Maserati maintenance: cost, plans and service schedule

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Even if you can afford the sticker price on an exotic vehicle, you may not be able to keep up with the cost of repairing and maintaining it.

We took a look at Maserati’s lineup to see how much its vehicles cost to keep running, how that compares to other automakers and what you can do to avoid breaking the bank.

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Overall, Maserati upkeep is a significant expense that you shouldn’t underestimate. You can expect per-year costs to rise every year for the first four years.

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Maseratis cost about $1,600 per year just in preventive maintenance. For reference, the average vehicle costs about $650 per year in maintenance and repairs.

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Warranty protection is key to keeping your costs manageable, given the potentially high price of Maserati repairs. That’s why you may want to consider an extended warranty once your factory warranty expires.

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Are Maseratis expensive to maintain?

Maserati vehicles may be flashy and elegant, but they're also a notorious hassle to maintain, so you might want to think twice about depending on one as a regular mode of transportation.

According to Rusnak Maserati in Pasadena, California, Maseratis cost an average of $1,625 per year to maintain over their first four years. That’s over $700 more than the average car, which costs $891 a year to maintain and repair, according to RepairPal.

How Maserati compares with other automakers

There’s some danger in comparing estimates from different sources, but if RepairPal and Rusnak Maserati are to be believed, Maseratis are incredibly expensive to maintain — even for luxury vehicles.

*According to Rusnak Maserati of Pasadena and RepairPal, adjusted for inflation

Bear in mind that Rusnak Maserati’s estimate only includes preventive maintenance, not repairs to fix anything that breaks.

When it comes to reliability, neither J.D. Power nor Consumer Reports included Maserati in its most recent reliability rankings as of publishing. Consumer Reports did award the Maserati Ghibli and Maserati Levante a score of 2 out of 5 for predicted reliability, which doesn’t instill much confidence in the brand.

That said, there’s variation within the Maserati lineup, so you might want to stay away from some models more than others. According to iSeeCars, the Quattroporte is the brand’s most reliable model, earning a 6.4 out of 10 for reliability. That places it 18th out of 24 most reliable luxury large cars, while the Levante ranks 16th of 21 in best luxury midsize SUVs.

Maserati maintenance cost and schedule

Every car owner should follow their vehicle’s maintenance schedule if they want to avoid problems down the road, and this is especially true for high-maintenance Maseratis.

Maintenance schedules provide guidelines on when to service your ride and what needs to be done, but each model has its own plan, which you can find in your owner’s manual.

We’ve provided some general Maserati maintenance milestones below, but it’s definitely worth checking your owner's manual for more specific information if you want to know when to complete certain preventive services.

According to Maserati of Akron, every 12,000 miles or one year, you should expect an engine oil and filter replacement, engine coolant and brake fluid check, engine and brake system check, front and rear suspension check, tire condition and pressure control check, and diagnostic scans. Every 25,000 miles, you should replace the cabin air filter and flush brake fluid. Replace spark plugs every 37,500 miles and replace engine air filters every 50,000 miles.

Maserati maintenance services and repairs can often be expensive and time-consuming since parts are harder to source and replace. Even an oil change can make a dent in your bank account because Maseratis require fully synthetic oil. We averaged out the cost of Maserati maintenance earlier, but it’s worth taking a look at a year-by-year breakdown.

*According to Rusnak Maserati of Pasadena

Based on Rusnak Maserati’s breakdown, you can expect to spend $6,500 maintaining your Maserati over the first four years of ownership, with costs staying fairly stable after that. Of course, maintenance costs vary, so your expenses will depend on your vehicle’s model, your location and whether you visit the brand’s dealership or another service shop.

For many cars, you can often cut the price of maintenance by servicing your own car or going outside your Maserati dealership. (Dealerships can tack on extra labor fees since there aren’t as many mechanics familiar with the brand.) However, because of complexity and specialization, as well as sophisticated software, do-it-yourself car maintenance for Maseratis can be challenging and is generally not recommended.

“Maseratis don’t have a great reputation when it comes to life span,” said Stephen Sunkel, a mechanic with experience repairing and rebuilding European luxury vehicles. “But you can keep anything on the road for longer with the right care.”

Maseratis don’t have a great reputation when it comes to life span.”
— Stephen Sunkel, Mechanic

Sunkel continued, “Since European engines are different than American ones, make sure you find a reliable mechanic with the right experience, otherwise you’ll spend much more than you should.”

Schedule maintenance for severe driving conditions

Under certain conditions, considered “severe driving conditions,” Maserati generally recommends more frequent maintenance to ensure the vehicle remains in optimal performance. If you drive in extreme temperatures or in heavy traffic, take short trips often or drive on dusty, uneven or muddy roads, you are driving under severe conditions.

Maserati repair costs

Repair costs are tricky to estimate because any number of things can go wrong on a vehicle at any time, and each vehicle will have its own issues, so individual experiences vary significantly. Still, it’s worth pointing out some common issues so you’re aware of what other Maserati owners have experienced.

According to CoPilot, Maseratis are prone to their clutches malfunctioning between 13,000 and 30,000 miles, and a standard clutch replacement can cost $4,000.

Maserati factory warranties are transferable, so they can protect you even if you’re not your car’s first owner.

The Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte owners also commonly have concerns about their transmissions, reporting trouble switching gears and hearing a grinding noise when they do. Transmission problems have the capacity to be incredibly expensive — a full transmission replacement can cost you thousands.

Luckily, new Maseratis come with a four-year/50,000-mile new car manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty offers bumper-to-bumper coverage for almost your entire vehicle, so most of your repairs during this period should be covered as long as they’re due to defects in workmanship or materials.

Once your factory warranty ends though, you may be left with a tough decision. Paying to fix your Maserati when it breaks down can be prohibitively expensive, which leads some people to simply sell their Maseratis once they exit the factory warranty period. There are other options, though.

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    How can an extended warranty help?

    Extended warranties and prepaid maintenance plans can both save you money as you pay to keep your Maserati running, but they work in very different ways, so it helps to understand the pros and cons of these plans before you buy one.

    It’s almost always worth shopping around for extended warranty coverage. If nothing else, it will confirm whether you’re getting a good deal on coverage.

    An extended warranty is a type of vehicle service contract designed to offer coverage similar to what your Maserati came with from the factory, keeping you protected from repairs needed due to manufacturing defects. Maserati’s own extended warranties are available for its Ghibli, Levante, Quattroporte, MC20 and Grecale models, but you should also check out what’s available from dedicated warranty companies if you’re interested in extended warranty coverage.

    Maserati also offers prepaid maintenance plans. With its Premium Prepaid Maintenance plan, you can pay upfront for all oil and air filter changes as well as spark plug replacements. The upgraded Premium Service Plus plan covers the same services in addition to caring for brake pads and windshield wipers. Though paying for future maintenance in a single go can be intimidating, it may help you save money by avoiding future cost increases or the effects of inflation.

    Ultimately, Maserati vehicles aren’t known for their affordability or reliability, but if you’re looking for a powerful car to take on a joyride every once in a while, you may have found your match.

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