Maserati Is Recalling Every Levante S It Has Sold In America So Far

It’s only been about ten months since the Maserati started producing the Levante, but already the brand’s debut crossover has been subjected to two recalls in the United States alone.

Barely over a month ago, the Levante was included alongside the Ghibli and Quattroporte in a brand-wide recall of nearly 7,500 vehicles over a problem with their reversing cameras. Now another 1,515 examples of just the luxury crossover are being recalled due to a transmission glitch.

According to the statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the engine software in the 2017 Levante S “may cause the transmission to shift to neutral, or the engine to shut down, when the vehicle speed is approximately two miles per hour.”

The issue is distinct from FCA’s earlier recall of 1.1 million examples of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Jeep Grand Cherokee over unexpected rollaway that was linked to an unintuitive electronic shifter.

This latest problem, however, was deemed to increase the risk of a crash, so Maserati is calling them in: 1,515 examples of them, to be exact. Which may not seem like a lot, until you realize that accounts for every last example the company has sold in America so far.

The S model is the higher-end of the two versions of the Levante that Maserati offers in North America. It’s distinguished from the base model principally by the more powerful version of the Trident brand’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 – producing 424 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque instead of 345 hp and 369 lb-ft in standard spec.

Fortunately this, like many other modern problems, is expected to be remedied by a simple software update. The campaign is already under way, but if you’re one of those 1,515 owners and have yet to take yours in for the reflash, best keep an eye on the transmission position indicator and be prepared to take remedial action.

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  • roy

    and there you go…. FCA and their fantastic build quality

    • Kaisuke971

      Fix It Again Tony !

    • Elmediterraneo

      The only good brand from FCA is the one who lefted the group : Ferrari

  • Kaisuke971

    Just sell Maserati to some rich Asian already, i’d rather see them doing well with foreign money like Jaguar and Volvo than failing constantly under Fiat.

  • Michelin

    Wonderful car !!! I dream it, but my pocket is too small ….

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Did you not read the article?

      • europeon

        Still doesn’t make it less beautiful or less desirable. If anything, this is proof that Maserati takes care of their customers, instead of ignoring them, like other brands do.

        • Kaisuke971

          This car doesn’t even look that good, Volvo has a better looking SUV than Maserati.
          I guess it’s desirable because of the Trident but the design itself…

          • europeon
          • Kaisuke971

            Did the Trident part trigger you or something ?
            Because that clip works for you as well.

          • europeon

            Yeah it did because I own a “trident”, and it’s by far one of the best cars I’ve ever had.

          • Starr Wright

            Factz when i compared to orthers it lost in 3 years the standard model will look like the s model then i might reconsider

          • BGM

            Cars are one of the most subjective things in life. But yes, I’ll take the V90 Cross Country any day of the week over the Maserati.

  • pcurve

    very nice design. looks great from all angles.

  • Ray

    FCA makes beautiful trash.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Great start.

  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    They should’ve just kept the Kubang name. It’s just fitting.

  • Tony Scuro

    There is a little software problem and all of the sudden the car is crap. Don’t understand the way you look at cars. Toyota is the most recalled company in history for really important stuff ” people died ” during those times and we are talking about FCA.

    • roy

      It’s just that the reliability and build quality of FCA products cannot be even compared to that of the Toyota group

      • Tony Scuro

        I’ve had 0ver 50 cars since I was 16 and I have realized that there isn’t unreliable cars there are unreliable owners. I had 3 Corollas and the reliability with Toyota is a Mith. I had a performance shop and we specialized in Fiat the 500 abarrh is a very nice piece of machine. Now a days only 2 percent of people stay with a car for more than 5 years that when Toyota comes into play (maybe) but the rest lease cars for 3 years. During that period of time is very rare that a car gives you trouble and if it does there’s warranty. Said that, people really care about a car they enjoy driving and in my opinion for driving joy, no car is better than a European car

        • roy

          well couldn’t agree more

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  • Karl

    Looks just like the new Alfa Romeo SUV

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