Just How Many Parts Does The Maserati Quattroporte Share With Other FCA Vehicles?

When you own a luxury car built by an exotic manufacturer like Maserati, chances are you have high expectations regarding the contents of your vehicle.

That’s all the more true if we’re talking about a range-topping model such as the Quattroporte sedan. But in a world where very few luxury car manufacturers have managed to remain independent, it is increasingly difficult to find automobiles that are truly bespoke— unless you’re willing to spend seven-figure sums.

In order to keep expenses low and profits high, car groups are sharing parts across the brands they own, including their luxury divisions. In Maserati’s case, it goes without saying that it uses parts shared with other FCA models from the Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep brands.

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But how much of the Quattroporte is truly Italian and bespoke and how much is of U.S. origin? The folks from the “Luxury Lives On” YouTube channel tried to find out by taking their Quattroporte to a Chrysler/Dodge/Ram/Jeep dealership in San Diego and compare it with other FCA products.

They were refused by the first dealership so they moved to another that was more friendly. Once there, they asked an employee to take a look at the Italian luxury sedan and see what parts he recognized from other FCA vehicles. Right off the bat, he identified quite a lot of them, including the door-mounted window and mirror controls, trunk release button, light switch, engine start/stop button, and more.

And those are only a few of the parts that are visible, imagine how many other components the Maserati Quattroporte shares with other FCA automobiles. We’re not saying that parts sharing is a bad thing in itself (as long as the parts are good) but would you be comfortable paying more than $100,000 on a Quattroporte knowing all this?

 

  • Craig

    So someone WOULD be willing to pay $100,000 for a car IF the trunk release button was ‘bespoke’? lol

    • Astonman

      Good one!

  • how many parts does it share with Ferrari?

  • TRB0T0Y

    Whatever money was diverted from window switch development to exhaust allure was money well spent.
    Demuro said it best – the people who buy these cars will not recognize the Dodge Dart window controls or Dodge Grand Caravan dimmer tumbler… because they’ve never deigned to ride in such cars.

  • YEAH, NO WAY I’M LISTENING TO 13 MINUTES OF THIS GUY.

  • Six_Tymes

    A beautiful car. I would love to own.

  • Adam

    All manufacturers do this. Look in an Aston Martin and you’ll see the parts Mercedes shared with them. Look at a Nissan. The buttons on the steering wheel are the same as those on some Mercedes models too due to their parts sharing arrangement. It’s termed ‘economies of scale’ in the business world. The more one produces the cheaper it becomes hence it’s better for the return on investment.

    • Matt

      While I completely agree, there are better examples than Aston Martin and its use of some Mercedes parts. After all, they are both premium brands. The difference with Maserati is that it is an expensive luxury car, and some parts are off a cheap Chrysler.

      Although I still find nothing wrong with it, a better example would be the old Aston Martin Vanquish that used switches from the Ford Mondeo.

      • Nordschleife

        You say that but when the DB11 and Vantage came out people were complaining rather adamantly about them parts sharing. I distinctly remember telling many of individuals that at least it was Benz parts and people were still dissatisfied.

      • europeon

        Please read my post above where I explain the origin of those parts. They’re not “cheap Chrysler parts”, they are Mercedes and they’re not cheap at all.

        • Matt

          I meant the Chrysler models were ‘cheap’ (relatively speaking), not the parts themselves. Regardless I saw your comment and agree that people are blowing this way out of proportion (at least on the Internet) and Doug’s nit-picky video a while back on the Ghibli seemed to start this wave of overreactionary nonsense. No automaker has ever had their minor controls so over- analyzed before. (Did anyone care that the 2017 Bentley Continental GT still had its gearlever gate from a early-2000’s Passat?) You have to remember though there are a lot of kids on here who probably don’t even own a car.

