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Sat in the new Quattroporte today

Discussion in 'Maserati' started by Agent Smith, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Formula 3

    Apr 20, 2002
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    I was at the Detroit Auto Show this afternoon and had the chance to sit in the new Maser sedan. What a cool car! I would definitely take one over a S class and certainly over a 7 series. The price was less than I thought too - it starts at $90k. Very sharp - very classy - and sounds like it will be a performer.
     
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  3. udalmia

    udalmia Guest

    i was just about to pick up a 7 series but the maserati looks very very interesting, when is it hitting US shores?
     
  4. Pat

    Pat Karting

    Jan 2, 2004
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    I saw it during some acceleration tests last year.

    Really wonderful sound, not a Ferrari's sound, but much better than a 7 or S series....

    I liked the design and interiors, too. ;)
     
  5. kizdan

    kizdan F1 Veteran

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    Around September.
     
  6. udalmia

    udalmia Guest

    damn!
    my dad's current jag which he has on lease agreement of 12,000 miles has already done 15k, he wanted another 4 door quick.. we may have to go with the bmw 7 :(
     
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  8. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Formula 3

    Apr 20, 2002
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    The other cool thing was all the ways to customize the car when they order it. I guess it's like the Coupes, but you can pick the outside color, the color of the seats, the carpet, the dash, and the steering wheel. The door handles were especially interesting. They look like a traditional grab handle, but when you feel on the back of the handle there is a button. One light click of the button is all it takes to open the door. It was just a really interesting design - I had never really seen any other handles like that.
     
  9. zjpj

    zjpj F1 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2003
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    The big question for me is: how is servicing / cost of ownership / reliability? Does it need a $$$ 30K service like Ferrari?
     
  10. AnotherDunneDeal

    AnotherDunneDeal F1 Veteran

    Jun 2, 2003
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    Hey guys, I may sound predjudiced but before you get a new 7 or an S class, look at the A8L Audi. BMW has bought back over 700 of the 7 series car in NOrth America this year due to electronics problems associated with the I-drive. Check up on it, it is true. I was with BMW for 17 years and Ferrari/Maserati for the last three before coming to Audi in May of 2003. Give the A8L a drive. The MMI system is much easier to operate than the I-drive. It is total aluminum body and spaceframe, 330 hp 4.2 liter V8 and the interior will blow away M/B and BMW with its fit and finish quality.

    Whether you drive an A8L first or last, drive one. You owe it to yourself. All wheel Quattro drive standard and a whold host of other features. Free maintenance for four years of 50,000 miles-----check it out.
     
  11. udalmia

    udalmia Guest

    had a look at the A8, for some reason it doesnt grab me, the design is too old
     
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  13. chrislamborghiniatlanta

    chrislamborghiniatlanta Formula Junior

    Dec 23, 2003
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    I frickin love that car(the A8). We bought one for the lot a couple of weeks ago and with the big wheels that thing looks awesome. Did not get a chance to drive it as we unloaded it the next day, Audi decided to come out with some dealer money and we did not want to loose our shirts. I will say this though, now that I sell Lamborghini I will have an Audi in my garage soon!

    Chris
     
  14. Doody

    Doody F1 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2001
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    i evaluated the A8L extensively when they first came out, and have to say that i really would like to have bought one.

    i encountered some problems that did not make me comfortable. for the most part, they rushed it to market early, IMO (though for the life of me i couldn't grok why given the 7 was already out and there wasn't anything obviously coming down the pike elsewheres).

    i spent quite a bit of time test driving the car on three separate occassions. it is HUGE but really doesn't feel like it. the interior is very nice; spacious, open, comfortable.

    there were various problems with early cars (check the archives at audiworld); lots of nitpick features that cars in that price range should have weren't there; various features were available in europe but not the states; lead times were 2X or more the competition; dealers at launch were being very dicky about negotiating; etc.

    my guess is that the MY 2005 cars will get their act together (hopefully).

    finally, it just didn't have the kick to it i really wanted in a car that heavy. it was zippier than an S500, but not zippy enough IMO. the S8 should be nice BUT it's purportedly going to be build on the standard (ie: not "L") wheelbase which means it'll have basically the same rear leg room as the A6. it's decent leg room, but one of my BPC was that the kids couldn't kick the back of my seat :) .

    i'm very much looking forward to some seat time in the QP.

    doody!
     
  15. kizdan

    kizdan F1 Veteran

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    The motor is chain driven, so no, there is no 30k service.

    Someone mentioned waiting weeks for parts; that is not the case anymore. Parts are usually overnighted, so cars rarely spend more than 1 night at a dealership.
     
  16. ebrigham

    ebrigham Karting

    Nov 1, 2003
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    This is correct - the engine does not need to come out in the new Masers. Oil changes, are of course, not cheap. Getting parts does not seem to be a problem - Once I had to wait a couple of days to replace the the cover to the headlight washer. No biggie. And my customer service experience has been fantastic.
     
  17. Napolis

    Napolis Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Oil change and 12 month service was $250. Not too bad. This included pick up and delivery, a wash and a loaner car.
     
  18. ebrigham

    ebrigham Karting

    Nov 1, 2003
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    Funny, I spoke too soon. Fearing I was getting taken to the cleaners, I re-checked my AMEX bill - $400 which also included mounting of my snow tires (and the car wash ofcourse). The number that stuck in my head was $700, which is the figure the salesperson quoted me when I test drove the car in 2002. I guess he was being overly conservative. I should check my statements more carefully...
     
  19. rossofiorano355

    rossofiorano355 Karting

    Dec 22, 2003
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    where is your dealership located? the closest to my location is Houston. You are pleased with the car?
     
  20. Napolis

    Napolis Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Oct 23, 2002
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    My dealership is WWOC in NY. They are great. I like my Maser very much and it's my daily driver. (In deep snow switch off the ASR)
     

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