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I ordered a new Maserati Gran Turismo am waiting for delivery... (could easily sell the car if I needed to)

A friend of mine is trying to convince me that for approx. the same money, lets say 130 to 140k... I can buy a 2002 or 2005 Ferrari Maranello 575 with low miles (lets say... 10,000 miles) 12 cyl's over 510 hsp etc.......

One of the issues for me is... do I really want to not be in a new car and be in a 5 year old car... ? I am not a person that works on cars, one that just loves them..... ( I really like the Ferrari 612.... but those prices for a couple of years old are over 200k)

I am leaning toward the Maserati, but I would sure value the opinion of you guys... (more so than Ferrari guys with a strong Ferrari bias)

thanks......by the way... this would be a daily driver for me.... (did I just answer my own question.....?
 

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I think that you did just answer your own question. I have a Ferrari, and love it. But, it does not make for a great daily driver. The regular maintenance is very expensive, and makes the service on a Maserati look like a Honda. The service is even worse on the 12 cylinder models. The Maserati will give you a full warranty, the Ferrari would probably cost several grand a year to maintain.

The Maserati will also give you a backseat which you will not get on a 575.

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I think that you did just answer your own question. I have a Ferrari, and love it. But, it does not make for a great daily driver. The regular maintenance is very expensive, and makes the service on a Maserati look like a Honda. The service is even worse on the 12 cylinder models. The Maserati will give you a full warranty, the Ferrari would probably cost several grand a year to maintain.

The Maserati will also give you a backseat which you will not get on a 575.

Eric

Couldn't have said it better myself. FWIW, the 550 Maranello is my favorite modern day Ferrari and it's certainly the best Ferrari I think you can buy for the money but in your context, the GT makes more sense.
 

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Thanks Eric and Derek.......

as i said I love the Maserati but something keeps "itching" about the Ferrari.... ... some strange alure....
 

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Does old car vs new car matter ?

Ferrari would probably have to be a 2002 or 2003 to get the money comfy..... thus 5 yr old car vs new one ? (my biggest hang up) ...

well strike that.. I have many other hangups.. ha
 

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I've got tne same problem

I'm looking REAL heavy at a 550 or 575. I heard the 550 handles better. It would be a daily driver for me as well, and I drive ALOT. I did 50k on the Maser in 10 months.

I think the 550 and even the 575 is really one of the best bang for the buck deals out there right now. And has a "grown man" look vs. the 360, which I think is still a GREAT lookng car just in a different way.
 

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The Maserati will be the best daily driver by far and yes will depreciate accordingly. This is the option that makes the most *sense* if you plan on putting miles on something. It is new with a warranty.

The Ferrari will be more thrilling and more special but will likely be less reliable and will cost more *cents* to maintain. Also, when things go wrong, they will be very expensive to you.

Not a bad place to be though... Maserati or Ferrari... could definitely be worse!

Good luck with your decision...
 

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You're right not a bad place to be

Everyone agrees that the Ferrari is high maintenance but what exactly is the issue with them? Is it just the engine has suchshort service inntervals or is it just poorly put together, by daily driver standards.
 

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i never really liked the 550 / 575, but as every one mentioned, you have to consider the cost of ownership.

not sure about you but the ferrari will draw quite a bit of attention. the GT is more discrete.
 

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I have had zero reliability issues with my Ferrari, but keeping up with the prescribed service schedule is expensive. I just had my full 30,000 done at a cost of $6,500!!

The cars run forever, if maintained properly, but cost a lot of money to maintain properly.

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Dodnt forget your maserati will be worth 50% less in 3 yrs

I agree with that, in the next couple of years the GT could easily depreciate 20% ($25k), and that pays for the 550/575 maintenance.

So, it shouldn't be a financial decision, but a matter of taste. If you dream about having a Ferrari, go for it! You can always sell the Ferrari losing little money ("fully" depreciated) and buy a GT in the future.
 

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---A friend of mine is trying to convince me that for approx. the same money, lets say 130 to 140k... I can buy a 2002 or 2005 Ferrari Maranello 575 with low miles (lets say... 10,000 miles) 12 cyl's over 510 hsp etc.......
Ferrari's are generally not good daily commuters. Some of that is due to the services required every three (3) years, and those services can get very expensive depending on the model.

Also, a 12 cylinder DD can get very expensive especially in Northern Calif where 91 octane is around $4.00/gallon.

Maserati uses chain timing belts that do not need service every 3 years. So, Maserati may be a better choice for this and many other reasons.

You should, however, do a good deal of homework on Ferrari models before buying one on the advice of another as this can be as bad a choice as getting into a business about which you know nothing.

Be careful and be knowledgeable. You will benefit well.
 

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thanks again men....

all valid points....... if my choice was NEW Ferrarri vs NEW Maser it would be a no brainer.... not so sure I want a 5 yr old car...
 

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Unless you think you will go for a brand new Ferrari in the future, why not go for it now and after the Ferrari fever is over you can always go back to a new Meser anytime.
 

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Now that I have had a chance to drive my new GT for a few days I can tell you that you should definitely stick with Maserati. The car is beautiful, comfortable and powerful. Your decision is a no brainer if you using your car as daily drive.
 

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Hey watch it!

Just because you don't have an F1 pump to deal with any longer does not mean you can slight us 360 guys!!!
LOL, nah not trying to knock the 360 guys. The only thing that pulls me more to the 550 vs the 360 is what I'm getting for the money (more hp, etc.) Hell I've figured out the F1 issue so it doesn't scare me or turn me off at all. Plus the 575 only come with F1 if Im right.
 
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