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All things 'Maserati'. News of forthcoming models, owner's cars, tips, 'Marque' reunions and the odd touch of humour! In fact anything of interest to the 'Maseratista'.

So if you have any news about Maseratis or have anything owners and enthusiasts should know, send details to maserati123@btopenworld.com


Trident badge on a Maserati Tipo 8C 3000
 
You can click on some pictures for a better view!!
 
 
 
From Alexander in Norway

"Hi Enrico,

Yesterday the Norwegian Maserati Club had itís first meeting for the season.

We drove to a place called Krokkleiva, which is only 40 minutes away from Oslo. The nature here is typical for Norway (even though it is even more impressive more west in the country). The views were spectacular.

I am attaching a few pictures from the meeting. In addition to the cars in the pictures there also were a red 1974 Merak 3.0, and a 1965 Quattroporte 4000 present.

For the day I drove the silver Mistral which is utterly a spectacular drive! Our next meeting is held on May 8, and hopefully even more cars will attend.

With the best wishes for the 2005 season to you and all Maseratisti out there from Norway,

Alexander Stark

Formann - Norsk Maserati Klubb
President - the Norwegian Maserati Club

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Nadeem in the UK

"Hi,

Looking around your website and it seems to have grown a lot.. well done.

Just thought I would drop you an email because I remember that a while ago you were asking people to let you know about Ghiblis to build up a register? Not sure if your still doing it.

Anyway. I own a 1996 Maserati Ghibli GT 2.8. 6-speed Manual!! Not auto. Right-hand drive. I have attached a photo. If there is anything else you want to know please feel free to ask. Also I think I have a record as having the highest mileage Maserati Ghibli. Its done over 130,000 miles.

I'm having some problems with the car at the moment and was looking at purchasing some workshop manuals to help my mechanic along and perhaps help me too... I notice that you have a list of workshop manuals that are "available". What would you recommend for my car in particular electrical and engine management problems.

PS I have attached 2 photos of my car. Hope you like it.

Nadeem.

PS. I have owned the car for 3 years now and it was not in the best of conditions when I got it so I have got some stories to tell on the fun and games I had getting parts for the vehicle!"

 
 
 
From Enrico here in the UK

"Hi Nadeem,

Thank you for your email and the photos therein. In order to assist with the database, could you please provide the VIN/chassis number and the Italian colour name?

There are four manuals that would be of great help to you.

1. The Ghibli ABS Parts Manual with supplements for the Ghibli GT and Ghibli Cup. Very useful for knowing what goes where and if any parts are missing!!!

2. The V6 24-valve 2-litre and 2.8-litre Engine Manual. Complete engine disassembly and assembly.

3. The Quattroporte Service Manual for 2-litre and 2.8-litre models. There was no service manual produced by Maserati for the Ghibli ABS and Ghibli GT. Mechanics were asked to consult the QPIV manual. It covers suspension, brakes, transmission, air-con etc.

4. The Ghibli Wiring Diagrams Manual. Contains all the wiring diagrams and an index. Most of these diagrams are A4 size, others covering the whole car are quite large (1000mm x 1500mm).

Regards,

Enrico."

 
 
 
 
A warning to consumers about hydrocarbon refrigerants

LANSDALE, Pa., USA - April 25 / PRNewswire

Vehicle manufacturers, automotive parts suppliers, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other organizations are warning car and truck owners to avoid the use of flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants, which are being marketed on the Internet, at flea markets and swap meets, and in some service shops, but are not authorized for this use. In the United States, it is illegal to use hydrocarbon refrigerants to replace CFC-12 used in cars manufactured before 1994. Hydrocarbon refrigerants used in newer vehicles designed for refrigerant HFC-134a will void the air conditioner warranty and may endanger service technicians. Leaking air conditioning systems charged with hydrocarbons pose serious risks of fire or explosion under the hood or inside the passenger compartment.

"The U.S. EPA urges vehicle owners to do their part to protect the environment and to ensure their own safety by properly servicing air conditioners with refrigerants listed by EPA and recommended by vehicle manufacturers," said Drusilla Hufford, Director of EPA's Stratospheric Protection Division. "Professional service includes electronic refrigerant identification, leak testing, leak repair, defective parts replacement, and recovery and recycling of refrigerant."

