Mike - i can offer something. I purchased an 05 QP earlier this year, after deciding to move from many years of Porsche ownership.
First, I assume/hope that you're used to owning a performance car that costs more in every way than a regular car. If not, the prices give sticker shock. Also, I'd recommend looking for a local independent specialist for after the warranty expires. If there's not one close, it'll make for expensive long term ownership if your only choice is a main stealer.
I would never have taken the leap without some residual factory warranty and history, though some have suffered from poor service and reluctant acceptance of repair under warranty. So far I've not had too much of that.
I love the DuoSelect transmission, imperfect and idiosyncratic though it is. This forum has PLENTY of advice on how to extend clutch life. Clutch is a major factor, running from $3500-$5500 when changed, anywhere from 10k-20k it seems. A search of this forum has lots of info on clutch, F1 pump, brake, routine service and other costs
Anyway, a few months into it, I have a mix of fear (something going bang and being left stranded) and love (it really is a fantastic motor). For a big car, the QP is an astonishing machine - extremely agile for it's size, highly responsive with DS transmission. When the car fails to start tomorrow morning, or leaves me weeping at the side of the road I'll regret saying this, but so far I;'m happy with my German to Italian switch.
Dave gave you a good bit of advice but most importantly you MUST know how that transmission operates and how that would affect your decision.
It is not an automatic gearbox.
It is a 6 speed that is hydraulically and computer controlled and it's as finicky as a high maintenance woman. It can be fun, but you will pay the price.
It is similar to the F1 in Ferrari, and that has horror stories as well.
I intentionally bought a 6 speed in my 360, because no way was I going to deal with the F1 issues especially the poor clutch wear.
Do your homework and get the full info.
Do some reading here and use the search function. You will find a ton of info.
Welcome to the forum.
Oh and BTW I came to this forum as I thought I was going to buy a QP (definitely not giving up the 360 though). As I learned about the DuoSelect/F1 tranny, I stood by until the 07 auto tranny came in. Now I am undecided and have considered postponing the purchase to see how the newer models fare in devaluation under the current market conditions.
Maybe you should look at an 07 with a fully auto tranny!
Hi, hope i can be of help, i bought a 05 QP, love it, yes the gear box is the biggest complaint, but its so rewarding and suits the car when your using it properly. Just think manual as you dive along, dont let the clutch slip in traffic and you should be fine.
Maintainance cost is high but as stated above, find indipendent service and get to know the car yourself and youl find its not that bad. I use mine everyday, as in every single day in traffic, and Las Vegas desert heat. Motor is much more reliable than most will admit. Brakes are costly, have to change my pads soon, and tires are costly soon, just blew a rear Pirrelli today and thats going to be 600. F1 system has a lot of warranty support so get one with some warranty and get all the recall campaign issues taken care off. Again, i use it everyday and love it so dont be affraid, just make sure its well taken care off, and you drive it as it should be and not like an S class and youl just love it.
Message me for any specific questions, happy hunting and good luck!
I Have An 06 Qp Sport With The Quicker Shifting Which Is Unbelievably Satisfying Especially When Driven Hard On Back Country Roads, Sometimes Has Me Thinking Why Is This Car So Well Engineered.the Dealer Can Tell You How Much Clutch Life Is Left With Regular Service, Which Depends On The Driver Especially If Their Not Used To Driving A Manual. An Automatic Qp Does'nt Make Sense To Me.
Haha, thanks for the kudos, yes, i do try to plan my trips to avoid stop and go traffic, but sometimes i do take surface street vs crowded highways because its really crawling that kills the clutch, the slow rolling on a crowded highway is what causes the most stress. i much preffer complete stand stills and starts vs having the clutch not fully engaged when trying to crawl.