Maserati has a rich heritage of making both successful race cars and high-end road cars. They are usually known for their sports cars such as the GranTurismo. However, since the introduction of the modern Quattroporte back in 2003, they have expanded their line-up to include the Levante SUV and the smaller Ghibli Sedan.
The Ghibli has proven to be a Maserati’s most successful model to date, contributing to about half of all Maserati sales in the United States. The Maserati Ghibli Service Guide will focus on properly maintaining and servicing the Ghibli sedan.
The Maserati Ghibli is a beautiful mid-size sedan that embodies Maserati’s sporting heritage with Italian craftsmanship and beauty. Like any vehicle, proper maintenance and upkeep is imperative in ensuring a long life-span with minimal downtime.
This Maserati Ghibli Service Guide will cover the maintenance intervals and recommendations in keeping your Ghibli in tip-top shape.
Engine, Oil, Transmission, Clutch
Ferrari’s wonderful F160 V6 engine in various tunes can be found under the hood of every Maserati Ghibli. It is a twin-turbocharged 3.0L 60 degree V6 that produces anywhere from 350 hp all the way to 424 hp, depending on which trim it is in.
Although they have different power figures, all Ghibli follow the same maintenance schedule:
When taking a closer look at the Maserati Ghibli Service Guide maintenance schedule, it is not as daunting as some of it’s competitors. Oil & filter changes are required every 12,500 miles or annually. Spark plugs should be changed every 37,500 miles or every 3 years. The major service interval is at 50,000 miles, or every 4 years. This includes an oil & filter change, air & pollen filters change, and all accessory belts replaced. The F160 V6 engine uses a timing chain that should last the lifetime of the vehicle and does not require replacing.
The rest of the maintenance schedule requires inspection of various components at the required intervals. It is important not to skip out on the inspections, as they can prematurely catch any accelerated wear or any issues that may be coming up.
Brakes, Rotors, Pads, Fluid
Brake pads and rotors are wearable items by nature and must be inspected at every interval. Wear will vary with driving conditions and driving style, so it is important to keep an eye on how fast they are wearing.
The brakes themselves are conventional steel and vary in size depending on the trim. The non-S versions have 345 mm front and 320 rear. The S-version has 360 mm front and 350 mm rear brakes. The Maserati Ghibli Service Guide recommends that the brake fluid must be changed every 2 years to prevent air, moisture, and dirt in the system.
Tires are also wearable items that need to be checked at every service interval. Unfortunately, many owners tend to ignore their tires. As they are the only part of your vehicle that are in contact with the ground, they affect handling, acceleration, braking, and crucially, safety. Wear will vary depending on driving conditions, driving style, and whether or not the vehicle is all-wheel drive or not.
There are three tire sizes, depending on the size of the rims that were specified with the car.
Original tire size specification for the Maserati Ghibli are as follows:
19 Inch Factory Wheels
20 Inch Factory Wheels
21 Inch Factory Wheels
GI Automotive carries a wide selection of road and track Maserati Ghibli tires on stock and available to order. A consultation is available to determine which tire is best for your individual driving needs.
Alignment can seriously affect both tire wear as well as the handling characteristics of a car. Therefore, it is imperative that the alignment is checked on a regular basis. The Maserati Ghibli Guide recommends checking camber, castor, and toe for tolerances within factory specification, or a custom specification if deemed necessary.
The suspension’s job is to not only keep a comfortable ride; it is also to provide optimal handling characteristics. Properly functioning suspension will keep alignment within specification in a straight line as well as in the corners. Moreover, this keeps the tires from wearing unevenly. At each service interval, it is recommended to check the suspension components for any squeaks, rattles, leakage, or play.
The Maserati Ghibli is a wonderful mid-size sedan from an Italian company that is known worldwide for their high-end automobiles. The Maserati Ghibli Service Guide is intended to help owners understand when and what to do to keep their vehicles up to date on their maintenance schedules. If kept to this schedule, your Maserati Ghibli will keep performing like the day it rolled off the production line.