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    Well, car sold at the weekend. Big thanks to Richard Grace for advice and the simplest of sales processes. Happy with the price (depreciation no worse than other cars at this level).

    New owner has a fantastic spec and condition GT. May they enjoy the car to the full.

    My final thoughts...

    Great cars in many respects. Fantastic to look at and massive road presence, best std exhaust noise of any production car. Interior very lovely if spec'd right and tons of space for 4 adults or a family and their stuff (though compact buggies and cases required ). Felt special and always attracted good attention. On the right roads was exciting to drive. My kids liked it a lot.

    So why has it gone?

    Fundamentally I wasn't using it enough. I've put this down to a few things...

    - I wasn't up for using it all year round. I have done with previous "special" cars, but no longer have the need (Audi RS4 gets that duty) and wanted to keep this car in top nick (so not the car's "fault")

    - they're too big and heavy for where I do most of my miles, namely B-roads. They can be hustled quickly, but their size and weight is noticeable. Had I used A-roads more frequently this wouldn't have been as much of an issue. They are firmly in the GT end of the spectrum rather than "sportscar" (duh...clue's in the name I know )

    - there are practicalities in use that were a bit too compromised for me in the end to simply make it a jump in and hoon type car. Three main examples

    (1) the front is very low to the point it wouldn't go up/down my drive. I could excuse it this to a point as it looked so **** good, and so "suffered" using the other route into the house (no electric gates on that route though - first world problems ). But it's worth noting that my Aston V8 Vantage used to go up the drive no issues. And that's hardly an ugly 4x4 that doesn't handle...

    (2) the doors are huge. Most of the time not an issue, but there are times in car parks etc where that can be problematic

    (3) the seats move forward sooooooo slowly when accessing the rear that it's comedic


    I'm really glad I've owned one and feel privileged to have done so. They are magnificent and petrolheads around the world should rejoice that Maserati make these. The replacement is needed but the GT will be a classic one day. Compared to similar function cars values are stupidly low.

    Would also like to thank everyone on here who gave advice during my search a couple of years ago...good forum with lots of knowledge.

    Not sure what car is next...I'd like to try a 911 and my kids are possibly the right sort of size to be able to squeeze them in the back for a bit. So that itch may get scratched next. Staves off being sensible with the money for a bit longer!
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    Senior Member Andyk's Avatar
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    Well done on the sale....get your reasons for selling...Great car to have owned but if you want a Sports car to hustle down you fav B road something smaller would suit the job...like you say a 911 would do the job and is still a great drivers car. Have fun searching for your next car and would love to know what you buy.
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    Good write up, fully understand everything you say.

    I was in the Porsche OPC in Edinburgh recently and had forgotten how small the space in the back of the 911 is - the GranTurismo's greatest asset if the you have kids.

    Also we sat in a 911, Boxster and then Cayman (not called this now but you know what I mean) and one of the teens pointed out to me that from the passenger seat they were the same car despite one being twice the price of the others. That's the problem for me, they have never developed the Cayman as far as they would if the 911 did not exist. Can't buy into a brand that restricts a car to protect another but wait there that's what FCA did with Maserati when it owned Ferrari also....the next Maserati Coupe has a lot to prove!
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    Excellent update and just about summarises my thought process, I don't need 4 seats so AM Vantage or if man maths don't work Cayman S
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    Quote Originally Posted by zagatoes30 View Post
    Excellent update and just about summarises my thought process, I don't need 4 seats so AM Vantage or if man maths don't work Cayman S
    You know we are all doing ok if a Cayman S is a bail out car!
    2011 GranTurismo GTS Auto - have got through 45,000 miles so far
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    1999 3200GT - went in 2003, still bought it even though it threw a CEL on the test drive

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    "its better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all"

    All the best fella and sure you'll be back one day, these cars get under your skin and 3 months without one starts the eye wandering once more.


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    Thing with Maserati is that it can win you over and love it to death and frustrate you in equal measure which you seem to have found out. When they are going well and on the right road you wonder what else to have....Then there are the other times....
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    Good assessment, I enjoyed that. Having just moved from a GTS I get what you mean about the front-end clearance. It's a low car with a long overhang and often scraped. The doors are indeed huge. I'm only noticing now how big they were. The Vantage doors, as well as opening slightly upwards, are an awful lot shorter. In many ways it makes for a more practical car (although I'll be equally wary of parking it a multi-story!).
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    Forum Owner Conaero's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyk View Post
    Thing with Maserati is that it can win you over and love it to death and frustrate you in equal measure which you seem to have found out. When they are going well and on the right road you wonder what else to have....Then there are the other times....
    You just summed up marriage there Andy!


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    Senior Member Andyk's Avatar
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    Hahahaha...Sat here in a course and that made me laugh out loud. So true Matt.
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    2013 Mercedes C250 CDI AMG Sports Plus.
    The Maserati
    Past Maserati 3200 GT - Silver with blue leather.
    Past Italian
    Alfa 155 1.8
    Alfa 155 2.0 wide body
    Alfa GTV twin Spark
    Alfa GTV V6
    Alfa 156 Sportswagon selespeed - Pile of poo.
    Alfa GTV V6 - A lovely well sorted car.
    Alfa Brera 2.4 diesel....my love affair with Alfa ended here.
    Lancia Delta Intragle 16v
    Other
    BMW M3 CSL - Amazing car.
    BMW E46 M3
    BMW E39 M5
    BMW E30 M3
    Lotus Elise x 5
    Lotus Esprit Turbo
    Lotus Exige x 2
    TVR T350T
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