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I love the Ghibli and plan to get one in Dec. when my son turns 16 and I give him my Lexus. But, I have a 25 mile commute each way to work. I'm the type who buys a car to drive it, not to look at it in my garage. However, I don't see too many people driving $60k + cars during my commute and wonder why. Maybe those people just don't live in the sticks like me.

I know maintenance costs are one reason you wouldn't typically put 10,000 - 12,000 miles/year on a Maserati, and depreciation is another. However, I plan to lease and will bake the maintenance costs into my car budget.

What would prevent you from commuting in your Ghibli? Or, if you do commute, please provide some feedback - both positive and negative.
 

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Hello.. My experiences on putting the miles on. I commute about 110 miles round trip daily plus many personal miles. Yes, I must be living in the boonies worse than the sticks.

Since May 2013 I've put on around 30,000 winter miles on my Mercedes Benz CLS550 and almost 18,000 miles on my summer 2014 Porsche Cayman I picked up last January and another 27,000 on our 2013 Buick Enclave. These are not inexpensive vehicles. So far no issues at all thanks to the big guy upstairs, regular maintenance and by not abusing them. All this under a couple years. I seriously believe cars are meant to be driven and in my case I really have no choice.. Hahaha

I try not to worry about the depreciation and service costs. It can drive you nuts. Yeah, like you wrote, "bake the maintenance costs into my car budget".

I'm picking up my new to me CPO 2014 Maserati GranTurismo Sport this Monday. Already planning the fun little extras... tinting, clear protective bra, rear camera and Escort 9500ci PRO radar all getting done by next weekend. I hope. Can't wait to put the miles on.

My personal secret to surviving long commutes.
You must...
1) Love your job.
2) Love your home.
3) Really LOVE what you drive in between!

I say go for it! Good luck with whatever you decide.
 

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I just bought my Ghibli to be my daily driver. About 24 miles roundtrip + client meetings, etc. Expecting about 10k/mi per year. I hate driving boring cars. I work with a lot of practical people and many think I'm crazy, but it makes me happy. Leasing + prepaid maintenance can take almost all of the surprises away.

We do drive the wife's QX56 on the weekends, but that's b/c it can haul more and I don't mind getting it dirty.
 

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Which DC Do you work in?

I love the Ghibli and plan to get one in Dec. when my son turns 16 and I give him my Lexus. But, I have a 25 mile commute each way to work. I'm the type who buys a car to drive it, not to look at it in my garage. However, I don't see too many people driving $60k + cars during my commute and wonder why. Maybe those people just don't live in the sticks like me.

I know maintenance costs are one reason you wouldn't typically put 10,000 - 12,000 miles/year on a Maserati, and depreciation is another. However, I plan to lease and will bake the maintenance costs into my car budget.

What would prevent you from commuting in your Ghibli? Or, if you do commute, please provide some feedback - both positive and negative.

I have been in DC for about 10 years and every Agency I have worked for looks like a car show. I currently park next to a $100K Mercedes, and in front of Porsche. I drive my full size SUV because I carpool and I am scared I am going to nick someone.

