A Premium Preowned Maserati Purchase
In the preowned Maserati market, there is a crowd favorite that’s still around in 2016. The Quattroporte is probably the most recognized and coveted Maserati on the road, and buying one to turn some heads doesn’t have to break the bank. If you want to get one, then why not buy a preowned one? Sure, you might need to do a little research on each generation and figure out which one suits you, but the depreciation of Maserati’s make that research worth it. Preowned Maserati’s are significantly cheaper than new Maserati’s, and you won’t have to shell out 100 grand over the course of your lifetime to pay it off.
Instead, find one that’s preowned. Even one that has only been around for a few years will have a price that might surprise you.
Before we get into the cost of a preowned Maserati, you need to recognize the different generations. The Quattroporte has a few generations kicking around, and it got it’s start back in 2005. The first generation ranges from 2005-2008, the second generation from 2009-2013, and the third generation ranges from 2014-present; thanks to a redesign and a new look.
Now, it’s important to understand that between the first two generations there isn’t much of a difference; aesthetically or mechanically. The gen 1 and gen 2 cars only have a few minor differences, but are completely different when compared to the gen 3 cars. Currently, there are 5 different trim levels for the 2016 model: the Base trim, S, S Q4, GTS, and Diesel.
2005 to 2006 saw the Base and GT trims become available, and were only available with a F1 transmission. In 2007, the ZF automatic transmission was introduced, and in 2008 the GTS trim finally came about. From 2009-2013 all the models became available, and they all received new front/rear bumpers, wheels, and a much-needed improvement in terms of being user-friendly.2014 saw the new redesign, and the 2016 model was discussed up above.
With the first two generations not having very many changes, and then 2014 and onward being a whole new animal, trying to figure out which model to get is a bit of a challenge.
The Best Generation to Buy
The general consensus is that the Quattroporte has gotten better with age. Based on consumer reports, you should stay clear of the 2005 model year. 2006 isn’t a bad year to buy, but you still need to pay attention and be selective. 2007 seemed to be the year that most consumers agreed on, and anywhere from 2008-2015 wasn’t really given a second thought, from what I read.
Based on this, it seems a 2007 Quattroporte is the best year to buy, and all the trims are good.
2007 Maserati Quattroporte
The primary reason consumers agreed on the ’07 Quattroporte is because of the new gearbox. The ZF automatic transmission provides many benefits that the F1 transmission can’t. First, it provides a much easier drive around town and in heavy traffic. If you commute in a crowded city, a manual transmission can be a painstaking experience. With an automatic, you don’t have to worry about constantly down-shifting when you hit the inevitable red light the next block over. Furthermore, consumers also said the F1 pumps and relays have many more problems than the ZF automatic transmission. Not only does all this make an easier driving experience for you, but also for the wife or husband.
If you buy a manual transmission and your significant other doesn’t know how to drive stick, you will be the designated driver for years to come.
A Few Drawbacks
There are a few drawbacks though, primarily the looks. There isn’t anything wrong with the look of the Quattroporte from 2007, but it missed the redesign. However, a preowned 2014 or 2015 Quattroporte will cost significantly more than a preowned Quattroporte from 2007, even when depreciation is taken into account. It might perform slightly better, and have newer parts/technology, but you are still getting the same luxury and performance-oriented vehicle with an older model year; just not as shiny.
Aside from newer parts and a difference in performance, there isn’t much to miss. The Quattroporte still has that signature head-turning shape, and it will still perform well (if you find a good one), as well as be just as luxurious on the inside. Besides, when you see the cost after the vehicle has gone through a few years of depreciation you will be itching to throw some money at it.
Even if it’s a high-end luxury performance vehicle and shares a market with some other prestigious brands, the depreciation is what really makes the Maserati stand out. It’s not uncommon to see savings of anywhere between 60%-80% when it comes to these vehicles; especially if it’s one from 2007. Depreciation numbers like that are unique, even for a high-end luxury brand like Maserati.
To help put that into perspective, say you buy a new 2016 Quattroporte for around 100 grand, and in 5 years you decide to sell it. That means that Quattroporte you dumped 100 grand into will only be worth between $20,000-$40,000. That’s a huge loss in value for you, but it will surely make the next person buying it happy.
This is the same concept for the 2007 Quattroporte. The 2007 Maserati Quattroporte with an automatic transmission had a base MSRP of 100 grand back in the day. Now, you can find one from anywhere between $23,000-$30,000. That’s depending on mileage of course, but even the ones for around 30k only had around 50,000 miles on average.
That means you can get a ’07 Quattroporte for around the price of your average top-of-the-line 2016 sedan. Too add a cherry on top, some of the Quattroporte’s were higher trims priced at around 30k, which means you are getting an even more expensive vehicle for less.
Perks That Count
The 2007 Maserati Quattroporte might not be a vehicle that has the latest and greatest technology, but it still has plenty of other perks. Getting the automatic transmission will provide you with easy and effortless driving, and the performance is still great. You’d still get the same type of head-turning looks when driving it, and you would also feel just as comfortable if you were sitting in a new one.
The best part of all is the price, and that’s what really makes buying a preowned Maserati Quattroporte a great deal.