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I'm no longer a young man anymore, but I normally get compliments on the car. OP-I wouldn't let any negative comments get to you. At 23 you have shown financial responsibility, I wish that more people could do the same instead of asking for a free handout.
 

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I'm no longer a young man anymore, but I normally get compliments on the car. OP-I wouldn't let any negative comments get to you. At 23 you have shown financial responsibility, I wish that more people could do the same instead of asking for a free handout.
That's funny that you say that because the OP decided to sell his GT so that he could be in a better financial position. Again, a very mature and intelligent thing to do. I'm sure we'll see him in another Maserati in the future.

http://www.maseratilife.com/forums/granturismo/10937-time-say-goodbye-i.html
 

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Has our country changed that much? This is America, where one is pushed to succeed and enjoy the rewards without any guilt. And where there is a massive number of wealthy people. Personally, I would rather see my financial adviser with a supercar because it means he is doing a great job, or he got a great deal. If not, I would ask myself: is he lying to me, is he hiding a better car than a Volvo for example, is he really a top adviser?

Enjoy your car, I enjoy mine. The perception in Miami is mostly that it is a supercar, gorgeous, fast, but a car that speaks about the great taste and class of its owner. Of course, going to South Beach is different: Ferrari engine, very sexy design, luxury, and many girls have a quick smile on a Friday night or Saturday night. Life is good...
 

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My Maserati is the talk of the town. It's a very small town, 1,400 ish. Across the Columbia river from us is Hood River Or., 11,000 ish. I work in HR at a company of 800 or so people. I am the very first employee hired 17 years ago, so most employees know me. The other day a friend at work was going to have me come over to his house and surprise his girlfriend and give her ride it. The night before he was going to have me over his girlfriend told him I got a Maserati! And I don't know her very well at all. Like I said, small town. How do people think of me now? I really don't know. When people see the car they love it.

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Well when I got my coupe everyone complimented me on the purchase , and all assumed I must be doing very well. Mind you some of my friends drive brand new 750s s classes and ferraris . But all were impressed. So maserati owners are perceived all people with lots of disposable income to throw away on 2 door sports cars from the boot country. And perceived on the same level as Ferrari owners
 

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how about a stranger outside the club ( female of course ) coming up to you asking for a ride home ( she said hot car!! and she wants a ride home ) , and she doesnt look bad at all too!

even my friends dont get that in their ferraris and lamborghinis...:2thumbsup:

maseratis attracts females more than the bull and horses...period
 

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maseratis attracts females more than the bull and horses...period
I don't know about that, but they attract more of the "right" kind of females. The right kind in MY book anyway. They realize that it's a hot car but they don't (necessarily) realize what it is, or that it's an expensive car, which helps you avoid some of the pathetic gold diggers.

This is partially why my childhood dream of owning a Ferrari eventually turned into my manhood reality of owning a Maserati.
 

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That's funny that you say that because the OP decided to sell his GT so that he could be in a better financial position. Again, a very mature and intelligent thing to do. I'm sure we'll see him in another Maserati in the future.

http://www.maseratilife.com/forums/granturismo/10937-time-say-goodbye-i.html
You were right Andrew, after about a year with no high priced cars and toys I was able to really put myself in a great position where owning this car again is worry and stress free! (except for door dings!)

After years of the original post I made I can answer my own question and the answer is pretty basic. The color combo. My first one in stark white with electric red (dash, steering whee, etc) screamed "over here, over here look at me", and I think it gave the impression of trying to hard or being a poser at a young age. I wouldn't have thought that then however when comparing the reactions of that car to the one I currently have in metallic black with subtle natural leather the reactions are always positive and upbeat. Let that be a lesson to anyone fortunate to get an exotic at a young ago, like John Ford said, you can have any color you want, as long as it's black. :D



 

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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!
Man, all that is great, and a car is actually just for moving from point a to point b, and it is awesome, when yours is a new GT! I'm 18yo guy from Estonia, from not so rich family but i make trades on the stock market and i am putting my time on reading Kiyosaki, Carnegie books and so on and also working on my own projects to make my own business and finally perhaps become a business owner. Just looking for some inspiration.. How did you become someone who can afford a car like that? You run a business or two? Stocks? Family or friends? Sorry for being obtrusive, good luck!
 

