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Angry Dead Battery

I know that I've seen this posted before, but I think this is still a unique issue.

I drove my new Q4 home from the dealer and let it sit in my garage for two days. Today......completely dead battery requiring Roadside Assistance.

Doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.

The tech told me that, even though this occurred pretty quickly, it's a known Maserati/Fiamm issue.

Currently, the battery is sitting on a charger overnight.
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I've posted about this before; in my case, the battery was replaced with an Interstate. I was told that the Interstate battery is Maserati approved. And they seemed to prefer that because the Fiamm was defective (also shipping is expensive from overseas). Anyway, I have had no issues since then - 6 months ago - and it's not uncommon for my car to sit a week at a time...

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Sounds like a defective battery. Maserati's were notorious for battery problems in the older models. The new Ghibli and QP should not have the same problem where the electronics continue to drain the battery dead.

Unless your drive home was less than 10 miles or so you should have had enough charge time.

Hopefully, the your dealer replaces with a fresh new battery.

I've left my car sit for 2-weeks without any problem. For longer periods, as a precaution I do plug in the car with the Maserati battery tender.
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I know that I've seen this posted before, but I think this is still a unique issue.

I drove my new Q4 home from the dealer and let it sit in my garage for two days. Today......completely dead battery requiring Roadside Assistance.

Doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.

The tech told me that, even though this occurred pretty quickly, it's a known Maserati/Fiamm issue.

Currently, the battery is sitting on a charger overnight.
If i were you, i'll ask for a new one.

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So it does look like a defective battery. Since here is my experience. I have parked the car in a storage facility near my place and unfortunately they dont have a power line in the storage area. So what i do is go and start my car every 5 to 7 days.

For the past 15 days the average temp here in CT is around 20 degrees. and whenever i go start my car it start in the first try and 5 to 7 days later it will start again with no issues.

Its amazing to me that it can stay without a battery drain for 5 to 7 days without the battery tender.
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I was out for vacations for 18 days & parked my car in garage, came back and start my Ghibli without any issue. So far so good at battery level.
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Most cars these days with all these electronics will drain the battery.. so far so good for me. Unlike my neighbors porsche which she barely drives and still have to at least run it for 5 mins everyweek to keep the battery sain.

But.. Maserati did give us the plug.. which for me is kinda useless in my bldg garage where there s no outlet close by.

It does sound like a defective battery for sure.

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Always have it plugged into the C-Tech...no issues.
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To follow-up.....initial battery voltage was 12.4V. Charged overnight to 13.7V and then the car started the next day without issue. At night, dash warning of "Battery Volts Low", but the car still started. Today went to the dealer. First they had to get "approval" from HQ to process the service order , and now a new Interstate battery will be installed. All this aggravation and only 125 miles on the clock.

My guess.....a bad battery coupled with poor electrical management software.

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Theoretically the car should shutdown power after a fixed period of time. If you leave the lights on they will turn off. Older models didn't.

The piece I'm not sure about is what still pulls significant power.

Either way, it sounds like a defective battery and understand no one really expects this with a brand new car. especially the part of adding an Interstate battery (which is a good battery) versus the factory Italian battery to a Maserati.

You've met you quota and hopefully from here on out it is all about enjoying the ride!
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