How reliable is Maserati? An unbiased look at the exclusive brand

How reliable are Maserati? We investigate...

  • Is Maserati reliable?
  • How reliable is the Maserati GranTurismo?
  • How reliable is the Maserati Ghibli?
  • Why is Maserati unreliable?
  • Should I buy, lease or finance a Maserati?

Maserati is known for producing luxurious and fast cars. Their logo is shaped like Neptune’s trident, inspiring a vision of luxury, elegance and speed.

Founded by four brothers in Modena, Italy in 1914, the company was purchased by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in 1993.

In recent years, Maserati has become more popular. Since 2013 the company has experienced an increase in sales and in 2017 they sold over 51,000 units globally.

But, despite bespoke interiors, high performance and Italian style, there is one thing that plagues Maserati, and that’s dependability.

In this article, we look at how reliable the exclusive Italian brand is to run, taking into account the average cost of repairs, the amount of time that the cars are off the road due to faults and general wear and tear you can expect to experience with your new Maserati.

Is Maserati reliable?

The brand isn’t known for being overly reliable, suffering several issues, with the most common faults being electrical or affecting the axle and suspension.

Unfortunately, while Maserati is becoming increasingly popular among buyers, the reliability has not improved. Since 2016, Maserati has repeatedly earned a low reliability rating in the ReliabilityIndex rankings, coming 40th out of 40 brands.

In the most recent ReliabilityIndex rankings, the luxury manufacturer has earned a rating of ‘Poor’. In 2016 their point score in the Index was 697, in 2019 this has increased to an incredibly impressive 774 (though in this case, the more points a brand has, the lower the reliability rating).

The next closest manufacturer to Maserati is another luxury brand, Bentley, who have a reliability index score of 530 (just 1 point more than they earned in 2016).

How reliable is the Maserati GranTurismo?

The GranTurismo is probably one of the best-known models by Maserati and almost 4500 of them have been sold across Europe since 2010.

Focusing more specifically on the Maserati GranTurismo, we can see that when it comes to reliability, it fares slightly better than when looking at the brand overall.

Maserati GranTurismo

According to the latest information from ReliabilityIndex, the GranTurismo has a rating of 748, so it’s still not incredible, but an improvement on 774. Though reliability is considered low for Maserati, many of the issues that contribute to the low score the manufacturer has been awarded occur later in the vehicle’s life. So, if Maserati is your dream and you are considering getting a lease, it’s worth considering purchasing a maintenance package. There are ways to make your dream a reality without hurting your wallet.

As with any luxury vehicle, the repair costs are not kind to the bank balance, with the average working out at £1,157.70. While being repaired you can also expect to be waiting around a little, with repairs taking almost 5 hours, on average.

The key issue you should expect to encounter with the GranTurismo with the axle and suspension, which accounts for 38.30% of the car’s problems.

Another thing to consider when looking to purchase the Maserati GranTurismo, if you’ve been won over by the sleek styling of the powerful car, is the running costs.

Maserati claims you’ll get 20 mpg combined (that’s 13 city, 29 motorway), but in reality, this will be much lower if you use the impressive 4.7-litre motor to its full potential. The car will also be in the top band when it comes to Vehicle Excise Duty due to CO2 emissions of 331g/km. And, as with any sports car with the power that you can get from the GranTurismo, you can expect the insurance to be extremely expensive.

When you register your new car with the DVLA (in the UK) you will also find you are expected to pay a £320 per year surcharge (once the car is 12 months old, and until it turns six) as the Maserati GranTurismo has a list price of over £40,000.

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Is the Maserati Ghibli reliable?

The Maserati Ghibli is a very popular model from the Italian brand if the 18,860 sold across Europe in the last 5 years is anything to go by.

However, just as with the GranTurismo, there are issues with reliability, with reviews from owners proving very mixed. Many specifically cite reliability as the issue they have had with their new vehicle. Some have had trouble with the brakes, while others have found that the battery drains too quickly. One owner even stated that their Ghibli had been in the garage four times in the first twelve months.

Maserati Ghibli

In their own road test of the Ghibli, AutoExpress found that the car was lacking in build quality, missing the precision of the German equivalents (specifically mentioning the BMW 5-Series). There were also issues with the infotainment system, power-steering and brakes.

That said, as with every vehicle and every owner, some Maserati Ghibli drivers have had no problems at all with the reliability and when asked, gave it five stars.

When it comes to safety, the 2013 version of the Ghibli rated well, earning five stars from Euro NCAP for the multiple safety features, including airbags, pedestrian protection and safety assist.

