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So here's the deal - I have spec'd and ordered a gransport and a 997s. the gransport will be here in about 5 weeks but the 997s will be here in about 2 weeks.

I was unsure which one I wanted when I ordered (which is why I ordered both - fully refundable deposits), and over the last 2 months have pretty much decided I like the gransport better (I like the design, the bigger back seat, and it's more fun to drive in my mind).

The one hang up I have on the gransport is the uncertainty of reliability. This will be an everyday car, so reliability is very important. Of course when I explained my position to the porsche dealer, he started telling me that italian cars and the maserati don't have good reliability.

I'm interested in any feedback, good and bad, regarding reliability of the maserati. Can I trust this car to be a daily driver? Thanks.

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Tough to know for sure about reliability on Gransport since it is so new. But I feel it will be good. Seems Maserati listened carefully about complaints on the first cars brought back here in 2002, from the stuff I read about those cars I was expecting certain problems, Well after driving the car for a year I have not seen any of them. Ride is great, Shifting great and none of the electric gremlins that the Porsche salesman warned me about have showed up. Have not had one single issue with my 2004 . Do not listen to the Porsche guy, I think they see Maserati taking a bite out of Porsche sales in the future and are getting a bit worried. So after seeing the way Maserati has got it right now would think they took their time to get things right with the new gransport. I am sold on Maserati and planning on trading mine in this fall to order a 2006 Spyder that is suppose to have 450hp. Give the Maserati a chance, I don't think you will regret it

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Gran Sport Reliability

Go for the Maser!
Be different!
Porsche owners are just like sheep, following each other around.!
Seriously though, I'm on my second Coupe' The first one , a 3200GT, we did 58,000 trouble free miles in and the latest, a 4200 Coupe, we're up to 15,000 trouble free miles in the 1st year.
Maseratis are as reliable as any car nowadays.

I'm saving for my Gran Sport.

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Maserati reliability

I cannot say much about the reliability of my Gransport yet (after not even a week and only 200km due to snow on the streets) except that so far, all is well :wink:

However, I know some guys with more expererience:

- 3200 GT driver, no problems at all
- Coupé driver, lots of problems reportedly, up to water raining into the car; don't know the guy directly, maybe 2002 model
- another Coupé driver, know him personally, 2003 model, no trouble at all (and I am not talking about Bimbo here, which I have gotten to know as well :D )

By the way: I had lots of troubles with my last car which was a Merc...

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Let me tell you about my personal experiences with both Porsche and Maserati:

Porsche 911 GT3 (2004) - owned for 7 months/1850 miles

1) the suspension developed a significant rattle when traveling over significant imperfections in the road (not really potholes per se, just rough road). Took it back to the dealer who stated that the adjustable suspension bolts had loosened and were tightened. The car developed the same problem about 1-2 months later and the bolts were again retightened.

2) The ABS sensor "idiot" light on the dashboard lit up unexpectedly on startup. At this point the car had probably 800-1000 miles at the 2 month mark. Took the car to the dealer and they found that the sensor was faulty and it was replaced.

3) The car developed signigicant rattling of some of the plastic components when traveling over rough roads. Understand, the suspension is quite firm in the GT3, much more firm than in the stock 911 (and much more firm than even the Gransport in Sport mode, now that I have had a chance to test drive the Gransport). I took it back to the dealer who made some adjustments, however the rattles remained.

Maserati Spyder CC (2004) - owned for 5 months/2800 miles

1) Service engine light came on unexpectedly at roughly 2 months/700 miles. Took it in to service and was told that the sensor on the gas tank cover was faulty. Replaced without further incident. At the time, there was also a new software update for the CC, and this was performed.

2) Noticed some smoke(!) coming from the engine bay after spirited driving at roughly 3 months/1600 miles. Took the car to the service department and the reported some tape had come loose on some of the tubing and was resting against the exhaust system, resulting in burning at high engine temps. Replaced without further incident.

3) I have noticed some mild rattling of the interior in the cold weather, but much more mild than in the GT3. Some of the rattling does come from the convertible top, which should not be a problem in the Gransport.

Hope that helps somewhat. I personally have not noticed a significant difference in quality between Porsche and Maserati, albeit with an admittedly small sample size.
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