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Hello Everyone, it's been a dream of mine to buy a Maserati and now looking at a second hand Ghibli. Looks like the newer model is 2017 +...is that correct? Any major difference between a 2016 and a 2016?

Is it better to buy a petrol or diesel?

Anything else I should be aware of? ie service costs, buying additional warranties?

Any advice would be amazing! Thank you so much!!!
 

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There is a good topic on this forum site 'Whats the difference between 2016 vs 2017 Ghibli' which is worth a read. I currently have the 2016 (last of the MY16 model run) which added blind spot monitoring & a power boot lid but not a lot else from the previous model run.
2017 (MY17) Maserati changed the power steering from hydraulic to electric which gave them more scope to add driver assist features such as lane change monitoring & assist & also at that time they added adaptive radar cruise control. There is probably other minor additions as well. The MTC or infotainment system also got (finally) Apple car play, a 360 degree camera angle (very handy) parking assist & they dropped the knob controls either side of the screen for a rotary control located on the console behind the gear selector. All good additions in my view, so depending on budget definitely would suggest the MY17 over the MY16. I had ordered my MY16 prior to the MY17 release announcement & it had already been shipped from the factory, so I didn't have an option to wait. I'll add that I'm thrilled with the car (it only has 18.5k kms in 5 years as it's not my daily drive) & it still brings a smile every time I drive it.
Mine is the petrol version (the diesel was available in Australia at the time I ordered) as I'm not keen on diesels for no other reason than Australia unlike Europe & the UK don't seem to have adapted to passenger Diesel vehicle's as your part of the world did. There are of course dial cars & sporty ones to (Audi, Merc, BMW etc) but the ratio of diesel to petrol is quite low. I guess it comes down to personal choice. Diesel is more economical, that's a plus, the aren't quite as quick but not far behind & I doubt servicing costs of one vs the other would be that different. Although they state the sound is the similar I don't agree. They went to great lengths with the Diesel adding sound actuators (actual speakers) to the exhaust system but, no, for me the petrol has the more traditional sound. Your driving requirements should also be considered. All diesels don't like short runs & the result is particulate filter problems. They become clogged & if the car does a lot of short runs the filter doesn't get to the required temp to burn these off. This usually results in warning lights & sometimes a trip to the dealer to force a regeneration cycle.
My suggestion would be to drive both variants (if you can) & take it from there. The newer you can get obviously the more advanced equipment comes with it. The 2021 now has a completely new MTC (infotainment) set up with lots of added goodies.
Service wise I have never taken it to Maserati. They delivered the car & I use a European independent car specialist who I have used for the last 30 odd years with all my cars. So far the Ghibli has been serviced yearly (I don't do enough km's so I do by time) which has consisted of oil & filter change plus brake fluid flush & this last service in August the air filters & cabin filter + the front pads & rotors needed replacing. Milage was 18k kms so quite hungry on brakes. I'm not an exceptionally hard driver & it's never seen a track day so something to be mindful of. My MY20 Golf GTI with similar milage the brakes were 30% worn at the last service & it's driven in a similar manner.
If you can, budget wise, the 2017 (MY17) is the better option. BTW the diesel version here was dropped in 2018 due to slow sales...it doesn't mean it's bad...just we don't seem to 'get' the diesel vibe down here 馃榾
I'm sure you'll love the car & it will put a smile on your face to.
 

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Mark thank you so much! I really appreciate the great feedback. I went to see a 2016 Petrol S today and it looked great! I also saw a 2016 diesel which also looked great. I think I prefer the petrol sound when the engine revvs!!...although the petrol engine made an awful noise for about a minute...is this normal??
 

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If the petrol S was started from cold, they are rather 'loud'....actually I find it a rather nice sound & look forward to the cold starts. Rest assured it's completely normal if it's the sound I think your explaining. As with all cars, if your buying pre-owned it's really important the car (especially a thoroughbred) has a good service record & also all campaigns or recalls have been carried out & noted in the service history. Good luck David It'll be fun once you get one !
 

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Amazing Mark thank you again !!! Yes that is exactly the sound I was mentioning. The video is exactly what I experienced. I'll heed your advice and hope by the end of the week I will have my first Ghibli!! Thanks so much!!
 

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I'd recommend 2018+. With 2018, you get the updated body styling, especially with the Gransport/Granlusso trims, which come with the Matrix LED headlights (far superior to xenon). You also get apple carplay/android auto and the updated center screen (prior to the most recent refresh). Not sure if the temp gauges changed in 17 or 18 but those are different too. There were new rim options in 2018 too. Blind spot monitors were added in 17 or 18.

2014-2017 all look basically the same with minor differences in the 2017 year. 2018 was the first real refresh year.
 

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Hello Everyone, it's been a dream of mine to buy a Maserati and now looking at a second hand Ghibli. Looks like the newer model is 2017 +...is that correct? Any major difference between a 2016 and a 2016?

Is it better to buy a petrol or diesel?

Anything else I should be aware of? ie service costs, buying additional warranties?

Any advice would be amazing! Thank you so much!!!
Hi, be aware that certainly in the UK, there is an MY 2017 model which is easily identifiable over the earlier model by the larger infotainmen, Apple Car Play/ Android Auto and an iDrive style rotary selector next to the gear shifter. This is the model I have and these also have bigger drilled discs on the 350 engine.

MY 2018 has electric Steering, bring the options for lane assist, these are Easily spotted by the different front grille and gear shifter.

I test drove the diesel trying to be sensible, but it drives like a weird 5 series, in my opinion you really need the DNA, noise, drama and high revving nature of the petrol for the Ghibli (and QP) to make sense.

They are super noisy on a cold start, if you press ICE, then put it in drive it gets quieter, then quieter again in about 20 seconds.

Quote for my next service in 6000 miles (filters, oil, brake fluid and aux belts) is 拢480 plus VAT form an independent Ferrar/ Maserati specialist. Petrol is 24 months/12000 miles, diesel is annual/12000 miles. 20 inch tyres are 拢250 each.

My wife hates driving mine, so if you are looking for late 2017 petrol in Grigio Maratea with Nuovo Sabbia seats, keyless locks, gesture operated boot, 20 inch wheels, blind spot alert, red callipers and home link I may be open to offers!
 
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