Maserati/Ferrari Vs Mass Production Brands

ChrisQP09

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Generally speaking and not withstanding servicing schedules etc, shouldn't Ferrari/Maserati parts perform on par or better than their German/Ford etc equivalents if the car is being driven 'responsibly'? In my case, I use my QP S as a Chauffeur vehicle and put around 400-500 mile a month on her.

In theory, should I expect that my Ferrari derived V8 last at last as long as Ford V8 if driven with care? or are the parts so intricate that they 'require' a good 100mph burst every now and then to 'get the juices flowing'?
 

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I'd imagine the F136 or whatever it is is good for stellar mileages, it being built to finer tolerances then the average mass produced, but also so well designed it's generally seen as a fairly unburstable engine.

So I say feed it with regular oil changes, give it the odd booting and it should never let go. However I'm guessing you're thinking about the recent post about the 4.7 failure by Marios, and I know what you mean, I've started hearing all sorts of 'little noises' now!!
 

allandwf

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As I mentioned in a previous post, check autoscout.eu for QPs for sale in Europe, many with +150k on the clock. All quite reassuring :)
 

ChrisQP09

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No this is a general discussion around the technical capabilities of our cars. With this said, tolerances etc are an interesting topic for discussion.
 

Oneball

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Based purely on economics I’d imagine that it’s not as well engineered/built/developed as a Ford and hence won’t last as long.

Wouldn’t worry though it’ll still be good for getting to the moon.
 

ChrisQP09

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Based purely on economics I’d imagine that it’s not as well engineered/built/developed as a Ford and hence won’t last as long.

Wouldn’t worry though it’ll still be good for getting to the moon.
I would have thought that many of the moving mechanical components in a QP or GT were engineered to withstand greater force and use than those for the mass market.
 

allandwf

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I would have thought that many of the moving mechanical components in a QP or GT were engineered to withstand greater force and use than those for the mass market.
I would agree, it is also usually the ancillary bits and bobs on mass produced cars, built to a price, that cause issues, the plastic thermostat housings and heater valves etc.
 

Oneball

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I would have thought that many of the moving mechanical components in a QP or GT were engineered to withstand greater force and use than those for the mass market.
Probably but then they may have to withstand a greater force. In my mind what it comes down to is development costs. How many Ferrari/Maserati are going to do a quarter of a million miles? None. How many Fords are going to do a quarter of a million miles? Quite a few.
 

ChrisQP09

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Probably but then they may have to withstand a greater force. In my mind what it comes down to is development costs. How many Ferrari/Maserati are going to do a quarter of a million miles? None. How many Fords are going to do a quarter of a million miles? Quite a few.
I understand the point here but I always thought that small batch, limited production parts were of a higher quality. There are so many variables involved in the wear and tear of parts but I believe our cars are more capable and durable than people think.