clutch.

hope this helps

willie.
 

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my 02 is slow and i have to be very careful, had a few close calls. unless it is expected just flat dangerous! we are not dealing with 3 seconds but a life-time in traffic. i slammed petal about month ago and wrote in this forum that it stuck wide open, beee careful!!
 

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Avantgarde said:
Could it be the hill holder function in action?
Yes, on the later models you need to be more authoritative with the accelerator pedal so the hill holder releases quicker.

The car senses the angle of hill you are on an adjusts the hill holder release time based on that.
 
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