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Interested in trying out a Maserati. Since it’s mostly for kicks and something that I might switch out in a year or two I’m looking at the cheapest used listings.

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  • Thoughts on 05-08 Quattroporte models?
  • Where should I get servicing done?
  • Assuming I’m starting with a car that has 50k+ miles on it that’s in spectacular condition, how long would you estimate it’ll last if I properly service it? Again, I’m only looking to hold onto it for a year or two to get it out of my system but have always wanted to ask this...
Thanks!
 

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Buy '09 and up. Any Maserati before '09 will cost a pretty penny due to clutch service/replacement. As far as servicing, use a mechanic that you trust. I had '08 Bentley CFS which was serviced by BMW mechanic (indy shop) that I trusted. If you think about it, mechanically cars are essentially the same.
 

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07 QPs and GTs starting coming with automatics instead of F1 gearboxes. that'd be my bottom start.
 

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I would probably look at the 2008 QP since it has the facelift and the ZF transmission. Look for a well maintained one rather that the cheapest one that has deferred maintenance.
It will be less expensive and easier to sell when you are ready to move on.
 

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I think I might have had the wrong year. Maybe it was the 2009 that had the facelift...
Personal preference, but I do like that one better.
 

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2005-2006 were all Duo Select F1 Transmissions, Dry Sump motors, read about them. Maybe drive one and see if you like it well. Many really like them (including us) but some don't like the fact you'll have a clutch to deal with. There really aren't cam variator issues in these models.
2007 is the year where both the DuoSelect F-1 and Automatic Transmissions were offered. They really are both good in their own ways but again a bit of research there will help
2007-2012 are all Automatic Transmissions with Wet Sump engines, many prefer these for improved reliability and not having the cost of a possible clutch replacement. These models can have problems with the Cam Variators so again, just a bit of give and take on that.

Either way the QP is a great car, just take your time, find the right car in good shape, make sure to keep up on all the maintenance and you'll likely really enjoy it!

Hope that helps!
 
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