2020 Maserati Ghibli S Sedan Reliability, JD Power Report, Recalls and Warranty
Impressed with the style of the Italians? Enthralled by their performance and sheer love for luxury? Then probably a Ferrari is something you would drool over. But that is a topic for sometime else. Right now, we are also talking about practicality. When you need practicality, Italian luxury and performance in the same car, you walk towards the 2020 Maserati Ghibli S.
The midsize sports tourer is the entry-level Maserati and the proud bearer of the Trident of Neptune. While the design seems a bit dated, it still manages to impress. And in the S trim, the car comes with the all-wheel-drive system coupled with a powerful 3.0L V6 engine that can churn out a massive 424 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. So, at a price tag of nearly $90k, is it worth a look or are you better of with another car?
JD Power Report
JD Power report is the ownership report of a vehicle based on customer feedback on the parameters of quality and reliability, resale value, driving experience, and dealership experience. The 2020 Maserati Ghibli S is not rated by JD Power yet. Looking at the records of the past modes, the ratings for the 2020 model are not expected to come any time soon.
Maseratis are designed to stand as the epitome of a practical luxury family car. Their cars are meant to excite the user from the core of their existence at the first sight itself. So, to make sure that happens every single time, the brand makes adherence to strict quality norms a priority and checks each and every car before it rolls out of the factory.
With the best tools at their disposal, the carmaker manages to rule out 99% of all faults but sometimes those 1% issues seep through and cause a problem to the users. To make sure that the experience of the user doesn’t deteriorate, Maserati conducts recalls to rectify these faults.
Thankfully, 2020 Ghibli and the 2019 Ghibli have no recalls and are expected to maintain the clean slate they have. The same cannot be said for the 2018 Ghibli, which had 2 recalls, and the 2017 model that had 5 recalls.
In the 2017 model, 3 recalls were done in November 2016. The first was for a faulty reverse camera that stopped working below freezing temperatures. In the affected cars, the entertainment telematics module (ETM) would put itself in a protective mode in a way that the reverse camera would become useless. This increased the probability of a crash from the rear end.
The next was for certain vehicles equipped with Pirelli P Zero All Season tires. In these tires, the lower sidewall may develop cracks and provoke a sudden loss of air. This would result in the car losing control and ending up in a crash. The last recall of November 2016 was for a loose pinion nut in the rear differential unit. In the affected vehicles, the pinion nut was not tightened properly and could cause the gear to bind, ultimately resulting in a wheel lock. This increased the risk of a crash.
The next recall happened in May 2017, which was targeted towards rectifying a fault in the front seat adjustment. In the affected cars, adjusting the front seats caused the wiring to rub with each other and that could result in a short circuit which could eventually increase the risk of a fire. The last recall of the 2017 Ghibli was in March 2018. In these cars, there was a problem with the software programming of the engine. Due to this issue in programming, the transmission suddenly shifts into neutral or park or shuts the engine off at slow speeds or in a traffic jam.
The recalls for the 2018 Ghibli started in December 2017. This recall was for remedying fuel delivery lines that had leaks at the connections in the engine compartment. This leakage in the engine compartment would raise the possibility of a fire. This was followed by a major recall in May 2018. This recall concerned itself with half-done welds in the front sub-frame assembly that could conceivably fracture. A fracture of a weld in the frame put the structural integrity into question and would lead to loss of control of the vehicle.
Maserati is the sister brand of the epitome of Italian Luxury Automaker- Ferrari. It is also a sister brand to Alfa Romeo which also is a luxury car manufacturer. So a certain sense of panache and style are ingrained in its DNA from the start itself. To turn it into a dominating presence, the carmaker employs an aggressive grille with its trademark Neptune’s Trident logo and the sleek body lines.
Equipped with an engine derived from Ferrari, the car also has the exotic symphony from the engine attached along with it. To make sure that the car remains like that in the long run, the Ghibli S comes with a comprehensive and transferable warranty. The warranty lasts for 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever happens first. The Maserati Extended Warranty will extend the warranty to 6 years or 100,000 miles, whichever is first.
This warranty covers the bumper-to-bumper, powertrain, 24-hour roadside assistance and the rust and perforation warranty for the same duration. Maintenance services are free for the first 12 months but can be extended to 2, 3 or 4 years depending on your preference.
So, at the price of $90k, the car makes a very compelling case to be a practical Italian luxury vehicle. But with steep competition from the German brands limits its possibilities. Overall, the car is something that is very capable of lasting a long time happily as long as it receives the love it deserves.