Miatas are nice cars! They are shame-free fun machines. I've got one! And if I wanted to mortgage my house and sell everything I own-I could afford the Maserati too! But I don't want to-the Miata is a great car. Not SUCH a bad comparison...
Comparing the Miata to the Maserati Spyder is simply impossible. These are two cars from two completely different worlds. The miata is a very entry level sports car that has low power and excellent handling, something that everyone can live with easily. The Maserati is a car for a strict enthusiast, just like its bigger brothers at Ferrari. The Miata is still more a car for those people that just care about having a car that works and gets them from A to B. The Maserati is for people who care about HOW they get from A to B.
But does anyone have experience on the reliability of of the Masarati Spyder? Has anyone out there owned a late model (2003 or later) and do they care to comment on mechanics, problems, after sales service, etc.?
Yes, I agree with the last comment, I'm thinking of buying a used one, around 2002, and am concerned about reliability. i'd be very interested in any comments from maserati owners on this subject. Thanks.
If Maseratis are for such 'strict enthusiasts' then could someone please explain to me the leather seats, air conditioning, CD player, automatic transmission etc etc...?
Dr. Bararia MD in Las Vegas owns one and thinks its the hottest ultra luxury sports car made for.
The reality is that the "hardcore enthusiasts" are few and far between, and one need only look at the sales of Lotus vs. those of Porsche to see the difference.
To truly succeed these days, sports cars must cosset their owners, like it or not.
Current Maseratis weren't really developed as hardcore sports cars as much as GTs, and there is a difference. The theory was that if someone wanted more sports s/he would buy a Ferrari, which owned Maserati until recently.
But even Ferrari is not immune, with fitted luggage, the finest leather, and now a killer BOSE stereo in the 599.
First off, this car has a 4.2L, not a 4L... Second, this is powered by a Ferrari engine... Third, they do come stick shift. Fourth, the Pagani Zonda (one of the fastest in the world) Has AC... Fifth, this car is a true enthusiast car. With world class handling, a Ferrari 4.2 under the hood, and a killer ZF auto or Stick, you know you're not here for the looks.
I am also looking at the Maserati Gran Sport coupe and convertible. Mostly for the years 2002-2004 as those seem to be the only ones in my price range. I noticed there are some other postings asking about reliability. I too would welcome any comments from current or previous owners of the Gran Sport regarding such things as electrical, transmissions, etc. I know most people feel if you can afford the car you can afford the repairs. However, my feeling is that you could justify making payments on a car if you enjoyed driving it, but if it was always in the shop then you are paying to NOT drive the car while it sits in the service department.
I bought a 2003 Maserati Cambriocorsa (F1 shifter) right after they were unveiled. (I wanted to test the 2002 for reliability, etc. after all the earlier problems before Ferrari bought them in 1997)
This is an awesome car for the guy who wants racetrack performance (which I do regularly) with the comfort that a wife (girlfriend) can enjoy.
I have had " 0 " problems and the Ferrari people (they are sold at Ferrari dealers) treat you separate, but equal in terms of sales/service.
This is not your Uncle Bob's Miata, boys!!
Every detail of this car screams Italian. They are all handmade like a Ferrari. They sold about 600 in the US last year.
I have a 2005 Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa. I bought it when it was about 6 months old. I have read much about reliability concerns with these cars, but think those concerns should relate only to older models. I have had no problems with the car whatsoever except a bit of a squeak from the rear suspension when going over a big bump in the road. I love the car and could not be more pleased with it.
I hope your Maseratis are typical of the brand and reliability stays good because I am going to look at and, if I like the color, purchase a previously owned Coupe tomorrow.
I just sold my Ferrari Mondial and am thinking about buying a 2003-2005 Maserati Coupe GT. I, too, have noticed the reliability comments and don't want another car that's always in the shop. Comments? I could get a 911, but as another poster noted, there are quite a number out there and frankly, it's nice to have a unique fun car. Thanks.
I've just bought a low mileage 2002 Spyder. I had to replace the switch that tells the top that the parking brake is on so that the top will retract. It cost about $200. I knew one of the previous owners of this car, and he said that problems were minimal. Mine is a manual transmission. I understand that the automatic clutch cars need expensive work every 10.000 miles or so. I love the car. It's beautiful.
I purchased a 2005 Maserati Spyder and have had it for 6 months. The only issue I had was I popped a tire screaming down the highway and hit a pothole. I had to replace both tires for $900. But the care is awesome and fast, much more passionate than all the German cars I test drove. If you buy this car, you will fall in love with it.
In my country, a brand new Miata costs nearly the same as a 2003 Cambiocorsa Spyder. I live in Turkey, and a Miata is about 40.000 euros, and an 2003 Maserati costs 40-45000 euros, so no comparison will be accepted for people who live in Turkey :)
When I think about the uniqueness of The Mas', I think Mas' will be the proper choice for me. I'm looking forward to buying one soon and wearing some tyres.. :)
I am the 3rd owner of a 2002 Spyder.
Transmission was replaced in 2005. I think the car was previously owned by "Frazier" - it has 15,000 miles. California car - now in Illinois.
Has some unresolved electrical issues. Burglar alarms sounds while driving it - check engine light appears for no apparent reason. In a Maserati shop now - prayers?
Great look - faster than a monkey stealing bananas. 80 mph at 3,000 RPM. No tickets yet - must not be driving it right.
I could fall in love with this car. No one kicks sand in my face.