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Cons: Maserati North America and it's cover it's eyes attitude
Advice: skip it....This car CAN be the best...unfortunatelly, it isn't close. and furthermore Maserati doesn't do well backing the car when it has problems.....I would love to own a quality Italian car..this isn't it
Pros: Beauty, comfort and performance in one package
Cons: Inexperienced drivers who trash this beauty.
Advice: Caveat EmptorI am getting a 2005 leftover at a great price. After driving for while I expect to write a new review, although I am expecting a '5' on all counts, since my Maserati Bora was so much more luxurious, quiet and comfortable than my Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer. Maserati was owned by Citroen at that time and everything was hydraulic. Presently I have a Bentley Continental 'R' coupe, two Phaetons, a W12 and a V8,(the new Bentley Continental, in my personal opinion is a Phaeton in a hand made suit),Audis namely, Audi A8, A6 4.2, and S-4 4.2, the BMW Z3 roadster 'M' version, a vintage Ferrari 400 and Rolls Camargue, and a '92 MBZ 4matic wagon for my dogs.
Pros: None at this point
Cons: The service, car problems
Advice: Don't consider getting this lemon.I got my Maserati Quattroporte 2005 in the mid 2005. Despite the looks and the luxurious image, this vehicle has been a real problem from the start. The problems are mainly of electrical nature. In the six months of owning this car, I had driven it for about 600 miles, and it has been in the service shop time after time. The service, joint with Ferrari service, has proven to be a living nightmare, and outright negligent. I tried to reach the dealer, but he is not to be reached on the phone. It is hard to believe that the vehicle in this price category, fails so miserably both in quality and service. If you are seduced by the first reviews and looks of this car, think five times before handing your money to support this technical incompetence, luck of service, and luck of any consideration for the customer.
Cons: wheel spacing - it'd look that much better with the wheels spaced by an extra half an inch
Advice: Buy it! Because Maserati wants them on the roadRead the first review. I couldn't have said it better. The car is a technological marvel, an artpiece to look at, music to the ears (hard to fathom why they have stereo systems) and a heart-pumping joy to ride (they offer a sweet surprise past 6k RPM). I was originally drawn to its low-key stature (as opposed to a Ferrari, Lamborgini, Bentley etc.) however, it gets just as many if not more looks than those cars. Just yesterday I was followed by a young guy driving in his car while his passenger took pictures of the Gran Sport with her phone camara.
Pros: Beautiful, nothing like it on the road!
Cons: Two for two with major problems; endemic?
Advice: Avoid this beauty untl someone works out the kinks.I am probably the only person in the USA to have owed two Quattroportes. This car looks great and, when it runs, is a solid well-handling vehicle. The first car had so many flaws the manufacturer took it back (sebsequently sold it to another unsuspecting buyer) and my second Q has just had the clutch, throw-out bearing and fly wheel replaced at 4,000 miles. I am sure there are other Q's out there who's owners haven't suspected they have a problem. Like a beautiful 'femme fatale', this car is to be avoided until Maserati owns up to their problem
Pros: The extra kick of torque and horse power between 6000 and 7500 RPM
Cons: How the growl of the engine sets off all of the alarms in parked cars that the Gran Sport passes
Advice: Buy the car; it will simply be the most cherished automotive purchase of your super-car exploitsThe Maserati Gran Sport is simply the most awe striking car on the road today. Not only does this car deliver phenominal performance but it is undeniably the most asked about automobile I have ever driven as it is quite simply stunning to see, to hear and to drive. This very rare, hand made materpeice is truly a most unique automotive experience. It tethers absolutely beautiful lines and seamless curves with the extraordinarily powerful Ferrari F460 V8, delivering incredible horsepower and torque to the wheels through its Cambio Corsa electronically shifted 6 speed manual gearbox in a manner that no other high end super car can compare to. The Gran Sport offers the most advanced technology available today in a very simple and unfettered package of shear beauty and performance. I have owned several Porsche Turbo's, BMW M5's, Mercedes, etc.; no other car even remotely comes close to the shear joy of ownership that the Gran Sport does in combining driving expeience with style and performance. The Maerati Gran Sport has simply the most well laid out interior appointments with absolutely no frill; simple yet extremely well done with carbon fibre door trim, center console and upper steering wheel, leather door panels, seats, dash and lower steering wheel as well as a fantastic race-inspired cloth that insets the seats, door packets and interior roof. Opening the hood and seeing the red cylindar heads and enormous gold air induction manifold is breathtaking; laying the gas pedal to the floor and releasing the 400 HP and 375 ft/lbs torque of the aluminium red and gold powerplant is truly an experience. The Gran Sport virtually leaps into its power and winds through its rev's to redline at 7500 RPM with a speed, verocity and an increasingly expansive power band that is simply difficult to comprehend at first take. This car has an extreme character of performace and accelerates at a level that requires your eyes and brain to re-adjust to the compression of time/distance ratio's unseen in even the most lauded supercars. The Gran Sports handling package matches that of its engine performance. The car curls through corners and curves with absolute precision that is all totally defined through the steering wheel providing the driver with absolute precision, road feel and timing. Braking is immediate through its four wheel drilled discs and red calipers displaying the Maserati namesake. The Maserati Gran Sport is truly THE magnificent sports coupe ever brought to market and will yield Maserati and Ferrari, its parent since 1997, a new chapter in the revered history of Maserati tradition. The designers and assemblers of this magnificent piece of automotive art must be proud and honored, to say the least.
Pros: Engine pickup, smoothness, and sound.
Advice: Buy it if you can.Amazing performance--speed, handling, braking, interior and exterior. Superb, far more than a car--a highspeed dream. The best ever!