Used Maserati Ghibli Gets Massacred During Review

If you were planning on never purchasing a Maserati Ghibli, this review will do everything short of straight out erasing this car from your memory.

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat. This here isn’t a review of a 2017 Ghibli. This is a used, 2015 model, which means it’s missing updates such as the new infotainment system, air quality sensors or a wide array of active safety systems.

Yet, it’s still a Maserati. It still has a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 unit, good for 404 HP (410 PS) – which by the way, sounds properly Italian. However, you could say that Doug DeMuro was not too impressed.

After spending a few days with this 2015 Maserati Ghibli, he concluded that the car is by no means worth $80,000 or more. He also started to take it apart systematically, toying with its feelings as if he was a movie villain looking to ruin the hero’s life before finally eliminating him.

The thing is, we can’t exactly fault him for his conclusions – as many of his observations are really obvious and hard to ignore. And yes, the build quality can be described as questionable, especially for a car that costs this much.

We’ll let you find out everything else that’s wrong with the car by watching the clip – but be warned, it’s so brutal, you may even end up deleting the Ghibli from your virtual garage in Forza.


  • Six_Tymes

    OK so he dislikes it, a lot. He makes some valid points. What would be more interesting is if he did a follow-up review, but instead reviewed a 2017 model as a comparison and see how they differ, or not.

  • Tydogg123 .

    I don’t think Doug has any friends, just tripods. That guy sucks.

  • SamBamm

    wow…somebody really gets his jollies from bitchn’ and moanin’. This is not a review, it’s his therapy session that I couldn’t finish. Yawn

  • Alex

    Doug DeMuro always talks badly about Italian cars, including the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde. It’s not new

    • kello3000

      Eh, really? This is what he concluded about the QV:

      “In the end, I adored the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio — and not just because it’s beautiful or because it’s “different” from the traditional players in this segment. I adored it because it’s truly a fantastic car. And if you’re interested in buying a high-performance luxury sedan like the BMW M3 or Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, your shopping list is now one name longer.”

      Doesn’t sound too bad to me…

  • I’mCallingYouOut

    I love Doug!

  • Mind Synthetic

    so why does everyone B**** about this guys B****ing? sure he isn’t the best reviewer on the web, but we are still watching his stuff.

    • europeon

      I am not. I watched this out of curiosity and I want my 15 minutes back.

      • Mind Synthetic

        lol, i dont blame you

  • MarketAndChurch

    Man.. I don’t see Maserati getting by in the near future with such crappy quality. I expect this in a Dodge, because Dodge is a mass market entry-level affordable car brand. Even Lincoln, Jaguar, and Volvo are outgunning this car in tech, build quality, safety, etc. It may be best to just sell the brand, to a company like GM, Ford, VW, or Nissan, rather then following Sergio’s plan of milking every brand left under Fiat’s ownership dry until they’re worthless. At least sell it to Ferrari, even if they drop down to just a 2-model brand, with the quatroporte and their SUV.

    • Elpatore

      I could picture BMW fighting Porsche with Maserati.

    • Luke

      I like the idea of selling it to Ferrari, let Ferrari be the one arm selling fast, sporty, supercar coupes and convertibles, while maserati could become the luxury arm – doing the SUV and luxury sedans/ estate/ coupe. Maserati’s quality and profits will improve, bringing in a good stream of revenue. Plus Ferrari can then afford to build more rare hypercars which sell incredibly well, so everybody wins.

      • Nordschleife

        I like your thought process. I agree with this as well.

  • Erzhik

    So it’s truly Italian?

  • Michelin

    Very strange report … We drive a 2015 Ghibli for business travels and we are very satisfied about quality and reliability. After a lot of BMW 3 and 5 we are not disappointed by this choice. We think to buy a Levante when leasing expires.

  • Nordschleife

    I have a like/hate relationship with Doug. While he does annoy me somewhat, I like how he talks about the quirks of a car because I honestly learn something about them. He did butcher this car but a lot of the criticism is warranted. He did point out some good things and he did say that the new version has some of those safety features however some previous generation models had those features even when the Ghibli was new.

