Quattroporte ownership outlook

Marco07

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Hi everyone,

Great to hear everyone’s views and comments on ownership for Maserati. Loving the passion.

I’ve been following people’s comments about what great value for money used QPV’s are and I couldn’t agree more. What I am surprised about, and please forgive me if I unintentionally upset anyone, is that a few people are complaining that they’ve lost too much money on their cars in such a short period of time. You can’t have it both ways.

I’ve always worked on the premise that you shouldn’t buy premium exotic cars unless you either; a) intend to keep them forever, or b) accept that whatever depreciation you encounter is considered acceptable even if not particularly palatable.

I bought my QP new in 2009 and have put 80k wonderful miles on it. Yes, it’s now worth just £10-14k I suppose, but that’s life. What I would say is that the running costs of these cars are tiny considering their build numbers and their residual values are better than a similarly priced top of the range executive car. I know that as enthusisasts we won’t see much comparison with a Lexus LS460, MB S-Class, BMW 7-series, etc. but the QP is marketed against exactly those types of executive business cars. As such, I bet that the QPV gives far more enjoyment and prestige and has a higher residual value. [A 7-series circa £8k, LS460 circa £7k, S-class circa £8k.]

So, I conclude this. The QPV represents exceptional value and smiles-per-miles. Buy one, experience it, keep it or sell it. You’ll never forget it or better it.

(P.s. any other owners from new on this forum?)
 

Guy

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Hi everyone,

Great to hear everyone’s views and comments on ownership for Maserati. Loving the passion.

I’ve been following people’s comments about what great value for money used QPV’s are and I couldn’t agree more. What I am surprised about, and please forgive me if I unintentionally upset anyone, is that a few people are complaining that they’ve lost too much money on their cars in such a short period of time. You can’t have it both ways.

I’ve always worked on the premise that you shouldn’t buy premium exotic cars unless you either; a) intend to keep them forever, or b) accept that whatever depreciation you encounter is considered acceptable even if not particularly palatable.

I bought my QP new in 2009 and have put 80k wonderful miles on it. Yes, it’s now worth just £10-14k I suppose, but that’s life. What I would say is that the running costs of these cars are tiny considering their build numbers and their residual values are better than a similarly priced top of the range executive car. I know that as enthusisasts we won’t see much comparison with a Lexus LS460, MB S-Class, BMW 7-series, etc. but the QP is marketed against exactly those types of executive business cars. As such, I bet that the QPV gives far more enjoyment and prestige and has a higher residual value. [A 7-series circa £8k, LS460 circa £7k, S-class circa £8k.]

So, I conclude this. The QPV represents exceptional value and smiles-per-miles. Buy one, experience it, keep it or sell it. You’ll never forget it or better it.

(P.s. any other owners from new on this forum?)
Very well put Marco. It would be good to know more of your 11 year experience with your QP.

In three years of QPV ownership I lost £800/mth but it was the same on my AMGs and M BMWs and even my RR. Apart from cars that are not for everyday use such as Morgans and Caterhams, cars costing £50-£100k lose at least £10k per annum in my experience.
 

Andyk

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Hi everyone,

Great to hear everyone’s views and comments on ownership for Maserati. Loving the passion.

I’ve been following people’s comments about what great value for money used QPV’s are and I couldn’t agree more. What I am surprised about, and please forgive me if I unintentionally upset anyone, is that a few people are complaining that they’ve lost too much money on their cars in such a short period of time. You can’t have it both ways.

I’ve always worked on the premise that you shouldn’t buy premium exotic cars unless you either; a) intend to keep them forever, or b) accept that whatever depreciation you encounter is considered acceptable even if not particularly palatable.

I bought my QP new in 2009 and have put 80k wonderful miles on it. Yes, it’s now worth just £10-14k I suppose, but that’s life. What I would say is that the running costs of these cars are tiny considering their build numbers and their residual values are better than a similarly priced top of the range executive car. I know that as enthusisasts we won’t see much comparison with a Lexus LS460, MB S-Class, BMW 7-series, etc. but the QP is marketed against exactly those types of executive business cars. As such, I bet that the QPV gives far more enjoyment and prestige and has a higher residual value. [A 7-series circa £8k, LS460 circa £7k, S-class circa £8k.]

So, I conclude this. The QPV represents exceptional value and smiles-per-miles. Buy one, experience it, keep it or sell it. You’ll never forget it or better it.

(P.s. any other owners from new on this forum?)
Arguably the best looking big saloon out there...
 
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ChrisQP09

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Value for money factor on these only really begins to be apparent when you buy a clean 5-10 year old example with 20-40,000 miles.
 

Marco07

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Value for money factor on these only really begins to be apparent when you buy a clean 5-10 year old example with 20-40,000 miles.
Surely that's an entirely subjective view? What some people consider to be value for money I often think is a total waste of money and vice versa. I wouldn't pay $250k for a flight on Virgin Galactic but there seems to be a queue.

I know people that wouldn't buy a QPV at any price.
 
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safrane

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That's the thing... buy a low miles cherished example and use it you loos a packet, but buy a mid range car that has also been cherished and the loss is not too bad.

As many will know I have rarely used my GS due in part to the perceived drop in value at 50k plus.

I intend to get a GT this year to replace it; would love a Strad, but then I would not use it again... so aim for a standard GT which are 10-a-penny and love to drive it again.
 

ChrisQP09

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Surely that's an entirely subjective view? What some people consider to be value for money I often think is a total waste of money and vice versa. I wouldn't pay $250k for a flight on Virgin Galactic but there seems to be a queue.

I know people that wouldn'y buy a QPV at any price.
Haha value for money and relativity are practically one of the same. I would hazard a strong guess on saying that the Virgin customers paying to fly up to the stratosphere are largely millionaires. In regards to a used, old QP, the value for money is at it's strongest when depreciation has all but bottomed out. For example, a 2 year old delivery miles QP from a dealer would typically exceed £50-55,000 whereas the same car 'new' would cost £65-70,000+. The VFM here is evident with the car that has been lounging in the forecourt for 2 years.

In a nutshell, it depends on your perspective but VFM in respect of cars and their prices, is based on fact.
 

Marco07

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Very well put Marco. It would be good to know more of your 11 year experience with your QP.
Hi Guy,

All good really.

First 3 years it was my daily family car. No problems at all - serviced by Maranello’s. No extra expense except for a replacement front screen which my insurance covered with a £150 excess.

Subsequent years threw up variators and sol valves. Brake disc skim, etc. and normal service items such as two batteries and a couple of coil packs. Never let me down and still feels tight as a drum.

I’ve had one niggling issue with a window trim sensor that took a long time to properly diagnose and resolve and cost way more than it should.

Driven to the factory twice and all over Europe. I know some people don’t like PZero’s but I’ve stuck with them and like how they work.

In 2014 I bought an SUV to use through the winter and to take some of the work off the QP. That was a good move. I will now keep the QP until it’s unrepairable. I’m not expecting any big bills because I really do look after it. However, I’ve thought about it and would willingly (not happily) pay more than it’s worth to keep it going.

Happy Masering