By on August 14, 2009

Click here for the video—although, thankfully, not the actual euthanasia. [Thanks to The Duke for the link.]

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46 Comments on “1985 Maserati BiTurbo with 18,480 miles Headed for Crusher...”


  • avatar
    TonUpBoi

    Given it’s reputation, it probably deserves it.

    Just the same, no Maserati is a clunker, and this shouldn’t be happening.

  • avatar
    John R

    Goddamnit…

  • avatar
    rpol35

    In 1985 the Bi-turbo, from the front, looked like a Chevy Citation and had a similar reliability record, all for $20,000+. Don’t let the Maserati name worry you

  • avatar
    YZS

    $4500 is more than I would’ve paid for it…

  • avatar
    superbadd75

    Were this a Quattroporte, we’d have a real reason to be alarmed. No worries here.

  • avatar
    TRL

    At 18,480 miles (if it’s the original engine) they may be destroying a record holder!

    The headline should have been “1985 Maserati BiTurbo pulls into to dealer under it’s own power!”

  • avatar
    mikey

    The other day it was a 94 BMW. Today a Maserati. What happened to the superior European enginering?

  • avatar
    twotone

    I would have guessed the engine was worth more than $4,500. A case where the parts are worth more than the whole.

  • avatar
    holydonut

    TonUpBoi… TC

  • avatar

    Coulda been saved with an LS-X swap. I’m just sayin’.

  • avatar
    TZ

    If memory serves, the Biturbo was ridiculously unreliable. It’s probably a $2,000 car in need of $20,000 in repairs.

    Not all cars are worthy of kneejerk reactions.

  • avatar
    Paul Niedermeyer

    Good riddance; ultimate piece of junk.

  • avatar
    SherbornSean

    I always loved the look of the biturbo — like a really butch mid-eighties 3’er. I know they are ridiculously unreliable, but still, this is a real pity.

  • avatar
    frizzlefry

    MIKEY:
    The other day it was a 94 BMW. Today a Maserati. What happened to the superior European enginering?

    I dunno man…did you see how much poison that BMW V8 took before it died? The volvo I saw previously died in 30 seconds. That Bimmer took 3 minutes. My 1997 Ford Escort died like that every time I put fuel it :)

  • avatar
    John Horner

    I thought all the Maserati Bi-Turbos had already self-destructed thanks to their habit of catching fire?

    The Biturbo earned a special place in Time Magazine’s list of the 50 worst cars ever.

    http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1658545_1658533_1658531,00.html

    Good riddance. If it was such a great classic, someone would have offered more than $4500 for it.

  • avatar
    mikey

    Question for my American friends.. To comply with the c4c rules. Does the car have to be crushed? Why can’t it be parted out.

  • avatar
    no_slushbox

    re: TRL:

    “At 18,480 miles (if it’s the original engine) they may be destroying a record holder!”

    Nice, I was trying very hard to come up with that joke.

    re: mikey:

    I think the dealer gets to do whatever he wants with the car except for the engine and transmission.

    Unfortunately I think most cars are being scrapped because, cheap as scrap metal is right now, automated recycling is much cheaper than hand disassembly.

    The pick and pull is unfortunately pretty dead in the US, so I doubt many C4C cars are ending up there. Late model stuff is parted out to body shops or sold on eBay, and old stuff is scrapped.

    A lot of cars are going to the dealer without the radio, with junk wheels, etc.

    Whether the entire car except for the engine and transmission can be kept intact, with a new engine and transmission (for example, LS_X with a Tremec T6) slipped into the chassis is something that deserves very close inspection in the final legislation and accompanying provisions in the Code of Federal Regulations.

  • avatar
    geeber

    Sorry, can’t get too upset. I feel more urge to save that 1989 Mustang GT hatchback traded under the cash-for-clunkers program at a local dealer than this car.

    At least the Mustang wouldn’t bankrupt me with endless repairs.

  • avatar
    somedaysyoucantgetridofabomb

    A clunker just has to be ‘operable’; in this case interpreted to mean ‘customer drove it here, we saw him drive it here’ and decides to leave ‘is leaking engine oil from manifold and will catch fire any minute’ out of the blank on the CARS rebate application.

    This really is a clunker, though; when new it was as sporty as the meth-lab RV in Breaking Bad and as reliable as the customers of said RV.

    If that’s still depressing, hey, the cycle of life moves on. Somebody on Ebay is about to get a screaming deal on a set of newish tires.

  • avatar

    1985 Maserati BiTurbo with 18,480 miles

    So it’s been to the mechanic 1,848 times then.

  • avatar
    Sabastian

    It earned it.

  • avatar
    Boff

    Did you see all that gorgeous leather in the interior? I would have kept the car just to have sex in it.

  • avatar
    NickR

    Getting $4,500 for that is a minor lottery win.

    Most of that 18,480 miles was being towed or with someone pushing.

    Junk.

