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Need advice re: whether to buy a 2006 GrandSport

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I'm looking for a second car and was settled on a Porsche 911 until I found that the Maserati GranSport is not the outrageously expensive car that I had assumed it to be. I love the way the 2006 GS looks and I would prefer to have a car that I'm not going to see in every third driveway in my neighborhood, but I have read a couple of posts that make me a little nervous. Specifically, comments about the GS transmission.

Why do people advise against using reverse to the extent possible and against using the "auto" button? And what is it like driving the GS in the city (stop and go)? I read that "stop and go is not your friend". Unfortunately for me, almost all of my driving is in the city.

I appreciate any advice.
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I have a 2006 GS with 16K miles.
I absolutely love the car.
In sport mode the transmission is excellent, and shifting is not a problem, easy to live with in stop and go traffic.
I have >50% clutch left.
The reason for sport mode is that in regular mode the shifting is a little too "lazy" for my tastes. Auto mode is horrible for that same reason, and it is an unnatural feeling to have an auto "pause" in between gears when you aren't expecting it. I really think the reversing thing is overstated by people, ho wmany people are driving around in reverse up long hills? (The issue is rapid clutch wear secondary to a lot of slippage.)
Reliability shouldn't be much of an issue in my expereince.
I have had 911s (both 993 and 996) and the GS is far more unique and special experience to drive. If you crave reliability in the city then the 911 tiptronic is hard to beat, but if you are looking for a unique "exotic" ownership experience usable every day then the Maserati is the car to none.
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I too have noticed the "driving in the blindspot" thing. Drives me nuts! I can sense the other car and they just hang there, pinning me in so that I can't get around the dork in the pickup in fron tof me! I can't say i blame them though, the 3/4 rear iew is one of the best of the GS.

Forget the Porsche....(I have)...get a won't be sorry.
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