I purchased my Spyder used in august of 2005 and it has been my daily driver ever since. The thrust of the V8 is incredible and the sound is very satisfying. The electric top neatly stows in within seconds. I previously owned a 2002 BMW M3 convertible, and their is no comparison. My M3 struggled in winter driving as I live in Minnesota, but the skyhook suspension on the Maserati makes winter driving suprisingly pleasant, I have driven this car through the 2 winters without a problem. The customer service could be better with Maserati, my car has had numerous problems with the windshield wiper motor, and needed to be replaced, but thats it, great car would highly recommend.
The growl of the V8, the Cambiocorsa transmission, the Ferrari pedigree and interior, convertible top, elegant styling, all weather driving prowess, nav system.
Dealer service was expensive but good, and many items were upgraded and checked. Engine is wonderful both in appearance and performance. Wide rev range and great Ferrari sound over 5K. A chain belt gives a Ferrari- designed engine performance without the superexpensive belt changes.Interior is beautiful, throttle progressive, brakes good, steering and clutch light, but first and second gear are baulky. Free dealer upgrade helped a bit, but still not as good as Porsche. Scuttle shake is the only other issue, especially when starting off for some reason, but overall this is a super secondhand value and a fun ride.
Engine, progressive throttle, exhaust noise, brakes, steering, beautiful interior, and rarity on the road. Gets attention, but not as in your face as Ferrari.
Scuttle shake was apparently improved on later spyder models. Fuel consumption is not great, but I find myself revving up just to hear that sound. Shift quality needs improved in lower gears.
I ordered both the SL 500 and
Spyder. They arrived at the same
time and I test drove them back to
back. The plastic interior, cheap
feeling switchgear and contrived
exterior design of the SL compared
poorly with the Maserati (and with the
previous SL). The real difference
was in the driving. The SL was
subdued and perfect-- the Maseati
was alive and fun!
Bad cowl shake compromises this
otherwise perfect car. Pedals are
too close for Americans. Gas milage
should be better.
Everything about the car has been up
to, or exceeded my expectations. I have
been very surprised by how many people
recognize this rare and unfamiliar car,
and by the number of unsolicited
compliments I have been getting from
total strangers. The most frequent
remark is about how elegant the car
looks on the street, compared to
The engine performance and the interior
execution are both flawless.
Needs a much better quality, and less
confusing sound system
Pros: This is a car that shows how
Porsche cars should have been built
post 993 model. Interior is gorgeous,
and the performance is immense. The
body styling is classic so it's looks
won't fade. Handling is very good, and
many thoughtful designer touches are
added. Engineering is excellent.
Cons: Why could the engineers not
reduced the cowl shake???
Overall Review: A great convertible
that would have been perfect had
Maserati managed to reduce cowl shake
to the level of a Porsche Cabrio.