Porsche 911 Carrera Or Maserati GranTurismo
If you are like me you often find yourself looking at the going rate of used sorts cars. Thanks to depreciation, someone that makes a decent, but not huge, income can drive a car that when new would be well out of reach.
Recently, I’ve been looking at getting a 997 generation Porsche 911 Carrera. The going rate for a well maintained car in the 2008 model year is in the $25,000 – $35,000 range. This is for a car with between 60,000 and 90,000 miles on it (obviously, you pay less for higher mileage examples).
Of note is that the 2008 model year is the last year that Porsche used the IMS Bearing design. In the 2009 model year the 911 Carrera no longer used the design, which results in about a price range of between $35,000 – $50,000 for cars with roughly the same mileage and condition.
For the 2008 model year for between $25,000 – $35,000 you can also purchase a Maserati GranTurismo in good condition with between 15,000 – 60,000 miles on the odometer. Same as the 911, higher mileage cars will normally be in the lower price range.
For the 2008 Porsche 911 you get a car powered by a 3.6-liter flat-six pumping out 325 horsepower. By today’s standards that isn’t a lot, but Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds for the manual transmission and a top speed of 177 mph.
The 2008 Maserati GranTurismo (non-S model) is powered by a 4.2-liter V8 that was a version of the same engine used in the Ferrari F430. The power plant pumps out 405 horsepower which helps the GranTurismo hit a claimed 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds. Flat out it can hit a top speed of 177 mph.
From a performance stand point the Porsche has a slight advantage from 0-60 mph and they can both hit the same top speed. The 911 is a slightly more nimble car but the Maserati oozes luxury and Italian styling.
The 911 will go unnoticed often enough that you won’t get stopped every fill up to talk about your car. You’ll still get some attention, just not the constant attention that the Maserati will bring. 911s are just more common in most of the country, which can be considered a positive when you just want to get on with your drive.
Maintenance for both cars is expensive, but the Maserati is more expensive. The 911 can be worked on easily by an independent shop or a competent back yard mechanic.
While the same is true about the GranTurismo, it will cost more for maintenance. Every other year Maserati recommends a major service which at a dealership will cost about $2,500. You can lower this to about $1,2000 if you do it yourself or a bit more for an independent shop to do the work. You’ll also likely need to take it into a dealership if the check engine light comes on to clear it as a standard OBDII reader can’t clear the code and most independent shops do not have the correct code reader to clear the code (although a few do).
The Porsche 911 has longer service intervals and costs are lower. Where a simple oil change will cost you about $200 at a dealer for the 911, expect to pay over $300 with the Maserati at a dealer. Obviously, doing it yourself or having an independent shop do the work can reduce this cost quite a bit.
Now don’t get me wrong about the higher maintenance of the Maserati. While it does cost more to keep on the road when compared to the Porsche, it is much less than the Ferrari F430 the same family of engine. This is because with the GranTurismo being a front-engined car, there is no need to remove the engine for the major service. A Ferrari F430 can easily cost over $5,000 to have the engine out service (and sometimes over $10,000 depending on what needs to be done).
The GranTurismo and 911 offer similar performance and are in the same price range. But what would you choose?
Do you prefer and Italian exotic that is somewhat affordable to maintain or a German performance car that is likely to last much longer without major servicing? Scroll down to the comments and let us know what you think.
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