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Put the deposit in yesterday and am ~really~ excited. These cars are like nothing I've ever driven... and I've test driven quite a few.

Any advice or warnings for a new guy about to pull the trigger?
Anyone have experience with Ferrari Maserati of Washington (DC)?

Thanks!
 

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I bought a used 2002 Cambio Coupe sight unseen from a Maserati dealer in Minneapolis (I live in Chicago) and I have been very happy. Just a few things I would ask about that might affect the price you are willing to pay but no "gotchas". Most of the stuff I would have asked about are things I would have wanted the dealer to fix up before I got the car.

Get the clutch checked out. If you trust the dealer, they should be able to tell you how much is left. Esp. important if it is a cambio. My clutch was already near death when I got it - luckily the dealer here in Chicago replaced it under warranty but your mileage may vary on that one and clutches are not cheap but then again, you can always buy a new one and probably will have to eventually.

It would be nice to confirm that it is still under warranty - a Carfax report should be able to tell you this. My car had 4 minor problems that the dealer fixed under warranty.

Ask your dealer to throw in a set of snow tires - you will need them in even the most mild of winter storms trust me. I grew up in Michigan with only rwd cars, so I thought I did not need winter tires given the nice weight distribution the car has. But the stock tires are just too soft and lack any cutting tread and the car will just skate back, left, right whatever without snow tires.

If you like to listen to CDs while you drive, hopefully you will be buying one of the models with a CD changer - if not, you may be out of luck without spending a lot more money. The single slot CD player in the driver compartment sucks and there is no wiring in most 2002 models for a changer to be added - plus, most car stereo shops will not TOUCH the Maserati (and for good reason, the stereo is integrated with the computer wiring and you can actually mess up the engine or suspension). If the car you are looking at does not have a CD changer, ask the dealer whether it is one of the later 2002 models that at least has the CD changer harness already in, or ask the dealer if they would install a harness (about 5-7 hours of labor).

Of course if you can drive the car, drive it as much as possible. If it is a cambio, watch out for unusual hestitation or vibration on shifting (indicates a clutch problem most likely) since you cannot otherwise "feel" the clutch pedal.

You might also want to see if you can get a good deal on the Tubi exhaust setup as part of the sale - the stock exhaust is very restrictive (quiet) and major performance gains are possible just with the Tubi.

Finally, make sure you check pricing all over and especially online (ebay and duPont registry). I found that local dealer asking prices were about $20,000 more than actual selling prices. I am sure most of the prices are very negotiable - especially if instead of cash discounts you ask for a bunch of upgrades.
 

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Thanks JS. Good advice all around and I've taken it all to heart. Had test driven a 2002 a month ago but this week I test drove with someone who really knew how to put it through the paces (and let me take some liberties as well). It'll be a done deal next week and it's all mine. The previous owners were fat cats with Ferrari's and seemed to spend all their time on them and never drove this, shame on them. They did, however, pimp it up quite a bit. Here are the specs:

2002 Cambiocorsa w/ 4,496 miles
Grigio Nuvolari/Beige with Tobacco piping
Tubi exhaust
2004 18" ball polished rims
2003 badging V8 badging
has the navigation system retro-fit, don't think that was offered as an option on the 2002's but not sure.
leather head liner
heated seats

Will try to get up some pictures posted up soon. They are keeping it in the showroom until I take delivery but I'll be heading over later next week.

Thanks again for the advice!
Tom
 

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Great color combination!

A dealer told me make sure that I bought a car with Skyhook suspension. I'm not entirely clear on what the Skyhook does, but apparently it's a desirable feature. Something about smoothing out the ride, I think.
 

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Thanks John, yea, the color combo is nice.
I forgot to mention that this also has the Skyhook suspension and the HiFi sound system option. It pretty much has every option that was available from based on what I've seen so far. I'll try to attach this pic of the interior that the dealer sent me.
 

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Would just re-iterate from previous postings that the clutch on some 2002 cars was a "single-tang" type which a number of north American dealers appear to have upgraded "under warranty" to the later, more effective "two-tang" type.

It would certainly be worth asking the dealer to confirm the position on this (especially as this car has such a low mileage - it almost certainly has the original factory-fitted clutch)
 

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Thanks John, yea, the color combo is nice.
I forgot to mention that this also has the Skyhook suspension and the HiFi sound system option. It pretty much has every option that was available from based on what I've seen so far. I'll try to attach this pic of the interior that the dealer sent me.
Hey nice mats! :)

Where can I get the Blue mats with the beige maserati emblems ?
 
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