    • Miknik

      Indeed; Buy a Lamborghini Ururs, and not only does it share it’s MLB Evo (FWD Derived) platform with half of the VAG group, as is it’S 4.0 turbo V8, which is used in nearly all top end performance Audis, there is a lot of VW and Audi switch-gear, even the digital instrument cluster is shared with every other Audi that has that “virtual cockpit”, including the cheap looking LED strips for fuel level and temperature;

      At least, unlike the similarly expensive Bentley Bentyaga, which doesn’t even have a body structure of it’s own under the sheet metal, the Urus has a bespoke body;

      Nowadays, there are very few bespoke luxury cars, and, to be honest, with the complexity of the electronics in luxury and performance vehicles nowadays, being bespoke usually also means being several generations behind “state of art” and not really reliable;

    • Merc1

      No all manufacturers don’t do this. Aston and Mercedes have a partnership that they aren’t trying to hide. Nor are the Mercedes pieces from a cheap family car. Quit making excuses and trying to make it seem like everyone does what Maser and Chrysler are doing, because they don’t.

      M

  • SoloCup

    This is an oft repeated and infantile complaint mentioned by a dozen automotive “journalists.” Even in the glory days of the ’60s supercars, Ferrari and Maserati routinely borrowed from the Fiat parts bin. There’s just no sense in producing small amounts of ordinary parts like window switches and the like.

  • Bash

    I find the infotainment touch screen and the system as a whole is pretty much the same of the one i have in my Dodge as well.

    • SetNick

      It is for sure.

    • europeon

      And I’m sure you agree UConnect is one of the best infotainment systems out there, and a far cry from the old Fiat/Ferrari/Alfa/Maserati infotainment systems.
      It puzzles me how people don’t complain that high end flagship mobile phones have the same OS as the super cheap entry level ones, realizing it’s the best OS they could get, but somehow they complain about the super-utilitarian infotainment system used on cars.

      • Bash

        on spot.

  • Jeff Charpentier

    Sounds like somebody who writes this type of article has a vested interests in another car company.

  • Ed Ward

    Take the tires off and I’m sure the suspension and platform is similar too.

  • Nordschleife

    Hopefully the next generation of Maserati and Alfa Romero will share interior parts that are completely removed from FCA so that way they can spread the cost of those parts over two lines and not be confused with the lower FCA parts. While I don’t mind shared good parts it seems to be a point of contention for many on here and in probably less so in life so I think my aforementioned solution is a pretty good one.

  • europeon

    I’m sick of this, and I’d really want to put this to rest once and for all.

    The switches and buttons aren’t Chrysler, but they are Mercedes.
    Back in the days of the DaimlerChrysler alliance, the first generation of said switches (for example part #2518200110) seen the light of day in cars like ML and GL, including in the well above six-figures priced ML63AMG or GL63AMG models, and absolutely nobody complained about the quality or anything else. Then, somehow Chrysler started using a cheaper made version of those switches for most of its products.
    2013 comes Maserati, which had a problem at the time with their buttons and switches in the previous generation Quattroporte and other cars (they were literally melting and becoming sticky), and reworks the Mercedes switches into a version that’s fit for a Maserati. Apart from the general shape, the Maserati version of the switches has nothing in common with the old ones. Firstly they’re made from a higher grade material (PBT, unlike the Chrysler ones that are made from cheap ABS plastic), they are coated with a soft touch layer, they have metal inserts (aluminium for Ghibli and Levante, chrome for Quattroporte), they are LED illuminated, and they are color-coded to the door panels. I am sorry, but that ticks all the boxes for a luxury car switch, the only possible upgrade would be to make them out of solid metal, so where is the problem?

    A few years later, dumb demuro and other very bright and knowledgeable guys like the one in this video, knowing absolutely nothing about Maserati’s history and how they shared parts in the past with “cheap” Alfas, Citroens, and Fiats, come and serve this piece of truncated “information” to the hordes of Internet kids that don’t know better, and single-handedly turn Maserati into a s**t brand because of some switches ignoring pretty much everything else.

    • Stephen G

      Sounds like a good argument, however, why would a automobile manufacturer go through all the trouble of making of two parts so much different in quality and features and make them look exactly the same? It’s kind of like building a $18K Dodge Dart and an $80K Dodge Dart.

