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Traffic.... Stop and go.... Its the absolute worst thing that can happen to one of us. Its sooo damaging...

Who else agrees???
 

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It's hard on the clutch for sure!!!

I avoid it at all costs!!!
 

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I know....I got caught in DC rush hour traffic last week and it was just killing me to creep along lurching twenty feet at time & then having to come to a full stop....miles & miles of it. I just know I burned up a thousand miles of clutch....never doing that again.
 

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when you hit such traffic, I'm currious to know yoru pattern of shifting. Do you down shift? I usually go into neutral, come to a complete stop, and then upshift as appropriate. I hardly ever downshift, in such situations. I know it wears out the breakpads, but rather those than the clutch! So i'm curious to know what your driving habits are in such stop-go traffic situations.
 

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Whenever stopped in traffic I try to stay put until the car ahead of me is an uncomfortable distance ahead....this way, I figure that I reduce the number of times I need to move from a standing start. When I do pull forward, I don't feather the gas. Instead, I give it a firm plant because I feel that it causes the clutch to fully engage sooner and thereby reduce slippage. In the type of traffic I'm talking about, you don't get the chance to get into any higher gear than 1st but, I have, on occasion, skipped the downshifting to go straight to -N- when needing to come to a stop from higher speeds. Intuitively, I agree with you that it would seem that by not downshifting, you're eliminating a bunch of clutch engage/disengage but, I don't know if downshifts translate into the same amount of wear as an up-shift. Anyone have ideas on this. But, I do have to admit that I love the sound of the rev-matching on the downshifts....
 

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I just try my best to coast in N...

If I REALLY need to, I put it in 1, tap it FAST, then quickly shift to N... Just enough to get it moving...

Wow... we are all such freaks :]
 

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Traffic.... Stop and go.... Its the absolute worst thing that can happen to one of us. Its sooo damaging...

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I'll take the back roads...

No stop signs, speed limit, nobody's gonna slow me down, like a wheel, gonna spin it, nobody's gonna mess me round...
 

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you know what they say...

if you are worried about the gas mileage dont bother...............

translation.............. it aint always about the dough..............
 

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if you are worried about the gas mileage dont bother...............

translation.............. it aint always about the dough..............
It's not the gas mileage. It's the horrible clutch wear on the F1 transmission. The F1 gets confused during stop and go. Sometimes it's like riding a bucking bronco, sometimes it feels like the clutch is slipping WAY too much! IT SUCKS!
 

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clarification

"Are you sure paying the service bill or calculating devaluation isn't the worst part? "

I was referring to the previous poster's (quote above) suggestion that the cost of service and value depreciation is the worst part of owning fine cars... I think not... much deeper than that for me...............
 

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"Are you sure paying the service bill or calculating devaluation isn't the worst part? "

I was referring to the previous poster's (quote above) suggestion that the cost of service and value depreciation is the worst part of owning fine cars... I think not... much deeper than that for me...............
Oops. Sorry. I agree completely! This car was NOT a financial investment. It was a personal fun/social investment, which has paid dividends. Flyinging into Minneapolis from Dallas, being picked up at the Graves 601 in a QP, Meeting the GREAT guys at MoM, seeing our baby for the first time, signing the contract and handing over a LARGE check that I knew I'd never see again, celebrating at the Hard Rock and having a wild night of sex with my VERY beautiful wife....... PRICELESS. Depreciation???? I think not! :D
 

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I agree that traffic is the worst thing about having a Maserti, and living in Tokyo, I can assure you I get my fair share of it.

You can ratioanlise the service cost, insurance and niggles with the fact you can take the car, whip it like a racehorse and get a huge grin on your face. But if you are prevented from driving it the way it should be, then it all stops making sense :(
 

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First day driving to work in my shiny new car, I was stuck between a garbage truck and a rusted-out Suburban. Made me doubt my strategy briefly. Got used to it.
 

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First day driving to work in my shiny new car, I was stuck between a garbage truck and a rusted-out Suburban. Made me doubt my strategy briefly. Got used to it.
Yes. But then there's those Sunday runs down 280 and down 92 to Half Moon Bay. AWESOME!
 

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the biggest thing i hate about my maserati is when i pop the hood and see 47 acres of black plastic.
 

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the biggest thing i hate about my maserati is when i pop the hood and see 47 acres of black plastic.
Don't see it at all. My eyes are fully fixated on that spectacular engine...
 
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