I think the notion of saying Maserati's can be had for little cost, compared to a new car is satire at best. Yes the cost of a Maserati on the used market is great value compared to a new BMW or (insert new car brand here) , however Maserati's are far more costly to own then say a new 3-series, or other premium sedan/coupe. Yes BMW's depreciate quite a bit from new, they do not however incur the cost of maintenance that a Modern Maserati goes through, and this in itself can deter people from adding a Mazer to the garage.
I purchased my 09 QP GTS for about the price of a new 3 series, however, I have already spent almost 7k within my first 1k miles of ownership. (Brakes/Tires/Oil/Belts/etc)
I purchased a brand new BMW 335i in 2014, which I owned for two years and lost about 15k in both depreciation and small maintenance items. The BMW came with a full warranty, I got a sizable discount off MSRP and never paid for maintenance items, except for tires because it was covered by BMW. I put over 40k miles on the vehicle, and got the white glove treatment everytime I brought the car in for service, free loaner car, car wash the works.
So in contrast, the new car still has better value over the Maserati, and it's the common sense choice made by millions, a need for a tool to commute, get from point a to point b comfortably. That's why cross overs took over the world. However any generation Maserati doesn't have that mission.
They often don't have the same warranties other manufactures have even from new. They require a great deal of attention to maintenance, where as a Lexus can get away with a missed oil change and faded brakes. They generally don't have the tech other cars have, I've been in a civic (a year older) with more advanced infotainment then my QP.
My QP doesn't have a warranty. I can get the white glove treatment if I spit out great money to Maserati. But all this doesn't irk me, I can afford the vehicle. And it's not my daily. I have a Yukon Denali and 16 Acura ILX for all the mileage I put down. It is however my pride and joy, my little piece of extra that I can look at before I go to bed and think, "yup, that's mine." It's my first choice to drive on a beautiful day, and believe me I drive my cars and truly enjoy them. But it's not the grocery getter.
So yes, Maserati's can be had for really good "deals", but what will always leave the prestige to guys in the Mazer club, is simply that we have a fantastic, fine and exotic Italian product and we can afford it and afford to keep them going like the day they left the showroom. Nothing snarky about it, just my two cents. Not everyone owns one, even the older ones that can be had for cents on the dollar, for a reason, and it's not because they are terrible cars.
The cars from Ferrari days will always keep there prestige, and along with the new ones because of that. But they will simply always be held in high regard because you won't see a budget baller driving a Maserati out of warranty as often as you'd see some guy driving a used 5-series on off-brand rims. They are rare, they are beautiful and no matter what gen, they always turn heads.
But in the end, for me anyway, it's a passionate love affair I have with the car, because it signifies more to me then just a mode of transport, and I feel in a way, that the attention I get in it is garnered because of that reason. The brand is truly special. Maserati built a car, that can extend my passion into a beautiful piece of art on four wheels. And it's glorious! Both visually and audibly .
2009 QP Sport GT S //
Nero on Nero
Last edited by SK10R; 06-14-2017 at 07:48 AM.