A few years ago I decided that I was going to buy myself a Maserati, as I
have loved these sportscars with their wonderful Italian bloody for as long as I
have been interested in cars. When I was little I used to aspire to own one of
these cars, and I actually wasn't picky about what model I have. I think it was
something to do with the logo, which I loved, and that distinctive long nose
that all Maseratis had.
Of course, deciding that I am one day going to own a Maserati is a totally
different place to actually buying one. After all, these are expensive cars and
I am not in the highest earning job, so there was a high possibility that it
would be a dream that never got the chance to become a reality. Thankfully I
kept my eyes on the prize, and a few years ago I reached the point where I could
actually afford a used Maserati. I started my research online with my feasible
yet still minimal budget, and eventually I decided that a model like the 3200
would be just what I needed, looking sporty yet at the same time suitable for
It wasn't just a matter of buying the first one I came across, of course, but
eventually I found a 99 Maserati 3200 that was the right price and the right
spec. Once I had taken it for a test drive I just know that it was perfect for
me, and so I drove it and all its little imperfections hope with me. I think the
price reflected the fact that it hadn't mean very well loved, but this car does
still run brilliantly, so I could put up with a little bit of cosmetic damage Autel
MaxiSys MS906TS, most of which I have had fixed since buying it anyway.
The car itself has such a huge personality autel, you can tell that it was bought
aged and used rather than boring and new! I particularly enjoy showing off the
twin-turbo 3.2 litre V8, which never fails to get appreciative noises and
comments whenever I rev up the engine. In fact, I think the sound when the
engine was turned on was one of the first things to sell the car too me - it was
so much rawer and more aggressive than the quieter modern engines of today!
Although powerful (and painfully inefficient, this is the price we have to pay
for such a huge engine!), it probably doesn't manage to achieve the textbook
acceleration speeds - but for a car that is now over 10 years old it does pretty
well - and doesn't break down that often!
All in all this car has come to represent me to all my friends, and I doubt
that they would recognise me if I turned up in a demure hatchback or god forbid
a 4x4. I am and probably always will be a Maserati girl, and hopefully the 3200
will be my car for a good while longer!Lauren Cooke is a writer and a car
enthusiast. She currently writes for the automotive industry. Here she discusses
Used Maserati cars.