The Ghibli isn’t exactly low-cost to run, however, expenditure isn’t as high as for the GranTurismo.

Maserati claims that the Ghibli can do 48mpg, however, this depends greatly on the model selected. Miles per gallon varies from 29 to 48 mpg combined (20-37 city, 40-58 highway).

If you select the lower-powered twin-turbo V6 petrol engine with 350bhp, indications are that you will get 32mpg and CO2 emissions are 207g/km, putting you at the higher end of the vehicle excise duty table, with the first payment upon registration amounting to £1,280.

If you decide that you would like the higher-powered Ghibli S with 404bhp then the miles per gallon drop to 29mpg combined and emissions of 223g/km CO2.

Like the GranTurismo, the Ghibli has a list price of over £40,000 and, therefore, will have a surcharge of £320 per year for years three to six.

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Why is Maserati so unreliable?

But, why is Maserati so unreliable? They’re an exclusive brand, I hear you cry! With bespoke designs and engineering, so they shouldn’t be unreliable. You’re right, in theory. But in reality, you’ll find that many luxury cars have issues when it comes to reliability.

Maserati GranCabrio

There are a few reasons for this.

One of the main reasons they place so far down on the reliability tables is that when they do go wrong, the cost of repairs is quite high. Maseratis can also take a long time to repair as their parts are harder to source and replace due to the limited number of suppliers of rarer components. These two factors bring down the manufacturer’s dependability and therefore, reduce their reliability score in comparison with other brands.

As much as it is a great thing, and adds to the uniqueness of Maserati, another reason that ultra-luxurious brands like Maserati and Aston Martin are considered unreliable is due to one of their key selling points; bespoke engineering.

You would be forgiven for thinking that having a bespoke model made to your specific requirements would make the individual models more reliable but this isn’t always the case. More modern, mass-production manufacturing techniques make more reliable models than bespoke engineering.

Also, Maseratis aren’t really your everyday car. It’s unlikely that your Ghibli, Levante or GranTurismo is the car you use for the weekly supermarket shop! Luxury cars aren’t designed for constant use, and if they are used a lot then they do wear down quite quickly and relatively easily.

So there are quite a few reasons why Maserati might be considered unreliable.

It is also worth considering product recalls. Since 2015 there have been 28 Maserati recalls in the UK. These include:

  • The front-wheel bearing can become noisy and if ignored can fail and cause loss of vehicle control
  • The right-hand door of the GranCabrio can open unexpectedly

What are some of the common Maserati problems?

It’s always good to know what problems you may encounter further down the line with your car, so here are some common problems you may experience with your Maserati:

  • Brakes
    • The brakes work, but if the fluid isn’t replaced regularly then they can get a bit wooden
  • Stone chips
    • Due to the fact that Maserati models are quite low to the ground,  this means it’s possible you will end up with stone chips under the wheel arches, especially if you’re going to be driving fast (which, chances are, you will in a Maserati), so when checking for damage and wear, examine the wheel arches for stone chips, especially if you are thinking about buying a secondhand model
  • Problems with the clutch
    • Some Quattroporte owners have only reached 12,000 miles before having to get their clutch replaced.

If you are looking at buying a second hand Maserati, then it’s worth asking about these issues before you buy.

How reliable are surveys and consumer reports?

Consumer reports and surveys are an accurate way of determining how reliable a car brand is. Companies like WarrantyDirect, who sell extended warranties, record when someone makes a claim. This data is collated and used to determine the makes and models that are dependable and which ones aren’t.

Consumer feedback is also very accurate as it gives us a good idea of what the car is like to drive on a daily basis. After all, the owners are the ones that know their cars the best. They are also the ones paying for the repairs.

That said, when you have a brand as exclusive as Maserati, you can run into some trouble. This is mainly due to the fact that there aren’t that many Maseratis on the road, therefore you do have a smaller sample size than you would for a brand such as Ford, for example. If we look at what Which? has to say, we can see that they have very little information about Maserati as they don’t have a sample size big enough to draw conclusions from.

However, we can work with what we have and we can work with what ReliabiltyIndex (a subsidiary of WarrantyDirect) has concluded and from what owners on the likes of AutoExpress have to say. As it stands, consumer reports and surveys are still one of the most reliable ways of determining how dependable a car is, even cars as exclusive as Maserati.

Should I buy, lease or finance a Maserati?

There’s no denying it, Maserati design and build a beautiful car. From the mid-sized Ghibli to the sleek lines of the GranTurismo.

Unlike cars such as the Ford Tourneo or VW Golf, Maserati models have been designed with luxury in mind. They are the sort of car people admire as you drive along the motorway as you head off on a weekend getaway.

