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Hello all,

I just joined this forum in hopes of retrieving information that will either make me purchase a 04 Maserati Coupe or steer away from it.

It will be a "daily" driven car, my current one is a 2006 M3 ZCP and i wish to move up to something more "classy".

Ive always liked Maserati's but never really knew alot about them, only that they were connected with Ferrari somehow. Anyone with a Maserati Coupe "Cambiocorse" i think its called, can please offer some feedback on reliability, maintainence costs, practicality, etc.

And if you have pictures with your Maserati on wheels please post them up, i would love to see some pictures!!


thnx guys!!
 

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Welcome to the site. Look around a bit you are sure to find what u are looking for. Look in the for sale section there is a GS on wheels there.

What is a ZCP?
 

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If I remember right, we never got the M3 CSL, but got this 'ZCP' competition package instead right?

(If that's right it's got tuned suspension, more direct steering ratio, special wheels, special interior bits, bigger compound brakes, m-track mode, and a few other tidbits)

M! is right though, I think going from an M3 to a Maser, especially if its that competition version, you will be much happier with a GranSport, or perhaps even looking at some of those springs from FD.
 

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I agree with M as well. Coupe is weak in every aspect (performance wise) comparing to a well tuned M...except the V8 engine. GS is better.
 

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However, the coupe has a 6 M/T.:)
Suspension bits can be upgraded easier than trannies can be swapped.
 

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However, the coupe has a 6 M/T.:)
Suspension bits can be upgraded easier than trannies can be swapped.
oh oh...:D you'll love the cambio it's just so much faster though you could really do a lot more with the clutch.
 

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I totally agree. That new M3 is not the business its getting hyped to be. The body looks like Bangle threw an E42 M3, RS4, and a merc CSL in a blender.

And the tuners aren't doing much better.. The exhaust is interesting, but what's with the mini wing?

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/ac-schnitzer-gp3-10-concept/387584/


edit: sorry for the threadjack.
 

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OT that roof spoiler looks weird, and that diff looks dangerously low
 

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whether it is ugly or not. M cars, I am afraid, are more driveable than the maserati. doesn't give the kind of thrill when I am in the maserati but it sure is well designed balanced vehicle.
 

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M3 vs Maserati

The M3 is a much more practical daily driver. It's more suitable for daily life and stacks up well to everything. The SMG is better than the Cambio also.

However most M3 owners would rather have a Maserati and it's not so the other way around. Many of our customers upgrade from the M3 to a Gransport which I believe is a worthwhile upgrade over the Maserati coupe.

In the end, it's all about your personal taste, you will enjoy and remember the Maserati as being one of the finest cars you've owned.
 

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The SMG is better than the Cambio also.
I'd argue with you about that statement all day long, have you driven an SMG?

Granted the cambio has its faults, but if I've got to drive one every day for the rest of my life, give me that cambio hands down.

ps. Anyone know if the BBcode supports an image width tag so it doesn't mess up the forum formatting?
 

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We have both an E46 M3 (with SMG) and a Gransport with Cambio. I suppose everyone's taste is different.

To be clear, my feelings are that the SMG doesn't kill clutch's, shifts faster / firmer and offers both the stick at the center console and paddles which rotate with the steering wheel. However, it is very jerky at times and shifts very rough if you're driving it fast in the quick shift mode. Great for lap times, horrible for your passenger.

The Cambio is much smoother, less jerky by far, offers just the paddles that stay in place, but destroys clutches and shifts slower. It's horrible in reverse for instance, I just feel the dollars being burned every time. Keeping a solid foot on the gas does help to save the clutch though, don't drive it easy when starting from a standing stop.

Whether or not the paddles should move is something that I've struggled with for quite a while, in the end I believe that solid mounted paddles are best for the race track, but paddles that move with the steering wheel may be better for street.

The other benefit to the SMG is that it's adjustable so if you want softer shifts you can have them ( without burning the clutch ) and the Automatic mode is probably better than the Cambio.
 

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Which one is the M3?


haha. the 335 looks better

I wish the new m3 looked good... sigh.....

the e46m3 is bimmer's best modern auto.

1. looks
2. prefromance
3. user friendly
4. last a long time with the inline



here is my baby before CSL wheels





at nite


I love my m3 and I will keep it even after buying a maserati... why I didnt buy a maserati this summer/fall

see below





^^ new place to call home
 

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every maserati owners would have / should have driven an M3 before.

not every M3 owners have driven a Maserati before.
 

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Everyone and Anyone can own a BMW...

There are as plentiful here in the states as a Mercedes, BMW, Chevrolet......
 

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