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Maserati is recalling almost $110 million worth of its luxury performance vehicles due to a rear suspension fault.

Affecting 425 cars in Australia, the recall is split between 340 Maserati Quattroporte sedans and 85 GranTurismo coupes – valued as new at more than $109.5 million combined.

According to the official recall notice published on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website, the cars require replacement of both rear tie-rods, which control toe-in adjustment, because they may have been coated with an uneven thickness of paint, possibly leading to corrosion of the threaded ends.

“If the threaded part of the tie-rods corrodes, proper toe-in adjustment could be difficult to achieve, which may compromise steering and handling of the vehicle.”

Maserati GranTurismo

Maserati’s Australian distributor, Ateco Automotive, told CarAdvice that due to the components involved being provided by different suppliers, “there is no simple set of build dates from date ‘x’ to date ‘y’”.

“Some cars are affected, others not,” Ateco said.

Owners of the affected cars will be contacted directly to organise the replacement of the suspect parts where required. The fix should take approximately three hours to complete, at no cost to owners.

The same rear tie-rod fault has resulted in 75 Maseratis to be recalled in New Zealand, along with two Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione supercars.

Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione

America’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last month announced a recall of 7438 Maserati vehicles – including the 2005-2008 Quattroporte, 2008 GranTurismo, and 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione – for a similar rear tie-rod fault.

In November last year, Maserati recalled almost $7 million worth of its high-end vehicles across Australia, due to a defect with the tyre pressure monitoring systems of 24 vehicles including Quattroporte, GranCabrio, and GranTurismo models.

  • slap

    What next? The tyre placard sticker is 5mm 2 low and people not being able to see it clearly, resulting in incorrect pressure. This is a ridiculous recall, have the wheel alligners heard of crc.

    • Phil

      Shows how much things have improved when an Italian carmaker issues a recall over minor rust! Used be to a standard feature…

  • Doctor

    $110M Vs Toyota’s 110m units recalled!

    • sdfgs

      Um, the number of vehicles recalled locally, let alone globally, was nowhere near 110 million units.

  • Fred

    It’s a good thing that premium brands initiate recalls for potential problems. It shows a degree of maturity and responsibility which seems to be sadly lacking from another well known (semi) premium brand.

    And isn’t that Alfa 8C spectacular! Click on the picture to see a bigger version. Just beautiful!

    • Al Fisti

      I love the looks of the 8C too!

    • jb

      I agree it shows a bit of corporate responsibility. Recalls don’t put me off buying a particular brand depending on the way they are handled.

  • John Anastasiou

    They only provided me with a quick fix for a rear suspension fault! What about the other problems such as rattling sounds, non-working music system, out of alignment front panels, etc.? Maserati need to recall all of the cars and redesign them thoroughly to regain the trust of the buyers. It is ludicrous that they can get away with this.