I just bought a new Maserati. Suddenly everyone on the road hates me.

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So after picking it up this weekend and putting ~300 miles on the car, I am rather surprised at the amount of (negative) attention this thing gets. My old car was actually more expensive when new, but it was "just" a Mercedes. It was red. My new car is white.

I'm the same person. I go to the same places. I drive the same speed. I dress the same way (very casual). I have no shame going to the Dollar Tree for Glade scented refills. to Wal-Mart for shampoo. etc etc.

I can say with (anecdotal) certainty that I get honked at more. People follow closer. They try to race.

Perception, it seems, really does matter.

I chose the car NOT because of the brand. But because there is no car for less than $200k USD that invokes the same visceral driving experience, and can take me skiing in the winters. None. The engine is handbuilt in Maranello, by Ferrari. The transmission, Germany. Final assembly in the foothills of the Italian Alps. And of course (most importantly), the sound is as if Thor and Mozart got together and created a symphonic eargasm.

So the dilemma is:
How is a man able to enjoy the finer things in life without getting so much flack from the plebes?

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Jul 31, 2018

You bought a white Ghibli?

Do you wear a skirt to tennis lessons and drink skinny girl to cut calories during lunch with the girls?

https://media.giphy.com/media/HfDGHs7l7CyNW/giphy.gif

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jul 31, 2018

I second this.

No pain no game.

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Aug 1, 2018
Isaiah_53_5:

and drink skinny girl to cut calories during lunch with the girls?

LOL

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Aug 1, 2018
Isaiah_53_5:

You bought a white Ghibli?

Do you wear a skirt to tennis lessons and drink skinny girl to cut calories during lunch with the girls?

https://media.giphy.com/media/HfDGHs7l7CyNW/giphy.gif

White is for Wives. Black is for Bros.

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Aug 3, 2018

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Jul 31, 2018

Are you sure it's just people on the road?

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Jul 31, 2018

Are you sure it's all of a sudden and because of the Maserati?

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Aug 1, 2018

Sometimes these posts remind me of narcissistic paranoia:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/spycatcher...
Combined checklist that describe key traits of the narcissistic personality and the paranoid personality:

(1) Projects self-importance beyond position, experience, or what has been duly earned or deserved.

(2) Has a grandiose idea of who he is and what he thinks he can achieve.

(4) Requires and seeks excessive admiration from others.

(5) Has a sense of entitlement, expecting to be treated as someone special or given priority at all times.

(7) Lacks empathy and is unable to recognize the needs or suffering of others.

(8) Is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him.

(9) Is arrogant and haughty in behavior or attitude.

(12) Is hypersensitive to how he is seen or perceived by others.

(14) Tends to overvalue himself and his capabilities in almost all things.

(15) Makes a point of devaluing others as being inferior, incapable, or not worthy.

(16) Has demonstrated little sympathy or empathy for others; nevertheless, expects others to show him endless empathy and support.

(18) Deep emotions appear to be difficult for him to comprehend. Seems emotionally detached at times when deeply felt emotions are most needed.

(23) Seems to lack altruistic qualities--everything is done for a selfish purpose; rarely does anything for the good of others.

(25) Sees goodness as a weakness.

(31) At times, displays a certain coldness or aloofness that makes you think you really don't know the true measure of this person.

(37) Is often rigid, unbending, and insensitive in his thinking and speaking.

(41) Seems to lack tenderness, passion, or softness; everything is seemingly tension-producing or threatening in his life.

Paranoid phenomena and pathological narcissism
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School, IL 60064-3095.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2069198
"The self can be seen as arising out of crucial mother-infant exchanges that are paralleled by interactions between developing internal psychic structures. Out of these "reflections," the self is born. The narcisstic cathexis of self to the ego, superego and ego-ideal is the result of self-expression. If full self-ownership has not been possible then self-expression is vulnerable. Given these understandings of the relationship between paranoid phenomena and pathological narcissism, treatment will focus on reducing the threats to selfhood, refinding the self, and reestablishing ties to internal sources of affection, initiative and aspiration."

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 1, 2018

You must live somewhere not very nice? Maseratis are pretty subtle imo and a nice classy choice.

Aug 1, 2018

This. Literally see at least 5-10 Maserati's a day lol.

Aug 1, 2018

Confirmed, there's about 1,000 Maserati's in Westport.

Aug 1, 2018

Which Maserati is it bro?

I say well done to you. I only hate people in shit hot cars who drive like pricks. A lot do have an entitled attitude. Sounds like you don't though and its jealousy.

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Aug 1, 2018

Lots of jealous haters in here, with one notable one standing out above the rest. The harder you try to shit on someone's choice of car, fashion, etc., the more your envy shows. Maseratis are nice luxury vehicles. Ironically the responses here just validate OP's observation about getting "flak from the plebes"

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Aug 1, 2018
iggs99988:

Lots of jealous haters in here, with one notable one standing out above the rest. The harder you try to shit on someone's choice of car, fashion, etc., the more your envy shows. Maseratis are nice luxury vehicles. Ironically the responses here just validate OP's observation about getting "flak from the plebes"

dude, he bought a white Ghibli

There are so many other cars in that class that are superior in speed, looks, maintenance, and overall driving experience.

