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How can I turn my 6 into a Maserati?

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IMHO the only Maserati worth buying (that is, if you can afford the fuel and the intense mtce needs) is the Duoselect transmission version of the Quattroporte (series 5)... '05 thru '07... with the robotized manual transmission (harder to learn to drive than a regular manual transmission), the 4.2 liter drysump Ferrari designed/built V8, and at least a reasonable electrical system (that has to be on a Battery Tender if left undriven for more than 2 days). But... a sublime drive.
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IMHO the only Maserati worth buying (that is, if you can afford the fuel and the intense mtce needs) is the Duoselect transmission version of the Quattroporte (series 5)... '05 thru '07... with the robotized manual transmission (harder to learn to drive than a regular manual transmission), the 4.2 liter drysump Ferrari designed/built V8, and at least a reasonable electrical system (that has to be on a Battery Tender if left undriven for more than 2 days). But... a sublime drive.
Another fantastic thread by this guy .__.

I agree with you though. The Ghibli is a piece of garbage - Rides on a Chrysler 300 chassis and even shares the same interior. Given the Chrysler's chassis is based on a Benz E class from like 2006... But you get the idea it's just not worth the money. The quattroporte is a great looking car with a fantastic sound. Cant imagine it having a "reasonable" electrical system though.

Seriously though, that car has the most retarded, confusing, overly complicated, unreliable and useless interior ergonomics and electronics I have ever seen. It makes a BMW's interior feel as simple as a Honda by contrast.
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We are talking, relative, here. This is an Italian car. As Italian cars go, the electrical system in the Maser during those years was OK... but as soon as the battery / voltage goes "under-voltage" - the logic modules start to do strange things. The reason the battery goes under-voltage is that the DuoSelect system has hydraulics to perform the robotized shifting of the Graziano 6 speed box and perform the robotized operation of the dual-plate clutch. Just sitting there, engine-off, the transmission hydraulics bleed down, and a 12V pump represurizes it at interval... thereby draining the battery. Therefore the need for a Battery Tender.

Oh, I can name a litany of things that are wrong with the car... a very, very fragile leather interior for one, horrible radio, really crappy navigation system, really easy to mar / chip B Pillar leather, gummy-developing buttons (just like Ferrari's, BTW), etc., etc., etc.... but an engine sound that is fantastic, and when driven properly, a very, very engaging car.

Absolutely the wrong choice of transmission for a luxo car... and so they eventually went to the 6 speed automatic ZF box... that was more in character with the intended buyers... but then the 4.2 litre engine was decidedly a bad choice when the "manual" box was lost. But purists really love the DuoSelect, and said transmission logic controllers are at their most developed form in this car (eg compared to the Ferrari's of the day, with the F1 system).... as developed as you can develop a single-clutch automated manual transmission. Rough as nails unless you learn to shift it properly... Oh, also, 10,000- to 15,000 mile clutch life (at $6000 a pop) if you don't know how to drive it. Rather, 50,000 mile life if you DO.
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To get the true Maserati experience from your Mazda, I would...


1. drill one or two 1/16" holes in you engine block, valve cover, and/or transmission pan. That way they will leak a small but consistently annoying amount of oil.
2. Pour a small amount of heavily salted water into you fuse/junction block to create several intermittent electrical issues, that get progressively worse with time, but are very hard to diagnose and very expensive to repair.
3. Give one of your key fobs to your six year old daughter and tell her to hide it from daddy. Tie the other around the neck of your cocker spaniel. That way, it will be impossible to predict when your car will actually be able to start.
4. Order all replacement parts from on E-bay from a guy named Serge in Uzbekistan. Make sure you specify you only want parts for the Skyactiv Diesel. That way, most every part you get will be incorrect, hard to get, expensive, and impossible to return.

5. Take your car to the local "Quickie-Lube" (not the Mazda dealer) and demand that all these issues be repaired free of charge under warranty. Specify you refuse to pick up your car until everything is fixed. That way, your car will sit, unrepaired for months or years, while you argue with the shop owner.


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To get the true Maserati experience from your Mazda, I would...


1. drill one or two 1/16" holes in you engine block, valve cover, and/or transmission pan. That way they will leak a small but consistently annoying amount of oil.
2. Pour a small amount of heavily salted water into you fuse/junction block to create several intermittent electrical issues, that get progressively worse with time, but are very hard to diagnose and very expensive to repair.
3. Give one of your key fobs to your six year old daughter and tell her to hide it from daddy. Tie the other around the neck of your cocker spaniel. That way, it will be impossible to predict when your car will actually be able to start.
4. Order all replacement parts from on E-bay from a guy named Serge in Uzbekistan. Make sure you specify you only want parts for the Skyactiv Diesel. That way, most every part you get will be incorrect, hard to get, expensive, and impossible to return.

5. Take your car to the local "Quickie-Lube" (not the Mazda dealer) and demand that all these issues be repaired free of charge under warranty. Specify you refuse to pick up your car until everything is fixed. That way, your car will sit, unrepaired for months or years, while you argue with the shop owner.
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To get the true Maserati experience from your Mazda, I would...


1. drill one or two 1/16" holes in you engine block, valve cover, and/or transmission pan. That way they will leak a small but consistently annoying amount of oil.
2. Pour a small amount of heavily salted water into you fuse/junction block to create several intermittent electrical issues, that get progressively worse with time, but are very hard to diagnose and very expensive to repair.
3. Give one of your key fobs to your six year old daughter and tell her to hide it from daddy. Tie the other around the neck of your cocker spaniel. That way, it will be impossible to predict when your car will actually be able to start.
4. Order all replacement parts from on E-bay from a guy named Serge in Uzbekistan. Make sure you specify you only want parts for the Skyactiv Diesel. That way, most every part you get will be incorrect, hard to get, expensive, and impossible to return.

5. Take your car to the local "Quickie-Lube" (not the Mazda dealer) and demand that all these issues be repaired free of charge under warranty. Specify you refuse to pick up your car until everything is fixed. That way, your car will sit, unrepaired for months or years, while you argue with the shop owner.

Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes... but I still fantasize about owning one. [sigh]


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Yeah.. i too fantasize over them but I'm too much of a scaredy-cat to even OWN a modern -day European car let alone a Mazer (other than antiques - a '79 VW van with no power operated accessories or even power steering.... and with pre-electronic ignition contact breakers/points &#x263a;&#xfe0f;<img src="http://forum.mazda6club.com/images/smilies/7.gif" border="0" alt="" title="" class="inlineimg" />... just like the twin contact breakers in my 1985 Moto Guzzi motorcycle).

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