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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

    £15,995 £15,995

    Colour SatNav, OCEANO BLU FINE LEATHER TRIM, Cruise Control, 19'' SPARKLE GRAPHITE ALLOY WHEELS, CD Player, Radio, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Xenon Headlamps, Dual Climate Zones, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Metallic Paintwork, Electric Seats, Keyless Entry, Remote Central Locking, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Sports Seats, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Adjustable Steering Column, Auto-dip Rearview, Powered Folding Mirrors, 19'' Alloys, Full service history

    • Mileage: 44000 mi
    • Engine size: 4244
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  • Maserati Quattroporte

    £48,990 £48,990

    Satellite Navigation, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Cruise Control, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Bluetooth, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, DAB Radio, Driver Memory, Harman Kardon, Full main dealer service history Maserati Quattroporte DV6 3.0 Automatic registered January 2016 finished in Nero Black with Full Ivory Leather with Charcoal Stitching interior with Wood Trim, Harman Kardon Audio, Magneride Dual Mode Suspension, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Carbon Fibre Driver Zone and LEDs, AFS System, Daytona Style Electric Heated Front Seats with Driver Memory and Electric Lumbar Support, Keyless Entry and Go, Cruise Control, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, DAB Radio, 20 Inch Diamond Finish Alloys, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Reversing Camera, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Automatic Lights and Wipers, Split Folding Rear Seats, Full Maserati Service History on 12/01/17 at 7,134. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Mileage: 7200 mi
    • Engine size: 2987
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  • Maserati Quattroporte DV6

    £48,990 £48,990

    Maserati Quattroporte DV6 3.0 Automatic registered January 2016 finished in Nero Black with Full Ivory Leather with Charcoal Stitching interior with Wood Trim, Harman Kardon Audio, Magneride Dual Mode Suspension, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Carbon Fibre Driver Zone and LEDs, AFS System, Daytona Style Electric Heated Front Seats with Driver Memory and Electric Lumbar Support, Keyless Entry and Go, Cruise Control, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, DAB Radio, 20 Inch Diamond Finish Alloys, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Reversing Camera, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Automatic Lights and Wipers, Split Folding Rear Seats, Full Maserati Service History on 12/01/17 at 7,134. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Year: 2016
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  • Maserati Quattroporte 4.7 S

    £23,995 £23,995

    Nero Hide with Red Stitching Piano Black Veneers Electric Memory Seats with Adjustable Lumbar Support Multi Function Steering Wheel Radio CD with Ipod Connection BOSE Sound Navigation Bluetooth Telephone Sunroof Red Calipers Rear Electric Seats Rear Electric Blind Rear Parking Distance Control Electric Folding Wing Mirrors Nav Track 20″ Alloy Wheels Full Maserati Service History + 1 Specialist.

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 78600 mi
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  • Maserati Quattroporte

    £74,995 £74,995

    Grigio Metallic with Sabbia Natural Leather Interior, Nero Dashboard, Sabbia Carpets, Sabbia Alcantara Headlining, Pianowood Trim, 21” Forged Alloy Wheels with Red Brake Callipers, Climate Controlled Air Conditioning, Electronic Suspension, MSP, Cruise Control, Front and Rear Heated Seats with Driver Memory, Front and Rear Parking Distance Control, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Electro-Chromatic Rear View Mirror, Keyless Rear Doors, Rear Sunblind, Shift Paddles, Four Zone Climate Control, Sport Pedals, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation, Stereo System with Single CD Player and Security System with NavTrak ADR.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 100 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Maserati Quattroporte 4.2

    £29,990 £29,990

    SPECIFICATION Satellite Navigation Climate Control Cruise Control Alarm Computer Rain Sensor Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger/Rear) Tracker Upholstery Leather 3×3 point rear seat belts Remote central locking Power steering Traction control Parking aid Air conditioning Electric windows Electric door mirrors Heated Seats Front Front Seat Comfort Pack with Massage Electro Chromatic External and Internal Mirrors Front/Rear Parking Sensors Sport Design 9-Spoke 19in Alloy Wheels

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 36892 mi
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  • Maserati Quattroporte

