Friday, February 15, 2019

Magic of Depreciation: 2002 Maserati Coupe

Italian Week continues on DT:  This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes: I was actually looking for a Biturbo as I figured that it would be in the DT price range... and instead I found a much better looking Maserati that probably will be way less expensive to maintain: A 2002 Coupe GT for just $16000! Or just one thoroughly worn out, 200,000 mile E36 chassis M3 more than the "Alpha Romero" I emailed earlier this week.  Find this 2002 Maserati Coupe offered for $16000 in Atlanta, GA via craigslist.


 From the seller:

2002 maserati coupe 
fuel: gas 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
This is a rare color combo for this car. The car has an all Leather headliner, Blue with yellow stitching & pipping on the seats, CD changer, Spare tire option, and upgraded factory stereo. I had all of the Tires put on brand new with less than 200 miles ago. All the original speakers were changed from the factory speakers to Alpine speakers. New oil change was done at the same time as the tires were installed. I have all the records from Ferrari Maserati of Central FL where the car was originally bought new. New clutch Installed 5000 miles ago by Ferrari ($9k plus job). All of the sticky buttons were fixed By the dealer ($2k job) and Tubi exhaust installed. Car has always been garage kept so there is no paint fade or leather shrinking issues. Car runs and drives perfect with zero issues and no accident history. Clean CarFax!!! This is an excellent weekend car (what I used it for) and is the best bang for your dollar. This car sold New for $97,000 and the NADA book value with no upgrades High retail priced at $33,900. The Low retail is $22,500. Please call or text me for more information or pictures. Thanks


See a better way to drive a lemon yellow car? tips@dailyturismo.com

19 comments:

  1. That is the shortest short shifter I have ever seen. Does one grab it with thumb and index finger with the pinky lifted?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This just looks like the auto model with the ability to put it in sport mode and shift manually with the paddle shifters. The handle in the center console was to simply choose between Drive, Reverse, etc.... so technically you could shift it manually, but is not a true manual with a 3rd pedal. Ultimately, the full auto tranny option was said to be lackluster at best.

      Before I got my current car, I looked far and wide for a solid deal on a Quattroporte (sedan)) and was told that early model ZF tranny's, like in this GT, were a notorious weakness in the drivetrain and to stay away from anything 2008 and older. 2009+ had the updated tranny + the option of going from 4.2 to the 4.7 ltr. Ferrari engine. ()well, they did offer the 4.7 in 2008, but you got the shyte tranny(). The 4.7 ltr. Ferrari engines used in the Maserati's were actually very reliable. I chatted with multiple owners who had 60k, 80k and more on them with next to no issues.

      Delete
    2. Haha I know, I was being cheeky. I don't believe this is the correct transmission to get with this car.

      Delete
  2. No mention of total miles driven, only that clutch was replaced 5,000 miles ago. Usually, when a detail like that is left out of an ad, its bad news for the prospective buyer.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is on Bat now

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Indeed it is. Smart move on sellers part, probably. That explains the crickets. I believe BaT policy stipulates craigslist ad gets taken down, no?

      Delete
    2. Just food for thought.......

      Matt Farah says:

      I know what a 70,000-mile Quattroporte feels like. It feels like trash. There’s a reason a five-year-old QP sells for $25,000 at a wholesale auction. The leather may feel nice, the engine may sound good, it may be pretty and it may be fast, but I have loads of experience with exotic cars and these cars do not age well at all in terms of fit, finish and quality. They are unreliable, crazy expensive to repair and maintain, and, in my experience, bits literally fall off them.

      Delete
    3. Fleetwood T. BroughamFebruary 15, 2019 at 7:26 PM

      In fairness to the Maserati, that's exactly how Matt Farah's car coverage career has aged to me. He's the Guy Fieri of the automotive media world.

      Delete
    4. "Matt Farah says:
      I know what a 70,000-mile Quattroporte feels like. It feels like trash."


      I'd be interested in what year range he's referring to... or maybe all of them, ha! I've conversed with a fair share of 2009-2012 QP owners, with the V8 Ferrari engines, who have had surprisingly good runs with them. The one consistent part of the car that I've heard about failing was a leaking steering rack and/or power steering pump. Trim issues varied.

      About two years ago, I was thiiiiiiiiis close to pulling the trigger on a one-owner, low miles, 2010 model Quattroporte GT-S model (, carbon fiber interior bits with mildly tweaked 4.7 ltr. Ferrari engine from the factory) and it had both the steering rack/pump replaced. It did need one valve cover gasket, but got that priced locally at a recommended shop for cheap. Some trim maybe being sketchy? I didn't care.

      My caveat was that I simply HAD to get an extended warranty for piece of mind. I was totally willing to eat the $5k asking price for the top level coverage as well, but the killer was that I couldn't find coverage for longer than 2 yrs/24 months. For 4 years/48 months I would have done it, but no way. I wanted the car, but not that bad.

      Delete
    5. I've struggled to put into my words my exact feelings on Matt Farah, but Fleetwood T. Brougham just nailed it.

      Delete
  4. Whats with the Honda Prelude rear end?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's not one of Giorgetto Giugiaro's more memorable designs is it?

      Delete
  5. They can make a great sounds
    vrooomvroooom
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imFQmHdfwlE

    ReplyDelete
  6. Contacted seller, figure this could be my next beautiful disaster. Nothing back yet.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you have your heart set on a 2002 Maserati, check Joplin, MO Craigslist. There's one there for $16,950 in silver over red. No mention of miles, however.

      Delete
  7. I was working and suddenly I visits your site frequently and recommended it to me to read also. The writing style is superior and the content is relevant. Thanks for the insight you provide the readers!
    Potty Racers 3

    ReplyDelete

Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint Eastwood...it don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="http://www.IMAGE_LINK.com" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.