      • europeon

        Because that’s the difference between a $18k car and a $100k one: features and materials quality.
        Also, invisible to the customer’s eye, there is a lot underneath every component – regulations, standards, reliability, repairability, cost, and so on. The original Mercedes parts have stood the test of time and have proven reliable, I’m sure that’s why they decided to go with them.
        If are curious about the alternative, do a Google search for Maserati or Ferrari melting and sticky buttons, and you’ll realize why they made that decision.

        • Stephen G

          I don’t disagree with you but you missed my whole point of making them look the same.

          • europeon

            That is a stupid idea and it shouldn’t be entertained with an answer, really, but I’ll make an exception.

            You’re paying $100k for other things, not for some switches that are perfectly fine in a vehicle this price range (as they were in the past) that look *similar* to some switches in a cheaper car.
            How about tires? Or light bulbs? How do you feel that cheaper cars use the same tires and light bulbs?

          • Stephen G

            Why are you so thick headed? My question was IF THE SWITCHES ARE DIFFERENT IN QUALITY & MATERIALS, WHY WOULD YOU MAKE BOTH SWIITCHES LOOK THE SAME. And the Quattroporte/300 thing was simply a thought not a suggestion. Read much?

    • Merc1

      They most certainly are NOT Mercedes parts. Mercedes switches didn’t even look like this. The infotainment is straight Chrysler. Everyone is wrong right? Delusional.

      M

    • Galaxium

      You are so delusional and will try to rationalize bad choices made by Maserati.

      The reality is that Maserati, a brand that has higher brand cachet, should have its own parts and not parts that are ubiquitously used in lower end cars. You purchase luxury cars to stand apart from the crowd.

      Complaining that they’re sharing parts is a valid complaint. Stop trying to argue against this.

      • SoloCup

        You know less than nothing about the car business.

  • europeon

    We’re not saying that parts sharing is a bad thing in itself (as long as
    the parts are good) but would you be comfortable paying more than
    $100,000 on a Quattroporte knowing all this?

    Yes. And I did. Wish I had switches as good as the ones in the current QP and Ghibli on my M139 QP.

    • Merc1

      Ha ha you look like a fool now. All over the board trying to excuse away what everyone has been saying all along. Keep working at it though.

      M

  • StrangerGP

    Borrowing parts from other (cheaper) cars isn’t something uncommon, but the manufacturers often do a horrible job at hiding this. I mean if the borrowed bits are the things commonly used in daily driving (like the stalks or the windows switches) then yes people will notice and some of them will be pissed for not having a more unique car for the price they’re paying for it.

  • Trocadero

    I will probably find my Lexus IS full of Toyota parts!!!

    Actually, I knew that when I bought it, it isn’t a problem.

  • ZYGIUS

    Tell me about how many Skoda parts is in Lamborghini and Bentley, or MINI parts in Rolls Royce

  • McFly

    The important thing isn’t where the part came from, but how well it fits the design. If it feels right, it’s right.
    And of course, if it’s a unique part that is easily recognizable – like for example a Saab air vent – maybe you shouldn’t reuse it.
    It’s all common sense.

  • Stephen G

    This is just proof there are way too many automobile manufacturers and models in production today. And, judging by the number of electric car startups jumping into the fray, I’m guessing that it’s because profit margins are astronomical. This argument backed by the number of multimilion dollar car dealerships.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    u kmow that evrry car company does this right?+

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Mercedes,audi and BMW also share components ,only with there´s cheap models that won´t go to USA,keep image of luxury,premium, brand that today the truth is the germans automakers are generalists makers.

    • europeon

      Always wondered how would Americans react if they would see a B-Klasse or a barebone C160 with the Dacia engine.

      • Randy Terpstra

        B-Class sold here in Canada. Why anyone would buy one over, let’s say a similar Hyundai, I don’t know. Same deal with the passenger version of the Metris, which has no where near the functionality of Chrysler Pacifica. Paying ‘status’ prices for a vehicle which has no status.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    If I say that Mercedes ,Audi even BMW have cheap hatchback front-drive cars on sale in Europe and Brasil would you believe?

  • Mr Nobody Important

    40000 dollars piece of shit with a 100000 dollars badge.

  • Bobby Lee

    terrible video: “maybe this part is shared” “this one might be in common…” Bro “maybe” should do some research if he’s going to make a video about it….

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