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300 miles new and check engine light just went on

Driving home in ice mode in bumper to bumper traffic (almost at idle) and the car starts to shake like it is about to stall. Check engine light starts to blink. No way to put it in neutral while driving so turn off ice mode and pull over. Shut down and restart, still the same issue. Goes on for about a mile, decide to pull over and wait 10 minutes, no vibrations this time, but the check engine light now stays on. Called my dealer and they suggested calling the service department to determine whether to drive in or if they should send a flat bed truck.

Build date of 3/14. Am wondering if this is the spark plug torque issue others have mentioned. Will know more tomorrow.
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Same thing happened to me a while ago, the check engine light eventually turned off overnight. Not another sign of the issue after that. When I had the car in for some other service, I asked them to check the computer codes but they didn't find anything.

Would be very interested to hear what your dealer says. Please post back in this thread.

FYI, my build date was 9/13.
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Same thing happened to me.
It was bad gas from Shell.
I refilled with Sunoco and the problem went away.
Tried Shell once more when I had no other choice and the problem returned.

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Tried Shell once more when I had no other choice and the problem returned.
Anyone else had the problem with Shell or was it just related to that station?

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Same thing happened to me.
It was bad gas from Shell.
I refilled with Sunoco and the problem went away.
Tried Shell once more when I had no other choice and the problem returned.
Don't know what gas is in the car, still running on the tank the dealer filled when I bough it a week ago.
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Exact same thing with mine without the ICE feature engaged. Replaced all spark-plugs and not an issue since then.
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I have had both the spark plug problem with the symptoms described and a subsequent problem that could not be diagnosed. In both instances I had filled up with shell just prior to the problem manifesting itself, so I am inclined to believe that for some reason shell gas is causing a problem.
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I have had both the spark plug problem with the symptoms described and a subsequent problem that could not be diagnosed. In both instances I had filled up with shell just prior to the problem manifesting itself, so I am inclined to believe that for some reason shell gas is causing a problem.
Thanks for sharing.

Even if it's not coincidence and the issue is indeed caused by shell gas, it's still a defect in the car given there is no guidance from Maserati to not use shell has.

Rather worrisome if the problem reoccurred after the plugs were changed (regardless of what has was used).

Waiting for a call back from the San Jose Stevens creek Maserati service department....
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Anyone else had the problem with Shell or was it just related to that station?

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There appears to be a root cause for some of the check engine and spark plug cleanings. Mine were fine, but some cars were started and stopped intermittently in port (shipping through receiving) than sat too long and I was told this could be contributing to carbon fouling of the plugs. Cleaning (or easier to replace under warranty is the first step).

Some cars are finicky on gas and even approaching/exceeding the 10% ethanol content will cause them to hesitate or have the check engine light come on under it clears with fresh fuel.
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