Looking Rich for Cheap: 2005 Maserati Quattroporte Worth It?

2005 Maserati Quattroporte

Are you currently looking on the auto market for a luxury vehicle that will impress? If not, have you ever considered buying a used high-end vehicle? Looking rich for cheap may be possible with the availability of older luxury vehicles. An example of an older vehicle within a reasonable price range is the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte.

The 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is 12 years old at this point. Although, that doesn’t make the prestige of the Maserati brand completely undesirable. On today’s market in 2017, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is for sale used for between $20,000 to $25,000. This price is a major discount compared to its original MSRP of $106,000 before options in 2005. There are many positive and negative aspects to consider if you’re considering purchasing this vehicle.

First, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte withholds a 4.2-liter V8 engine producing 394 horsepower and 333 lb.-ft. of torque. Of course, that V8 comes with the luscious Maserati exhaust notes. The downside of the V8 is that it averages 12 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway. That makes the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte define the true meaning of a gas guzzler. At 4,375 pounds, or 2.2 tons, the Quattroporte is quite a heavy vehicle, which is probably part of the gas guzzling problem. Also, keep in mind that a vehicle this old will not have a warranty, so anything that happens is on you.

Second, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte has positive and negative reviews. On a positive note, Kelly Blue Book rates the vehicle at a 9.5/10. On the other hand, some people relay negative comments. Some of the negative reviews include the design not aging well, it being unreliable, and a terrible transmission. There’s also the dreadful sound of the car beeping internally while in reverse. And, the Manual/Automatic button on the dashboard to activate the paddle shifters. On the other side, the car is still a Maserati and prominently states so.

Looking Rich for Cheap in the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte

Overall, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is a vehicle that makes looking rich for cheap a possibility. In 2005, this car was worth over $100,000 which symbolizes wealth. Today, the car may be worth $80,000 less but it still displays its prestige proudly. In the end, it is truly up to the buyer if the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is a worth investment.

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    For years, people have been debating how to properly pronounce German car brands such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. For many of us, it was simply based on local letter sounds leading to a few varieties of how to say them properly. Now, a German YouTuber called Speed Comparer shared a video correcting the people of the world. The video not only discloses how to properly say German car brand names, it it overall quite hilarious. In this article, we will go over how to properly pronounce German car brands according to Speed Comparer.

    Audi

    For Audi, many people pronounce this wrong due to language sound basics. For instance, letters are pronounced different in English than German. The correct way to say Audi is “Ou-Dee”. The “Ou” sounds similar to saying “Ow” as if you were expressing a sudden pain. Saying “Aww-Dee” or “Auh-Dee” are incorrect according to the German language. Most people pronounce the first two letters of Audi incorrectly leading to the problem. Please note, it is harder to convey how a brand should sound via writing so I am doing my best to sound it out according to the video.

    BMW

    In the case of BMW, most people outside of Germany say literally “BMW”. In Germany, the “W” sounds different which leads to the real name sounding like “BMV”. “BMW” stands for “Bayerische Motoren Werke” which translates to “Bavarian Motor Works”. As expected, “Bayerische Motoren Werke” sounds more like “Buy-Er-Shurr Motoren Verker”. Again, hopefully you are able to sound it correctly from the text but please refer to the video just in case.

    Mercedes-Benz

    For Mercedes-Benz, most people say it exactly how it sounds “Mercedes-Benz” with a long sounded “Benz”. The real way to say this in German sounds like “Murrsaydees-Benz” where the “Benz” is very quickly stated. This is probably the least off-sounding pronunciation compared to the rest. Basically, stating “Mercedes-Benz” in German is much faster paced and sounds more direct to the point while in English it tends to drag on. This is also part of the reason many Americans will refer to Mercedes-Benz as simply “Benz”.

    Opel

    Opel, another German manufacturer, is another example of a mispronounced name. Most people say “O-Pall” while it should be “O-Pell!”. As stated, “Every booger drives an Opel”. Opel is not sold in the United States so it is less commonly spoke of, but still incorrectly. Speed Comparer refers to the Opel as a car for 16-17 year old girl.

    Porsche

    One of the most popular German brands, Porsche, is stated completely wrong by most Americans. In the U.S., most people state “Poor-Shh” while it is properly stated as “Poor-Shah”. You can also think of it as saying “Porscia” where the “c” sounds like a “sh”. You may be thinking that sounds like a girls name, but it is definitely one hell of a car. Porsches are a beautiful feat of engineering and stating the name properly should be the way it is.

    Volkswagen

    Lastly, Volkswagen, or VW, is another common mispronunciation. First, “VW” is pronounced like “Fahl-Vey”. This sounds completely different than speed in English but that is how it sounds. The entire name, “Volkswagen”, sounds like “Fahlkswagen”. The Volkswagen means the “car of the people”. This name probably has the biggest gap in mispronunciation due to letters sounding differently.

    Saying German Car Names Incorrectly is a Way of Life

    Overall, saying German car names incorrectly is a way of life in the U.S. and other parts of the world. This article is simply to bring to light the correct pronunciation of car names, whether you use them or not. Honestly, most people in the U.S. and other parts of the world will probably say your stating it wrong. But, in reality, the German way is how the names are properly stated. Hopefully, you found this article entertaining as well as received help on how to properly say German car brands.

     

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