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I have always liked the reliabilty factor that came with my 911, I could put 15k miles a year on my car and was never worried. I live in Bergen County, NJ were Porsches are as common as Jeeps. They don't even get a second look anymore! I always want have what everyone else doesn't so I turn to the Maserati. The feedback I get is that a Maserati will spend more time in there garage than mine. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am looking at a Spyder either 02 or 03. What are the common problems to expect and will I alleviate most by getting the 03?

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Would go with at least 2003, Reduced cowl shake and glass window in rear. or you could pick up a 2004 at good price. My 2004 has not had one issue in my 10 months of ownership and has yet to be back at dealership. Is it a Porsche person telling you that? Like I said in a earlier post the guy trying to sell me a new 911 gave me that same line. Had a lot of fun pissing him off when I went back there a couple of times with my brother who ordered a new 987 S. Salesman would just give me this look as all the customers flocked over to my car and start asking questions and my favorite part was when I scared the brand new 911 next to me by setting off it's alarm with my Tubi. My area is also loaded with Porsches and even a few Ferrari's but did not see one other Maserati Spyder and got a bunch of thumbs up on most rides
 

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i had a similar debate. i had a 997s on order, but then i started looking at the maserati gransport. for me, the gransport is much more fun to drive, better looking (inside and out), and more uncommon. those were the pluses. my concerns were reliability and resale value. from what i gather the reliability (particularly the newer models) is good, however i still am unsure because quite frankly there aren't too many data points because of the low production (vs. a porsche). regarding resale value, i'm placing a bet that maserati will slowly rebuild its image in the us, which will help resale values which are pretty bad now and seem like they can't get any worse. when all was said and done, i'm willing to take those risks because i love the maserati. i've cancelled my 997s order and should be getter my gransport next month.
 
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