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I need some honest advice on Maserati ownership. What can I expect on maintenance and upkeep issues. I have previously owned a 69 Corvette Conv., Audi TT, Audi A6, VW Passat. We are moving to Germany and I am looking for a car I can enjoy the autobahn with and with side trips to Italy - the italian roads. Have to get the Quattroporte due to family size. How is it's handling around tight curves? Maintenance and upkeep costs? Availability of mechanics? After looking at John from DC's post on pre-purchase inspections it sounds like they have alot of issues to look for: i.e. F1 pump, leaky manifold gaskets, window retraction issues (which I had in my Audi and Passat). Another post mentioned electronic issues. It will be our only car there and I can't be having alot of down time with it in the shop. Also, how is it in the snow? (Sorry - it might have to be driven in the snow - will probably take public transportation in bad weather though). Thanks for your help!:D
 

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I have had my 2004 coupe for 7 months now and put approx. 3,500 miles on it. I have had zero problems once I figured out how to operate things. I'm driving mine approx. 500 miles per month.

I'm not sure I would want it to be my ONLY car, but for me it has been GREAT/PERFECT as a second vehicle. It is so much fun to drive and sounds wonderful. I did not buy it especially to get attention, but it gets attention almost every single time I drive it. People come up to me in the parking lots asking about it or wanting to look at it literally almost every time I take it out. Twice when I came out into the parking lots to get in, people have been waiting on me to ask if they could take pictures of it. Amazing!

I know I will have my share of problems eventually. I guess I'll need to set aside around $500 to three thousand dollars per year set for the eventual maintenance. But so far, WOW, it's the most rewarding money I have ever spent!
 

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Like lots of people here, I have owned more cars than I can count. The QP has been one of the most enjoyable I have had and it always puts a smile on my face whenever I drive it.

The QP can serve as a daily driver but I would not recommend it as an only car. Depending on the amount you drive it, I would allow $3K a year for maintenance under warranty (average 10-15K driving a year) and $5K a year out of warranty. You may get lucky and not have to spend that much but it is always better to budget higher than lower.
 

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No need to worry

I have my QP GT-S delivered in June, only some minor human careless issues and easily be fixed with the first 1K service. Till now, I'm enjoying it everyday. I also have my Audi TT as second car since 2000 and QP will be for business and family. I think today the technology of the car manufacturers, especially for those prestige car like Maserati, can prevent most of the identified problems before delivery and if you can get a good warranty as the last support, no need to worry. Just go for it, the only issue is to pick the automatic or F1 trans, you're going to love it. :D
 

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I run my Gransport as a daily driver, traffic & all. It's been totally 100% reliable, only being out for servicing & the odd warranty niggle. I've put about 8.5k on it this year. It drives fine all all weathers & doesn't have a problem in the snow providing you know how to drive in snow & ice - ie carefully, rwd, lots of power. The traction control does help a lot there but stopping can be fun with the ABS.
 

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Thanks for the Input

Thanks everyone for the input. I could retain my Audi A6 as another car, so that the Maserati would not be my only one. Thanks so much again and if anyone else still wants to add their comments I would appreciate it!
 

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Take your time picking out the right Maserati for you. There are plenty on the market right now and you'll get a good deal. Definitely get a Pre Purchase Inspection by someone knowledgable once you narrow down on the car a bit. It will be worth the money for a car like this.

Bottom line is that if the car was well taken care of, it really should be quite reliable. There are known issues such as that the clutches wear out quickly but it's fairly predictable.

Welcome to the forum!
 

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To what part in Germany are you moving?

If up north - along the coast - there is rarely any snow, but it can be below zero (centigrades). Further south and inland they have "real" seasons...

Unless you're here for official business (i.e. armed forces, foreign affairs et.c.) and can get an international insurance in the US, I'd suggest to buy the car over here, as the hassle to make it legal here can be massive (don't know how helpful Maserati Deutschland would be to give you a hand with that...). Have a look on this site for a first impression about what you could find: http://www.mobile.de

...and if you do buy it in the US and ship it here - get a good insurance for the sea transport!!!

HTH and good luck
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move to germany

We are moving to Frankfurt. We will be working for Govt, so I'm guessing then by your statement we can get international insurance. I am worried about the shipping of the vehicle though. I was told by an owner here that thieves love to take the exterior logos and sometimes even have gotten to the seats! We only qualify for general sea transportation but I think I need to go in pocket for a locked shipping container. Would shipping insurance reimburse for any damage/thief. Thanks for the websites advice I will visit them shortly! What part do you live in?
 

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Regarding the insurance I'm not sure how it works - whom you have to talk to - but I had a friend who worked in Sweden for a year and she had her NJ-licensed car with her and as far I remember she got her insurance 'through DoD someway - she was in the Navy reserve...
If you can't do that expect to pay an arm and a leg for insurance here...

Regarding the shipping you can reduce the risk for theft&damage by driving the car to the port where it will be loaded on the ocean ship (New York, Baltimore, Charleston or one of the other big ports on the East coast) then you can try to arrange to pick it up in the port where it lands on these shores. That would be the least expensive way.
If I were to ship a car again - especially if it would be my Maserati - I'd definitely go for a container. I'd also make sure I'm there when it's loaded in the container and when it is removed from the same. That reduces the risk of damage a great deal and the risk of theft is /as close as you can get to/ almost removed...

Regarding insurance I believe you can get what ever coverage you want, but remember that - if something should happen - the insurance company will lean on the fact that it's a second hand car and that, as such, it is expected to have scuffs and scratches already. Will be tricky for you to prove that this new dent wasn't there when you left it in the care of the shipping line...

I live up north in the Bremen/Hamburg range - and there ain't to many Maseratis around here...

HTH and good luck with the move

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We are moving to Frankfurt. We will be working for Govt, so I'm guessing then by your statement we can get international insurance. I am worried about the shipping of the vehicle though. I was told by an owner here that thieves love to take the exterior logos and sometimes even have gotten to the seats! We only qualify for general sea transportation but I think I need to go in pocket for a locked shipping container. Would shipping insurance reimburse for any damage/thief. Thanks for the websites advice I will visit them shortly! What part do you live in?
Sorry, I must have missed it but why don't you buy a car in Europe after your move?
 

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Not trying to answer for N2Speed, but the biggest advantage buying an US-spec car and ship it over here - provided he can get a international insurance in the US before he leaves - would be less hassle with the paperworks.
He won't have any problems with registering, et.c., the car here in Europe and probably the insurance will be less expensive.

Then when he goes back to the US, he'll already have a car that's ready for the street. Fair chance that he may have to run a test at EPA or one of the "registered importers" over there, but that's still easier/cheaper than taking a EU-spec vehicle and modify it to comply with the US-standards.

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There are many reasons why I was going to buy in US vs. Germany and Folke has said some good ones! Plus - never being to Germany I wasn't sure how to buy one as a US citizen and wasn't sure I could even communicate with a salesman. Also didn't know what the dollar to euro ratio would be. I just think it would be less hassles idk.
 
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