How many miles are the engines good for?

Wheelybin

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I know this is a vague question but I ask because last year I bought a stunning QPV GTS with 72k on the clock. The car is in great condition and the thrill it offers is imcomparable for the price. I would love to keep it as long as possible and will only do 3k miles a year but does anyone have a view of how long these engines are likely to last for assuming serviced well etc etc?
 

FIFTY

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There are 4200's in the USA with over 200k miles on them and that is the 4.2 dry sump version of the same engine
 

midlifecrisis

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Those engines are hand built at Ferrari's engine factory. they are the detuned or rather understressed versions of the F140 seen in the many Ferraris and Maseratis so should never good for a long while yet.
 

doodlebug

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Those engines are hand built at Ferrari's engine factory. they are the detuned or rather understressed versions of the F140 seen in the many Ferraris and Maseratis so should never good for a long while yet.
Not quite, they have a cross-plane crank and they sound better.
 

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Mines at 112k now and no leaks, rattles or tapping. I'm no super mechanic but I know I well fettled engine, barring a catastrophic bearing failure or similar another 100k is well within reason...
 

conaero

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A V8 is a low stress engine. OK we give them the beans now and again but the majority of the time we simply pootle around in them. This causes minimal wear so I feel....baring any premature water/oil pump failure...will be good for 200k miles minimum.
 
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atreyu1

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Absolutely I agree. They're a large relatively low stress engine which are l hope carefully assembled by hand. If looked after correctly and used in a sensible way they should have a long life. I feel that my engine at 74000 miles is only just run in. What is harmful to any engine is not being used for long periods of time and not being warmed up correctly.
 
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conaero

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Indeed just keep an eye on the cats and water/oil pumps.

If they are going to let go it’s the bottom end that I’ve seen fail on the Ferrari derivatives...usually ending up with a conrod poking out the side of the crankcase.
 

Keano

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Solid engines and the opposite to my Porsche which used a lot of oil. The Maserati seems very well designed ( apart from the variator issue which is now fixed) I am with the side who feel they should be driven as this is beneficial for them and life is too short not to enjoy them
 
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midlifecrisis

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Maverick and I were saying that the Maserati engines are bullet proof especially compared to the Porsche first offering of a water-cooled engine of a similar age.
 

Wanderer

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Indeed just keep an eye on the cats and water/oil pumps.

If they are going to let go it’s the bottom end that I’ve seen fail on the Ferrari derivatives...usually ending up with a conrod poking out the side of the crankcase.
Are you sure you're not thinking of two of my Dad's Austin Maxi's and his Austin Princess?

Seen the con-rod poking out of the side all those three engine blocks. My Dad, God Rest his Soul, seemed to think oil was a luxury, despite being a mechanic in the REME during his National Service.

Funny about Dad's and cars. He'd also leave it until the last minute to put petrol in, 'There's another 20 miles left, easy' - splutter, splutter, of we go for a walk to the nearest petrol station. We once ran out of petrol in the middle of a scary right turn into a major thoroughfare. So consequently I've never ran out petrol, never missed an oil change, never had an engine let go on me. Thanks Dad!

He also told me Spaghetti was actually made from worms (can't eat Spaghetti) and the long central reservation gardens around the back of Bolton Town Hall are Giant's Graves (can't walk on them).
 

ChrissGT

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Mine has 100k miles on it as well. Still running pretty solid. The best certified Maserati mechanic on hand already confirmed to me that these eniges are bullitproof. (since I bougt mine with 90k I was a bit worried).
Also I believe the biggest service is done at around 80k miles. After that the services start from the beginning (so the next service is a 12.5k service). Which is just a really minor service. This was something I was quite happy about. All major service done, variators fixed and now I should be able enjoy the car for the next couple of years.
Taking in mind that these cars dont need a lot of service, just regular oil changes and you can see this is a pretty solid and reliable car.

It was a strange thing, buying this Maserati felt better then a Porsche 997 from the same year.