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Maserati Quattroporte: Buying guide and review (2003-2012)

Maserati Quattroporte: Buying guide and review (2003-2012) Classic and Performance Car
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The fifth-gen QP went on sale in May 2004. It used a 394bhp version of the Ferrari-developed 4.2-litre V8 from the 4200 Coupe, mated to a rear-mounted automated manual gearbox, known as Cambiocorsa in the 4200 but renamed DuoSelect for the QP. Maserati’s Skyhook adaptive damping came fitted as standard.
 
The new QP was generally well received, its Pininfarina lines, superb chassis and soulful V8 earning special praise; not so much DuoSelect with its jerky, ponderous changes, particularly in auto mode, though its manners were gradually refined over the production run.
 
Which one to buy?
 
Two simple rules to follow if you want to live happily ever after with a Quattroporte. Rule 1, accept that it’s not going to be a cheap car to run and budget accordingly. And rule 2, find a car that’s been owned by someone who understood the importance of rule 1.
 
As Andy Heywood, MD of specialists McGrath Maserati, says: ‘Properly maintained, they’re a really nice car, the best of that generation of Maseratis – much nicer than the 4200 Coupe. You just have to find one where the owner has been meticulous about servicing. It’ll probably only cost you a thousand or so more than one that’s had a much harder life, and it’ll be worth every penny.’
 
Late 2005 saw the addition of the Executive GT version (more wood, more leather, more toys) and the harder-edged Sport GT (20-inch alloys, quicker shifts, sports exhaust, recalibrated Skyhook). In early 2007, Maserati finally bowed to the demand for a regular auto and a six-speed ZF unit became an option (taken up by over 70 per cent of buyers).
 
A year later came the Sport GTS, widely regarded as the pick of the range, with 20-inch wheels, uprated brakes, conventional damping and the auto ’box as standard. In the summer of 2008 engine capacity was expanded to 4.7 litres for the new S and updated Sport GTS, lifting power to 425 and 433bhp respectively. At the same time the range received a facelift that included a new front grille with vertical slats, and revised lights.
 
Any QP V is beautiful, charismatic and surprisingly driver-centric. But you need to approach ownership with eyes wide open. 
 
Performance and specs
 
Maserati Quattroporte S
Engine 4691cc 32valve DOHC V8 
Power 424bhp @ 7000rpm 
Torque 361lb ft @ 4750rpm
Top speed 174mph 
0-62mph 5.4 seconds 
Fuel consumption 18mpg 
Gearbox six-speed automatic/DuoSelect
Insurance group 50
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 3064mm
Length 5052mm
Width 1895mm
Height 1438mm
Curb weight 1930kg
 
Common problems
 
• The 4.2 and 4.7 are essentially the same engine, just the bore and stroke differing. They’re largely bulletproof provided they’re regularly serviced, which usually means annually. The big one comes every four years and costs around £2k for an early car (closer to £2.5k for post-2007 models). As values fall, some owners cut corners, so look for a fully stamped and receipted service history.
 
• The only issue is the camshaft variators, which can be noisy. You’ll hear it from a cold start before the oil’s pumped round. You may also hear random tapping noises as you accelerate from 2000 revs. Many owners have been able to get replacements and a later modification under warranty.

• The ZF auto is almost entirely trouble-free. With DuoSelect, shifts can feel a bit clunky, though it depends to an extent how the clutch is set up.

• The biting point can be set up so that it’s softer or harder, depending on preference. Also the ’box has fuzzy logic so will adapt to an owner’s driving style. If there are any gearchanging anomalies – say it’s jumping from second to fourth – it’s usually a sign the clutch is wearing out rather than a gearbox issue.

• Clutch life is usually between 20,000 and 30,000 miles. The more town driving you do, the shorter its life. Specialist McGrath Maserati recommends changing flywheel as well, making the whole job around £3000. So a recently replaced clutch is well worth having.

• A pre-purchase inspection with the proper Maserati diagnostics will read the remaining clutch life.

• Wear in the ball joints is nowhere near as bad as on the 4200 Coupe, but it does happen. A QP weighs two tons, so it’s going to wear the suspension.