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Reactions I get really depend on the area I'm in.

In the suburbs majority of the people don't even know what a Maserati is or how expensive it is. There are few who do and they usually are the ones to smile etc. A lot of old farts don't recognize it either..

However once I step into the city, it's a whole different story... 80% of people know what it is and look at it.
 

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Interesting insights from the guys. I drive my Maserati because the body is a piece of art, the engine sound is a symphony, the power is energizing and the ride is exhilarating. Been to Ferrari in Modena, Italy. These guys love their cars as much as life itself and think we should too. My Maserati is a cool "image" car but I just like it's class.
 

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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!
Makes me think of a vanity plate with some version of "Looking Forward to This".

My name for my Coupe CC is "Refined Brute", so I may arrange a vanity plate.
 

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I agree. I have 2013 a mc stradale black on black and I thought I received attention until I got into my buddies 2015 Lamborghini hurricane. The attention was through the roof
 

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I personally don't care about the others' opinions. Ford, Acura, BMW...a douche is a douche in any car, in any outfit. I bought the car because I always wanted a supercar and this was the best compromise (back seats that fit a baby seat) now that I have a kid. I worked hard for it, so I bought it. Best of both worlds (family and making a decent living)...all that matters is that you are the person you want to be and the rest of the world can eat it...

All I can say is my reaction: I smile when I open the door and the smell of that exotic leather hits me. I get giddy when the car roars to life and I can't wait to get on the gas just to hear the exhaust sing to me. It's visual, aural, pure visceral porn....that's what you get.
 

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I personally don't care about the others' opinions. Ford, Acura, BMW...a douche is a douche in any car, in any outfit. I bought the car because I always wanted a supercar and this was the best compromise (back seats that fit a baby seat) now that I have a kid. I worked hard for it, so I bought it. Best of both worlds (family and making a decent living)...all that matters is that you are the person you want to be and the rest of the world can eat it...

All I can say is my reaction: I smile when I open the door and the smell of that exotic leather hits me. I get giddy when the car roars to life and I can't wait to get on the gas just to hear the exhaust sing to me. It's visual, aural, pure visceral porn....that's what you get.
Hear hear!!! All that. :thumbsup:

We shouldn't spend our lives lusting for the approval of others, and god help you if that's why you've purchased the car you drive.
 

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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.
Very well said! I can afford a Ferrari or a Lambo as well, but both of these companies won't work for me because I want a four door high performance car. I love my Maserati and I have never had a second thought about it.
 

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What I can afford varies based on my wants...and has changed constantly for 22 years. In that time there has been lots of Mercedes, BMW's, Porsche, Two Ferrari Spyders, so many muscle and vintage cars Ive lost count, I always bought cheaper than most can imagine, because I dont mind fixing them.

I was looking for a another Ferrari specifically a 348 Spyder. I drove a customers Quattroporte and was hooked. My favorite color is Burgundy, Found a Bordeaux QP and it fits the bill for my new career..Selling High end Real Estate by the beach in South Florida.

In my neighborhood, it barely gets a look because the car in front is a Bentley and car behind is a Lamborghini, two cars ahead is a 69 Camaro SS convertible and I'm getting honked because the traffic light turned green and i'm staring at a Porsche 959 parking at starbucks on Atlantic Ave.....:laugh2:
 

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It's been a pleasure to work with every single Maserati owner that has come through Fabspeed. Everyone has been extremely warm with nary even a hint of attitude, our favorite marque by far. :)
 

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When I was in my second year of college I was determined to buy a used 1967 Shelby, I was 19. Everyone just said it was a dream that would never happen because it was beyond my means. I worked and saved every single paycheck for two summers and finally I had enough to begin looking. As it turned out I was unbelievably lucky to find a leftover brand new 1967 Shelby in August of 1968. So, those people that think certain cars are just a dream are evidently not determined enough. Although I wouldn't feel right spending the money for a new Granturismo I absolutely entertained and purchased a used one and I don't regret it for a minute. It's all in how much you want something and what you're willing to do to get it.
 
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