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Hi Maserati people!

I am Danish and recently moved from Germany to Switzerland for a new position. Luckily cars here are pretty cheap! :)

I am now interested in purchasing a Maserati Granturismo S (second hand). I am 36 years old and completely new in purchasing any kind of cars, so I have no experience in that field.

My questions are;

Apart from the obvious difference, what are the differences between the MC version and the Auto version (In terms of driving experience/performance)?

Also, what are the differences between the Coupe and the Cabrio (In terms of driving experience/performance)?

Which maximum mileage do you recommend me to go for ?

Which year for the Granturismo S do you recommend and what is the difference between the models in the years ?

Is the Skyhook any good and what is it ?

Do you think the S is so much better than the Base car ?

Is the Sport or Strada worth considering instead ?



Apologies for my newbie questions :)

Thank you for any help!
 

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The MC-Shift transmission is an F-1 Transmission that is shifted using paddle shifters, while the Automatic is your standard Automatic. The F-1 car will be able to put more power to the ground (less drivetrain loss) and it will shift faster as well. The automatic transmission is typically less maintenance and easier to drive. So it's really a balance of more performance and a more direct connection to the car vs a more comfortable driving car with less driver interaction required and often less maintenance as well.

There is a small bit of difference in performance with the Cabrio being just a bit slower due to the extra weight of the heavy convertible top motor. The Coupe chassis is also a bit more rigid which yields a bit better performance in the corner. However, for the most part, just choose which version of the car you prefer, hardtop or convertible.

There are certainly differences between the years which will require some research but for the most part they are similar enough to compare. 2011-2012 would be the best versions..

Mileage all depends on you of course. Just compare it to the price to determine what you prefer.

Skyhook is an electronic suspension system built for comfort that allows you to soften the suspension in non-sport mode. It's a nice feature but more of a luxury option than a performance option. Truthfully, it helps but is not considered a must have.

The 4.7L versions of the GT have quite a bit more usable power and acceleration compared to the 4.2L models. If you can, get the 4.7L models.

The Sport is the newer version of the GT S, not any huge differences there that really affect ownership but they are better still.

Hope that helps!

Best Regards,
 

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Thank you buddy. This is awesome advice! Very, very useful. I wish you a great summer. Will probably go for this one, even though it is 2009 model, but compromise of mileage and price is fair I think:
Good variant. I'm searching now something similar variant. I'm from USA and I want to buy car from Italy. How do you think, is it good variant? I found customs broker service https://clearitusa.com/ they will help me with import. How much money can I save and what are the risks?
 
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