A video about fixing my 2008 Granturismo.

modelT

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Happy New Year…

I just thought I would post this, sorry to shove a YouTube link up. I am slowly working through my multiple issues on my Granturismo and will be sharing my failures and hopefully some successes in the hope that it may be useful to others as my example does have all the main issues going wrong.

This forum and the MaseratiLife one have really helped me work through the various problems, but YouTube seems to only have videos telling you how they fixed stuff by taking it to the dealer… not a lot of help when car in air on drive with wheels off.

Anyway, if you are struggling with New year blues and need to feel better - what way is better that watching someone else struggle?


One big point I thought I would mention is that what appears to be worn rear ball joints, can turn out to just be worn tie rods which are considerably cheaper and easier to replace.
 

philw696

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A Big Warm Welcome from myself in France.
Just watched your video and just the bargain I wish I could find for myself.
Look forward to your adventures on this and nice to see a dry boot and not a rusty corroded electronic handbrake.
Do you have diagnostic gear where you can read the codes ?
I recommend the Launch X431 Pros Mini.
Happy New Year.
 

c4sman

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Congrats on your purchase and good luck with your story, looking forward to following hopefully positive progress.
 

Gp79

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Nice video, you got a great deal on that even with those miles and cat S.
Have a good look at the subframes (mostly front) as I’d expect some rust unless already been treated properly.
Enjoy.
 

modelT

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A Big Warm Welcome from myself in France.
Just watched your video and just the bargain I wish I could find for myself.
Look forward to your adventures on this and nice to see a dry boot and not a rusty corroded electronic handbrake.
Do you have diagnostic gear where you can read the codes ?
I recommend the Launch X431 Pros Mini.
Happy New Year.
Hello Phil, I drive across to 56220 every two months or so as I keep my quite strange boat on the Vilaine. I do love that area of France.

I was surprised by the boot being dry too as she was kept outside before and is currently outside with the boot seal off and it’s still dry despite all these storms. With diagnostic tools, I got that Autel 200 for £50 that links to a phone. It does seem to read everything so far.
 

modelT

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Nice video, you got a great deal on that even with those miles and cat S.
Have a good look at the subframes (mostly front) as I’d expect some rust unless already been treated properly.
Enjoy.
Thanks very much, I have had a look at the subframe and it is okay. I suspect it has been replaced at some point as it looks quite clean. My plan is to drop it down at some point and get it shotblasted and then epoxy paint it (Jotun jotamastic 90 is my favourite paint).
 

Zep

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Glad to hear the forum has been of use, sounds like it is going to be a fun project. A referral for the forum would be nice...... Just saying.
 

dickygrace

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Wow, you’ve overdosed on brave pills. I genuinely wish you the very best with the project.
 

Scaf

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Welcome and good luck.

I admire those on here that wield their own spanner’s, the project will be rewarding I am sure and hopefully closer to the better of the two outcomes.
 

modelT

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Glad to hear the forum has been of use, sounds like it is going to be a fun project. A referral for the forum would be nice...... Just saying.
Yep, will do. Without the forum, I would be in a very difficult place!
 
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Motorsport3

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Welcome @modelT ,great video and I would say here is a community that appreciates efforts like yours as most of us are in various stages of " maserati ownership experience ".

I've owned my QPV since 2017 and was "brave" enough to add a QPIV after a few years (wife wouldn't use that term).

My experience is that unfortunately any spreadsheet risk assessment will be outgunned by reality and your worst case scenario may actually not be that bad particularly if you keep the car and use it.
But I think your skill set will help you manage costs and your presentation style is great as well. Good luck and looking forward for more content!
 

Ewan

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Given the lightness of the damage, before you repair it, might you not be able to arrange to take the car to an approved inspector and potentially have the Cat S downgraded? I appreciate the repair may be uneconomic for the insurers, but an economic write-off is better than it being listed as a structural write-off. Just a thought.

Fingers crossed for you, for the project in general as well as possible listing change.
 
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modelT

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There are not many components so spares were fine, a chap in the New Forrest (Richard Skinner) has everything and even rebuilds the wooden wheels.
It was the scariest thing on 4 wheels o_O
Yes, mine is still a bit of a mess and I finally got her running a couple of days ago. When she went into high gear on the small road round the back of our village, both me and my boy swore and our knuckles went white! Coming back into the drive, I almost hit the Maserati…
I need her out the way at the moment to get the Maserati in the garage (it will be very tight) so that I can do oil changes, accumulator and such.