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I've got a buyer for my car in Canada, but before it can go up there I have to get the speedometer converted from MPH to KPH. I've got the part #'s for the correct unit, but I can't figure out how much work it will be to swap them.

Can anyone tell me what parts of the dash need to come apart to get the unit out?

Is there anything the dealer needs to do with the new unit to get it to work correctly (not sure if the piece has to be paired with the car or something since the unit now won't match original miles on the odometer).

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You do not need to swap the panel to register the car in Canada. The only modification that you need is a $25 controller to trigger the side markers to act as DRLs. I can say that for a fact since I have registered a car in Canada!

Having said that, in order to register the car you need what is called a form 2. One of the requirements to obtain a form 2 is a recall clearance certiicate. MNA's position is that the recall clearance certificate must come from them and they have certain criteria which must be met before they will issue the recall clearance certificate.

Best to have the customer follow up with MNA themselves to get the latest info but the last time I checked earlier this year MNA wanted about $1,500 and insisted that a US dealer replace the panel and headlight ECU before they would issue the certificate.
 

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I've read a couple of threads on this, and my local dealer is willing to write the recall certificate (Authorized dealer with Maserati logo in letterhead). CT said they'd accept this.

For the DRL's, was just going to superglue the lights on.

I was told that the dash would have to show KPH. Some cars have both ticks, but the 2005 dash doesn't. Maybe it's also just the new owner being picky, regardless, looks like I have to make that swap.

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A few items.

CT has nothing to do with the form 2. The form 2 is issued by the RIV and they make the determination as to what is acceptable. Even with the RIV I wouldn't take anything they say over the phone for granted, get an email with the details in writing.

Do not superglue the light switch! You can import the car without DRL. When CT does the inspection have your customer get them to add the $25 module. I have been told by several CT techs that they fail glued switches as it doesn't meet the criteria.
 

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For the DRL's, was just going to superglue the lights on.


I can't believe I just read this on a Maserati board.

I'm sorry but your not selling a Ford Escort here. I think the new owner deserves a bit more respect toward the car. Why not get a price to do this compliance work at an authorized & certified repair center and advise the buyer.
 

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I can't believe I just read this on a Maserati board.

I'm sorry but your not selling a Ford Escort here. I think the new owner deserves a bit more respect toward the car. Why not get a price to do this compliance work at an authorized & certified repair center and advise the buyer.
Don't be so surprised. Maserati of Minneapolis (forum sponsor) even recommended the super glue trick for US cars going to Canada...

http://www.maseratilife.com/forums/showpost.php?p=25825&postcount=7



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I can't believe I just read this on a Maserati board.

I'm sorry but your not selling a Ford Escort here. I think the new owner deserves a bit more respect toward the car. Why not get a price to do this compliance work at an authorized & certified repair center and advise the buyer.
Too bad I'm not selling an Escort, it would probably have a higher resale value than the Maser at this point!

The buyer is well aware of the intention to superglue the switch to a permanent on position (and a replacement switch is always available for around $100 new). The "conversion" for DRL and Speedo was quoted at around $15,000, so you can see why the destruction of a $100 part is more attractive.

The buyer is only interested if he can save money over purchasing the vehicle in Canada. If you read the other posts concerning this, you'll see the stupidity in the whole thing, but thank you for adding some value to this thread with your comment.

Now, back to my original question. Does anything need to be done to a Speedo assembly to work in a car it wasn't originally installed in? Anyone have any experience in removing it from the dash?

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Before making any modifications to the car, have the buyer get written approval in advance from the RIV concerning any modification.

The current admissible list states all modifications must be performed by an authroized Maserati dealer...

"The manufacturer informed Transport Canada that ALL modifications MUST be performed by an authorized Maserati dealership. Please contact an authorized Maserati dealership to determine exact nature & costs of modifications."

http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/importation/VAFUS/list/VAFUS.pdf



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When I read your post about "DRL", for some reason, I was thinking of the lights on the side of the car. Not daytime running lights... So it may have been a bit of a strong comment that was not warranted.

Good luck with your sale and with regards to your comment of the value of Maseratis.... they arent as bad as played out for the good ones. The car has suffered a bad media rap with regards to the clutch. I was offered a very good price on my 04 coupe that would match depreciation on other luxury vehicles.. But I have been meticulous with my vehicle.
 

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Mille162,

If the dealer is going to charge you $15K to do the mods then I doubt that the car can be imported for less than what it would cost to purchase in Canada when you factor in the 6.1% duty the buyer will have to pay plus extra shipping and import costs (funny how that works).

In my humble opinion the whole BS is simply to protect Canadian dealerships and keep imported cars out of the country.

Now if your buyer is willing to roll the dice, PM me and I will tell you how I was able to import a Maserati without letter from MNA. Its a crap shoot but it worked or me.

Whatever you do though do not crazy glue the light switch. It isn't required.
 
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