Maserati Levante - any problems appearing?

Maserati Levante - any problems appearing?

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e600

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1,095 posts

124 months

Tuesday 11th February 2020
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Looking at buying a 2017 3 litre diesel, anyone had any issues, are there any common problems?
Thanks

CitySlicker

280 posts

65 months

Tuesday 11th February 2020
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OP I'm also looking at these now and I've not come across any common faults. Engine and gearbox are very solid and I think the only risk is minor parts failing for example I viewed one car and the passenger's side door handle wasn't consistently working. The one that I'm currently eyeing up is an ex demo and wondering what is the consensus these days when a car has not followed the engine running in period? Can it cause reliability problems down the road? I am assuming it has a very hard first few thousand miles..

BigR

288 posts

134 months

Tuesday 11th February 2020
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I've had mine since May, brand new out of the showroom. It had been a 'show car' at a shopping centre, so had had people climbing in and out of it for some weeks apparently. But, there really wasn't a blemish inside - or nothing that couldn't be removed with some elbow grease.

I'm now 7000 miles in and the only thing which has occurred has been there from the start and I just haven't bothered to take it in for it. And that is a slight rattle on the passenger headrest when the seat isn't occupied! Other than that it hasn't missed a beat and is a lovely car to drive - very comfortable, but with a sportiness about it if you put it in sport mode and firm up the suspension. I came out of a Cayenne V8 diesel into this and I must say this is immensely more enjoyable, there's just something about it. I should add, mine is the petrol 3.0 V6. The only downside is that it's thirsty, around 18-20 mpg.

One other thing worth mentioning, it does still have a certain cache. When you say that you have a Maserati, you still get a look of admiration - classy, not showy. There was a lady at a party who was quite taken by the idea recently ;-)

Oh, I should also declare that I'm a bit biased - I've had 3 GranTurismo's, none had anything notable go wrong with them either. Now, the two Cayenne's I had, that's another story - as it was with my obviously greatly engineered Mercedes. Basically, the Italian stuff seems to be more reliable, is more unusual, and doesn't suffer from bulk standard black German interiors!

JonathanE

51 posts

102 months

Tuesday 11th February 2020
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BigR said:
One other thing worth mentioning, it does still have a certain cache. When you say that you have a Maserati, you still get a look of admiration - classy, not showy. There was a lady at a party who was quite taken by the idea recently ;-)

jeremyc

19,984 posts

256 months

Tuesday 11th February 2020
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They don't appear to be too hot in the wading stakes judging by Storm Ciara performances. wink

Or maybe it's just the special cache of the owners that leads them to prove they can get through. biggrin








NarrinRad

149 posts

147 months

Tuesday 11th February 2020
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Iam on my second Levante and I've not had any issues with either.

First was the launch Diesel, which I used in the snow a few times and it was great, initial acceleration is a little slow so I kept it in Sports mode all the time, ICE mode was a little frightening, not responsive enough.

Upgraded to a petrol version 16 months ago, again used in the snow, and as a daily with no issues, it is very quick btw, with a nice growl in sports mode and the paddles are cool.

I've never had a SUV, I find the Levante extremely comfortable, the heated seats and steering wheel are well worth it and it does attract a lot of positive attention.

Not convinced the interior matches the price of the car but everything works, the screen is 8.5 which gives you all the info you need, I really don't understand why you need anything bigger.

I've had a few bits on mine carbon dipped which really makes a difference.

Good luck


BigR

288 posts

134 months

Wednesday 12th February 2020
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JonathanE said:
BigR said:
One other thing worth mentioning, it does still have a certain cache. When you say that you have a Maserati, you still get a look of admiration - classy, not showy. There was a lady at a party who was quite taken by the idea recently ;-)
Precisely

s2driveruk

339 posts

181 months

Friday 21st February 2020
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NarrinRad said:
Iam on my second Levante and I've not had any issues with either.

First was the launch Diesel, which I used in the snow a few times and it was great, initial acceleration is a little slow so I kept it in Sports mode all the time, ICE mode was a little frightening, not responsive enough.

Upgraded to a petrol version 16 months ago, again used in the snow, and as a daily with no issues, it is very quick btw, with a nice growl in sports mode and the paddles are cool.

I've never had a SUV, I find the Levante extremely comfortable, the heated seats and steering wheel are well worth it and it does attract a lot of positive attention.

Not convinced the interior matches the price of the car but everything works, the screen is 8.5 which gives you all the info you need, I really don't understand why you need anything bigger.

I've had a few bits on mine carbon dipped which really makes a difference.

Good luck
I have been increasingly eyeing these up, especially the v6 petrol having had a ride in one at a dealer. Tell me, does the exhaust drone at all in sport mode at constant speed? also what do you see in terms of a longer distance drive in mpg terms? I am coming to the end of a lease with a 3ltr v6 diesel Touareg R-line+ and loved it. I am genuinely unmoved by its replacement (feels cheaper inside and the sat-nav/glass-cocpit screens make me think i fell into an aircraft rather than a car.....but there is soul in the Levante and the noise is fantastic...about as close as I can come to a ferrari anything given the engine is made by them. Some objective thoughts on life with out the other side of the test drive is what I am keen to know.

Cheers!

