Short Drive: 2007 Maserati Quattroporte
By: Anthony Fongaro | December 2015
A few years ago if you were to tell me that you could buy a used vehicle with a 400-horsepower Ferrari derived V-8 engine for under $30,000, But no! There is a vehicle on sale that has depreciated to the point of being under $30,000. This executive four-door is the 2007 Maserati Quattroporte. When it was new, this 2007 Quattroporte was well over $100,000. After only 36,000 miles, the value has dropped to $28,000. I did a short test drive of the Quattroporte to see what exactly you get for your money.
It hates traffic.
If you're the kind of person who gets irate while in traffic, stay away from the Quattroporte. Run as far away as you can. The problem - one of many - is the transmission. Known as "DuoSelect", the Quattroporte doesn't have a conventional automatic. Instead, it has a robotized manual transmission with no clutch pedal. This makes the car very sporty but as smooth as a rose bush. Once you open up the Quattroporte, you hear the Ferrari V8 roar louder than almost anything else on the road. As much as the Quattroporte would like to avoid rush hour, it adores open roads. Behind the wheel, you get the sense that you're in an Italian sports car with the direct steering and V8.
Maserati designed the Quattroporte to be as stylish as it can. On the outside, this four door super sedan oozes style. The interior continues the trend of being fashionable, but common functions are an afterthought. The buttons within the cabin seem to have been randomly placed. The button for the Tire Pressure Monitoring System? Thoughtfully put near the sunroof switch. Eventually you’ll get used to the odd placement of random buttons. But trust me, you'll quickly get accustomed to the supple leather seats.
...on his day off.
At the moment you may be thinking "a $30,000 car with an Italian badge and a 400 horsepower engine is brilliant! Where do I sign?" Not so fast. There are a few items to discuss. First up, the gearbox. Or more precisely the clutch. Depending on how you drive, the clutch can last as little as 30,000 miles and will set you back between $4,000-$6,000. Being more in-tune with a Ferrari, set aside another $3,000 a year in maintenance for oil changes, basic maintenance and if (when) something breaks. This isn't a cheap limo to own.
Is this for you?
Actually, maybe. As I said earlier, a large Italian super sedan for less than $30,000 is an incredible deal. Should you drive copious miles in traffic or enjoy not having to replace a $6,000 clutch every year or two, you may want to buy something more reasonable. The Quattroporte is a rare breed of vehicle. It's a car designed to act like a sports car while remaining luxurious. Add in the incredible value and you have a fun, rare sedan.
Disclaimer: Midwest Motors in Lake Zurich, IL was gracious enough to let me drive the 2007 Maserati Quattroporte.
Midwest Motors is located at 540 Cortland Drive, Lake Zurich, IL 60047.
Visit their website at http://www.midwestmotors.com/ and view the 2007 Maserati Quattroporte here.
Photos courtesy of Midwest Motors.