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2017 Maserati Levante: From Bad To Worse – To Even Worse

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The latest SUV out of Maserati is meant to turn its fortunes around and make the Italian brand viable again in the luxury market against the likes of Jaguar, BMW, Audi, and so on. Unfortunately, the Maserati Levante has hit the ground stumbling.

Anyone familiar with the Italian SUV by now should know that it had been hit by a series of back-to-back recalls in December, January, and February, shortly after its US launch in September.

It is safe to say that being subject to multiple recalls in a short span of time makes the Levante quite a worrying prospect for anyone looking to put money down for the SUV, especially since it starts at $72,000. To give you an idea of how pricey that is, the Porsche Cayenne is cheaper by more than $10,000.

The Levante has just been hit by another recall, making March the fourth consecutive month the vehicle has been summoned back by Maserati to fix an issue. The problem this time appears to be its transmission, which could shift into neutral on its own at low speeds. This is not particularly fun to have during stop-and-do traffic situations.

Maserati’s solution to this gearbox glitch is a software update that is set to begin at the end of the month. In the US, this recall covers close to 3,300 examples of the Levante.