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Hi all,

Posting my experience in case it helps anyone else out who's looking to buy a Ghibli with a warranty.

I've owned the car for a few months now and purchased it from a non-Maserati dealer a few hundred miles away so I never had a chance to examine it beyond a video chat. The car came with several issues, but it was still under warranty.

A couple of points here:
1. Maybe this is common knowledge, but the warranty starts when the car is sold. You can ask your local Maserati dealer to look up the VIN to find out how much is left. Since these cars tend to move slowly here in the US, I imagine there are quite a few 2017s still being sold with a factory warranty and no mention of it in the listing.
2. Overall I was very impressed with what they covered, they pretty much did everything and since some of the parts had to come from Italy, the dealership let me keep a 2021 SQ4 loaner for 2 weeks.

Here's what they fixed under warranty:
1. Both front seat headrests were loose. They replaced them
2. Piano black console was cracked badly, not sure if it was from misuse or a defect, but they replaced it.
3. Rear vent knob loose: replaced
4. My scan tool came up with quite a few codes and couldn't put car into park with message "service trans press brake when stopped key off engine to engage park": performed software update and cleared faults
5. Highway acceleration was hesitant, same issue and fix as described here: Engine oscillation/stutter/hesitation (Solved) -- the mechanic's notes stated he swapped the "boost solenoid valve" with another car and the issue went away so he replaced the part. Part # 287732

Not under warranty:
- Drive belts were cracked, they replaced them for $612 - probably more than 2x what a normal car would cost, I have no idea, but it haven't found a local indy mechanic to work on the car
 

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Had any issue with the acceleration later on? My 2016 SQ4's solenoid valve had to be replaced 3 times in the past 12 months. I wonder if there is any other issue triggering the valve problem. Please let me know.
 

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I can second the fact that my maserati dealer replaced everything needed under warranty on a used 2015 that had 3 months of warranty left when I bought it. They replaced the steering wheel, the battery, and the gauge cluster that was hazed over. I've now had the car 4 years now with no issues. I installed in the Madness GOPEDAL to help with acceleration and it was like night and day.
 

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Had any issue with the acceleration later on? My 2016 SQ4's solenoid valve had to be replaced 3 times in the past 12 months. I wonder if there is any other issue triggering the valve problem. Please let me know.
Hi Can, unfortunately I don't get to test the acceleration often these days as the driving is mostly around my residential town. I once had pulsing hesitancy on accel about two months ago, but I think the car was cold. Since then it hasn't happened. The only hesitancy I've had happen now is the normal turbo lag, but I'll post back here if it starts happening again.
 

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Hi Can, unfortunately I don't get to test the acceleration often these days as the driving is mostly around my residential town. I once had pulsing hesitancy on accel about two months ago, but I think the car was cold. Since then it hasn't happened. The only hesitancy I've had happen now is the normal turbo lag, but I'll post back here if it starts happening again.
Here is an update. The 'flying doctors' came in and inspected the car A-Z. My understanding is that the lagging (jerking as noted by the dealer in the service notes) issue originated by the fuel pump system, not only the solenoid valve. The whole supply chain route from the tank to the engine has been replaced. It seems to me that the issue has been resolved permanently! The performance of the car now tops, never felt this good when I hit the gas over the past 2 years.
 
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