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Ones a supercharged 4 litre V8, the other a twin turbo 3.2 V8, both are sleek, gorgeous 2+2 coupes, and both were released in 1998, and both produce 370bhp, although 525 Nm @3600 from the Jag compared to 491 Nm @4500 in the Maserati, although the Jag is 130 kgs heavier (1717kg compared to 1587kg)

I'll be in the market for a £15K car in about 2 years time, and a second-hand Brera, even the 3.2 just doesn't cut it next to these two. But which do I pick?

£14,000 right now gets you a 1998 XKR with around 60,000 miles, or for £16,000 a 1999 Maserati 3200 GT with 48,000. Bearing in mind two years of depreciation and both cars having a not-so-great reliability record, what would you guys go for?
 

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humm, I can see that your a man with great taste!!!

Oddly enough I have also been tempted in looking at the 2 cars mentioned, but for me, even without driving one, it has to be the Masa 3200gt, admittedly they have a few flaws, and shame they didn't keep those :cool: rear boomerang lights on the 4200, as i recall the 4200gt's are going for around 10K more expensive!!

Do wish they made a naturally aspirated v8 with the same power rather than going down the turbo route, so i suspect there will be lag, unlike the supercharged Jag

I have driven a Jag XKR about 3 years back on a race track and i was pleasantly surprised, nothing too special on the inside, but its still good, thought there was quite a bit of room inside to what i had imagined, and it handles pretty well for a big cat, not to mention the looks on the outside,

if you go for one, it must be in British racing green of course ;)

Have you driven the 3200gt?
 

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Have only driven an XK8, the blower-less 'big cat'. It was nice and powerful, but far too refined, I'm only 21, I'll leave the XK8 for when I'm 60. Plus they are all AUTO.. I wouldn't mind tiptronic or something like a selespeed but not plain auto. The 3200s can be found with a manual box BUT they are quite a bit more expensive, and something in my heart says I should be driving a British car, definitely in British Racing Green, with white leather interior and wood trim, of course :D

The ONLY car that suits a wood trim is a Jag, IMO..
 

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Whichever one you pick be prepared to chuck a couple of grand a YEAR at it in maintenance.

There's a second hand Maserati thread already running if you do a search, lots of good info, even some from people who have owned them.
 

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Both stunning cars - I still think the old XKR looks better than it's recent replacement (as does the 3200GT - bloody yanks forcing the rear light change!). It'd have to be the 3200GT though. If you are fortunate, you'll be able to get one that has had the usual problems already sorted at someone else's expense. If it's your sort of thing, The UK Maserati club are a great bunch too with loads of really well organised events throughout the year.
 

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love the XKRs and if they handle even half as good as their big brother the DB9 you wont be let down at all!
 

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everytime i see a Masser i fall in love and think what a cool guy, bought something different! But then every time i see an XKR i try to get as much of it in my eyes as i can! XKR is also a timeless design!
 

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everytime i see a Masser i fall in love and think what a cool guy, bought something different! But then every time i see an XKR i try to get as much of it in my eyes as i can! XKR is also a timeless design!
This is why I can't decide! Both are stunning, and performance, practicality, fuel economy, maintenence costs; all would be similar. So its purely decision of heart. Why anyone would want an M3 when they could have one of these for similar sorts of money I really don't know, though.
 

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FWIW, I had a 1998 XJ8 Sport. Build quality was excellent and this was common to other Jags of that vintage. Much will depend on how they've been treated. Good service history is essential and get an opinion from an independent specialist. My choice would be XKR - The 3200GT was not generally well recieved when launched.
 

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This is why I can't decide! Both are stunning, and performance, practicality, fuel economy, maintenence costs; all would be similar. So its purely decision of heart. Why anyone would want an M3 when they could have one of these for similar sorts of money I really don't know, though.
Don't knock the M3 until you tried it, sure it does not have the appeal of the Maser or the Jag, but just as quick, and cheaper to run/keep too! but i would still have the maser, :rolleyes: :D
 

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Don't knock the M3 until you tried it, sure it does not have the appeal of the Maser or the Jag, but just as quick, and cheaper to run/keep too! but i would still have the maser, :rolleyes: :D
I HAVE driven an M3, the E36 3.2 Evo Saloon. 321BHP is nice, I'll give you that but its still just a 3 series.. The interior was pants, I know if I was spending £15k it'd be a lot nicer inside but the M3 has nothing on either the Jag or Maser.. And I wouldn't say they are cheaper to run. The VANOS pops regularly on the M3s, and they are £1500-£2000 to replace every time, although BMW often do them labour free for courtesy (something ARUK should learn from IMO)
 

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Maser all the way.

The Jags are wallowy and, despite looking still good from the outside, have poor looking and poor quality interiors. Steering far too light in the Jag. Its also very cramped in an XK and feels very dated. Both will be expensive to maintain but the Maser probably more expensive but you will enjoy it more, it is more special and rarer (XKs are all over the place).
 

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Deffo the Maser for me.... :cool:
although I do like Jags too, but virtually any car would lose out to a Maserati in my reckoning. :D
 

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I was thinking Maser would do it for most of you on here, being another Italian Stallion and all that.. I'd take the Jag in a heartbeat if it wasn't an Auto, but on that alone I might get a Maser in a few years time.

Also, what do you think of the Vauxhall Monaro? Ugly Aussie/Yank crap or a good-looking coupe comparable with the likes the Mustang/Camaro/Charger? It looks like a brute next to a Maser or a Jag but has some merits (namely a 5.7 V8 :D)
 

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I HAVE driven an M3, the E36 3.2 Evo Saloon. 321BHP is nice, I'll give you that but its still just a 3 series.. The interior was pants, I know if I was spending £15k it'd be a lot nicer inside but the M3 has nothing on either the Jag or Maser.. And I wouldn't say they are cheaper to run. The VANOS pops regularly on the M3s, and they are £1500-£2000 to replace every time, although BMW often do them labour free for courtesy (something ARUK should learn from IMO)
Sorry, was reffering to the E46 M3 (341 bhp) haven driven both E36 and E46, i think the E46 is a nicer car to drive, inside and out etc etc than the E36, but maybe not quite yet at the £15K mark though

IMHO - forget the Manaro (or whatever its called) never appealed to me, nor has any Yank car really TBH, well maybe one or two, but you have to remember that we have corners in the UK!! ;)
 

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Two months to go and I'm only £14.5k off my target of £15k savings :lol:

Just thought I'd bump this to the top with the increased discussion of the 3200s at the moment. Look how they've depreciated in two years! From £16k to £7-9k :eek:
 

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Out of the 2 I would have the maser. The Jag is an old mans car.

I would probably still go for a TVR though if it was me. I know how much of a blast they are. ;)
 

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Which is better? There's only one way to find out...
 

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Two months to go and I'm only £14.5k off my target of £15k savings :lol:

Just thought I'd bump this to the top with the increased discussion of the 3200s at the moment. Look how they've depreciated in two years! From £16k to £7-9k :eek:
As you know I was in this exact position about 6 months ago, my shopping list was Maserati 3200, TVR T350, Big Cat V8 and in the end I went for a GTA, I just couldn't reconcile the costs of running the other motors to myself, especially as it would have been a daily driver for me.

If the car was to be a weekend toy... well then it would be a whole different game ;)
 
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