BigR

288 posts

134 months

Friday 21st February 2020
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I guess pretty much as per my review above, it being the petrol. I can manage 20mpg on a motorway run, but don't recall seeing much more than that at any point - equally I've not gone below 18.

As for the noise, it's a good noise! Not droning on the motorway, really quite a precise and clear sound. I contrast that with my GranTurismo's from the past, and on long runs I turned off the sport (loud exhaust) mode as it did tend to drone after a while and get a bit tiring. I've not felt that at all with the Levante though.

I'm very prone to changing my cars, but this one will be a keeper for a while. I had 2 Cayenne's previously but this is a lot more enjoyable and relatively engaging. I found the Cayenne's to be exactly what you'd expect from a German car - efficient, works very well and does what you fully expect, but very black inside and lacking a bit of soul.

s2driveruk

339 posts

181 months

Saturday 22nd February 2020
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BigR said:
I guess pretty much as per my review above, it being the petrol. I can manage 20mpg on a motorway run, but don't recall seeing much more than that at any point - equally I've not gone below 18.

As for the noise, it's a good noise! Not droning on the motorway, really quite a precise and clear sound. I contrast that with my GranTurismo's from the past, and on long runs I turned off the sport (loud exhaust) mode as it did tend to drone after a while and get a bit tiring. I've not felt that at all with the Levante though.

I'm very prone to changing my cars, but this one will be a keeper for a while. I had 2 Cayenne's previously but this is a lot more enjoyable and relatively engaging. I found the Cayenne's to be exactly what you'd expect from a German car - efficient, works very well and does what you fully expect, but very black inside and lacking a bit of soul.
Thanks...helpful and yes, i loved the sound on the ride i had in one.

limpsfield

5,163 posts

225 months

Tuesday 15th September 2020
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Any good/bad updates from owners? Saw one today at M&S food (natch) and it looked gorgeous. I'm weighing up buying a Macan S but do keep coming back to the Levante as an ex-4200 owner.

BigR

288 posts

134 months

Wednesday 16th September 2020
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Now you already know the answer as to what you should do, don't you ;-)

Nick_MSM

580 posts

158 months

Monday 8th March
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Just nudging this thread - any other experiences please? My current A35 lease is ending in a few months and we want to go back to an SUV for family duties. I don't really fancy an RR, nor Disco (had them), although I do quite like the new Defender (not as much as my 'real' Defender though!). The Levante is obviously very different, but does anyone run one as a family hack? How does it cope/hold up?

I like the idea of something different from the norm but not sure if it's remotely sensible for what we'd want. I am guessing depreciation is as bad as I think too? smile FWIW I'd be looking at a diesel and c 2017/18.

BigR

288 posts

134 months

Thursday 11th March
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Interested in buying my 2019 petrol? I'm thinking of upgrading to the Trofeo...which probably answers your question as to the desirability. Its the best SUV I've had - not perfect for Joe Public, but as someone who enjoys their cars I still can't fault it!

Gnevans

172 posts

94 months

Thursday 11th March
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Broadspeed were on twitter yesterday with up to £30k off these.

Fast Eddie

310 posts

217 months

Thursday 11th March
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JonathanE said:
Perfect

bompey

398 posts

207 months

Thursday 11th March
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Gnevans said:
Broadspeed were on twitter yesterday with up to £30k off these.
Great reductions, but I think these are the old gran sport and gran lusso models, and only with the 350hp engine. If it was the new Levant S with 430hp or the GTS with the 530hp engine then I would be taking a serious look.

MDL111

5,771 posts

149 months

Thursday 11th March
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Friend of mine bought one recently and then had to replace a damper (i think it was a damper, or sth else in the suspension). It was not cheap. Happy to ask him for details if somebody is interested.

Lee Jones Jnr

1,053 posts

142 months

Thursday 11th March
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Nick_MSM said:
Just nudging this thread - any other experiences please? My current A35 lease is ending in a few months and we want to go back to an SUV for family duties. I don't really fancy an RR, nor Disco (had them), although I do quite like the new Defender (not as much as my 'real' Defender though!). The Levante is obviously very different, but does anyone run one as a family hack? How does it cope/hold up?

I like the idea of something different from the norm but not sure if it's remotely sensible for what we'd want. I am guessing depreciation is as bad as I think too? smile FWIW I'd be looking at a diesel and c 2017/18.
Depreciation will have slowed right down on a 3-4 year old car

Nick_MSM

580 posts

158 months

Friday 12th March
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Lee Jones Jnr said:
Nick_MSM said:
Just nudging this thread - any other experiences please? My current A35 lease is ending in a few months and we want to go back to an SUV for family duties. I don't really fancy an RR, nor Disco (had them), although I do quite like the new Defender (not as much as my 'real' Defender though!). The Levante is obviously very different, but does anyone run one as a family hack? How does it cope/hold up?

I like the idea of something different from the norm but not sure if it's remotely sensible for what we'd want. I am guessing depreciation is as bad as I think too? smile FWIW I'd be looking at a diesel and c 2017/18.
Depreciation will have slowed right down on a 3-4 year old car
Thanks, yes it does seem very high on a new ~ 12 month car, but there after I reckon they drop 5-7k P.A which is okay. Going to try and have a test drive in one when restrictions allow. A new one with huge discount could be an idea but more likely go with something 18-24 months.