I think we all tend to agree on two things: Older Maseratis are, basically, beautiful but fragile. It’s a car on festive days and holidays, to lock it away in the garage until the sun pops up its little hat and you have a road trip, big or small, to cover it up in style. You certainly wouldn’t be a daily Massa, would you? Not unless you have a hot streak of masochism running through you like fat through bacon.
Well, someone didn’t read the note. Just take a look at the Maserati GranTurismo because it definitely seems to have racked up the kind of mileage that indicates everyday use. If you travel an average of 160,000 miles over its 15 years of existence, you will end up with 10,000 individual miles per year. This is dangerously close to the “everyday” area in anyone’s book.
As is often the case, there is more to the story than the stats. If you look at the history of the MOT, for example, annual miles are not built consistently; It ebbs and flows. Between 2010 and 2011, for example, it covered nearly 16,000 miles, and the following year, it wasn’t far from 20,000. This rate of progress continued until 2017, when it seemed to have retired from life’s bombardment, one might assume, roads High speed high speed. Since she retired, she’s usually been doing what would be considered more than 2,000 to 2,500 miles a year.
So, if what led us to believe it was true – such is the delicate nature of Modena products – would the MOT’s failures have been so numerous and devastating? Again, the reality is somewhat different. Well, we don’t get the full picture because the service history hasn’t been revealed, but since 2010, when records started, I’ve dropped the ball five times in the MOT. Two of those were for worn tires, which we can dismiss as typical wear. Two more were for parking brake efficiency — or lack of accuracy — and that leaves one for wishbone bushes and wear around the said area.
This isn’t Will’s story, is it? And even if you count the warnings, they’re still fairly routine: anti-roll bar bushes, faulty discs and pads, rusty coil springs, a problem with the front number plate. I mean, come on: Where’s the smoke gun over there?
Mechanically, then, this ancient masa appears to have been Stoic. However, it is a low-volume car made in Italy and not mass-produced in Germany. So you would expect something similar to the phenomenon of an exploding Noddy car when you scroll through the images. Sure enough, the wheels would be at eccentric angles, the doors hanging off their hinges, and the car would collapse to the ground as if it were bearing the weight of the world’s problems and had been abandoned.
no. The wheels have some dents but their purple finish glows in the sunlight. And what about the inside? Something between tatters and fumigation? no. The leather shows signs of use and it is clear that the driver’s door handle has been used more than once, but it is all there, correct and far from simple.
Cut the mileage by two thirds and this car will retail for around £35,000, and until then, any guarantee of lead reliability will be written in invisible ink. Certainly this makes this car, offered at just £13,500, a logical rather than illogical choice. After all, that leaves an extra £21,500 to cover any issues and do some tidying up. So far from a great deal, what we have here, then, is perhaps the most logical Maserati GranTurismo offering in existence. Debate…