Used Maserati Spyder 1992 - 2007 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Our recommendations

1992 - 2007 review
Used Maserati Spyder Open 1992 - 2007
  • Used Maserati Spyder Open 1992 - 2007
  • Used Maserati Spyder Open 1992 - 2007
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Which used Maserati Spyder sports should I buy?

WIth every car having the same engine, the main issue is the gearbox, as neither of the two options is completely perfect.

Paddle-shift models can be clunky if you haven't mastered the technique. The Sport mode can be jerky and there's also an auto mode that isn't very smooth. The six-speed manual, on the other hand, works well enough, but the gearlever is set too far forward to reach comfortably, and the changes aren't slick when the 'box is cold.

Overall, then, we recommend going for the paddle-shift. This is an F1-style Cambiocorsa gearbox, and the paddles behind the steering wheel do away with the need for a clutch pedal. There are four different modes - normal, sport, auto and low grip - and you swap between the four with console-mounted buttons.

Otherwise, you have no great choice to make beyond finding your preferred combination of colour and trim. Mind you, that's no bad thing, as the standard kit is very good.

The Spyder has four airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic traction control, as well as the 'Skyhook' damping system. This has a set of sensors that determine the road conditions and adjust each damper accordingly - and very effective it is, too.