Owning a Maserati Biturbo is the vehicular equivalent of reading bad romance novels. You'll make fun of it in front of others, claim you wouldn't want one, but that muscly Fabio impersonator on the cover just draws you in like freshly polished Italian red paint. Sure, the Maserati Biturbo won't be as reliable as a Honda Civic, but life shouldn't be lived in some protective bubble -- sometimes you gotta take a risk that you won't reach your destination. Just keep your phone charged and AAA membership paid up. Find this 1984 Maserati Biturbo here on eBay bidding for $500 with 4 days to go, located in Highland, CA. (Previous auction ended at $2150 a few days ago...but it has been relisted).
I have to admit that the Biturbo is one of my secret guilty pleasure cars -- I've never pulled the trigger on one, but its got a place in my cheapskate 80s garage collection right between an Infiniti M30 and a Saab 900 Turbo. The trick to owning cars with questionable reliability isn't about being perfect in maintenance, as much as it is having enough cars that one will start. Sort of like the Russian method of warfare -- just through enough troops at something and eventually you will reach your destination.
The Biturbo comes with an impressive set of specifications for 1984 -- a 2.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that is carburetted and pushes out 185 horsepower into a 5-speed gearbox. Unfortunately, the Biturbo V6 is not known for its reliability and can hoover up the contents of your wallet like Chris Christie and Rosie O'Donnell tag-teaming an all you can eat shrimp buffet.
The Biturbo was a product of Alejandro de Tomaso's time at the helm of Maserati and actually sold very well, with more than 40,000 examples leaving the production line in Modena. This one spent some time in storage and is being offered as a "barn find" with 42k miles on the odo, but it needs a "minor tune up". Budget appropriately.
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