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Short question. How do most people percieve a Maserati owner? I for the most part get pretty good looks and gestures but every once and a while I will get the "give dads car back" remarks. I'm 23 and lucky enough to be able to own a granturismo but im curious to know what people I meet for the first time are thinking when they see my car or find out what kind of car I drive. Your thoughts?
 

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Short question. How do most people percieve a Maserati owner? I for the most part get pretty good looks and gestures but every once and a while I will get the "give dads car back" remarks. I'm 23 and lucky enough to be able to own a granturismo but im curious to know what people I meet for the first time are thinking when they see my car or find out what kind of car I drive. Your thoughts?
People most likely think the same thing about any young person that drives any $75K+ car of any brand. Initial reactions probably are centered around thoughts of the car belonging to dad, the money coming from dad, or the money coming from a bank in the form of some sort of loan. All are unfair generalizations. People never think the money could come from mom, the lottery, or just hard work. Although it's hard to believe since we are all "car guys" but, most people never think twice. To the majority of people, an expensive car is just another expensive car. Nothing more, nothing less.

Now as for Maserati owners of all ages, I think people that notice see a Maserati and think, "there is a guy/girl that has money and taste, can't afford or doesn't want a hardcore sports car like Ferrari/Lamborghini, and has more imagination than the guy that runs out to buy a Corvette or Porsche". I suspect Aston Martin owners get a very similar reaction.



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Mostly admiration and envy.

Maseratis are so rare and beautiful that I've only gotten thumbs up, cellphone camera's clicking, and waves. I don't think the typical person has any idea they cost less than a Ferrari/Lambo. They just see a stunningly gorgeous car with a name they probably recognize and go, ahhhhhh.... Maserati.

My boss and I were talking cars one day and Aston Martins came up. He said, "No, my dream car is a Maserati." I didn't have the heart to tell him I had one.
 

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Fellahs I am very lucky to have once owned a DB9 and now I have a stunning new Gran Turismo. So my point is in my opinion as an owner of both, the DB9 which stickers for $57,000 more than the Maserati is a better car! It is faster, it is BETTER BUILT quality wise and the sound of the V12 (uncorked) is orgasmic. You get what you pay for!

Having said that I absolutely love my GT too, it is drop dead gorgeous, great sound, reasonably fast and has 4 useable seats. But if I had $187,000 to spend I would buy another Aston, especially the 2009 version with a 0-60 of 4.6 seconds, all the toys and bells and whistles and drop dead stunning!



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i think maseratis are ingrained in the american consciousness more than other exotics. maybe its because of the maserati history at the indy 500 or the way the name rolls of the tongue or ... like in the movie "wall street" when michael douglas says "it's like my mother in law going over a cliff in my new maserati". why masearti? i don't think it was a product placement. i also think that most people think the car cost way more than it does.

i think the original poster's issue has to do more with his age rather than his car being a maserati. if your a young guy with a cool car; enjoy it and don't be concerned what other people think. you wouldn't want to be driving a kia would you?
 

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Good thread! For me, when I first saw a Maserati I had to have one. Could have had anything, basically, but the maserati said something different to me. When I see others driving them I think class and style as I do with Astons, just more so with Masers. I don't get the same from Lambo and ferrari. With those I think money, flash and speed. Interesting what would be said if gigiti were driving a ferrari/lambo. Likely a much different response?
 

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Short question. How do most people percieve a Maserati owner? I for the most part get pretty good looks and gestures but every once and a while I will get the "give dads car back" remarks. I'm 23 and lucky enough to be able to own a granturismo but im curious to know what people I meet for the first time are thinking when they see my car or find out what kind of car I drive. Your thoughts?
You have answered your own question.

Had a Ferrari at 26. Same thing.

These days, funny how people see me in my leather moto jacket, sunglasses, and long hair at the cafe and step aside and avoid eye contact - until they see me walk to my car. Then they get curious and pay extra attention. People make assumptions. Didn't care a hoot @ 26 and don't now.
 