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide (MACS), and the vehicle manufacturers, automotive organizations and suppliers listed below agree that hydrocarbons are unsafe as refrigerants in vehicle mobile air conditioning systems designed for CFC-12 and HFC-134a. "Existing mobile air conditioning systems are not designed to use a hydrocarbon refrigerant that is highly flammable and similar to what supplies the fire in your backyard barbeque," said Ward Atkinson, Chair of the SAE Interior Climate Control Standards Committee. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have laws prohibiting the use of a flammable refrigerant in mobile air conditioning systems (Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia).

The motor vehicle service community and environmental authorities are working to phase out the use of CFC-12 refrigerants that deplete the stratospheric ozone layer and to reduce the emissions of HFC-134a, a greenhouse gas. "Professional service protects the environment and saves money," said Elvis Hoffpauir, president of the Mobile Air Conditioning Society. "Hydrocarbon refrigerants are dangerous products being sold to unsuspecting consumers."

EPA has found no persuasive evidence that hydrocarbons are safe to use as refrigerants in vehicles designed for non-flammable refrigerants such as CFC-12 or HFC-134a. EPA banned the use of hydrocarbon refrigerants as a replacement for CFC-12 under the authority granted by the Clean Air Act and has authority to take enforcement action to protect the public against companies violating the law.

Companies marketing hydrocarbon refrigerants point out that EPA lacks specific authority to prohibit the use of hydrocarbons to replace HFC-134a. They use this fact to argue that CFC-12 systems converted to an EPA-listed retrofit refrigerant such as HFC-134a can be safely converted to hydrocarbons. There is no evidence to prove that hydrocarbons are safe to use in mobile air conditioning systems designed for either CFC-12 or HFC-134a.

No vehicle manufacturer has endorsed or authorized the use of hydrocarbon refrigerants in current production mobile air conditioning systems and no professional or technical association has approved the use of hydrocarbon refrigerants. Vehicle warranties are voided for any air conditioning system that has been charged with hydrocarbons. Vehicle manufacturers only recognize HFC-134a as acceptable for use in their current mobile air conditioning systems. Easy identification by service technicians using sophisticated refrigerant identifiers will help avoid the risk of explosion and guard against the contamination of equipment when refrigerant is recovered and recycled.

"Every car has a manufacturer's label under the hood that identifies the recommended refrigerant that is safe to use and that will provide reliable system operation," said William Hill, General Motors. "Customers should only use the recommended refrigerant."

"Manufacturers, owners and fleet managers of heavy trucks, buses, rescue and other specialty vehicles will want to take extra efforts to avoid hydrocarbon refrigerants that can endanger drivers and passengers," said Dr. Alex Moultanovsky, Vice President of ACC Climate Control.

"Off highway and large commercial vehicles require substantially more refrigerant than a passenger car. Use the refrigerant designed for the system -- stay away from hydrocarbon refrigerants," states Gary Hansen, Vice President of Engineering for Red Dot Corporation.

"The U.S. Army operates fleets of armored tactical vehicles equipped with air-conditioning," said John Manzione, Chief of the Environmental Technology R&D Team at Fort Belvoir. "But we would never jeopardize soldier safety by putting hydrocarbon refrigerants in our vehicles."

What Car Owners Can Do to Protect the Environment

  • Service your A/C using quality parts and trained certified technicians.
  • Insist that leaks be repaired before systems are recharged.
  • Retrofit CFC-12 systems to HFC-134a.
  • Service your HFC-134a air conditioner only with HFC-134a.
  • Have your refrigerant tested for hydrocarbons if you suspect improper service.

    This public service announcement is endorsed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society and supported by ACC Climate Control, AGRAMKOW, AirSept, Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (Aston Martin, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kia, Maserati, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota), Audi, Australian Fluorocarbon Council, Behr, BMW, CalsonicKansei, DaimlerChrysler, Delphi, Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers (Australia), Eaton Corporation, Ford, General Motors, Goodyear, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, Manuli Automotive, Modine, Neutronics, Red Dot Corporation, RTI Technologies, Sanden, Spectronics Corporation Tracer Products Division, Transpro, U.S. Army, UView Ultraviolet Systems, Valeo, Vehicle Airconditioning Specialists of Australia, and Volvo Car Corporation.

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    From Mark in South Africa

    "Hi,

    I am looking to sell this Maserati Indy. It's a 1970 model and is in very good condition.

    The VIN number and chassis number are AM116100. It is a 4.2 litre left-hand drive.

    I am looking to get 27,000 EURO for the car. The car is in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    If some one would like to come out and view the car, I would be happy to deduct the cost of their flight from the price paid for the car should they buy the car.

    I would be grateful if you would please try to help me sell this car.

    Regards,

    Mark."

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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