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1. The roads in DC and Northern VA are terrible. I have had to replace tires on my 2007 Cayman S., and my 2013 VW GLI due to potholes.
2. DC Drivers suck! I am shocked I have not been bumped or hit more often.
3. Cabbies will challenge you for space on narrow roads.
4. Semper Construction! Like Semper Fi, but its not the USMC wrecking sh** its DOT wrecking your sh** with rocks flying up, trucks, etc.etc.etc.
5. You become that guy with the $.5 million car in the company garage. Even though its under $100K. When I drove my Cayman to work I definitely became the subject of conversation. Heck, when I had a Volvo and lexus back in the good old days people that worked with me questioned how I was able to swing two cars that were reasonably new and of good quality. Well, duh...I had a wife that was working and it was none of their business. Now, you're having conversations with people you detest about your vehicle that you use as therapy to try to forget them. Phil from accounting will tell you about his 1970 Cuda he's got sitting on blocks that he will race you with as soon as he gets his bonus! But, when you go out for lunch you may get some attractive attention as well (beware...) from the fairer sex.
6. What else do you have in the garage? When will you get to feel that exhilaration on Saturdays and Sundays? Your Mas will become associated with a hellacious commute and you will not want to use it as your toy on the weekends. Chances are, it will be neglected during times when the roads are more clear; there is less construction; and you're not rushing to your budget meeting.
7. Slugging? You want a bunch of strangers slogging in and out of your car? You will start to notice where they did not clean their shoes before getting into your ride. Or they had an ink pen in their pocket that punctured your leather and you don't find out until you're cleaning up later. Or they pull the door handle too hard and break the damn thing.
8. If you have a minor fender bender the guy driving the Smart Car (c) pictures you as Elon Musk and believes that you have the money to set him up for life. He will never believe you are driving a sub-$100k vehicle, and if you're at fault he will test the limits of your insurance company.
9. Eventually you will have to park the thing. See no. 2.

I would suggest that you do not drive it every day. Maybe Fridays or Mondays. That way it feels like your weekends start earlier or are extended into the work week. Its like having a holiday weekend every week. But hey, I admire you for wanting to drive your ride! When I sold my Cayman in September 2012 it only had 6K miles on it. I paid the depreciation for someone else to go out and drive it...for fun! :-(
 

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1. That's why I don't live in DC/VA.
2. Drivers suck a lot of places. You'll have to live with a ding or two. Paintless dent repair is pretty good these days.
3. I tell them to bring it on. Those corporations generally have great insurance.
4. A cost of doing business.
5. Who cares what others think. Don't talk to them.
6. Boats are for the weekend. Cars are for M-F.
7. Keep your seat all the way back. Nobody will want to ride with you. Or just refuse to drive.
8. That's why I have amazing insurance.
9. Parking it is a breeze.

Btw, I'm just being an ass... Lease it, enjoy it, turn it in.
 

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Glad you know how to have fun with your ride. I will admit that I am a pauper and I surprised myself (and my bank) when I decided to upgrade my vehicles.

although I have amazing insurance (USAA - you can't beat em), I would rather not test fate and put my car on the road more often than I have to. Weekends are just fine by me. I can zip in/out in my little GLI (I may have the darned thing chipped and sprint boosted this spring) or plod along in my Explorer. Either are expendable. My next car that I finance will be in the 100K range of Maseratis or something Italian. I probably will never get to enjoy that one either.

Mike
 

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People daily drive Ghiblis and QP all the time, if you were looking at a Gran Turismo (what I have) as a daily driver I would tell you that is a bad idea but I do not see any problem with daily driving a Ghibli.
 

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I had my first Ghibli SQ4 for 6 years had over 45k miles on it. That engine is going to be fine it's reliable if you maintain it properly. The only issue will be tires and brakes. Tires, get some all season not summer they last longer. Brakes if the car is a S or SQ4 it has big brakes, try some after market pads they are not as soft they will last longer. The aftermarket options also make way less brake dust, so your rims stay cleaner. I'm sure there is a thread on this site about aftermarket brakes somewhere I used Posi-quiet. They were ok less dust less wear lower performance though that's the tradeoff.
 

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I hate driving boring cars, just get good insurance and enjoy it. I traded my QP5 for an SQ4 because the older cars weren't as robust. But I still drove it in snow, rain, whatever. They are transportation not garage art.
You do get the negative attention of people thinking you are rich because you have a Maserati. Nobody looks twice at teslas, BMWs, $80k trucks but I've annoyed many at my company pulling up in a Mas. So what, I'm not going to drive what other people think I should. The car is a lot of fun. I test drove an S8+ when I was looking at trading the QP5 but outside of the highway acceleration it wasn't exciting.
I've had lots of project cars bikes and trucks, I've never been able to pull of the boring DD for very long.
 
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