Reasons not to buy used Maserati Granturismo
There is a lot of misinformation and recycled comments regarding the Maserati brand on the Internet.
After doing a couple of years of research on forums where people who ACTUALLY owned a Maserati contributed, my friend went ahead and purchased a used Granturismo Sport last week.
The car is mechanically flawless;
The F136 Ferrari-derived engine and the bulletproof ZF transmission are known to be extremely reliable, with the former configured into different variations in the Ferrari F430, 458, and as well as the Maserati Quattroporte, whereas the latter has been used across many BMW series models, Rolls-Royce, etc.
I had checked with my friend all about his car…had ridden with him too
This is what I heard from him about the used Maserati Granturismo car.
The “downsides” are things that vary from person to person, how old are you Maserati is and whether or not you care for them.
The tech of the car is quite outdated.
There is no Bluetooth audio from the factory for model years 2008–2017.
My Friend bought a Bluetooth module on Amazon for $10 and that solved the problem. He can now listen to Bluetooth music exactly as he used to when he had his Mercedes AMG.
The car is not as fast as many other cars for the same price or less.If you are Coming from daily driving a very capable car with 500+ hp, you will find that the Granturismo still gives you a special feeling that speed and power alone cannot.
Plus, If you live in an area with heavy traffic, you don’t need nor get to experience the breakneck sensation of speed.
The car gets a lot of attention. This can be good or bad depending on the type of person you are.
My friend personally doesn’t like that many pairs of eyes trained on them when he is in the car/getting in/getting out of it.
The attention has all been positive, but intense. I had someone approach me at the gas station.
People shout out the brand name when I drive by, say “Nice car!”, and take pictures and videos as well.
Insurance is high. It may also be due to many factors like your age, and driving experience but insurance companies seem to tack on a premium on cars they deem to be a high luxury.
Related: Why are New Maserati so expensive?
For people who complain about maintenance, it’s not bad at all if you do oil changes yourself and goes to indy shops. I’ve done that for my other cars in the past. Way, way cheaper than you’d think.
Many Reasons Not to buy a Used Maserati Granturismo
There are plenty of reasons not to buy a used Maserati.
For starters, they are one of the worst cars made when you take into account the build quality.
Probably the only thing worse than a Maserati is an Alfa Romeo, and a used Maserati! (Source for the Alfa is a friend, who claims he heard it on an episode of Top Gear UK).Also, as is generally the case with most owners of high-end cars, they tend to sell off their vehicles once they are out of Warranty.
So, buying a used Maserati is even worse than buying a brand new one.
You will take on all of the liability, and parts are not cheap!The cost of maintaining a Maserati is pretty high, and a used one is a big no-no.
You will be paying through your skin for every component that needs to be replaced, and if it is a slightly old one, there are going to be plenty!
If you are going to be using it for your daily commute. Maseratis are not easy on the gas.
Also, they tend to break down fairly often.
If you are going to use it daily, I hope you have a backup car ready, because the Maserati is going to spend more time at a service station than in your driveway.
If you are buying it just for weekend joy rides, then it’s a different thing.
Why are used Maseratis so cheap?
A direct answer to this question is that they are cheap because of low residual value as a result of poor reliability.
In terms of materials, they still consider themselves to be a bespoke auto manufacturer.
Lack of Service support:
As a result, the resale and residual values are low.
They arguably outperform their direct competitors in their respective market segments.
For example, they provide silk and leather seating surfaces. Phantom territory, indeed.
However, in order to achieve this while remaining relevant, they hire subpar companies to manufacture these parts (often by hand).
Maserati, like other more exotic brands, tends to depreciate because the reliability is largely unknown and demand remains soft, mostly for that reason.
There are no Italian cars that are considered all that reliable, unfortunately, and they all tend to not do well when it comes to depreciation.
Luxury cars in general face horrible depreciation. Most are sold to people who lease them and probably manage to get a tax write off, like a lawyer, who claims he uses the car for work.
If you want to know the real depreciation of cars, ask the dealer to quote you some lease rates and look at the residual value as a per cent of the total value.
Compare it to other models and brands.
The irony of used luxury cars is that if you have the money to fix them, it means you have the money to buy a new one, and it will come with a warranty.
Related: Why are Used Maseratis are so cheap
High Maintenance costs:
It is pretty expensive to maintain a Maserati. Overall quality has been improved now.
Maserati is not for second-hand markets like MB or BMW. Lots of people do not want to get into Maserati because of high maintenance costs.
That will automatically drive the depreciation like crazy. High inventory and low demand will do it clearly.
Relate: Do Maserati hold value?
Maserati GT Convertible
Tips to consider before buying new or used Masareti
If you’re considering buying a Maserati, new or used, then you already know that they aren’t cheap and they’re not easy on gas – but that’s not why you’re buying it.
You buy Maserati because they are interesting, exclusive, beautiful and great performers.
I drove the Granturismo for 8 years and about 50K kilometres with no issues outside of normal maintenance.During that time, it put a smile on my face every time I fired it up. That’s why you buy an exotic car.
If you’re looking for an economical daily driver to run errands and haul cargo, then neither the Maserati nor any other sports car is a good choice.
But if you want something special that you won’t see everyone else in, it’s a pretty darn good choice.
Also read: Why do Maserati lose value