Here's Why the Maserati Ghibli Is a Terrible Way to Spend $85,000

Here's Why the Maserati Ghibli Is a Terrible Way to Spend $85,000

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this is a 2015 maserati ghibli sq4 when it was brand new just a year and a half ago its base price was 78 900 with options it was well over 80 000 and that makes this the single most overpriced car in the entire car industry period now i've rented this ghibli here in nashville tennessee using a service called turo which is this cool company that's sort of like airbnb for cars you get around other people's interesting cars
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instead of normal boring rental cars turo has given me a budget to rent cars and i decided to rent this one because turo is really the best way to experience the ghibli that's because after a few days you get to give it back so why don't i like the ghibli well i'll start off with a comparison between the ghibli and another luxury sports today and the 2015 bmw 550i now under the hood the ghibli makes 404 horsepower that's pretty good but the 550i makes 445.
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the ghibli has 406 pound-feet of torque also pretty good but the 550i has 480 pound-feet but it's not all about power modern luxury cars are all about technology for instance the 2015 bmw 550i has a 360 degree camera system does the ghibli the 550i has a blind spot monitoring system does the ghibli the 550i has a lane departure warning system
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does the ghibli the 550i has a trick night vision camera system does the ghibli the 550i has a forward collision warning system does the ghibli the 550i has automatic braking if it detects an accident's about to happen does the ghibli [Music] in the modern luxury car world high-tech safety features like the ones i've just named are really popular right now and this ghibli didn't even offer any of that stuff
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as options actually i take that back shift into reverse and you'll notice a very poor resolution backup camera pop up on the screen of course you'd get a better backup camera in a chevy sonic and here's the kicker i already told you the gibly costs around 80 grand the 550i has more power more torque more safety features more equipment and its starting price is 67.5 add in all of the features i mentioned and you're somewhere right around seventy thousand dollars which gives you
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a lot of money left over to spring for a vanity plate that says lol ghibli now maserati will tell you that i'm wrong because they added some but not all of these features for 2016 and that's true but isn't that kind of the point i mean the giblet came out way back in 2014 and all these features were already on every other luxury saying it wasn't like lane departure warning and blind spot assist with some secret technology known only to a few secret engineers everything else had this stuff and
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maserati was like nah we're just going to give it a backup camera and it's going to be fine plus the ghibli's list of problems goes way beyond its lack of equipment for example maserati is owned by fiat which is the same company that owns chrysler now the unfortunate result of this mashup is that when you get inside the maserati ghibli an 80 000 luxury sedan you're confronted with a lot of switches and buttons borrowed straight out of the 22 000 dodge dart compact car i'm serious for example take a look at
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the door panel with the window switches the power locks the mirror controls those are literally lifted straight out of the dodge dart the same thing goes for the headlight switch the turn signal stock and the start stop button that's pretty much everything you press and touch just about every time you get inside the car now you might be wondering what exactly is the problem with a luxury sedan like this sharing switches and buttons with a compact car after all if they work what's the big deal well as i see it there are two problems with this number one is if i'm paying 80 000 for a maserati a
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italian luxury performance car beautifully italian crafted i kind of want the features that i touch and look at and press all the time to be a little different than the ones you'd get when you run a dodge dart from avis the other problem is functional when you start adding switches and buttons that weren't designed for a car they don't always work like they should a great example of this is the maserati's turn signal lever it's borrowed straight out of the jeep cherokee the dodge dart etc and it works just fine in those cars but in this one there's a little conflict because the maserati has these big metal
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shift pedals as it should being a performance car so when you go to use this star you're always hitting the shift paddle with your fingers when you're really just trying to put on the turn signal now a real car company making a real luxury sedan would engineer a special turn signal stock that sticks out a little further than the paddles so there's no conflict with your fingers when you're going to put the turn signal on but this is what happens when you borrow your turn signal stock from the dodge grand caravan speaking of things borrowed from lesser vehicles the maserati ghibli's infotainment system
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is chrysler's uconnect now when you turn on it says maserati touch control or maserati touch center or i don't know something like that i don't really care but this is literally the same system as chrysler's uconnect i don't mean it's slightly similar and borrowed i mean it is the same infotainment system you'd get in a dodge dart i have two annoyances about this system in the keyblade annoyance number one is the fact that it's placed right in the middle of the center controls which is where you'd expect it and then it's framed by a giant piece of really cheap black plastic
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my second annoyance is that the controls for the heated seats and the ventilated seats aren't actual buttons they're integrated into the infotainment system this is not a problem unique to the ghibli but it is incredibly bad design automakers listen up if we want to turn on heated seats i just want to push a button i don't want to go into some touch screen menu for climate and then push a little part of the touchscreen that says heated seats to bring up a new menu and then you can adjust a little lever on the screen i just want to push a button here's another reason i know the geably is not an 80 000
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luxury car take a look at the panel gap between the door panel and the rest of the trim this panel gap is insane it's ridiculously large you could stick a tube of toothpaste in here as i shall now demonstrate all right time to stick a tube of toothpaste in a maserati panel gap all right here we go it fell out it's too big we need a bigger tube of toothpaste there we go tuba toothpaste in a maserati panel gap now folks i gotta be honest big panel gaps are bad
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panel gaps where you can stick an entire tube of toothpaste between the panels those are really bad this panel gap is so bad that if you look closely you can actually see white paint from the door inside the panel gap there is no other modern car luxury or not with a panel gap this large getting a 1994 chevy pickup and the panel gap between the door panel and the rest of the car isn't this bad this is an 80 000 luxury sedan now speaking of the infotainment system i've run into another interesting problem
