Maserati’s Recalling The Levante For The 4th Time In As Many Months

Considering putting down a deposit on a new Maserati Levante? The prospect of driving the Trident marque’s first crossover may seem enticing, but you might want to reconsider that for a moment.

Because Maserati is having some serious quality-control and safety issues with that model – and pretty much every other that it makes.

The Levante is a completely new model for 2017, and only started reaching dealers in North America this past September. And already we’ve reported on recalls in the United States for that same model in December, January, and February. (Don’t even get us started on the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans.) Now we’re well into March, and there’s another.

This time, the problem comes down to the transmission, which may shift itself into Neutral – particularly at low speeds, as you might find in stop-and-go traffic. Not something you want your car to do, and especially inexcusable for a vehicle costing upwards of $70,000.

The issue has the Italian automaker recalling 3,299 examples of the Levante in the United States alone – which by our count is far more than it has actually sold here since deliveries began. So suffice it to say, that’s all of them.

Fixing the problem will require a simple software update in a process that’s set to start at the end of this month. We can’t help but wonder, though, if owners might be better off just leaving their cars at the dealership until the next recall comes around – which, at this rate, can’t be far off.

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  • I’mCallingYouOut
  • SomeRandomCommenter

    “We can’t help but wonder, though, if owners might be better off just
    leaving their cars at the dealership until the next recall comes around –
    which, at this rate, can’t be far off.”
    Ouch, that must burn

  • kimbentsen

    … a simple software update ….

    Why can’t they do this over the air like another known company?

    • Matt

      Because name a car company other than *that one* that does?

  • Karl
  • MrKash

    The Italians make great wine. And shoes. And clothes. Not much else tho….

    • Alex

      The Italians have also made great cars like the Ferrari. Prejudices

      • MrKash

        Yes! By all means, they are great! As long as they work…..

        • Alex

          We want to talk about the scandal GM, Volkswagen and Toyota?

  • iKaizen

    Fix It Again Tony

  • Eric D

    This what happens when you purchase a car based on mystique instead of quality.

  • Six_Tymes

    if this was Porsche everyone would be saying, see how on top of issues and problems they are, they make corrections when needed. for example, remember when the gt3’s engines had major problems? catching on fire. shale i go on…

    • europeon

      Exactly.
      And just look at the “problems” that have “plagued” the modern Maseratis: backup camera could stop working in very cold temperatures, tires were inflated at a lower pressure, the shifter was “counter-intuitive” to use for the Americans, and so on. Those are problems that BMW, Mercedes or Audi wouldn’t even considered issuing a recall, and owners of the said cars would have said “yeah, it has some problems, but it’s a BMW/Merc/Audi, it’s German engineering and they’re build like tanks”. I see this a lot when it comes to “zee Germans”, it’s just like people are suddenly god dumb and they don’t see their products suck as much as anyone elses’.
      Meanwhile, everyone is calling out Maserati like all of their cars can only bee seen broken down on the side of the highways.You also have to remember that all the recalls were for *potential* problems, that means they were for things that could *potentially* happen, that doesn’t make the cars any less reliable. And then there is the crowd of trolls that make stupid remarks like “fix it again tony”, “chrysler tech”, “Italian reliability” and they are really convinced of what they say because they had a friend which heard from another friend that someone had problems once with an Italian car.

      Of course, there is one serious recall, the one with the fire risk from the electrical seat harness, but that’s only for the US cars, and it seems fishy to me.

      Anyway, if anything, my Maserati ownership taught me one thing – there is no better warranty than what Maserati, and them offering this kind warranty that can only be seen on very expensive luxury cars even for 60k Ghiblis and low spec 90k Quattroportes, it’s something truly extraordinary.

  • Bash

    Just want to know how does that owner feels after his car been recalled 4 times.

  • Harada31

    A stupid article written by a stupid man for as many stupid people, full of prejudice and poor money.

    • Shobin Drogan

      Your butthurt detector is off the charts!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    IT’S TIME TO GO, SERGIO.

  • Ed Ward

    FREE CHRYSLER! !!!

  • ECT72

    This blog clearly has AntiFCA bias. Check the stats on recalls then make informed statements

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