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Hi, i'll be graduating from dental school in a few years, and i was wondering if a Quattroporte would be a good choice for a daily driver. I would be buying it used with ~15-20K miles on it (I'll be looking to spend in the 50-60K range at the time). It probably wouldn't see too many miles a year, just basically to and from work. I intend to live fairly close to work (15-20min drive).

Hopefully when i pass the Florida state license exam, then i'll be moving down there, so the car wouldn't see any snow etc, just hot weather and rain.

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Both my brother and I use ours as daily drivers (an 06 and an 07). No problem with it at all.

Just remember, rear tires every 7-9k miles, and to make sure you flog the transmission if you get a duo-select.

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Both my brother and I use ours as daily drivers (an 06 and an 07). No problem with it at all.

Just remember, rear tires every 7-9k miles, and to make sure you flog the transmission if you get a duo-select.

HJQP
thanks, i'm looking forward to it. I've never driven the duo-select, but i did read on here that i should drive it aggressively? That just doesn't seem logical. So should i accelerate aggressively? or just not use the automatic mode? (i would rather have the duo-select than the automatic)
 

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Welcome to the forum!

The QP is an excellent daily driver. We have some customers with over 80K miles and they have had very few problems. The DuoSelect is the choice for the drivers car and the Automatica is well... an automatic. It's not a bad automatic but it's not really the sport transmission either.

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Welcome to the forum.

The QP is nearing the end of its production cycle. Not sure when "a few years" is for you, but it may be a little tough then to find one with so few miles.

I'd rather get an auto, so to avoid expensive clutch replacements, and I think it generally suits the type of car better. But if I were you, I'd rather consider a second hand GranTurismo, though no one knows what prices will be like for used cars in 2~5 years' time.
 

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Welcome to the forum.

The QP is nearing the end of its production cycle. Not sure when "a few years" is for you, but it may be a little tough then to find one with so few miles.

I'd rather get an auto, so to avoid expensive clutch replacements, and I think it generally suits the type of car better. But if I were you, I'd rather consider a second hand GranTurismo, though no one knows what prices will be like for used cars in 2~5 years' time.
I am certainly a QP novice - do drool over the car though. What do you mean "end of its production cycle?" Do you mean no more QPs or just near the end of the model year's production?

Also, is that Akebono in your avatar? Looks like it, but it is such a small pic...
 

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Welcome to the forum.

The QP is nearing the end of its production cycle. Not sure when "a few years" is for you, but it may be a little tough then to find one with so few miles.

I'd rather get an auto, so to avoid expensive clutch replacements, and I think it generally suits the type of car better. But if I were you, I'd rather consider a second hand GranTurismo, though no one knows what prices will be like for used cars in 2~5 years' time.
yes, well it'll be about 4-5 years from this moment until i can afford one in full (cash)
I like the gran tursimo, but as a daily driver i really wanted a 4 door.

I didn't know that the Quattroporte was nearing the end of it's life? I know it's the 5th gen, and has been around for quite some time, but what will they replace it with? The GT is considered a grandtourer, not a luxury sedan like the quattroporte?
 

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I've been looking at the QP GT-Sport as my next DD...I'm contemplating either that or an Audi S8. Any advice would be helpful.

Also I've been told that you can NOT extend or purchase an additional warranty for Maserati's; any truth to that?
 

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Either car is fine as a daily drive-just depends on whether you want a boring Audi where they are a dime a dozen, or a truly exciting and rare car such as a Maserati! Only you can decide. You cannot compare an Audi to a Maserati anymore than you can compare a Ferrari to a Mercedes!
Thanks for the reply...sort of how I've been thinking about it. Any truth to the warranty situation?

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I have my QP 2008 SPORT GTS - and it is amazing! I think when I bought it, there were only 20 of them in the U.S. at the time with that trim package, I paid 5K over sticker for it, as my dealer had just gotten it in, and knew that it was considered the rarest and most desirable trim package, like full carbon interior, and alcantara leather steering wheel trims, and on the seats alcantara, like their MC12 - I love the car, I have kept it stock, I am pissed off at the amount these cars depreciate, but I think its due to maintenance costs, a lot of people get turned off by it, and figure they should just get rid of it to save maintenance costs? I don't know what it is, but its a damned shame, and whenever I see a QP up for sale for a stupid price, it makes me mad. I've seen my car sold online for 2/3 the price, and its only been a year since I got mine, and that model only has about 30 cars in the country, I'm told. My dealer is one of 2 in new york, and they barelry even got one of those. I don't know how true that is, if someone knows, please tell me! Other than that, the car runs like a dream, the 20" wheels I have on mine are hard to maintain, you will be spending money on tires, so open a tire shop while your at it! Other than that, the rarity and attention you get is the icing on the cake, on top of knowing its the fastest sedan in the world, topping out at 167 mph - I've driven it to 140- but that was about it, my wife was in the car, so I didn't want to over do it- after 100 it just seems to pull more and more. I'm thinking of getting a Larini exhaust for it, but I'm worried it will be too loud, those things sound like beasts!! I'm wondering, does anyone have any experience with the FD ecu upgrade for the QP? Is it worth it? That coupled with the larini exhaust would make about 440 hp i think, whoa...
 

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The ECM is worth it. Adds quite a boost. When you hit 4K RPM your head gets thrown back against the headrest if you forget to take a deeper grip on the wheel. Together with the DBW mod, changes the car to the point where you wouldn't want to be without them.
 

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Qp Ecm

Hey thanks for the info, but I wish I could experience it firsthand!! I have the automatic transmission, and the paddles shift really fast, and the car is fast, but I don't feel like i'm being thrown back, ever, ha. Do you also have an exhaust? The reason why I bought this car, was because I couldn't decide between luxury daily driver, and exotic sports car. I'm really really thinking of putting the ecm in, but just want to make sure its not over kill, and I'm thinking of the exhaust too... hmm... what do you guys think?? Thanks in advance!!
 

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The ECM should have the same impact on the automatic since the powerband is an engine effect, not a transmission effect.

I have a Tubi exhaust with the Larini x-pipe. Your car should already have the x-pipe since it is a GTS. Mine is an Exec GT so it had a center silencer.
 

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tubi noisy?

thanks for the info pal! but i got to ask you, when I'm in my gts, I can't hear a thing outside, its pretty quiet. How is that thing with the tubi? Is it noisy? How would you consider it? Because it is completely silent even when I'm pushing it!
 

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I love the Tubi on my car. People have pulled up and said, "that car sounds as good as it looks"!

Need I say more?

People rave about the Larini pipes on the QP too.

Go to Youtube and take a listen.
 

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larini... hmm.

I'm really thinking about it.. hmm... It does sound bad ass, just like a souped up ferrari, but its a beautiful saloon.... Might as well give it some attention...
 

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re your comments on depreciation - I bought a brand new Gran Turismo S last autumn and so have also suffered badly on resale values but then again I love the car, I mean I REALLY love the car, have no intentions of selling and get a total thrill every time I drive it (which is as often as possible) - dont get down about mere paper values, think how lucky you are to able to drive (and own) such a fantastic piece of machinery. Its a wonderful life !
 
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