    Also of note, he got this car from a rental place. I do not think he would have been as harsh if he was actually borrowing the car from one of his viewers. It’s a very damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation when it comes to car reviews. People always state that car journalists must be on the take it if the talk about how much they love a car, and then they must be extreme haters if they bash the car. I take car reviews like I take movie reviews….with a grain of salt until I experience it myself.

  • Finkployd

    his voice is so annoying even at the lowest volume it still makes me wanna smash his face in

  • Merc1

    I know the car isn’t all that, but my goodness this so called review sucks arse. What a twit.


  • bd

    Doug is hardly the only one who has b!tched about Maserati using parts from the Chrysler/Dodge bin.

    Really inexcusable at this price range.

  • hwkr_01

    Well the Ghibli may not have every luxury amenity that every one of its competitors had in 2015, but the real question is how does this stack up against the BMW 550i in terms of driving Dynamic. Yes BMW says they’re the “ultimate driving machine” but the Maserati, sounds, looks, and potentially drives a little more dynamic than the Bimmer?

  • europeon

    > And yes, the build quality can be described as questionable, especially for a car that costs this much.

    Are you a f**king idiot? Have you even seen the car in person? The build quality is excellent.
    If you’re talking about that “panel gap” you better take a closer look as it’s a design feature, not something that was assembled wrong.

  • benT

    I have never seen felt any reason for this model to exist.
    Always seemed nuts to me and – as far as owning a Maserati is relevant – it is totally not on the scene.

  • drc

    Sheesh, he’s annoying. Bet he doesn’t have a girlfriend.

  • Frank Rizzo

    So I drive the exact 2015 ghibli he’s talking about. Same color. Mine was a bit over 100k. This guy is totally way off on this review. I’ve driven BMW, Mercedes, and Jaguar. I will never go back. The Italian styling is second to none . The growl of the engine vibrates womens souls from a block away and they even wanna take selfies when im at a red light in front of the car. Never seen that happen at a light with a Bimmer or Benz. This is a real drivers car. Leave all the gadgets for the Prius. Dont take my word for it get to the dealer and drive one yourself.

  • Astonman

    A lof haters here of the guy… i enjoy his reviews. Don’t agree with everything but still enjoy it. His voice and some of his mannerism reminds me Jay Leno and I like Jay too. To each and his own…

  • Harada31

    Classic american idiot…turn tu drive a fucking pick-up

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I know people who have had this model for years, although not the 2015 and all of them seem to be pretty happy. It may be true they don’t have much room to drive them in Taiwan. However the cars look fine in and out, even after 6 or 7 years. Maybe he found a bad apple.

  • Matthijs

    Typical American voice. Lots of screaming and weird low but pinchy voice. Can’t even describe it well. But sure it’s annoying..

  • Mike Loyd

    He’s got problems not the car, what a joke, rents the car for 5 mins, thinks he’s an expert on engineering and design. Check out some reviews on BMW tech and their problems, you’ll be surprised. Shame Carscoops for letting this guy on your site

  • SteersUright

    Crap car. Anything FCA touches it cheapifies to the point of garbage. Check out the depreciation of any Alfa, Maserati, Fiat, etc here in the states and that tells the whole story of their real “value”. Shame, Maserati and Alfa are such storied brands. I wish they’d just sell them off to another company that would make these cars properly and the way they deserve to be made.

  • Ron

    Typical BMW fanboy.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Hey Doug, stop going on Carscoops as Sergiu promoting your stuff. We all know it’s you. 😛

  • ivan

    What an annoying man

  • Comunsince

    Maserati is a joke. So is Alfa. The Levante feels like a plastic tupperwear car. The fit and finish and build quality is on par with Saturn. Mercedes and BMW are so far ahead it’s ridiculous. I cannot believe they released the Ghibli as is. Total crap car, with a total crap engine. People buy Maserati as a Ferrari-lite. Such as their detuned Ferrari V8. You can’t even get that in this turd. I have a Maserati dealer right by my house, and just as my SRT Jeep ($82k SUV) was getting boring, I had looked forward to the Levante. I drove one, what a disappointment. Even if it was built well, the quality of the materials are garbage. The entire Maserati and Alfa push will crash and burn, hopefully it doesn’t drag Jeep and Ram down with it. There’s a reason you can get $25k off on a brand new Maserati. And if you didn’t get that off, well you got suckered and I don’t blame you for getting sore about bad reviews.

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