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As the title says, I'm looking to get into the GranTurismo scene, found one that I'm fairly content to buy, already has upgraded head unit so thats one less job to do, main problem being that the steering wheel is a large put off, so would be looking to swap or replace it, and after a quick look around seems next to impossible to find a good stock replacement outside of eurospares, which only sell the whole unit, and I'm not 100% that they include the airbag cover, given I simply want a stock black leather steering wheel for the car, what is the best way to go about it? Picture for reference, thanks.
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Is this a 2010 GT S with aftermarket splitters? There can't be too many spec'd with that airbag and also have an upgraded head unit. If so, without implying anything untoward, I'd want to know why the owner is selling after only 6 months. At the very least a specialist inspection should be your starting point rather than stereos & steering wheels.
 

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Is this a 2010 GT S with aftermarket splitters? There can't be too many spec'd with that airbag and also have an upgraded head unit. If so, without implying anything untoward, I'd want to know why the owner is selling after only 6 months. At the very least a specialist inspection should be your starting point rather than stereos & steering wheels.
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Is this a 2010 GT S with aftermarket splitters? There can't be too many spec'd with that airbag and also have an upgraded head unit. If so, without implying anything untoward, I'd want to know why the owner is selling after only 6 months. At the very least a specialist inspection should be your starting point rather than stereos & steering wheels.
Agreed I'll be requesting full MOT and service history, and looking at getting an inspection on any vehicle before I buy, given some of the problems with GT's, I'm not interested in getting bitten in the arse from a dodgy dealer, and having to pay out just to get the car to a decent standard. But base I'm looking for is 4.7 S automatic as I've heard bad things about the automated manual gearbox's, though I'm sure you guys could give me more insight into that.
 

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Heard bad things about the automatic ZF transmission ?! :oops: From whom ? Everything I‘ve read on this forum points to that transmission being about as bulletproof as it gets .
( the F1 transmission, a much more limited option in out cars , is known to cause some issues , but not the auto one )
 

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Agreed I'll be requesting full MOT and service history, and looking at getting an inspection on any vehicle before I buy, given some of the problems with GT's, I'm not interested in getting bitten in the arse from a dodgy dealer, and having to pay out just to get the car to a decent standard. But base I'm looking for is 4.7 S automatic as I've heard bad things about the automated manual gearbox's, though I'm sure you guys could give me more insight into that.
Yes, I could have worded my response better. I was trying to draw your attention to this car (possibly) being sold or traded-in so soon after it was discussed elsewhere. Being a natural cynic made me slightly suspicious and now more so if the car is for sale at a non-specialist dealer. Given, as you rightly say, some of the known problems with a GT. Front subframes for example. Which part of the Country is the car advertised? That said, if it all checks out, cosmetics are fixable.

For a better understanding of all gearbox variants, and most things Maserati, you should consider giving Richard Grace a call. Maserati, Ferrari and Porsche sales specialist in Chester, Cheshire
 

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Yes, I could have worded my response better. I was trying to draw your attention to this car (possibly) being sold or traded-in so soon after it was discussed elsewhere. Being a natural cynic made me slightly suspicious and now more so if the car is for sale at a non-specialist dealer. Given, as you rightly say, some of the known problems with a GT. Front subframes for example. Which part of the Country is the car advertised? That said, if it all checks out, cosmetics are fixable.

For a better understanding of all gearbox variants, and most things Maserati, you should consider giving Richard Grace a call. Maserati, Ferrari and Porsche sales specialist in Chester, Cheshire
Can agree with your skepticism, I found this and was going to try and push for it, but I heard nothing but bad things about the garage scamming people and doing their own dodgy MOT's, and generally selling cars that need work doing as soon as you drive them away: I'm based up at Catterick at the moment but always been around NE/NW except for when I was based down south, but I don't mind the drive to anywhere in the country for a good one realistically, means you get to drive it back and get a feel for it after purchase 🤙
 

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saw this a while back not sure if its still available...
 

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Heard bad things about the automatic ZF transmission ?! :oops: From whom ? Everything I‘ve read on this forum points to that transmission being about as bulletproof as it gets .
( the F1 transmission, a much more limited option in out cars , is known to cause some issues , but not the auto one )
The ZF is not an automated manual transmission. The F1 is and this is the transmission he's concerned about...and rightly so.
 

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Ah, right you are , I didn’t read that post carefully enough.. I saw “ automated “ and quickly assumed it was the “ automatic “ to which he was referring .. completely missed the “ manual “ which followed that .,😔.
 

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The ZF is not an automated manual transmission. The F1 is and this is the transmission he's concerned about...and rightly so.
I was never a fan of F1 gear boxes in general, the 458 I leased about 7years ago had an F1 but I would rather Ferrari just go back to making a real 3 peddle manual. I did not care abut long term reliability because it was a lease and I only had it about 6 months before it catch on fire (parked). I would not mind getting into a 308 GTB.
 

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I would like every sports car manufacturer to go back to the traditional manual ; stick shift and clutch pedal. Makes driving soooo much more fun. Except in bumper to bumper traffic .
I could be wrong, but I believe the only real manual offered ( as an option ) by the top sports brands, still in 2023 , is the Aston Martin Vantage S .

Edit… I was wrong : the 2021 model year was the last with a real manual . 😔
 
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