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Contract hire offer on Maserati Ghibli 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel engine £23960 @ Ridgeway £23,960.99

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Maserati Ghibli - Exclusive offer from Ridgeway Maserati from just £489 incl VAT a month plus Initial rental of £5,867.99 incl VAT Maserati Ghibli Diesel V6d 4dr Auto with Mica paint and 18" wheels…
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Guys, you pay almost £24K on this over a certain amount of time then give the car back. Oh and you can only do 5000miles in a year, which means you'll hardly be using the vehicle for proper long drives. Silly.
Some of you have not got a clue. Would you rather have a boring BMW or E class that you see on the road all day or a Mazza. No Brainer. And have you heard the sound of one of these.... Awesome.

Problem is, when that draws up to the Golf Club, everybody will expect to see some short, overweight balding 50 something year old in the middle of a mid life crisis step from it. So yes you are essentially spot on, its all down to taste (or lack of it) and for the record I don't drive either of the cars mentioned, i'm just young enough to still maintain a little credibility.....just

The second point and a deal breaker for me is that its a modern diesel, which means a DPF - diesel particulate filter which basically kills all of the reliability that a diesel engine had 15 years ago, it also means not taking it on short journeys and doing 12k miles per year, which is a bit hard on a contract only giving 5k. Of course if the DPF does screw up and require a new one then you will foot the bill, as very few manufacturers cover its failure (or cleaning it) in their warranties, especially if driving style has attributed to it.

A professional third party cleaning of the DPF costs around £200 - £300, a new one can cost £2000 - £3000 if cleaning doesn't resolve the error codes. Bear in mind that a DPF is required to regenerate (clean) itself of soot build up every 300 - 400 miles, it doesn't take long for it to become blocked, if you only do Town driving or short journeys. In other words, you need to drive down a motorway at a steady constant speed for 20 - 30 mins at least once every 300 - 400 miles, if you don't the car will eventually go into limp mode as the DPF gets more and more blocked, and has been unable to have the opportunity to normally clean itself through its regeneration cycle, and if it gets to that point then you will be paying £200 + for the dealer to manually perform a regeneration using diagnostic software or a cleaning company blast out the blockage.

So if you don't make regular motorway trips, don't buy a diesel (any diesel car) as the DPF won't get the chance to regenerate automatically unless you are making those steady 20 - 30 minute drives.

But don't just take my word for it, ask the dealer or better still email the manufacturer (of any diesel car) how many annual miles you should be doing in order to maintain the DPF and the driving style required so as not risk falling foul of any warranty exclusions on it, then choose your vehicle and contract hire deal, based on what you are told.







Edited By: bargainhunter73 on Mar 30, 2015 16:23: content
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[quote=vulcanproject] It's not that good a base car, but especially average once it's got the diesel engine chucked in it.
Usually you can excuse Masers price and other problems because they have something glorious sounding under the bonnet and look gorgeous. This has only the looks to rescue it, it's not what you would even call that quick while sounding like a JCB.
A 530D has absolutely no problems boshing it performance wise and offering probably a better base car to boot. 535D M sport is another class entirely....
Still, this is a cheap for the brand and is something different in the company car park, although they are packed full of 530D's for a reason...
....... anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd and doesn't use it a lot it would be of considerable interest.

The other qualifiers are that they need to have very poor judgement and appalling taste.
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It's not that good a base car, but especially average once it's got the diesel engine chucked in it.
Usually you can excuse Masers price and other problems because they have something glorious sounding under the bonnet and look gorgeous. This has only the looks to rescue it, it's not what you would even call that quick while sounding like a JCB.
A 530D has absolutely no problems boshing it performance wise and offering probably a better base car to boot. 535D M sport is another class entirely....
Still, this is a cheap for the brand and is something different in the company car park, although they are packed full of 530D's for a reason...
530 and 535 and 550 for that matter are slow and ugly and depreciate bafly. rather have my audi s3 thanks as it scores better on all counts
BMW, Merc, Audi, Jag are all for boring corporate reps and middle managers therefore obviously wouldn't appeal to someone looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary like this. And why ever would you compare a S3 to one of these? That's closer in style to aforementioned
Fiat 500. I wouldn't have one (I have a boring Merc convertible and do about 15k/yr) but to anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd and doesn't use it a lot it would be of considerable interest.
Maserati and diesel should not be anywhere near each other
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