Maserati knows the people who buy their cars. They know that the ones who buy or lease their cars are looking for a unique vehicle, one that is designed for the individual. Maserati’s marketing focuses on the fact that their cars are bespoke, for the aficionado.

When it comes to manufacturers like Maserati a lease is ideal. A lease with maintenance plan takes away any concerns you may have about reliability scores and possible costly repairs.  You can have all the luxury with none of the worry. You can drive the car for 2, 3 or 4 years, safe in the knowledge that, should anything happen, you are covered and when the lease contract ends, you can upgrade to the next model.

If you are looking at a Maserati, then you are looking for a beautiful car that doesn’t stand a chance of being ignored when it’s being driven. A Maserati is not easily forgotten.

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Conclusion: How reliable is Maserati?

In conclusion, Maserati isn’t very dependable. At all. Their exclusivity means that they do not have the mass-production set up that many of their competitors have, which goes some way in improving reliability. This also means that they are expensive to repair and the parts can take a long time to source. But, this all comes with the package. If you get a car that is that exclusive, then it will cost you a lot to repair and the bespoke design may mean you run into trouble later down the line. Ultimately, though, if you buy a Maserati, it’s not because you are looking for a reliable car to do your weekly shop in. You buy a Maserati because it looks good, it drives incredibly and it’s about as exclusive as you can get. But, if you are looking for a reliable sports car, then the Maserati is slightly more reliable than Aston Martin and Ferrari.

Reliability ratings and repair costs were compiled in September 2019.

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60 Comments

  • Peter Jones| 13th July 2020 at 8:58 pm Reply

    I purchase my Brand new Maserati Ghibli gran Sport V6 diesal in September 2019 ..My last cars were BMW 5 series and do not get me wrong , They are great cars . But like all German cars , They are made to a template and some would say a little boring . If you have see the new BMW 5 series on the road , You probably would not give it a second look . Well its just a BMW ..But owning a Maserati is a different ball game , It stands out , It looks classy and beautiful and all Italian design . Everybody i know loves the car . I paid the same price as a new BMW 5 series with extras…And it holds the road better then my last 5 series and it sure footed in the rain , Unlike the last car ..

  • Ian Swift| 29th April 2020 at 1:33 am Reply

    I own a 16 plate Granturismo .. had it 18 months now, had a parking sensor problem , but Maserati (manchester) replaced it under warranty, gave me a brand new Quattraporte whilst work was being done, brilliant service from HR Owen !! I don’t use it as a daily driver, just weekends and good weather… you will not hear a nicer sounding car than this!! Awesome!!
    It’s an exotic sports car, not a mondeo, so it might cost a bit more , if you can’t afford it , we’ll I’m sorry, don’t buy one!

  • Peter| 10th April 2020 at 3:20 pm Reply

    I purchased a 3 year old GranTurismo with 9k miles from a Maserati dealer. I had the car for another 3 years and drive another 9k miles. It was 100% reliable, nothing went wrong or broke down, it was almost German like in its reliability. I averaged 24mpg around town and 27 on a cross Europe jaunt.

  • David Clark| 21st March 2020 at 9:04 pm Reply

    I’ve driven a Levante SQ4 for over 2 years with only 1 reliability issue; the GPS antenna failed after 1 year. Excellent dealer back up: it was replaced promptly under warranty. The car has some idiosyncrasies – the rear suspension chatters over potholes (they all do this apparently) and the battery drops its voltage significantly if not frequently driven, resulting in bizarre error messages. Again, sorted quickly by a new battery at the dealer’s and regular use of a battery conditioner by me if I’m going to leave the car standing for more than a week.
    Not withstanding all the above, I remain utterly enthralled by the car’s design, performance, luxuriousness, soundtrack and sheer character. I am also deeply impressed by the impeccable service from my dealer. I have loved every minute of the Maserati experience!

    • Rachel Richardson| 23rd March 2020 at 8:06 am Reply

      Hello David,

      Thank you for sharing your experience of driving a Levante with us. The Maserati is indeed a beautiful vehicle. The information that we share in these articles on reliability is gathered from multiple sources, including warranty companies and consumer reports. We want people to have the information we have available to us so they can make the right decision for them.

  • Tarun gupta| 9th February 2020 at 8:18 am Reply

    I own Maserati levante sports , the car is just another love of my life , I feel car is absolute piece of art with great features and feeling of great ownership always stays with you , little bit of issues can in any of cars, but Dubai Maserati seems very proactive in their approach and I have all thumbs up for my levante

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