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Sold my 2004 Coupe end of Sept of this year to purchase a drop top. Away from the market for only 3 months and OMG 2002 Spyders are now selling for the same amount of money as 2002 Corvette convertibles (Vette with a 6 speed and under 20k milage) and the Z06 is selling for more then the spyder! Even with the Issue of the Clutch and f1 pump the value offered by Maserati should be way above the Corvette. I had a Z06 Vette, And yes its fast but its no Maserati. I guess I should be happy since I'll pay "short money" for a great car but where's the bottom 20k 15K???
 

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The whole country is experiencing a correction right now.

Part of the correction is that things are going to be out of wack.

But it will get sorted out.

Anyone with half a brain is going to say - I'm not buying a Corvette for that price when I can get a Mas.

And then the Corvette price will lower even more.

Prices are out of wack - but it will steady themselves.

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I completely agree with Gene. I've been wanting a Maserati for quite a while. I jumped on a Spyder for a good price last week. As I said in an earlier post, I feel if you purchase one now and hold on to it, it will go up in value.
 

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I honestly think that fortunes are made on the front end.

Look at Phil Ruffin.

He just bought Treasure Island Casino from MGM Grand for $775 Million.

The Casino I think is worth about 3.5 Billion.

But MGM Grand is starving for cash.

So this guy walks in and buys a casino for less than half it's going cost.

In general - Maserati owners are all upscale people with distinguished taste.

I say - do your best to enjoy this bad economy ride.

Hunker down and don't sell your assets if you can hold off.

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Problem with the Masers are the maintenance costs. I think that when people are feeling the pinch they will tend to choose the certainty of the Vette vs the risk of a large repair bill with a Spyder.
 

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Problem with the Masers are the maintenance costs. I think that when people are feeling the pinch they will tend to choose the certainty of the Vette vs the risk of a large repair bill with a Spyder.
I've heard they improved the Vette's in the past few years. The late 80's one I had was the biggest money pit I ever owned. Made me swear off American cars forever!
 

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Great points there.

That's the thing - maintanence.

I think a Mas is not a "every day" car.
I agree again Gene. Of my collection, the ML320 and 300SDL Grease Car are my daily drivers. In my opinion, the old Mercedes are as close to bullet proof as you can get.
 

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Power...

Nice thoughts.

I'm actually giving my Lexus a lot of love now-a-days.

I love my Mas.

But between the $250 oil changes, the electrical problems and the laundry list of other things you need to have... it's by no means remotely a day to day.

I live 7 mile from my studio.

I drive it there. Park it out front. And people admire it.

I drive it to the bank. And that's it.

If you have a Mas - it is blissful.

This car is just fantastic and a head turner.

But there is no way that this is anything else but a show piece.

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Geez fellas....... you're scaring me away from taking the plunge on one of these cars. Are these darn cars really that finicky that there is so much concern involved?
I have read nothing but horror stories on service at the dealers as well!
Is this what Ferrari owners go through as well? :confused:
 

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---....... you're scaring me away from taking the plunge on one of these cars. ---
They are all just reciting reality.

This mess will take a while to straighten out eventhough by January 20 people will start to feel better.

If you find a car you like and feel it's a reasonable deal, go for it.

Enjoy the beauty of the car for what it's worth. Italian cars are just different from all the others.

Experience the difference.
 

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MaSerI...

My Mas is incredibly importantant to me.

Every kid dreams of having a bad a$$ car.

And anyone remotely close to my generation is moved by Joe Walsh and his "...losing his license and now I don't drive."

If my day to day had to be a Toyota Corola - I'd still take that plus the Mas.

My only point is that I was very surprised how much $'s goes into maintaining this beast.

As a interesting point...

When I first bought my house. I was like, "Wow... I can't believe I could afford this house in this comfy gated community."

The lesson I learned, after a few "notices" by the HOA...

I could afford the house. But I could barely afford the maintenance.

When all my neighbors were hiring landscapers - I was doing my lawn ghetto style.

That was a while back ago.

And today, I could probably "afford" a bigger home.

But I rather just live in mine and afford to upkeep it.

Point being?

A Mas is incredible... but only if you can have a second day to day car. Even if it's a used Corola.

Gene
 

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They are all just reciting reality.

This mess will take a while to straighten out eventhough by January 20 people will start to feel better.

If you find a car you like and feel it's a reasonable deal, go for it.

Enjoy the beauty of the car for what it's worth. Italian cars are just different from all the others.

Experience the difference.
Very well put. I'm also a Ferrari owner and they aren't cheap to maintain. I'm very new in the Maserati world, so I don't have much to contribute at this time. I just drove the Spyder 750 miles back after purchase and it was a great experience. You won't find them any cheaper than at the present, so go for it! I don't think you'll be sorry. It's a lot of car for the mid 20's!
 

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They are all just reciting reality.

This mess will take a while to straighten out eventhough by January 20 people will start to feel better.

If you find a car you like and feel it's a reasonable deal, go for it.

Enjoy the beauty of the car for what it's worth. Italian cars are just different from all the others.

Experience the difference.
Thank you, I'm currently searching now for the "right" car once again after having the "perfect" one get sold out from under me by a local dealer.
Its gonna be hard to come close to that one in every way..... including the price I had it for. :mad:
 

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MaSerI...

My Mas is incredibly importantant to me.

Every kid dreams of having a bad a$$ car.

And anyone remotely close to my generation is moved by Joe Walsh and his "...losing his license and now I don't drive."

If my day to day had to be a Toyota Corola - I'd still take that plus the Mas.

My only point is that I was very surprised how much $'s goes into maintaining this beast.

As a interesting point...

When I first bought my house. I was like, "Wow... I can't believe I could afford this house in this comfy gated community."

The lesson I learned, after a few "notices" by the HOA...

I could afford the house. But I could barely afford the maintenance.

When all my neighbors were hiring landscapers - I was doing my lawn ghetto style.

That was a while back ago.

And today, I could probably "afford" a bigger home.

But I rather just live in mine and afford to upkeep it.

Point being?

A Mas is incredible... but only if you can have a second day to day car. Even if it's a used Corola.

Gene
Thanks for the advice. I agree with much of what you say.
This will only be a weekend car, and will probably see less than 3-4,000 miles per year. (Chicago winters)
 

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MaS...

You need to go for it then.

Really... this car is amazing.

I estimate I'm driving it about 10,000 miles a year tops.

Well worth it.

Go for it!

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MaS...

You need to go for it then.

Really... this car is amazing.

I estimate I'm driving it about 10,000 miles a year tops.

Well worth it.

Go for it!

Gene
Thanks Gene.... as soon as the right one comes along, its mine.
Looking for an 06 GS w/low miles and plenty of warranty left. If anyone has any leads, feel free to shoot them my way. TIA
 

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You can buy my 06 GS spyder in another year when I'm done! It has been my daily driver since new in Oct 06, rain or shine, and has been very reliable. Much better than my ML430 which was eventually towed for scrap.
 

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Take your time.

There are many cars and the right one will come.

Don't settle and be open minded to looking a bit beyond cost price to make sure you get a good car.
 

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Hunker down and don't sell your assets if you can hold off.
Right. Before the recession hit I thought I might sell my coupe before the warranty runs out. Now it really isn't worth selling, it will buy me more fun than the money I could get for it. I can afford the maintenance and insurance.

My house has "lost" 100k in value, but it is still worth 300k more than I paid for it in 2003.

My point is, buy low, sell high; I mean, if you don't sell your depreciated asset, that is one way of not realizing the loss.

On the flip side, as someone said, may be a good time to buy a 2nd car as a parts car. :)
 
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