My Coupe isn't feeling very well!
Can you help? Please!

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Even if I don't succeed in helping you with your problems; and I do try, it would help other Maserati owners a great deal if you could let me know how you managed to solve your problems. THANK YOU!


Stuart in the UK writes:


RE: Clutch issues:

"Dear Enrico,

I was on the verge of buying a Maserati 02 (on ebay from a Maserati dealer) when the auction ended 2 days early. I assume someone bought from the forecourt rather than electronically.

Now that this opportunity has passed and I am looking again, my friend sent me your web Q&A (very helpful) where he pointed out the postings about the clutch issues.

If I may, I have two questions;

1) Are these clutch issues mostly attached to 02 models? (A dealer told me they made improvements in 04.)

2) If I bought a manual 02, would I expect longer clutch life, and if so, by how much?

Iím a bit more cautious since while I can afford an 02, I donít want to spend an arm an a leg on service and repair, although I am okay with paying an arm OR a leg.




Reply from Myles:


"Hi Enrico,

2002 4200ís had issues with the clutch but Maserati brought out a number of campaigns to update these cars to improve drive, most would have been done but you can check by giving the chassis number to dealer to check. Improvements where made in 04 like a lower engine idle speed to help with clutch engagement and a hill holder function so high revs where not needed to pull away. Model year 2005 cars seem to be the best drive.

As with all cambio corsaís set up is critical and should be done regularly, clutch wear is down to the driver, hard use around 15000mls or as one we look after 25000 and still going on its first one.

With regard to the manual 4200, clutch life is not much better and the gear change is poor, due to the gear box being designed for cambio corsa.

I would always recommend an inspection before purchase so you know what youíre buying.



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