• An inspection will show up potential expense here, as will creaks or knocks on a test drive. Also check Skyhook is working if fitted, as replacement dampers are expensive, though it’s generally reliable on the QP.

• The QP does eat brakes and tyres. Rear tyres might only last 6000 miles if you’re enjoying the car. Brakes are very expensive – over £500 for a set of front pads, while drilled discs are more than £1000 a pair – so again an inspection could easily pay for itself.

• The 20-inch wheels look good but are a little bit more delicate

• No serious corrosion yet, so you’re checking for signs of accident damage.

• Make sure all the electrical gizmos work, and that the LCD screen in the centre of the dash hasn’t started to lose pixels – it’s fearsomely expensive to replace. Again, an inspection with Maserati diagnostics should throw up any electronic maladies.
 
Model history
 
2003: Fifth-generation Quattroporte launched, available with 394bhp 4.2-litre V8 with DuoSelect transmission and adaptive Skyhook suspension as standard
2005: Luxury focused Executive GT introduced with standard options including rear air conditioning and massaging seats. Sport GT introduced with faster shifting transmission and firmer suspension settings. 
2007: New automatic transmission option offered alongside existing DuoSelect gearbox on all models. Sport GTS model introduced with further changes to suspension and braking to improve performance. Skyhook suspension replaced with Bilstein dampers on these models.
2008: Quattroporte Collezione Cento limited edition model introduced with bespoke trim options. 100 examples built. Facelift carried out to model range. External changes included lighting improvements and redesigned bumpers. Internally there was an updated entertainment system. All cars now came standard with the automatic transmission, the DuoSelect gearbox was discontinued. 
Base 4.2-litre Quattroporte received standard suspension on place of Skyhook system. Quattroporte S also introduced with 424bhp 4.7-litre V8
2009: Revised Quattroporte GTS released with 434bhp and non-adaptive sports suspension
2010: Special edition GTS Awards Edition introduced
2012: Final Quattroporte built with over 25,000 units made
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.maseraticlub.co.uk
• www.maseratiforum.co.uk
• maseratiownersclub.co.uk
• sportsmaserati.co.uk
• mcgrathmaserati.co.uk
• emblemsportscars.com
• giallo.co.uk
• nuvolalondon.com
 
Summary and prices
 
Quattroportes tend to accrue a lot more mileage than their GranTurismo stable mates, and it’s not uncommon to see 70,000 miles and more on the early cars. £12-13k is the bargain basement, usually populated by higher mileage cars with a less-than-watertight service history. ‘A nice DuoSelect car, with a fully stamped history and probably sub-50,000 miles, is somewhere between £15,000 and £18,000,’ says Andy Heywood. ‘And that’s such a lot of car for the money.’
 
The sought-after and quite rare Sport GTS is £30k-plus for an early, average-miles example, with low-mileage 4.7s starting at around £40k and later cars still commanding over £50k.

Words: Peter Tomalin/evo magazine
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Last updated: 25th Feb 2016
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  • Maserati Quattroporte

    £34,989 £34,989

    Variant name:DV6 ,Derivative:M156 ,Variant: DV6 21" Titanio Design Alloy Wheels, Keyless Entry, Keyless Go, 8.4" Colour Maserati Touch Control Plus Infotainment/Navigation Unit, 12 way adjustable front seats with 3 x memory functions, Power Fold Mirrors, Bi-Xenon Headlight System, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Reverse Camera, Privacy Glass, Rear Sunblinds, Skyhook Suspension. Full Maserati Main Dealer Service History. Part Exchange Welcome. Please Ask For A Finance Quotation.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 7000 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Maserati Quattroporte

    £13,995 £13,995

    Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Full Leather, Memory Seats, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Alarm, Central Locking, Remote Alarm, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Lumbar Adjustment, Sports Seats, UK Supplied, UK Specification, Bose, Multi-Disc CD Player, Radio, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Electric Handbrake, Auto-dip Rearview, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Front Fog Lamps, Headlamp Jetwash, Headlamp Wash/wipe, Metallic Paintwork, Colour Coded Body, Auto Lighting, Rear Headrests, 19'' Alloys, Full service history A beautiful 2008 Maserati with the proper ZF full automatic gearbox.Finished in Oceano Blue Metallic with Naturo Beige Leather interior. Full History from new with the original service book pack together with detailed invoices and expired MOT's.91,200 miles.2 keys. Fully loaded with Bose Stereo and colour Satellite Navigation. Parking sensors front and rear.No warning lights coming up on the dash.19 ''Alloys with matching Pirelli tyres. Electric rear blind. Hpi clear.Full MOT with no advisories. Extended warranty and delivery at extra cost.

