Officially Frustrated - Cylinder Misfire?
Let me start by saying I still absolutely love my new S Q4. If I had to make the decision again, I would still absolutely buy this car.
That said, I am officially frustrated. I've had all of the typical issues everyone else on the blog has had i.e. (poor premium sound quality (need for sub insulation), need to replace satelite antenna due to terrible reception.
Additionally, I've had an annoying rattle around the steering column that comes about under early acceleration (approx 1,500-2,500 rpm). This wasn't a major concern considering 2 separate dealers (Palm Beach & Fort Lauderdale), neither of whom I purchased my car from, warned me about it during test drives and said it was completely normal on the Q4's they drove. Both dealers agreed this is a common issue, so I was prepared for it before taking delivery. Apparently it's something about the turbos engaging??? Both reached out to Maserati NA about the rattle and apparently were told Maserati is aware of it but will not be "redesigning the car", so basically deal with it! Again, not the end of the world, but another annoyance for a 3 week old, relatively expensive car.
My frustration (which I chalked up to typical Maserati quirks to this point) came to a head earlier today when my check engine light came on. I went to accelerate getting onto a highway ramp and felt a massive hesitation from the car (the normal roar sounded almost wounded), and the check engine light came on. I immediately drove the car to my local Maserati service department (luckily only a couple of miles away), and they ran a diagnostic test that said a cylinder misfired?! I know next to nothing about cars, but this seems strange for a 3 week old $95k car. I wasn't able to get a full service appointment until next thursday (a 6 day wait to add insult to injury), but they reset the light and the tech told me it was fine to drive the car. He blamed bad fuel as the likely cause (I absolutely have only put in 93+ super on EVERY fill up). That said, the service manager did not seem convinced that was the issue, leaving me a bit uneasy. I know sensors tend to come on all the time for non issues on many cars these days, but it was the drastic hesitation I felt from the car that has me concerned.
I apologize for the rambling, but I wanted to share this with you guys to see if you've encountered anything similar. I don't post on here often, but I check in on the blog multiple times a day and value any input. Again, still love this car, but coming from MB, Audi and Porsche I'm a bit disappointed. I prepared myself for the "usual" Maserati quirks, but for god sakes, my range rover sport seems bullet proof compared to my Ghibli at this point! Again, sorry for the ramble. Thanks guys.
Last edited by Moose22; 01-31-2014 at 12:55 PM.