Is it worth the risk?
I have walked away from many cars, a bi turbo being one. At £3500 it was tempting, but a smoky exhaust and general shabby air about the car put me off, plus at 23 the insurance wasn't going to be cheap, with quotes around £2000, so I bought a Chevy Camaro instead (best car I have ever owned)
I would love a late one at some point in the future, but only as a toy, and only when I can justify a Camaro and a Maserati at the same time...
Dreaming for a while yet then.
A Camaro and a Biturbo are at totally different ends of the spectrum for the same age car & you'll have very different issues. A Biturbo requires care & maintenance, whereas the Camaro doesn't, plus the vast availability of cheap parts for the Camaro make it easier & less costly if something does go wrong. I've owned a Firebird (sister car to the camaro) and now own 2 Biturbo's (90 Spyder, 84 Coupe). Maserati's give you this disease that you buy more of them.
It is just a fantastic car. I bought the car three years ago on the Spanish island of Mallorca - took the car to main land Spain and now live in France. The car has been used as daily transport with only minor problems. Not bad for a car built in 1984. It is the Italian exotic that any car nut can own and run. If you have a little bit of mechanical sense it is easy to work on - in this part of the world most mechanics are quite poor on standard cars so I had to do the repairs myself - re-con steering rack - replace vacuum hoses - very easy when you try - I had never worked on any car before owning this one - the best thing is that you learn more about the car and fall more in love with it everyday. It's a long lasting relationship like a good marriage. Get one and get happy with life!!
Chevy's are boats with wheels compared to an italian sports car like the masarati.
Comparing a Biturbo to a Camaro, even within the same year model, is really an apple/orange sort of comparison. It's like comparing a broadsword to a sabre; they can both chop you into little pieces, but they go about it in slightly different ways.
The Biturbo is as good an example as any of (somewhat quirky) Italian engineering. It is fast, light, handles well, and has an interior that is both beautiful and comfortable. The down side is that when it came out, the Biturbo was a relatively expensive car. The Camaro is an excellent example of the quintessential American muscle car. Compared to a Biturbo, it is not quite as fast, doesn't handle as well, has a less well appointed, but roomier interior, and weighs more. On the other hand, it cost anywhere from 1/2 to 1/3 what a Biturbo did, and with the money you saved you could make it faster and handle almost as well, and still have enough money left over to pay for the drive-in (and if you were lucky, the motel room).
They are both fun cars; which one you choose to own is up to you. There's just no point in putting either down.
Owning 4 Biturbos is nothing to brag about.
Their resale value is very low.
I own four copies of the album where Joe Walsh sings about his Maserati! Nuff said!
I seriously doubt that Joe Walsh's Maserati was a crummy Biturbo model...
Joe Walsh's Maserati would have to be a Bora. "My Maserati does 185..." I don't think the Biturbo could get close to 185 mph...ever!
I have owned a Bi turbo 425 and mine was reliable and very fast. I have had much fun dragging the rice boys in their Civics and other hotted up Japanese cars. The performance is breathtaking and mine was also very reliable. with a 0-100kph of 6.5 seconds it was capable of embarrassing most cars off the mark. the only car that I have enjoyed more is a Citroen BX 16V, but they aren't as fast or as exotic. But Citroen and Maserati used to be the same company.
I'm actually the person who posted the initial review, and I'm sorry that I didn't clarify the title of the review. When I said I owned 4 of them, I was not trying to brag; I just meant that they were really fun cars to own and drive. At the time, you could also get a decent one for dirt cheap. They're getting a bit harder to find, and prices are starting to go up, but they're still a blast to drive, and fast enough that you won't have to back down at the light (you might not win, but you won't be embarrassed, either). As for going 185... while the motor is certainly capable of it, you'd need taller gearing and an extra 5-6 hundred pounds to settle down the chassis before it would be possible.
A 430 will do about 160 though... ermh... ah.. or so I've been told... not that I would ever drive that fast on public roads...
I am thinking about buying one and am already excited. This comment forum is very helpful to me as your arguing is around autos and not much is mentioned about them being unreliable cars.
I am 1/2 Italian and want a Maserati Biturbo. Anyone in the DC area have one I can test drive before buying one that is too far away for me to drive before purchasing?
You're 1/2 Italian, so you have to drive a Maserati? What if you were an African? You'd probably have to get yourself a Land Rover... You see, I'm from Croatia, so Italy is not far away, for the spare parts and their cost, if I had an Italian vehicle. So, I'm here and dreaming about '79. Trans Am, and you are over there and dreaming about a car that I can get here for a cost of a beer case... Sad, isn't it? I used to drive one, owned by a friend of mine. It was in really bad shape, beaten up and abused, but still it went well. It is a driver's car, and easy to maintain. Hope you'll get one if it'll make you happy.
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