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I'm not new GT owner yet, considering between GT and 997 carrera s.

I really wonder that cost of GT maintenace average, automanual thogh,

curious about the cost. Also, I wanna know about GT-S clutch cost either.

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The regular Maserati Gran Turismo is a great everyday drive and yet fast and sporty-terrific gearbox with no issues. It's scheduled maintenance is very infrequent, 12,000 miles and it comes with a FOUR YEAR warranty. I cannot speak for the GT S but I do know the gearbox is different. This summer you will be able to get a GT S with the same automatic gearbox as the regular car.



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In the last 12 months I have owned a 4.2ltr Granturismo GT and a 4.7ltr Granturismo S. I have also owned a 911 in the past.

I had a heap of trouble with the first Granturismo. After 6 months and circa 8500 km's I had had enough of the constant trips to the dealer so I traded it in on a 4.7 ltr GT-S. The dealer and the importer subsidised the deal and I essentially got my money back on the 4.2ltr and a good deal on the GT-S.

The 4.2 ltr was a nice enough car; but was terribly tame and a little devoid of that Italian character. It is a huge and heavy car and always felt underpowered. I also found it felt like a whale that was being asked to dance when it was presented with some hills with tight and winding corners. I never really bonded with it over the 8500 km's of ownership.

The GT-S is a different animal all together. It is still a very large and heavy car; but it really doesn't feel like it with the larger engine out of the 8C Alfa and the 599 type rear mounted gearbox. It has a huge dose of Italian character, almost an overdose. The noise is truly EPIC when in sport mode. When you get tired of it, just put it in "normal" mode and it is as silent as the 4.2ltr GT. It is essential to have the optional skyhook suspension. The ride without it is pretty hard IMO. With skyhook, you can choose a hard ride or a softer more compliant ride. The handling with the rear mounted gearbox feels like you are driving a different car in comparison to the base automatic
GT Granturismo. Despite the GT-S having the same weight, it feels quite nimble and turns and stops like a much smaller car.
The GT-S has the current programming from the 599 era of paddle pop gearbox. In other words it is close to faultless in operation. The auto mode is so good that I wouldn't bother with a true automatic. I have driven earlier versions of these gearboxes in 360's and other Maseratis. They are not in the same class as the GT-S.

In summary, the GT-S is the one to have. If you want a car that does everything perfectly; but is a boring and soulless drive, buy a 911.

As for reliability in the GT-S, I have also had some warranty issues; but nothing serious. The A/C didn't work when it was delivered (leaking valve) and the bumper is poorly colour matched to the body. One side skirt has lost a mounting clip and it is adrift at one end. That's it. Not perfect; but not enough to stop me buying one.

Long term ownership costs? It's under warranty at the moment; but I can't see any major costs on the horizon. I suspect it will use rear tyres due to the weight and power, perhaps brakes as well. The gearbox functions so well I don't think it will wear clutches prematurely like earlier versions. The electronics are complex so I guess there is the potential for problems long term; but that goes for all modern cars these days. Fuel economy isn't great; but if that's a concern it's the wrong car for you. I have averaged 15.3 ltrs per 100km's over the 5000 km's I have driven it in 3 months.
The biggest cost will be depreciation. I think you will lose 50% at least in the first 3 years, maybe more?

So my recommendation is the GT-S hands down.
 

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Thanks 360C for the great review.

There are still journalistic reviews that complain about the gearbox on the GT S, but you confirmed what I believe - that they probably don't know how to drive the MC-Shift/Superfast F1 system. And in the short time they have these cars, they don't have the time to learn the nuances/techniques.
 

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Great review 360C! After driving the GT, and owning the GT-S, I agree with you 100%! Fortunately, I have not had the amount of minor probs you have experienced, but Im just under 2k miles (knocking on wood). :cool:

Bcube, you have a great point on "getting to know" this gear box. Its a new concept for me having to adapt to a new trans, but Ive definitely become and better over time, learning its nuisances, and how to fully exploit its power! It actually adds to the enjoyment factor, as you learn how to get more and more out of this great vehicle!! :D
 

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Great review 360C! After driving the GT, and owning the GT-S, I agree with you 100%! Fortunately, I have not had the amount of minor probs you have experienced, but Im just under 2k miles (knocking on wood). :cool:
No worries. No substitute for real world experience I guess.
The only other issue that I have with the Maserati is the dealer. We only have one locally and the experience to date has been less than impressive.
Unfortunately you are tied to them for life as independent specialists don't have the computer diagnostic gear needed for the simplest of issues.
 
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