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Am thinking about purchasing new spyder. Wanted some feedback as to reliability, common problems ect. Will be using car as daily driver car putting about 15-20k per year on car. Has anyone had experience with using this vehicle as a daily driving car?
Appreciated any input. Other cars considering are M3 convert, slk55 amg, and clk.
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We have a few on members here that are high-milers. I haven't heard of a correlation between the number of miles driven and the number of problems encountered.

Like a lot of marques, there a few cars that just don't seem to have been put together quite right, but the vast majority are like me with very, very few problems.

A more significant factor for you may be the location of your nearest dealer - you'll be hitting the regular checkup points much quicker than I. Since my dealer's over 2 hours away, that would be a big deal. YMMV :)

I hope you buy and enjoy!
I own a 2003 coupe. Yup so far so good. I use it as daily car and I enjoy every minute of it. This car loves to be driven and driven hard. The other options you are considering are good options but until you drive this current Maser, you wouldn't know what you are missing. My wife and I looked at the CLK and even the M3. We settled on the Maser 4200 without any thoughts. What I like about it most? You don't have to be a serious driver to enjoy this car.

Buy it! You will thank us for it!
Daily driver

Use my 02 coupe CC as a daily driver and have had no issues. I replaced the clutch at 22k miles and cost $2200. Other than that, it is great. My other choices were Ferrari 355, Lotus V8, and 911. I'm very happy with my choice and drive it 15K miles a year. The car is very robust and seems to be able to be driven hard with no problems. Support from the dealership has been outstanding so far. It has rear seats, a trunk, a warranty, and a full Ferrari drivetrain at an extremely reasonable price. Depreciation is the only potential drawback which is why I bought an 02 given I was planning on it being a daily driver.

Buy it, you will have no regrets.
I use my '04 coupe CC as a daily driver. In So Cal, it will be driven all a year. So far no problems. The 4 year warranty was a huge selling point for me.

I wouldn't compare the Maserati to a Lotus or 911. It's much more of a touring/luxury car than a pure sports car. Depends on what you want so drive one and see.

I have a 2004 Spyder and while it is my daily driver I have racked up only 1,900 miles since getting car on April 1st. My commute to work is just a little over 2 miles each way. But I have driven car every single day and have yet to have any issue with it. When I bought the car I figured I would have had to make a couple of trips back to dealership but as of now it looks like my first trip back will be for an oil change after it's winter hibernation. Living here north of Boston means some very poor roads but I found my Spyder handled them very nicely, I knew going in that I was not buying a Lexus that was going to float right over the road. The Maserati gives me the exact interaction with the road I was looking for. My past 2 cars were a Boxster S and M3 coup. The Spyder holds the road better than the S. I did like the M3 (except the very annoying exhaust note) and did consider the M3 convertible till my daughter said that 3 series BMW's convertibles are chick cars. Other thing I had against BMW and I think same with Benz is even with going with the top models they still look like all the cheaper ones on the road. And after driving over 7 months I have still only seen one other Maserati on the road and I have never had a car that on a daily basis I still keep getting the thumbs up and questions every time I park somewhere. Get the Spyder and throw on a Tubi and you will not be disappointed
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Which car you choose is really a reflection of you. The Maserati is, in a sense, and old-fashioned car. That is, you feel engine and exhaust vibrations through the seat of your pants. You feel surface undulations through the steering wheel. All of the cars you are considering but for the Maserati have engineered these sensations out of the driving experience, including the vaunted M3 (of which I've owned 3). The new M3 feels, "Dead," compared to the Maserati, except when driven at 7/10ths capacity or greater.

Now, these cars are not as realiable out of the box as their German or Japanese counterparts. Knowing that going in makes the experience all the more tolerable. My 02' CC had only 9600 miles on it when I purchased it, with an interior so perfect it was hard to imagine it wasn't brand new. There was a small oil leak, small coolant leak, and small transmission fluid leak upon my taking delivery. My dealer explained (and I've since confirmed) that many of these cars had some surface mating issues or gasket redesigns since '02. All of this was fixed under warranty. My water pump has also been replaced, along with the NIT unit which directs the Infocentre display. My climate control sometimes reads, "E," for error, in the gear selection window, and sometimes my car doesn't want to go in reverse, which causes the transmission idiot light to illuminate. Simply shutting the car off and restarting it seems to cure the issue, as the dealership is not reading any error codes by the time it gets to them. A Toyota this is not!

The car exudes a handbuilt quality about it, and it is, in fact, hand built. Whenever I take a panel off of the interior, to work on stereo matters or something, there are little labels with handwritten dates and names on them; "Franco, July 23, 2002," etc. You have to love that!

Conclusion. This is a car with much more personality than most of what is out there in its class. My car has never failed to start, nor left me stranded. At worst, its left me scratching my head a couple of times. With regard to the notion that a car is an extension of its driver, I enjoy the exclusivity this car affords. It reminds me of driving pre-GM Saabs and early M3's, when you felt part of a special club. Those cars too offered a more visceral driving experience. While I agree that this car is a true GT in the tradition of most Maserati road cars, I disagree with my fellow-member that the 911 is any way closer to a pure sports car. The 911, in my opinion, has suffered the same over engineering in the NVH department as the new M3. If part of the pure sports car formula is designing a car which by sound and sensation alone the driver can tell what is happening down where the rubber meets the pavement, the Maserati has the newer 911s beat hands down. I have no regrets in my Maserati purchase, and frankly wonder how I will ever be able to drive anything else in the future given the, "Lexusization," of nearly every other car out there.

Just my two cents (o.k., maybe three cents).

Frankie P
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Hey Frankie,

Didn't mean to imply that the 911 is a better car at all. I just find that my Coupe CC feels bigger and heavier than some of other sports cars I've owned. My previous car was an NSX, before that an RX-7. They both were harder on the kidneys, had very little body roll and were a blast to drive.

The Maserati is brutally powerful, has a very nicely detailed interior, has the kinds of quirks that only the Italians can do and is a pleasure to cruise around in. It also gets me far more compliments and notice than my other cars ever did.

I must confess that I picked up the coupe because I needed something with real back seats. I wasn't about to "throw in the towel" as my wife jokes and get a beemer or merc. However I am quite pleased with the coupe. In the future I would probably keep the Maserati and add a two seater like a 360. (Assuming the cash flow is there) :)

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