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The only problem I have with a 23 year old owning a new GT is what do they have to look forward to when they are 40 or 50 years old!
lol,...my friends ask me the same thing. Im 25 with a quattroporte and they always say "Awesome car man, we really love it...but when you get older what do you have to look forward too?". I laugh and tell em, hover cars! haha :laugh: Seriosuly though, the same question gets asked no matter who see the car. They always first assume its daddy's, or that my dad bought it for me. Once I tell them that no, its mine and I worked very hard for it. Then they say,..."oh you're a drug dealer?" "what do you do for a living?" . Never fails, everyone just has to know where the money comes from, dont they.
 

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lol,...my friends ask me the same thing. Im 25 with a quattroporte and they always say "Awesome car man, we really love it...but when you get older what do you have to look forward too?". I laugh and tell em, hover cars! haha :laugh: Seriosuly though, the same question gets asked no matter who see the car. They always first assume its daddy's, or that my dad bought it for me. Once I tell them that no, its mine and I worked very hard for it. Then they say,..."oh you're a drug dealer?" "what do you do for a living?" . Never fails, everyone just has to know where the money comes from, dont they.
OT thats funny.....because i look at cars alot and more so maserati.....people in the military tell me all the time you can't afford that on our pay and i just tell them OK. I often..very often get the same comments above when i got my first NEW BENZ at 23 along with dirty looks......can't wait to see how people look at me when i get my house and maserati that the military is paying for :rolleyes: Priceless lol
 

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This depends SO much on the person making the comment, their background and their knowledge of cars. Ive heard it all while in my mas, and the same in my lambo. Most people have a lot of respect, and few others make stupid, jealous comments. I do get some of the "drug dealer" references myself as a younger owner, but there will always be those types of people, so I dont let it get to me :D
 

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U guys are young...I am 40 and in over 20 yrs of car ownership I never imagine I will buy a Maser till the GT came about.

I guess people's impression of Maser owner is
- rich but not rich enough for Ferrari or Lambo.
- car enthusiast who like to be different so he stays away from Porsche
 

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I still think the Ferarri name is still numero uno and is synonymous with fast, expensive cars and it is mainly due to their tremendous success in F1 and sports car racing!

Neither Aston nor Maserati comes close............
Heretic :D:hissyfit:

You should do some research on the history of Maserati.
They were racing and winning before Ferrari was a company.

Here is a start for you
http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/con-maser.html

http://www.maserati.us/maserati/us/en/index/passion/Heritage/Racecars/maserati-competition-coup-s.html
 

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Heretic :D:hissyfit:

You should do some research on the history of Maserati.
They were racing and winning before Ferrari was a company.
I'm with Michael. While Ferrari many not have been the first company to win races, they have certainly worked to put themselves at the top of the racing world and continue to stay there (although the Mercedes guys may argue who is really on top of F1).

History does count but unless we are talking about vintage cars, Ferraris are much better known, and for good reason, to be superior in the modern race-bred sports car world.



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The name Maserati certainly has a long and rich history, but today's cars have little to do with that heritage. Today Maserati stands for high performance luxury cars (in my mind), which is very different from the Ferrari brand, with Ferrari being one of the ultimate street legal race cars (again in my mind) with a lot of creature comfort built in. Sure a Ferrari is more expensive than a Maserati, but they are both more expensive than 99% of the cars out there and I do not think that many of us bought a Maserati just because they could not afford a Ferrari. This whole comparison between Ferrari and Maserati seems a little silly. Sure they share some designs (engine/transmission for example), which is very cool, but they are very different cars aimed at different buyers. Living on Southbeach there are more Ferrari's and Lambo's around here than Chevy's (well, almost) and the general consensous is that these guys are players thet live well beyond their means. There are obviously a few Maserati's as well, but they seem to peak everyone's interest and be driven by, shall we say, more down to earth people that want to have fun and own something very special, but do not want to stick out like a sore thumb.
 

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Michael,

isn't there a Ferrari forum or A-M forum you'd prefer to hang out on? You seem pretty down on Masers.:177:
 
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