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    Default What do you guys think of this as a Birthday present?

    I'm turning 60 next year. I have been thinking about buying myself a nice new car for a "happy birthday to me" present. The last NEW car I bought was my 2006 Mitsu Evo IX MR, over 8 years ago, and it has 131,000 miles on the odo. I have bought several used cars since then, including the '92 NSX and '04 S2000 I currently own. But I'm getting older and have back problems. I think a nice, cushy, new Italian 4-door sedan with a comfy leather interior, 404 bhp / 406 tq twin-turbocharged V6, and awd might just be the ticket. I think I could even live with the slushbox in this car . . .



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    No. of cylinders and layout: 3.0 L Twin-Turbo V6 (60)
    Displacement: 182 cu in (2,979 cc)
    Bore: 3.4 in (86.4 mm)
    Stroke: 3.3 in (83.8 mm)
    Transmission: ZF 8-Speed Automatic (oy vey . . .)
    Compression ratio 9.7:1
    Peak Horsepower: 404 HP (410 CV)
    RPM at Peak Horsepower: 5500 rpm
    Peak torque : 406 lb-ft (550 Nm)
    RPM at Peak torque: 1750 rpm
    Maximum RPM: 6,750 rpm

    P.S. It's a Maserati Ghibli S Q4
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    Very nice car Richard, but the cost of ownership could be a real bummer. I could not find it on the Edmond's web site, but it does provide information on a premium Jaguar XJS.

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    "My Maserati does 185. I lost my license, now I don't drive...."
    - "Life's Been Good" by Joe Walsh

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    Sheriff, get it!
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    ^^^ It's a brand new car that just became available in the USA. The Edmonds cost of ownership numbers don't scare me. I'd like to buy one before they start hiking up the price. Waiting until next year will allow me to avoid the first years problems revealed from the early owners that get fixed in the second year.

    I could easily buy a Tesla Model S 85 for the same money, but I don't want a freaking ELECTRIC CAR and I don't want to pat myself on the back and smell my own farts (think South Park - San Francisco episode) for being a green dude (which I am not). I just want to be an old guy with some automotive taste, who doesn't buy a Cadillac, Mercedes, or Lexus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeColangelo View Post
    "My Maserati does 185. I lost my license, now I don't drive...."
    - "Life's Been Good" by Joe Walsh

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    Sheriff, get it!
    Some of the greatest rock lyrics ever written . . .

    But I give you these lyrics from the Black Crowes "Go Faster":

    You can't stop
    Or I might pass ya
    If you slow down
    I'll out last ya
    But when you're down
    You won't find me laughing
    Just one question I might ask ya
    It might sound like a disaster
    Can you make this thing go faster?
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    If its a birthday present from/to you and its what you want then who cares what we think

    3 years ago for my 30th birthday I bought my CTS-V wagon with the justification to my fiancee that I'm old now and i need a "responsible" car. She didn't buy it but who cared, it still makes me giggle like a little girl to this day. If you think you will get an amount of enjoyment (i call it throttle therapy) out of that equal to its cost then do it. If you are doing it for any other reason, all you'll have in the end is a practical lesson in depreciation.

    Semi-Related story, last weekend at ACS I had a wonderful discussion with a gentleman tracking his Aston Martin DB9 which had race buckets and a very impressive home made kognition wing mount but was otherwise stock and british. I asked "Why did you choose that over the more typical 911 or Corvette" to which he responded (im paraphrasing) "I didnt want to be another douche bag in a 911 or another old bald guy in a corvette, and while I don't pass many people on the track when I do, I do it in style". At which point he delved into a story about how his girlfriend hates the race buckets and he didn't care. He is easily one of the most genuinely awesome people I've ever met at the track.

    Curious, why the Maserati over other options from BMW/Merc/Audi/Tesla/etc? What does it do for you that others don't? Got a mechanic with kids in need of a college education?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anorexicpoodle View Post
    Curious, why the Maserati over other options from BMW/Merc/Audi/Tesla/etc? What does it do for you that others don't? Got a mechanic with kids in need of a college education?
    Because it's Italian, exterior styling is beautiful, it's basically a Ferrari small 4-door sedan, and you won't see yourself coming and going in a Ghibli S Q4. I have owned 4 new BMWs, a Mercedes, a new Audi S4, and have no interest in electric cars (Tesla). Ain't that enough?
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    You have been driving for a long time. I think cool styling and a unique car can get old quick if its not a blast to drive. I don't know much about this car but on paper a m5 sounds like a better choice. Now if it had a flat crank Ferrari V8...