    • Mileage: 91200 mi
    • Engine size: 4244
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  • Maserati Quattroporte

    £49,995 £49,995

    Variant name:DV6 ,Derivative:M156 ,Variant: DV6 Supplied by us locally to one of our clients. Very low mileage and a high specification GranLusso., Upgrades - Brake Calipers Pai. Red,Blue,Silver or Black, Metallic Paint, Extended Key-Less Entry System Incl. Rear Doors, Four Zone Automatic Climate Control, Rear Seat Bench with Three Heated Seats, Power Rear Sunshade, Poltrona Frau Fine Grain Ext. Inter. Lth. Uph., Black Full leather interior, Standard Features - Navigation System, Active Cruise Control, Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control with 13 Air Outlets (4 Rear), Front Seat Heating System, Front and Rear Parking Sensors with Graphical Display on Central Digital Cluster and Rear View Camera with Imaging Displayed on Central MTC System, MTC - Maserati Touch Control Unit. 8.4in Touch Screen Display, Start and Stop Engine Function, Alarm System ( Perimeter and Volumetric Sensing ), Anti - Lift Device, Aluminium Key Fob, with Key-Less Go Function, Bluetooth Function for Phone Devices, Electrically Adjustable Front Seats (8 Ways), with Two Memories for Drivers Side, High Thermal and Noise Insulated, Laminated Glass, Hill Holder, Maserati NavTrak Tracking System with Automatic Driver Recognition and Remote Inhibition, On - Board Computer/Driver Info, Radio, CD/DVD Audio/Video Player, SD Card Reader, USB and Aux-in, Rain Sensor, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Upholstery - Poltrona Frau Leather. 5 seats, Metallic grigio

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 850 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Maserati Quattroporte

    £24,995 £24,995

    Variant name:DV6 ,Derivative:M156 ,Variant: 3.0 DV6 Turbo Diesel 275 PS Auto Sat Nav Rear Cam Bluetooth DAB Full Leather Heated Seats Just 2 Private Owners Only 45,000 Miles Full Maseratti Service History From The Supplying Dealer 4 Stamps 14-Reg Metallic Blue, Full Cream Leather Interior, Satellite Navigation, Reversing Camera with Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Heated Seats, Bluetooth and BT Audio, DAB Radio, Stereo CD and AUX/USB/SD Connection, Keyless Entry & Drive, Air Conditioning, 2-zone Climate Control, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, Rain Sensing Auto Wipers, Cruise Control, Electric Windows/Folding Mirrors/Steering Column/Lumbar Support/Twin Seats/Memory Driver Seat, Power Steering, ABS, Traction Control, Front and Side Airbags, 5x Three Point Seat Belts, 5x Headrests, Centre Armrest, Auto Xenon Headlights, Headlamp Washers, Front Fogs, 20in Maseratti Alloys, Remote Maseratti Alarm, Just 2 Private Owners, Same Private Owner For The Last 3 Years, Only 45,000 Miles, Full Maseratti Service History From The Supplying Dealer, 4 Stamps in Service Book, Can Achieve Over 54 MPG and Costs Just £195 Per Year To Tax, Low Road Tax. Not Subject to the T Charge. Alternative to V6 Twin Turbo or V8 GTS. Every Vehicle is Subjected To a Rigorous RAC Approved 82 Point Buysure Inspection and is supplied Fully Serviced With a RAC Platinum Parts and Labour Warranty, 1 Years MOT, 12 Months RAC Roadside Assistance including home start and HPI Checked, 4 Years RAC Platinum Parts and Labour Warranty Available, Over 200 Cars in Stock, Finance Available, No Deposit Required, Part Exchange Available. McCarthy Cars Are RAC Approved and Highly Recommended By Them, Have Complete Peace Of Mind With The McCarthy Cars and RAC Buysure Programme. Available extras include Privacy Glass, Bluetooth, Sat Nav, DAB Radio, Front and Rear PDC Parking Aids, Leather Interiors and Heated Seats. McCarthy Cars are a Multi Award Winning Car Dealership and Most Loved Business in Croydon. Find Us On Facebook, You Tube and Twitter @mccarthycarsuk. McCarthy Cars, A Family Run Business Established Over 40 Years Ago, Open 7 Days a Week. CR0 3RG, 02086888086 / 07966248547 www.mccarthycars.co.uk sales@mccarthycars.co.uk

