Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Vankleek Hill, Ontario (Canada)
Back away from the Maserati...good boy...baby steps...don't go there!
One of my good friends here is a Maserati used parts guy. He has about six of these behemoths in his barn (along with many other Masers). The biggest problem with any Maserati is that they are very rare and very hand-made. This means that parts are VERY hard to find, very expensive and they don't always fit!
Now, it might be worth it if the final product has value (like a Ghibli). But the second generation Quattroporte, like the one you want is sadly, worth virtually nothing and probably will never be worth very much. So, in my opinion, you would be spending thousands (and a lot of time) fixing the car, while it sits idle in your garage. Is that what you want?
Maseratis are (and have always been) very quircky and unreliable cars. The build-quality of the earlier cars was better than the Biturbo era, but they are still not great.
If you are really serious, I can put you in touch with my friend, who can probably find you a good one (for a small broker's fee). But, instead...why not get a Maserati sports car? Or if it's a 4-door you are after, go for an Alfa, a Lancia, a FIAT....anything but a Maserati!
Rev high! Alex 'Sandor' Csank
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