my two cents
Bought the QP October 2014 on a whim, when my other car had to be taken off the road with supension woes. Always admired the looks and sound, thought it would be a big old barge. When the sport GT popped up black with cream leather I just had to buy it. It was intended to be a "divorce gift" to myself that would soon be sold. My aim was to get the other car back on the road as it is my "keeper".
Both cars have done 5 years as main car including 2500 mile organised European tours. Still running the QP and the other car still parked next to the garage (see profile pic). I do love them both, but cannot run both at the same time.
In short the QP does everything I like, really well. Top drawer luxury car that cruises effortlessly, even in traffic. The DS works as intended, so have no desire for full auto. The sport mode and handling continue to amaze and delight me. That noise !! every tunnel and bridge has me dropping windows and using the whole 7500rpm. Sure I have spent quite a few quid, but not wasted a single pound.
These are exactly my experience and feelings as well. Dry sump engine and trans-axle gearbox with manual like characteristic makes a lot more unique experience. I wouldn't take it to central London in traffic conditions but the combination makes it works like a large M3 on A roads and munchies highway miles effortlessly.


Centenary Club
@Lozzer Hi Lozzer, have you found your ideal car?
Have you looked at any DS or are you being swayed towards ZFs?
I have updated the post for my car with a price very much in your budget.
Link here: https://www.sportsmaserati.co.uk/index.php?threads/my-04-mas-for-sale-£12-5k-negotiable.28400/

It is as car in the best of combinations, up to date service history, all receipts for work done under all mine & previous ownership, with everything working and no faults. It has FD DBW for faster gear changes and the full Larini Exhaust system. It is one of the best sounding QPs around.
If interested in a test drive/ meet, please PM me.