By now you’ve probably seen it. Some 1,485,709 people already have. I was about to write an article on used Maserati Ghiblis, when Doug’s review popped up in my “suggested videos.”
I’ve had a love-meh-love relationship with the Ghibli. A few years ago, I drove one of the first available cars at just over 55 mph (wink) on US Highway 12 outside Minneapolis. I loved it. I wanted one. I built a few online. I was going to bite the bullet on price and pull the trigger, but the dealership was so far away. So, I found another love: an Audi A8. I took it to the track (there is something thrilling about pushing a car that long at high speeds). And, eventually, I began to frown upon the Ghibli.
Maybe my animosity grew out influence from a group of guys I hang out with who are Ferrari guys? Ferrari guys tend to loathe Maseratis. Many in my circle consider a Maserati “good at nothing,” and a Lamborghini “a heavy all-wheel drive car you have to wear a tight black t-shirt in.” It didn’t help I drove a few Maserati GranTurismos and liked them way better than the Ghibli.
My attitude lingered, until two dealerships Auto Mentality partners with brought in used Ghiblis on trade. One of them was a low mileage SQ4 priced around $45,000, and another was a base model priced in around $35,000. They were both lookers. They were bargains (or at least felt like it). Ghiblis were tempting me again. It was time to tell the world!
But first, I needed to watch Doug DeMuro’s “Here’s Why the Maserati Ghibli Is a Terrible Way to Spend $85,000.” I settled in to watch Doug humorously turn the headline on its head, like his Model X review. Then, I dropped my coffee.
Doug doesn’t hate anything, but he talked about the Ghibli like an ex after a bad breakup. The punches just kept coming.
Doug once owned a Range Rover which cost more in repair costs than the vehicle was worth. Always a smile.
Doug bought an Aston Martin that needed a clutch in the first few minutes of ownership. Still, a smile.
The Ghibli, however, couldn’t get off the mat. FCA switchgear? Right hook. Tube of toothpaste in a panel gap? Upper cut. Infotainment? Down for the count.
Doug retired to a neutral corner while the referee counted to 10. He said the Ghibli drove decently and was fairly attractive as a used car at current prices. He also said to look at a BMW M5.
So, how exactly could I tell people to look at a pre-owned Ghibli after that? I was disheartened. Maybe I was all wrong. I couldn’t argue with a DeMuro video that stopped just short of dropping a wrecking ball on the car—probably because Doug didn’t have access to a wrecking ball, and let’s be honest: that would have been a very Top Gear move.
So there I was, with no inclination to write a review article on Maserati’s smallest sedan.
Time has a way of tempering turmoil. It’s been three months since I watched Doug’s review video. In that time, both used Ghiblis I saw at the dealership sold almost immediately to happy owners. A few more sold quickly as well. Maybe I wasn’t completely wrong: the Ghibli may not be a BMW M5, but not everyone wants an M5. Attractive Italian styling, a Ferrari-built engine, and that Maserati exhaust note go a long way.
I’ve thought long and hard about pre-owned Maserati Ghiblis. Though Doug was right about a lot of things, I’m back to my original premise: it’s still worth taking for a test drive.
On a side note, even though I poke a little fun at Doug DeMuro in this article, I think he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve met in the automotive world, and truly talented. He took a peek at our site when we first launched, and wrote us an email of encouragement. Not many folks would do that in our field.
On another side note, Doug recently got married. If you’re reading this, congratulations, Doug! May you and Mrs. DeMuro spend many happy miles together. I think all of us are looking forward to a video entitled, “Here’s Why A Wedding Is Worth $50,000.”
Oh yeah, and here’s the Ghibli video that ruined my article:[Feature photo courtesy of Doug DeMuro.]