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You've seen a lot of pictures here of varying colors in both the exterior and interior. Some of which you might not have seen before. Now after seeing all of these, do you wish you would have changed something on your order whether it be drastic as a totally different color both on the inside and outside or just a little change such as different color piping or rims..etc.?

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Are you absolutely 100% confident with your decision made months ago and you know, without doubt, you absolutely made the proper choice of your color options?

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I saw the blue fabric in person befor I ordered. I knew that I needed a dark color interior with the Fuji white, so Black on balck fabric was the only real option. My dealer was great, he knew that the white piping would not look good with black on black interior, so he made the executive decision to put black piping. Now that I see the inteirors, I know my decision was right. I have owned black cars and the up keep is too much for me. I also don't think red on a maser is right. Red is only for ferrari (in my opinion). The silver is too tame and the yellow is too obnoxious. I thought for the exclusivity, the aniversary color, the color the car was meant to be in (like the mc12) is the fuji white. I saw it in person 3 separate times. It really is fantastic in natural light. Not so good in halogen lit dealers (looks too white). However, once outside it is amazing. Looks silver with a blue and pearl/pink hue as you walk around the car. Too me, fuji white, then blue, then black, then silver, then red, then yellow. The only regret was not getting colored calipers.
 

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I went with the Red Calipers as i liked them on my Boxster but $530 seems like a high price for a little paint. Have heard from others who have painted the Calipers after they got car. Maybe you could try that.
 

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Well I've yet to see Fuji white in person. But my decision does not change.

Silver
Black leather
Grey piping
Red Calipers

And it's on its way to the U.K.

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Thanks to all of you who have posted pics, it certainly helps narrow down the final choices.

Thebimbo's is almost right, but I think I would go for the black grids!!

I have been waiting just over a month for a test drive of the Gransport at Dick Lovett Cardiff. I do feel sorry for them as their demo turned up, and then promptly broke down on the first demo......with the local press on board....not good. I did get to see it in the flesh as it were, and it does sit well.

Only one question for those in possession of the trusty steed; the seat fabric seems very soft to the touch! Maserati claim it is very hard wearing etc., but I wonder if it going to collect the dirt as cloth seats always seemed to do?

Hopefully I will be testing testing over the holidays, should make an interesting comparison with my year old coupe c/c.

My heart says go for it, my head says two lots of depreciation in eighteen months, wait for the new one. I think I probably want you lot to talk me into it!!

Festive greetings etc etc etc

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I'm completely torn between silver wheels and Phil's darker ones. I'm still not sure what Phil's are called. It says "Mercury Grey and Ball-Polished options for the wheels" on the Maserati website, and I wonder if this refers to two different finishes or one?

Anyway, probably too late to change, and with red calipers the silver may be best. The car is due late January/early February, and the colours etc are:

Exterior, Nero Carbonio, Standard silver wheels, Red calipers.
Interior, Black leather, Nero Competizione fabric, Black piping, Black carpets.
Extras, Cruise, Heated seats with Memory, Xenons.

Thinking of Bordeaux overmats from Autostyle, just to add a little colour. They do them with the Trident logo in silver - should look nice, and prevent the black carpets from showing too much mud (I live in a very rural part of Scotland)!
 

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McNab. I empathise.

I live in a very rural part of Wales. Land Rover Defender for 364 days a year and the Maz for the day the sun comes out.

Toodle Pip!
 

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My mercury grey rims do have a gloss to them when you look at them up close, but from a far it doesn't show up much. They are not a flat finish there is a definite clear coat shine over them. I waxed them and the shine came up more, but like I said you have to be on top of them to see it.

I have a short 18 second movie of the rims close up if you want it, send me a message and I'll email it to you. Its too big to post here. The more I see of the car, there are no bad color combinations, you win no matter what.

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Sorry if my message was confusing, my mercury grey rims are not ball polished. They do have a gloss, but they don't go through the same process as the real ball polished rims do. My guess is the mercury grey rims are powder coated and then a clear coat is applied.

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That's rough, thebimbo - the clutch on the demonstrator I drove was so light I can barely remember it !!

I think I'll stay with the standard wheels. Our narrow roads have recently been ruined with kerbs on the apex of every corner, and if you meet something wide coming the other way damage can happen. Easier to repair the standard wheel.

Take your point about the interior, and will speak to Autostyle after Christmas about LHD. My scheme was meant to look something like the pic below (badly produced with Paintshop Pro!) but I'm still thinking about the alternatives - the rubber mats are certainly effective in mucky weather.

Still think yours are great Phil, but the above practicalities (and shortage of time) will make the head rule the heart!

steerpike, you're lucky indeed - we had no really sunny days last summer, and the harvest ended in November - I sometimes wonder why we bother.

The problem of the 06 GT is interesting, but I wonder if it will be the same recipe as the GranSport. Probably bigger and softer, and then there's the development hurdle to jump. The GranSport will be unique in that it's the culmination of several years' hard work, and although your demo was unfortunate it was surely a one-off, and by all accounts completely untypical. My own feeling is to go for the last of the line, but I wouldn't want to influence you.......

Best wishes for a very happy Christmas everyone, and may 2005 bring you miles of Maserati satisfaction !

 

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There's nothing I'd like more than a good European drive in the Spring or Summer, but for various reasons I can't make it (they won't let me out of prison!).

On the subject of Europe, has anyone there heard the rumour which has been mentioned in Ferrarichat about a $6,000 price increase in January? Hopefully untrue !
 
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