    Quote Originally Posted by anorexicpoodle View Post
    If its a birthday present from/to you and its what you want then who cares what we think

    3 years ago for my 30th birthday I bought my CTS-V wagon with the justification to my fiancee that I'm old now and i need a "responsible" car. She didn't buy it but who cared, it still makes me giggle like a little girl to this day. If you think you will get an amount of enjoyment (i call it throttle therapy) out of that equal to its cost then do it. If you are doing it for any other reason, all you'll have in the end is a practical lesson in depreciation.

    Semi-Related story, last weekend at ACS I had a wonderful discussion with a gentleman tracking his Aston Martin DB9 which had race buckets and a very impressive home made kognition wing mount but was otherwise stock and british. I asked "Why did you choose that over the more typical 911 or Corvette" to which he responded (im paraphrasing) "I didnt want to be another douche bag in a 911 or another old bald guy in a corvette, and while I don't pass many people on the track when I do, I do it in style". At which point he delved into a story about how his girlfriend hates the race buckets and he didn't care. He is easily one of the most genuinely awesome people I've ever met at the track.

    Curious, why the Maserati over other options from BMW/Merc/Audi/Tesla/etc? What does it do for you that others don't? Got a mechanic with kids in need of a college education?
    I think I met the same guy at Spring Mt. Brembos, wheels and Coilovers IIRC. Really cool car and cool guy to talk to.

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    You should strongly consider the Jaguar F-Type R. 5.0L V8. Supercharged. RWD. 550hp/500tq. British. $100k.
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    BASE PRICE: $99,895

    ENGINE TYPE: supercharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

    Displacement: 305 cu in, 5000 cc
    Power: 550 hp @ 6500 rpm
    Torque: 502 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

    TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

    DIMENSIONS:
    Wheelbase: 103.2 in
    Length: 176.0 in
    Width: 75.7 in Height: 52.0 in
    Curb weight: 3950 lb

    PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
    Zero to 60 mph: 3.5 sec
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    Don't think twice. Life is too short to not get the things you really want. Go for it!

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    Jaguar F-type R is a beautiful car, no question. But you aren't getting what I am saying. I am getting older and have back problems. Getting in and out of a bucket seat in a low-slung sports coupe is going to be difficult for me, going forward. I need a cushy sedan, but I don't want to drive my living room down the highway. Hence my interest in the Maserati S Q4.
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    If you like it and you want it and you can afford it, you should get it.

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    I say buy a real Ferrari, not a 4 door Ferrari wanna be.
    what's the point of buying a car with Ferrari maintenance budget that's not a Ferrari.

    and I bet you will end up paying less with a Ferrari over the lifetime of the car than a Maserati (with one of worst resale value).
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    I say buy a real Ferrari, not a 4 door Ferrari wanna be.
    what's the point of buying a car with Ferrari maintenance budget that's not a Ferrari.

    and I bet you will end up paying less with a Ferrari over the lifetime of the car than a Maserati (with one of worst resale value).
    Lots of truth here! In the used Ferrari market you can own the car for 2 years and break even except on maintenance. Masers drop like rocks and still have weird issues Ferrari does not even have. Ferraris hold value very well. It is cheaper except maintenance to own an old 360 than a 6 series BMW. An example the Maser GTurismo you have to take the $2000 windshield out to get to the screws for the dashboard. But a Maser has the Ferrari Italian style, flare and awesome interior other marques could only dream about having. I cars still do not have GM sameness. So if you get a bad Maser its ok while under warrantee then sell it before it runs out. If it is a good trouble free car it will stay that way and keep it after the warrantee if you like it. To own these cars it is like any I car. You need patience, AAA plus, and deeper maintenance pockets and know how to get to your Zen happy place when the Italian mistress lets you down. If you sweat small details this is not the car for you. Japanese reliability and intelligence of engineering comes at a price of sterility and the old coke generation. If you want to step into the exciting "energy drink" world Ferraris and Masers are for you. A four door Maser is much more exciting than a GTR.

    When you first drive away in your brand new Maser the leather smell will be intoxicating, the power and road feel will seem criminal. Make sure you post up a picture here of the silly grin I guarantee will ride on your face.
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    Can't tell if this thread is about attention whoring or if I stumbled into some quasi-AARP forum.
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    Richard, How about a nice Audi R8??? combine German engineering / reliability and Italian style. Plus they are supposively comfortable and easy to get in and out of....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben22 View Post
    Richard, How about a nice Audi R8??? combine German engineering / reliability and Italian style. Plus they are supposively comfortable and easy to get in and out of....

    My 2 Euros....
    I second this, but it might be too low and fast for the sheriff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben22 View Post
    Richard, How about a nice Audi R8??? combine German engineering / reliability and Italian style. Plus they are supposively comfortable and easy to get in and out of....

    My 2 Euros....
    How is R8 Italian style ? you got to explain that to me......
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