Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Maserati Biturbo On eBay

There are many misconceptions about these cars. Here is some truth...

They had a ton of teething problems when they were first introduced. Fuel delivery was not perfect, electrical systems were a nightmare, cooling systems were less than perfect, they leaked oil, the clutch was weak, they caught fire, the list goes on and on.

But, they also went from 0 - 60 in less than 7 seconds. The interior is about as nice of an interior as you'll find in any car at any price. The engine, if maintained properly, is damn-near bulletproof. Best of all, all of the problems mentioned above were cured early on by Maserati or later on by the aftermarket. Most surviving Biturbos have had all the work done.

Make no mistake, these are Italian high-performance cars. Maintenance is a must. But, I don't think there is any other car on the market that can give you the same combination of good looks and Italian exotic car performance for the money.

For an Italian car these didn't rust badly. Check along the edge of the trunk. Headliners sag after awhile, and the seats, being leather, will crack if they weren't treated with leather food on a regular basis.

This 1985 on eBay, out of Cheshire CT, is the right color (red), appears to have been well maintained and has had plenty of work done to it. The seller is not representing it as a perfect car, but as a very good example. The starting price is $3150.00; the Buy It Now price is $3850.00. Check it out and if it's everything the ad represents it to be, don't screw around with the auction, just click "Buy It Now" and enjoy your new Maserati.

A Biturbo is not a car for everyone. But if you're looking for a high-performance, exotic Italian car for less than used Toyota Corolla money, this is your only choice. Just remember that this is NOT a Corolla and it will need plenty of attention. Rest assured though, you will be rewarded for your attention.

1 comment:

Graham Clayton said...

The Maserati Biturbo was never officially sold here in Australia. My memory of the car was the Group A touring car version that participated in the 1987 World Touring Car Championship, including the 1000km round at Mt Panorama, Bathurst. The car was entered by Pro Team Italia, and was driven by Armin Hahne, Bruno Giacomelli and local driver Kevin Bartlett. The whole effort was a disaster - the car had multiple problems during practice, qualifying a lowly 34th on the grid, and then only completed 29 laps before retiring.