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Interesting insight from another forum....

Hello All:

I don't post often but do lurk just about everyday. I sell new Maseratis and
Ferraris for a living at Continental in the Chicago market. Here is my take
on customers and the selesspeed system. The Quattroporte has sold quite well,
in fact, we have purchased extra cars above and beyond our allocation. It
has taken 4 hard years but Maserati appears to be a real brand here in the USA.
Potential clients do not seem to be overly concerned about the brand. I no
longer questions and statements like "Maserati is owned by Chrysler", "
Maserati's break all the time; don't they?". The Duo-Select (selesspeed) system on
the QPorte works very well. However, it is a very specialised system that
requires some mechanical sensitivity to drive well (just like a manual trans!).
Let's face it, the market for the number of open minded, mechanically
sensitive customers spending over 100k for a sedan is pretty small. As a result, if
Maserati wants to row the brand they must, suck it up and give the people what
they want. So......what we have begining with January produciton is a fully
automatic Qporte with a the auto. mounted right behind the engine (so much for a
rear transaxle) and a 4.7 liter motor without a dry sump (more torque for the
auto). The Qporte becomes more conventional and yes, we will sell more of
them. Myself, give me a cambiocorsa or duo selct any day over an automatic. T
he duo-selct will still be available for the enthusiast. Regarding,
reliaibility. ..the majority of the issues seem to stem from software problems. Maserati
has attemped to be responsive complaints and concerns and as a result has
tried many versions to satisfy them. We have had very few instances of cars
that left customers stranded.... .in fact I can only think of two in the last four
years. Yes, clutch wear can be a problem (only for the unskilled!).
I
BTW, the Coupe, Gransport and Spider are now out of production. There are
no near term plans for direct replacements. Let's not get started on the
reasons for this. I for one will miss selling and driving the Gransport. If you
have not experienced the Gransport, you owe it to yourself to experience one.

I hope this perspective helps!

David Alexander

Riverside, IL
 

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Its rubbish!

Its well known that the new Coupe will be launced next year and some dealers have seen it by invitation of Maserati
 

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The way I look at it, if the new Coupe/Spyder comes out I'll get one. If not, I'll smile knowing that I own the last year of one of the best cars every produced.
 

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SJP63 said:
Its rubbish!

Its well known that the new Coupe will be launced next year and some dealers have seen it by invitation of Maserati
Give me one reason why Maserati has not shown the new coupe to the public at the Paris Motor Show. There is only one reason, it's not been approved by the board to go into production yet. I can believe that, at this moment, there is no plan to get the new Coupe into production. Yes, prototypes exist, but that's a totally different story.
 

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It will be launched at Geneva 07

dchao said:
Give me one reason why Maserati has not shown the new coupe to the public at the Paris Motor Show. There is only one reason, it's not been approved by the board to go into production yet. I can believe that, at this moment, there is no plan to get the new Coupe into production. Yes, prototypes exist, but that's a totally different story.
 

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MVP said:
"Why do you drive with the MSP off?"
"Because if I'm in a situation where I've lost control of the car the last thing I trust my life with is Italian electronics"
You do realise that its actually German electronics (Bosch etc)...?

- Toffe
 

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Toffe said:
You do realise that its actually German electronics (Bosch etc)...?

- Toffe
Yes, cars are put together in Italy though which is the part that scares me! It's more of a joke than a serious comment, thought it was funnier with Italian rather than German electronics.
 

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Toffe said:
You do realise that its actually German electronics (Bosch etc)...?

- Toffe
Also off-topic but I know the ASR, MSR and ABS and other programs are designed and made by Bosch but the MSP was never openly made or designed by Bosch, not sure if it's made in-house or by another company but could you clarify for future reference?
 

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Speaking of parts on our cars.... I had the right hand cover inside the engine compartment open last night checking my oil level. I noticed that the black box close by, which houses 4 Relay's was not latched completely. I opened it up, and was shocked to see the "FORD" logo on the inside. Hahahaha.....

Mike
'02 GT Coupe
 
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