I mean even the M3 or M4 is a much sicker car in my opinion than the Ghibli. He says he didn't buy it for the brand, but thats all the Ghibli is about, drawing more consumers at a lower price range to the Maserati brand like the Mercedes CLA or Jaguar X type. It is a pretty fast car overall, relative to others on the road, but he bought a Ghibli in white no less, which is the ultimate tennis mom move for the MILF that lives in Boca Raton Florida trying to impress her other friends that drive a 1 series blue pearl BMW convertible.

The back of the Ghibli is so unremarkable it looks like a Kia, with the exception of the dual dual exhaust and massive "Maserati" stamp.

The maintenance really sucks on those cars. I hope you got some sort of warranty and advise to sell before the warranty ends.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 1, 2018

to be fair, he did say 200k. I would assume its the GT and not the ghibli. I completely agree, i'd much rather have an M3 than a ghibli...

Aug 1, 2018

Agree. Not sure why Maserati gets so much hype... it's an inferior car to others in the space and costs roughly the same. On a relative basis, they're pretty gutless. I'd take my previously owned '11 M3 over it (had to recently sell as I moved back to a city where I don't need a car).

Obviously a decent looking car, but I'd much rather take an older 911 or Ferrari (that is cheaper) than a brand new Maserati.

Aug 1, 2018
iggs99988:

The harder you try to shit on someone's choice of car, fashion, etc., the more your envy shows.

Envy for a white Ghibli? You're trippin, bro. This is not stemming from the envy of his ability to buy a luxury vehicle. It is regarding the choice and decisions leading up to this particular purchase.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 1, 2018

I wouldn't take note of the comment. Some people get cars, some don't.

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Aug 1, 2018

Second the notion that a white Ghibli is pretty weak, man. Not trying to rain on anyone's parade, but the selection of car is suspect.

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Aug 2, 2018
808s and Heartbreak:

Second the notion that a white Ghibli is pretty weak, man. Not trying to rain on anyone's parade, but the selection of car is suspect.

yeah even if going with the Ghibli, you can go black on black and it looks wayyyy better

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/3e/87/b8/3e87b8aff1654880b9f3e96a98f01ef1.jpg

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 1, 2018

u2gay

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

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Aug 1, 2018
MonacoMonkey:

I am rather surprised at the amount of (negative) attention this thing gets.

...no ya ain't.

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Aug 1, 2018
MonacoMonkey:

I am rather surprised at the amount of (negative) attention this thing gets. My old car was actually more expensive when new, but it was "just" a Mercedes.

That's what you get for trading in a Mercedes for a Maserati

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Aug 1, 2018

I have previously owned a maserati, I bought it used with 6,000mi & excellent condition for $17k. I sold it 2 months later.

Worst car I have ever owned

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Aug 1, 2018

Not sure how someone can hate a car with a Ferrari engine that stickers for right around $100k and can be bought new with a good discount. To each his own.

I would prefer the car look like a Kia. Actually told the salesman I wish Chrysler would take some parts from Ferrari, so could save me some money. I don't buy brand image, I buy pedigree.

And for what it's worth, the next Dodge Charger will be using a Maserati platform.

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Aug 1, 2018

A Ghibli is not $100k. Who cares about a Ferrari engine? The Ghibli is a $50k with a Maserati badge that adds another 20. It's nice, but let's not pretend it's something it's not.

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Aug 1, 2018

If you can take home a new Ghibli stickered at $98k for $50k, do let me know (what you're smoking).
Of course, the base models are cheaper, but the SQ4's torque transfer case is quite nifty.

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Aug 1, 2018

The only thing that matters is that you like the car. Although some my not agree with the choice, it doesn't really matter.

As far as your question, try not to pay too much attention to those who are giving you "flack." The more you concern yourself with their thoughts, the less you'll enjoy the car.

Aug 1, 2018

You drive a Maserati "gib-lee"? I assure you nobody cares -- it looks like a normal car tbh. I do sorta like their new SUV though, the Levante, which MSRPs for the same as your "gib-lee," approx. $80K.
As for sedans, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio for $80K also has a Ferrari engine, is far faster, and is so much more unique.

https://st.automobilemag.com/uploads/sites/11/2017/09/2017-Alfa-Romeo-Giulia-Quadrifoglio-front-three-quarter.jpg

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Aug 7, 2018

This^ I'm really into the new Alfa Giulia and really excited about the upcoming 8C

Aug 10, 2018

I have the base Giulia and that's awesome enough for now but I'd love to have the Quad some day

Aug 1, 2018

Nice humble brag that you own a Maserati. Too bad nobody is impressed lmao

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Aug 1, 2018

just gonna leave this here

TLDR - you wasted 80k on a dodge dart with lipstick when you could've had a certified pre owned M5 or a 550i that would've been far superior

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Aug 2, 2018
thebrofessor:

just gonna leave this here

lol this is great

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Aug 2, 2018

Haha.

Aug 1, 2018

Sell it and get an M5. All wheel drive now to get you to the ski hill.

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Aug 1, 2018

I think people hate you more now because the windows in the new car are bigger.

Aug 2, 2018

Did it fill the hole in your heart?

Absolute truths don't exist... celebrated opinions do.

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Aug 3, 2018
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