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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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