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post #1 of 5 Old 11-25-2013, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Worth it?

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This is in my local Craigslist. I know there's not much info but, from what's in the pictures is it worth $600?
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-25-2013, 06:00 PM
 
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I'm going to have to say no. Biturbos are good cars if taken care of, but this isn't one of them. These cars are cheap for a reason. This was Detomaso's attempt to save a nearly bankrupt Maserati. He wanted to (had to) produce an every man's Maserati so this was priced to be a thinking man's alternative to the E30. Long story short is Maserati+ Mass production+ turbos+ shoe-string budget= disaster. It has been said that the only reliable part about Biturbos are engine fires... No one can argue the fact that they did save the company from dying.

I could right a book about more specific problem points so you should check out this site:

Enrico's Maserati Page

Don't get me wrong, though, I really like Biturbos. I've been sort of looking on and off for a decent one for awhile. Cars don't get any quirkier, and they have some pretty interesting technical details. They were the first production twin-turbo car, had 3(yes, 3) valves per cylinder, etc. The later fuel injected cars (86+) were actually pretty reliable. Anyway, to wrap this up, my best advice is that if you decide you want one get one in great shape, because parts are still Maserati expensive.

Ciao Jules

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post #3 of 5 Old 11-25-2013, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks. I got the VIN:zamal1107eb318849
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-25-2013, 06:56 PM
 
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This car is an 84 which means that it has the Salisbury differential which is very dangerous when it goes bad. The splines that connect the driveshaft to the differential will wear out, and when they do they will cause the rear wheels to lock unexpectedly. This is also very expensive to repair.

Also, Maserati had no idea that people would use the air conditioner so much in the states, and it is a major problem point. If it is ran for too long, the extremely fragile fusebox will not be able to handle the extra load, and it will melt. It can also cause the water pump bearings to seize, and the timing belt will break which of course means an engine rebuild.

The turbos do not have intercoolers, and are designed to be cooled by the engine oil. I think you can see what's wrong with that. With non-synthetic oil the turbos will probably last only 15k miles. Replacing the turbos= $$$$ so synthetic oil is mandatory. A sign of bad turbos is black smoke coming from the exhaust.

The oil galleries leading to the cam housings had small bronze filters that will clog and cause the cam bearings to seize. There was a recall for this back in the day, but many still have them.

You also need to replace the valve shims every 10k miles or so (I think). This is EXTREMELY difficult. All of them have to be perfect because the two intake valves are operated by the same cam lobe. This job will take a pro 30-40 hours of labor. Seriously!

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-29-2013, 10:41 AM
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"My husband brought this home and I want it gone"

I think she has a point! And I bet he is in the doghouse.

If I were you, I would keep well clear.

Best wishes, John
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