So... I'm in the market for my first Maserati. I didn't dome to the decision lightly, and think I've done a pretty good job of researching the market and cars before comming to this decision. I'm currently in Afghanistan working as a civilian contractor, so I have plenty of time on my hands. My "Cool Car" budget is 20k-35K, which in the used market gave me a LOT of choices. I've looked at everything from Jags, to Porsches, Ferrari 360's, and I keep comming back to Maserati coupes. They just have everything I want (Italian luxury& Style, a Ferrari inspired V8, a back seat, and best of all, the cambiocorssa transmission).
I'm well aware of the short life span of the clutch, and relatively high maintenance costs (because of this my wife made me agree to get a practical car to offset it, so I'm also on the look out for a 30mpg car that isn't totally lame, a used clk230 seems to be the front runner).
Anyways... That's the back story. I've found quite a few nice 2002-2004 coupes with low miles, and good records within my price range. My question is... What is the best year? Also, other than Miles, Service records, and the options I want... Is there ANYTHING in perticular that I need to be looking for?