It’s been awhile since we’ve done a $30K Check article (*Holy crap, 2012!*) and I wanted to bring it back today! Today’s subject is a car that depreciated quicker than it does 0-60. This is disastrous news for original owners and cause for jubilation from those of us without the means to spend 6-figures on a new vehicle. Since I am in the latter category at the moment, I have broken out the proverbial sparkling cider.
The Maserati GranTurismo dates back to 2007 where it launched at the Geneva Motor Show. Originally it came with a Ferrari co-developed 4.2L V8 producing 400HP. The GranTurismo S showed up later with a 4.7L V8 generating 434HP and was a shared motor with the limited-production Alfa Romeo 8C.
So it has Italian style and an Italian motor, what’s wrong with it? Well, it is largely the same since 2007, only in 2018 did they introduce a backup camera to it and finally updated the infotainment system. Also, the transmission has been known to be clunky at best on some versions. Finally, it’s not the most reliable car and parts are cost-prohibitive. In spite of all of that, it holds a place near and dear to my heart. I would gladly sign over a $30,000 check to own one of these!
After looking at these, you can find S models with low-mileage for just over $30K, but you can find higher-mileage models way under $30K all day!
Is it a dumb idea? Sure! Is it an emotional decision? Also yes! But that’s what cars are to me, emotional investments. They are far from smart financial decisions, so you might as well play into your emotions. And go big or go home…or something like that.
Trent V. Bray
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