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i cannot get the infotainment system to play any music from my phone even though there's a simple usb input i plug in my phone usb input and it just says reading usb device the whole time reading usb device it won't actually read the device now i know what you're thinking maybe it's because the car isn't compatible with spotify which is what i use to play music well that's a great point spotify only has like 25 million users worldwide why should maserati be compatible with that or maybe you're thinking it's because i have the iphone 7 also an excellent point maybe this car is only compatible
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with the iphone from the time it was built that's a great way to build a luxury car to last now adding to the interior woes in an effort to make this car look sleek and coop like maserati sort of tapered off the rear window line and as a result i'm six foot three and i don't have any room back here my head is literally hitting up against the ceiling adding to the claustrophobic feeling roll down the window and this is only as far as it goes down this is all the way down look at this i got like six inches of window over here how claustrophobic this feels get me out of here another one of the
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details that makes the ghibli feel incredibly cheap are the dome lights now you can't just press the dome light switch and have the dome lights go on that would be too easy instead you really have to jam your finger in there to turn them on the result of this is when you push the dome lights you can feel the entire housing on the ceiling kind of moving around like the incredibly cheap piece of plastic that we all know it is the final and perhaps most infuriating detail in the ghibli is the shift lever my god the shift lever okay you have it in park you put your foot on the brake and then you pull it
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and if you pull it even a little bit it goes all the way to drive so then you push it back up to put it in reverse and it goes back into park you try to push it a little bit less and you're neutral then you push a little bit more back up and you're back in park i've never in my entire life seen a gear lever that is this infuriating to use i can't believe anybody would have possibly ever signed off on this gear lever there are also periods where it decides that it's just not going to let you shift at the moment and then it kind of locks you out from moving out of any gear for a second or two and until it's ready so the ghibli lags a
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bit behind its luxury car competitors in fact the ghibli lags a bit behind in 1997 hyundai tiburon but all of that could be forgiven if it drives well so does it i'm going to take it out on the road and find out and of course to hear more of my thoughts on the ghibli experience click the link below to read my column on autotrader.com oversteer the first thing you notice when you get inside you push the starter button it sounds cool i'm not going to pretend like it doesn't maserati knows how to do engine sounds and this car is no different it sounds really good which is impressive because this is at
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the end of the day just a v6 and from a sound perspective it really makes the most of it it's good inside but uh it's really good outside it sounds great here's one of the problems you realize the second you drive this thing back to back with something else about the floor that's quick it's not that quick in fact at 80 grand this thing costs you're almost an m5 territory you're certainly in certified pre-owned m5 territory and this thing compared to an m5 the m5
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would just start laughing and start giggling yes make that comparison please drag race us now this car is reasonably quiet um unless you know you really get into it and you want to hear that exhaust known it does a pretty good job of keeping you fairly cocooned which is how a luxury car should be however one of the things i've noticed is that the ride quality in this car is is quite uncomfortable it is not a comfortable car uh the ride is tuned for you know sporty suspension so it's a little bit stiffer than most of the other cars
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i'm generally disappointed by the interior um there is a lot of chrysler stuff i see at least three blank buttons as i look around two on the steering wheel one on the center console um and the plastic around the navigation system is just unforgivable but that guy just stared at me like oh you got a maserati and that's that's the thing i mean you got to kind of decide about this car you're looking at a 550i you probably realize most people who look at this car probably realize that the bmw the mercedes they're all better but they're not maseratis and for
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whatever cachet the maserati name still carries that's important to people now if they keep making cars like this i suspect it won't carry that much cachet for a lot longer transmission shifts pretty lazily we've all kind of grown accustomed to dual clutches and a few cars in this segment have dual clutches uh and this does not and the transmission just kind of like really that's that's all you got with that said it's not slower than a standard torque converter automatic but it ain't faster either
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now handling is very good uh i i'm not going to just slowly bash this car handling is quite good it's impressive i would say on a value for dollar and equipment level it is last in this segment on a driving experience level acceleration at sort of mid-pack but handling it's probably in the top two or three it however the bmw is in the top two or three and all that stuff and that's kind of the problem isn't it and it's also 15 grand cheaper so to me this car is incredibly hard to justify without
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one of two things either admit that you like how it looks and you like the idea of driving a maserati or you get 20 grand off and from what i heard that's what the dealers are giving they're given huge discounts incredible lease specials they're desperate to move this product [Music] so that's the 2015 maserati ghibli sq4 is this car worth 80 thousand dollars absolutely not is this a very good car absolutely not however i have noticed two benefits about this car one is the
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attention i've been driving this thing around nashville for the last three days and even as i've been sitting there fumbling with my ipod cursing the infotainment system people keep coming up to me and going nice maserati so if you're the kind of person who cares more about image than pricing reliability build quality performance horsepower safety features equipment then maybe this is the car for you another benefit the market seems to agree with me about the ghibli's faults because if you look on auto trader with used ghibli models you'll find that early ones are starting to creep into
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the 30 000 range now i don't think this is a very good car for 80 grand but even i have to admit it starts to get appealing for about 35 grand 35 grand plus one of those ipod fm transmitter things [Music] you

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