SO WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY COST

williamsmix

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… to run a Maserati that’s used fairly normally (ie not a cosseted garage queen)? 42p per mile in maintenance costs, according to JayEmm:

 

safrane

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Same here...Its cheaper to do high miles as per this car, than low miles.

Mine at that price would be around £1600pa... and if it was I would be laughing all the way to the bank.
 

williamsmix

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I have closer to an 18 month perspective vs 18 year and I’m running about double that 42p per mile. If I get away with just a basic DIY service next year and do the same sort of mileage I could be somewhere near that … or that maybe just wishful thinking(?)!
 

davy83

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I have had my 3200 for 17 years and I have done 50,000 miles in it during that time (bought with 18k miles and now 78k). It has spent some time off the road for repairs and I was working in the middle east for 3 years in that time so only 13-14 years of regular use, and never been my only car. My average per mile is around 60-70p per mile and a little over 2k per year. I don't really keep an exact track and if you are working on a tight budget I suspect it's the wrong car for you. Don't have any regrets and also no intention of selling it, it's still brilliant.
 

GroovyBoovy

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Just looked at my maintenance spreadsheet, I am getting £0.69 for maintenance/repair per mile. The biggest bit is brakes and tyres, only about 1000 miles a year over the last 4 years. I do have 2 other cars but it does get used for commuting and the shopping if I need to. I do most repairs myself.
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williamsmix

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I think that with fuel, road tax, insurance and devaluation added in with maintenance/repair my costs must be approaching £2 per mile. I expect I'm not alone. However, I shan't give any of that the slightest thought when I go out for a 30 mile jaunt this afternoon!
 

Ebenezer

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I think that with fuel, road tax, insurance and devaluation added in with maintenance/repair my costs must be approaching £2 per mile. I expect I'm not alone. However, I shan't give any of that the slightest thought when I go out for a 30 mile jaunt this afternoon!
What is it excluding fuel, road tax and devaluation? Devaluation is pretty good on these cars as long as you didn't buy them new or nearly new.
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Tallman

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I think that with fuel, road tax, insurance and devaluation added in with maintenance/repair my costs must be approaching £2 per mile. I expect I'm not alone. However, I shan't give any of that the slightest thought when I go out for a 30 mile jaunt this afternoon!
Some man-maths: just remember that (within normal limits) the more you drive, the lower your cost per mile ;)
 

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What got me with the subject car is the number of Airbag Switches it has gone through.

I get the feeling that the technicians were happy to fire the parts gun at the fault at the issue but resetting the ECU has temporarily cured the fault. Now this makes me think that either the fitted parts have a design fault or or there's a deeper issue with the wiring loom/software. If the owners persisted with it, then maybe they would have got to the root of the issue and cured it for ever.

To me a 'fix' is exactly that not a repetitive fault that comes back.
 

safrane

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I agree.

The door side switch I surmise is rarely if ever used and water ingress to the same is limited as these cars more frequently are used by one person, so passengers door is not opened much.

I have looked at the wiring for this and it is a right Heath-Robinson affair
 

gb-gta

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What is it excluding fuel, road tax and devaluation? Devaluation is pretty good on these cars as long as you didn't buy them new or nearly new.
Eb
I think that’s his 42p/ mile excluding what you say, yes.
Key is to buy well, preferably at the bottom of the curve, to avoid the depreciation as much as possible. I guess my ‘11 QPV sport GTS is worth similar give or take to what I paid in 2019 ( maybe not it’s trade value now) so it’s just the running costs to cover. In my case about 9k in 4.5 years, but recently serviced so let’s call it 5 years! Done roughly 20k miles in that time, so £150/month or 45p/mile for me, plus tax/fuel/insurance (insurance is about £400/year by the way). Pretty good I think, certainly compared to a boring new car.
 
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williamsmix

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What is it excluding fuel, road tax and devaluation? Devaluation is pretty good on these cars as long as you didn't buy them new or nearly new.
Eb
Since I started this thread, I'll give you my full picture as I see it:

I bought my 1999, 70k miles 3200 privately for £12k in March 2022. At the time I thought that was a near "bottom of the curve" price for a car that had been very well sorted by McGrath and the Maserati Shed. In my 20 months of ownership I've done 6k miles and spent £5,300 on maintenance/repair. The majority of that (£4k) was spent on a very thorough service (cambelt, tensioners, water pump, various sensors, etc. and a service). I've also replaced the rear tyres, the rear shockers, done an interim DIY service and purchased a new immobiliser fob. So, doing the maths, that's 88p per mile on maintenance/repair. E5 fuel is around £7.40 per gallon locally and the majority of my motoring is local where I average 14 - 15 mpg, so say 49p per mile. My last road tax was £295 and the insurance £250, so against my average 3,600 per year that's 15p per mile for road tax and insurance. 88 + 49 + 15 = £1.52 per mile.

And now the thorny issue of devaluation. There's a whole thread discussing this point for the Coupes, but briefly, in my experience I've been unable to find a private buyer for the car. The best px offer I've had for it is £10k. So, if I want to change to another car through px that would be £2k devaluation - against the purchase price - , or 33p per mile.

Grand Total = 1.85 per mile.

I'm slightly surprised by this, I suppose, but not bothered about it because the car was never bought as a garage queen "investment" but to enjoy driving it, and this is the cost of my enjoyment ... LOL!
 
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Mattmaser

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Not sure - but my old 456 has 64000 miles on it , and service and repairs only were £1.35 per mile over its 22 year life
 

Ewan

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I seem to recall my 456 (which I bought while they were current) coming it at around £5 per mile over my 4 years of ownership. £60k was depreciation. Definitely the most expensive (per mile) car I’ve had. To drive from Dorset to London and back (my commute back in those days) in that car cost £1k. Crazy.
Changed it for a Diablo - far more reliable, far cheaper in maintenance, far less depreciation, so a far less crazy proposition. And it’s not often you can say that a V12 Lambo is the sensible option! In fact, back then (before my wife passed her driving test), we had the Diablo as our only (and therefore, daily) car.
 

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I seem to recall my 456 (which I bought while they were current) coming it at around £5 per mile over my 4 years of ownership. £60k was depreciation. Definitely the most expensive (per mile) car I’ve had. To drive from Dorset to London and back (my commute back in those days) in that car cost £1k. Crazy.
Changed it for a Diablo - far more reliable, far cheaper in maintenance, far less depreciation, so a far less crazy proposition. And it’s not often you can say that a V12 Lambo is the sensible option! In fact, back then (before my wife passed her driving test), we had the Diablo as our only (and therefore, daily) car.
I think I can safely say no one is going to Top Trump this real life experience.
I ran my 456 alongside my 4200 but both had lost their maximum depreciation back then and my biggest cost was the fuel.
 

Ewan

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The 456 was £170k new. Then at its lowest, dipped to £30k. So that’s lots of depreciation for any owners during that financial journey. Plus all the usual running costs.

Makes you wonder if spending circa £180k on a new Maser GT is a wise idea?! You’ll not find me queuing up to do it!
 

RoaryRati

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I haven't really got a clue on the running costs/mile - I just have a total budget for the car and when that's gone the car goes (I can't find an emoji for serious tears) - but I do have some mathmatical skills far greater than man maths:clapps: