Maserati Ghibli Forum banner
1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Dealer told me the engine is most likely done for but need to do more test which will cost so much more just for them to tell me its the engine, now they told me the battery is dead and I have to pay $700 for a new battery or they cant continue to work on the car....
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
2,783 Posts
The price for the battery and installation is way out of line. Normally Maserati charges around $350-500 for the installed battery. The equivalent AGM Interstate battery is closer to $250-300.

As for engine, they should be able to tell you more upfront. Like was there metal shavings in the oil pan ... that's usually a sure sign of failure.

Many have been lucky and found good quality engines from wrecks through EBAY ... there are many, some with low miles. The S/SQ4 is a little more in demand.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Yea they want to charge me $700 for just the battery and another $1,000 to determine if it’s really the engine yea mine is a base ghibli the service manager said be careful buying those used engines sometimes they don’t fit it seems like he just wants to grab money from me
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Another option is pulling the oil filter and cutting open the paper media to see if there is any metal shavings or debris there.

What symptoms was the car having that led you/them to suspect the engine is done? Low/no oil pressure? Knocking noises etc?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
While it could very well be a shot motor. an engine starting, then suddenly shutting off/stalling could be many different things. I even have a friend whos truck did the same thing and thought the engine locked up, but it was the starter gear/bendix failing , which prevented the engine from rotating, even with a breaker bar on the balancer bolt. Personally I would get a 2nd opinion from a different dealer or shop and ask for proof too. Also Not sure why a replacement non-base ghibli engine wouldn't "fit". I'm pretty sure they're all mechanically the same v6 3.0L, just with different tuning for power ratings until 2018+ years. Good luck!
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
2,783 Posts
The S/SQ4 engine doesn't fit in base set-up. They are similar but not enough to be interchangeable without modifications.
If you get a verified base v6 3.0L engine it will fit. Key is finding a good one from a wreck that's been properly maintained.
Some dealers are picky and want you to do things their way or the highway. Others will work with you on finding a used engine to help save some money, (while they still make the same/more profit on labor).
 

·
Registered
'17 SQ4
Joined
·
38 Posts
While it could very well be a shot motor. an engine starting, then suddenly shutting off/stalling could be many different things. I even have a friend whos truck did the same thing and thought the engine locked up, but it was the starter gear/bendix failing , which prevented the engine from rotating, even with a breaker bar on the balancer bolt. Personally I would get a 2nd opinion from a different dealer or shop and ask for proof too. Also Not sure why a replacement non-base ghibli engine wouldn't "fit". I'm pretty sure they're all mechanically the same v6 3.0L, just with different tuning for power ratings until 2018+ years. Good luck!
Blown head gasket, coolant in the cylinder... hyrdolocked? Not being able to turn the engine over is pretty severe. Take the head off and find out. If you have tools and a garage, only costs time.

Sorry about your engine.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
The S/SQ4 engine doesn't fit in base set-up. They are similar but not enough to be interchangeable without modifications.
If you get a verified base v6 3.0L engine it will fit. Key is finding a good one from a wreck that's been properly maintained.
Some dealers are picky and want you to do things their way or the highway. Others will work with you on finding a used engine to help save some money, (while they still make the same/more profit on labor).
Interesting! Thanks for the clarification! I'm pretty surprised maserati does enough hardware changes engine wise between the power/trim levels, vs."detuning" one Universal powerplant setup
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top