    £17,990 £17,990

    Maserati Quattroporte 4.2 V8 Automatic registered August 2007 finished in Blu Oceano with Avorio Cream Leather Leather interior and Wood Trim, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, 19 Inch Alloys, Electric Front Seats with Driver Memory and Lumbar Support, Cruise Control, Parrot Bluetooth System, Electrically Adjustable Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel, Climate Control, Electronic Parking Brake, Electric Door Mirrors, Satellite Navigation, CD Player, Automatic Lights, Bi-Xenon Headlamps with Washers, Service History at Maserati Maranello on 24/07/08 at 11,959; 16/10/09 at 23,556; Giallo Kent on 28/10/11 at 37,931; Joe Macari London on 09/08/13 at 44,143; SMDG Performance on 11/03/16 at 53,628. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Year: 2007
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  • 1964 MASERATI QUATTROPORTE,RHD.

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    1964 MASERATI QUATTROPORTE,RHD. 1964 Maserati Quattroporte 1.Believed the oldest,known surviving Quattroporte,chassis number 008,an original RHD car with just 3 owners one of them titled. Now in a part restored condition,including full mechanical rebuild and body rebuild,it now mainly requires repainting and reassembly. Further details to follow shortly.

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  • Maserati Quattroporte Zegna GTS Auto

    £62,500 £62,500

    2014/64; 3.8 GTS Auto; Platinum Silk Metallic/Marrone Interior Leather & Cloth Trim; Number 1 of 100 Special Edition Quattroporte Models produced to commemorate the Centenary year of the Maserati Marque exclusively in collaboration with Italian Fashion House Ermenegildo Zegna. One Owner vehicle from new & covered only 13,254 miles. List Price: 126k GBP supplied new by Lancaster’s of Colchester.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 13254 mi
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  • Maserati Quattroporte

    £18,990 £18,990

    Variant: Stunning example in the best Colour Combination on the market Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this stunning Maserati Quattroporte. With the benefit of a full service record this excellent example that we have retailed three times previously has to be the best of its kind for sale in the UK today. Presented in arguably the best colour combination of Nero Carbonio with Full Beige Poltrona Frau Leather Upholstery Piped Nero with contrasting Piano Black Interior Inlays. This highly specified example benefits from the stunning specification including Satellite Navigation, GSM Phone Preparation, Unmarked 19" Alloys, Silver Brake Callipers, Privacy Tinted Windows, Front and Rear parking Sensors, Front and Rear Heated Seats, Glass Pack, CD Multi Changer, Multi Function Steering Wheel with Paddle Shift, Navtrack System, Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning, Electric Rear Sunblind. This stunning example has been perfectly maintained with Maserati service history, carried out on the 17/04/09 @ 15661 with Marenello Maserati Egham and then again on the 15/02/12 @ 33335 with Lancaster Maserati, and again on 4/3/2014 at 39265 at Maserati Leeds and Service by ourselves here at John Holland on 25/09/2015 at 53846miles and 27/10/16 at 62692miles. Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and Wallet. John Holland was established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the UK so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standards.

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 64898 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
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  • Maserati Quattroporte

    £59,999 £59,999

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Comms Pack, Full Leather, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Alarm, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Central Locking, Colour Coded Interior, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Rear Headrests, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Child Locks, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Handbrake, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Push Button Start, Sunroof, Parking Camera, CD Player, Radio, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Stereo, 1 YEAR AA RECOVERY INCLUDED, 12v socket, AUX SOCKET, USB port, Alloy wheels, Service history We are proud to announce the flagship car of the Maserati range has now arrived at our showroom, the Maserati Quattroporte GTS. A saloon car with impeccable performance figures at 530BHP & 0-62 in 4.9 seconds, which also has the looks & sound that would make anyone stop and admire this beautiful supercar. With its excellent heated leather upholstery, satellite navigation & bluetooth capability, you are guaranteed to be travelling in comfort & practicality, as well as style and excitement. A rare, high performance, luxury sports saloon that guarantees a driving experience like nothing else you've ever experienced. Please call 01403891700 for any questions & to arrange a viewing.

    • Mileage: 12403 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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