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Does adding a Tow hitch etc void warranty ?
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Best to read your warranty contract, but I assume it should be fine because Maserati themselves offer a trailer tow group as an option from factory.
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From what Maserati says it is more than the hitch.
When it comes from the factory it has different programing for the hitch, to cut off the false signals from the trailer for transferring power from rear to front.
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I'm adding a tow hitch to my Levante. Talked to a dealership and they now have a "Towhook Retrofit Kit", evidently the wiring is already there on all vehicles, you just have to pay for the hitch. They quoted $970 + labor. If the dealership does the work then the warranty would still be valid...obviously check with them first
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I'm adding a tow hitch to my Levante. Talked to a dealership and they now have a "Towhook Retrofit Kit", evidently the wiring is already there on all vehicles, you just have to pay for the hitch. They quoted $970 + labor. If the dealership does the work then the warranty would still be valid...obviously check with them first
Very valuable information. Can't imagine labor being more than an hour to install which if you do the math is a small price to pay for something that only needs attention like this once in its lifetime. Small price to pay.
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Could you please forward the part numbers for the retrofit let? My local dealership seems unaware of anything available for towing unless installed at the factory. I have my eyes on a beautiful leftover 2017 that has virtually everything I desire, except the hitch. As I would to tow a boat (infrequently), this would be a deal killer. All aftermarket hitch retailers I have seen do not offer the software/electronic accommodations and their systems are unattractive and "inelegant". I do not want to affect the warranty. So, if there is something available from Maserati, please forward the information I can take to the dealership. Doc
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I'm adding a tow hitch to my Levante. Talked to a dealership and they now have a "Towhook Retrofit Kit", evidently the wiring is already there on all vehicles, you just have to pay for the hitch. They quoted $970 + labor. If the dealership does the work then the warranty would still be valid...obviously check with them first
Great info ......
Thank you
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I have the information but the file is too large to attach on here and I this forum will not let me post my email address. This may be of help, ask the dealer to look up Aftersales Marketing Communication MAS001420_US dated December, 2017. Hope this helps
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Thumbs down tow hitch/package

The search for a Maserati retro fit hitch kit has been one of the most interesting and infuriating experiences of my car buying life. After contacting several dealerships, in service, sales and parts, here is the information received from these folks.
1. Some say you cannot retro fit a hitch package to any Levante. It can only come on cars built in Italy.
2. Some say you can only do it on vehicles with certain VINs after a certain number that they could not provide. It had something to do with US regulations and certification. It's far too confusing to repeat the entire story.
3. Some say they can do it, but must remove all the rear body panels and the rear exhaust system to do it and add new skid plates.
4. Those that claim it can be done charge around $3000, all in.
5. Installation alone, from those dealerships who would provide just a little information but no parts numbers was about $2500. They would not provide the parts numbers unless I told them they would also do the install.
6. Maserati USA has completely different information than Maserati in Italy.


This was bizarre to say the least. There are a few new Levante's, even a few 2017's, for sale that have the package. The issue is that to get the options I want on a Levante, those that directly compete with what I want on a loaded Cayenne or X5, I must order it from the factory. So many of the few Levantes with tow come so specialized with oodles of color, cosmetic and upholstery options (some pretty bizarre), that well equipped ones in stock are priced with or beyond Cayenne GTS' and X5M's. And, I'm sorry but, $3000 is outrageous. This is a hitch on an SUV, not a 612 Scaglietti.

It is so frustrating that even if I find one in stock that I really like, I must pass because the dealership or the factory didn't include a $650 tow package on a $90,000 SUV, or a simple and reasonably priced retro fit.

I guess this is the "price of admission" to the Maserati club.
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I just ordered the tow package and it will be fitted next week. I'll update you once it was done. This has been a frustrating process as the dealership here in Cleveland is clueless. Here are the facts...so far. If your Levante has a rear skidplate with an access panel you only need to buy the Towhook Retrofit Kit for about $970 plus labor, it comes with a 4 pin connector for wiring. If you do not have a skidplate with access panel it gets really expensive, around $4K.
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