Maserati Service Decoded
Adam Merlin June 2020
Where exactly do Maserati service costs lay in the gamut of car maintenance? Are they similar to their sister company Ferrari, or are they more in line with a high-end vehicle? And, for the buyer who really wants a better understanding, why and how is a Maserati service different as compared to other cars?
Ever since Maserati decided to increase the supply of Maseratis and flood the market, we have been getting more and more questions about Maserati service and what can be expected. Many people do assume that being an Italian exotic it is going to be pretty expensive to maintain, but that is not necessarily true for Maserati. The great news is that the service is much, much cheaper than a Ferrari, and more affordable than most people would guess.
Digging into the details a bit, what can you expect?
All of Maserati’s models, the Ghibli, the Levante, the Gran Turismo, and the Quattroporte do require an annual service. This service includes changing all the filters, all the fluids, and an overall inspection. For the yearly service, you can expect to pay about $1,000 assuming no issues arise from the inspection. Some may balk at this, especially if you compare it to a Honda service, but for an exotic vehicle, this really is in line, and quite frankly on the lower end of the spectrum for an exotic annual service. In fact, this cost actually falls more in line with an annual service for a high-line, vehicle such as a Porsche or Mercedes. Also, considering an average Ferrari service can run you thousands and sometimes tens of thousands, this really is a good deal.
Every other year the annual service is a little bit larger because there are additional requirements. Then, at the fourth or fifth annual, you should expect to have issues arise from the inspection such as, spark plugs that need to be replaced. These issues can increase your bill a few thousand. Again, this is in line with other luxury vehicles such as a Porsche or AMG.
One thing that is important to point out is what can be expensive when you own a Maserati. Maseratis, unfortunately, are known for a few reoccurring service issues. Window regulators and interior door handles will constantly be failing. Poor quality trim pieces and shrinking leather is usually a surprise to most who are new to Maseratis, but this will happen, and when it does, it can be expensive to replace.
Considering all of these service costs, we believe that Maserati represents a terrific, exotic value. If you also factor in the sporty, luxurious design, the Ferrari-inspired sound, and the fact that the cost of some Maseratis is similar to that of an Acura or Infiniti, then we believe that Maserati represents an excellent, exotic decision!