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 45000 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Maserati Quattroporte

    €49,995(£0) €49,995(£0)

    Variant: 3.0 TD DV6 275BHP At Porsche Centre Dublin this stunning 2014 Maserati Quattroporte V6 Diesel. Specification includes the following. CRYSTAL WHITE. CUOIO (TERRACOTTA) LEATHER INTERIOR. ALCANTARA ROOFLINING. 20 INCH MERCURIO WHEELS PAINTED IN HIGH GLOSS BLACK. RADICA WOOD TRIM. PARK ASSIST FRONT AND REAR WITH REVERSE CAMERA. ELECTRIC SEATS WITH MEMORY FUNCTION. HEATED FRONT SEATS. 8.4 INCH TOUCH SCREEN INCORPORATING DAB RADIO, SAT NAV AND BLUETOOTH PHONE PREP. USB INTERFACE. SILVER BRAKE CALIPERS. XENON HEADLIGHTS WITH LED DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS. EXTENDED KEYLESS GO. DUAL ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL. ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION DAMPERS NORMAL, SPORT AND WINTER MODES. SPORT BUTTON INCLUDING EXHAUST SYSTEM. MULTIFINCTION SPORTS STEERING WHEEL INCLUDING CRUISE CONTROL.ELECTRIC FOLDING MIRRORS. FULL SERVICE HISTORY WITH MASERATI BELFAST. 1 YEAR WARRANTY. Porsche Centre Dublin 012353375. Afterhours contact Mark Kelly 087 7747871.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 79145 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Maserati Quattroporte

    £84,995 £84,995

    Variant: S GranSport V6 430 BHP 2018 18 Bianco Alpi Pearlescent with Nero Natural Leather Interior, Nero Dashboard and Carpets, Rosso Stitching, Nero Alcantara Headlining and Pillars, Carbon Fibre Trim, 21” Titanio Forged Alloy Wheels with Red Brake Callipers, Air Conditioning, Skyhook Suspension, ASR, ESP, Adaptive Cruise Control, Electric Heated Sports Seats with Driver Memory, Front and Rear Parking Distance Control with Rear Camera, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Electro-Chromatic Rear View Mirror, Trident Stitched on Headrest, Heated Rear Seats, Convenience Pack, Driver Assistance Pack, Power Rear Sunblind, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation and Stereo System.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 29 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Maserati Quattroporte 4.7 S

    £26,995 £26,995

    About this Maserati Quattroporte 4.7 S First registered September 2010 (60 Reg) this superb Maserati Quattroporte 4.7 S is presented in Grigio Alferi with Nero Hide, Carpets, Dashboard, Grigio Headlining, and Piano Black Veneers. Equipped with 20 Inch 7 Spoke Design Alloys and contrasting Red Calipers this car also features: Heated Front Seats, Front and Rear Parking Sensors and Satellite Navigation. The Service History shows three Maserati Main Dealer services at: 9,500 miles; 22,100 miles and 41,500 miles; last serviced in February 2015 with minimal mileage recorded since the last service. The 4.7 Litre Quatrroportes are phenomenal motors cars and represent great value for money

    • Mileage: 45500 mi
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    £26,995 £26,995
  • Maserati Quattroporte Reserved

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    Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS presented in Blu Oceano comes with a full Maserati history and the following specification; Beige hide, electric heated seats with memory, multi-function sports steering wheel, dual zone climate control, navigation, bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control, electric sunroof, front and rear park assist, electric sunblind, glass pack, Navtrack vehicle tracker and 20" alloy wheels with Blu calipers. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: Saloon Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 47,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2008 (08) Doors: 4 Engine Size: 4.2 Finished in: Blu Oceano

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 47000 mi
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