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I have some pics in this thread: 2016 GT Convertible w/ Diono Car Seats

I think you nailed the biggest issue I found when looking for a convertible GT. So many of the earlier years, 2008s/2009s had cracked/chipped leather all over. I assume just by being in the sun.

That and wanting a warranty helped push me to a 2016 with low miles. The warranty already saved me $3k. Buying this car used, even with an inspection, can still cost quite a bit.

I intend to keep up with the leather conditioner and try to park in shade when possible. Otherwise it's out for usually daily short trips, and stored in the garage, so it doesn't get too much sun.

The trunk doesn't tend to be much of a problem as the back seats are seldom used so I usually store stuff between the small trunk and back seats. Including a family of 4, I have been able to fit an entire kid's Balance Bike in the back, with the handlebars taken a part.

I have a '11 'vert and I love it! Never had a convertible before this and I can honestly say I didn't know what I was missing. The symphony you hear when you open her up with the top down is priceless!!
- Absolutely!!!! Even better when you find the sport and manual mode.
 

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One thing that has me a little confused is if you could still get the older 2012 bumper/seats and earlier well into 2015? I saw a couple cars that were 2015 models that had the old style bumper. I thought the dealers were just claiming they were newer than they were, but when I look at the Carfax and the data plate in the photos sure enough they are 2015 models. I just assumed the "Sport" model was the name they switched to by default after 2013. I even saw a 2013 Sport bumper with the old style seats. Am I wrong?
In 2014, when I bought my first Granturismo Sport at this time the base model was the Granturismo S, and the S had the "old style" front bumper. Therefor I dare say it is correct that in 2015 three different front bumpers where produced, the S, the Sport and the MC front bumper. And the S had also the "older" seats...
 

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Have you guys had luck with buying long distance? I've found a car or two that fit what I'm looking for, but they are halfway across the country. I know some places will ship a car, but I actually have two cars I'm looking to trade-in. Not sure how that would work long distance.
 

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You kind of take a gamble initially...

Find a quality Maserati shop local to the car who can do an inspection, which you'll most likely pay for. Based on that, you'll either book a 1 way ticket and drive the car home, or pay $1200ish to ship it across country.
 

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I've always had convertibles and the choice was only a Gran Cabrio for me. Never considered the coupe.

The trunk is a non-issue for me since I don't carry a lot of stuff for my joy rides in this weekend car.

The sound from the exhaust when the top is down cannot be experienced with the coupe even with the windows open.
 

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I have a 14 GT sport vert. I love the car and had it since brand new. It's my second vert (e36 m series) but I've always had sports cars. Mustang, 350z, 911tt, s2000... The gt is the most complete (and reliable) car ever.

There's very little like it on the road. Only other 4 seat convertible are Bentley and MB s class vert. Neither one sound or look anywhere close.

The coupe GT are great too, but IMO there are a lot more options and competition for them than the convertible. Kinda like 2 cars in one really. There's a lot of room in the rear seat area.
 

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How do you guys feel about cars that have had modifications done to them? I'm looking at a car that someone installed a backup camera in. Seems like you'd have to install a module behind the dash for the head unit and run an A/V all the way to the back of the car (seats removed, somehow the wire gets to the outside of the car). Would that scare you away? Possibly cutting into the wiring harness and maybe even drilling a hole in the trunk seem like things to walk away from. Feedback?
 

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How do you guys feel about cars that have had modifications done to them? I'm looking at a car that someone installed a backup camera in. Seems like you'd have to install a module behind the dash for the head unit and run an A/V all the way to the back of the car (seats removed, somehow the wire gets to the outside of the car). Would that scare you away? Possibly cutting into the wiring harness and maybe even drilling a hole in the trunk seem like things to walk away from. Feedback?
Pretty normal for cars, especially in the GT that sits so low and has low front/rear visibility.

I actually had both a rear and front camera installed in mine, about $1800.

I use the front camera every time I park to get as far away from everyone else as possible.
 
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