  • avatar
    Cole Trickle

    If something ever happens to Sajeev, we’ll just do an LS-X swap on him.

  • avatar
    Orian

    I read another article on this particular car and the owner did try to sell it first and had no offers, so he took in for C4C. At least everyone knew it was pretty much worthless…

  • avatar
    Runfromcheney

    Good riddance to probably the worst Maserati ever made.

  • avatar
    Porsche986

    I’d have to agree with others here… Maserati collectors aside, who on earth would want this car? It was junk when it was new, and nearly 25 years later it is STILL junk. The owner probably bought a new car for the same cost as yearly service on this thing.

  • avatar
    forditude

    Not a huge loss, I’d be more upset if a Chryslerati TC was being crushed. I know I’m too late to post the 50 worst cars link, but I remember Car and Driver (back when it was worth reading) saying something to the effect that the Biturbo was the best car to lose in a divorce. Sounds prestigious to the judge, but is really a sadistic way to ensure your ex-spouse is saddled with a lifetime of parts breakage and expensive repairs. The perfect revenge.

  • avatar
    walksatnight

    Almost had forgotten how many ugly looking cars were made in during the 80’s.

  • avatar
    tscurt

    Isn’t this the Chryslerati? I thought it was the infamous and notorious TC. This is a stand alone Maserati????

  • avatar
    Stingray

    If something ever happens to Sajeev, we’ll just do an LS-X swap on him.

    LOL

  • avatar
    Funk Forty Nine

    I was scanning through the upcoming Kruse auction listings looking for a “YSE” collectible and there’s one of these cars being auctioned. Wonder if they’ll get more than forty five hundred.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    The BiTurbo was intended to be the poor man’s Maserati… anyone who bought one ended up that way, in any case.

    I always wanted one, though.

    I’m surprised its MPG qualifies for CFC.

    +1 Boff

  • avatar
    IGB

    Watching these unfortunate cars being murdered or awaiting euthanasia on You Tube feels similar to watching a public execution.

    You’re curious beforehand, revolted while watching and then you feel dirty and remorseful afterwards.

    No car deserves this. Each and every one has at least one redeeming quality and someone loved it once.

  • avatar
    HEATHROI

    Being very green at the time, I saw one of these for sale, and was tempted enough for a test drive (its was been offered at a really good price.
    Car looked great, leather interior was in good nick. With the owner with me we set off for a drive, not baruthing it or anything but everything went well until a loud pop, metallic rattling and a cloud of smoke issued forth. A trail of fluid up the road leading to the transmission with decent sized hole in it.

    “umm, you still interested in the car?” asked the seller

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    At last! a car being crushed and I don’t give a crap. Horrid fit and finish – look at that deck lid, deplorable reliability – love that oil on the timing belt snap and kill the head thing…I remember G Gordon Liddy giving a talk in my college in the early/mid eighties and he was talking about the stupidity of the American M1 Abrams tank that had lowly Chrysler parts. He mentioned how far superior technology could be had through Masarati…I thought of this absolute POS when he mad his ignorant comments…Good Riddance, there is zero loss here

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    …and nothing of value was lost.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    @ HEATHROI: The second car I ever owned was a ’74 Fiat 128 SL (forerunner to the Yugo). It was being sold as-is with a blown head gasket and myriad electrical problems. Dazzled by its Italian beauty, I bought it, overhauled the engine, drove it for a year, and was glad when I sold it. Fun, but troublesome.

    You made the right decision on the BiTurbo!

  • avatar
    rpm1200

    I can’t believe nobody’s linked to this yet…
    http://mars.superlink.net/~rriegler/sml/
    Scroll down to “Biturbo Means Big Trouble”…

  • avatar
    PeteMoran

    @ mikey

    The other day it was a 94 BMW. Today a Maserati. What happened to the superior European enginering?

    They had to learn from the Japanese too. Rather quickly when the original Lexus arrived.

    It’s a pity Detroit didn’t.

  • avatar
    panzerfaust

    I like the lengthwise stretched picture of this car, it makes it look like its some long low sexy coupe. When its really a boxy little four door clunker with a trident on the nose.

    One should be preserved in a museum to remind us of the folly of putting a great brand on an econobox.

  • avatar
    FrankCanada

    They say the English are the best mechanics in the world because of the kind of cars they had to learn on. Italians I think are the second best. (Just look at fotmula 1 1-English 2-Italians 3-Germans Last-Japonese Transplants ie All thee above with japonese badges on there fire suits Americans?) These cars are character building. These cars were in another league. Italians used to skimp on details as long the car had soul. The europeans understand why the Japonese are successful, they have no sentiment or emotions for cars. English cars where over engineered, Italian cars over enthaused. German cars uninspired. French cars aloof… unless the name ended with a vowel. Alfa Romeo 1st world champion 1925 Coure Sportive! Maserati Indy 500 Champs 1939 & 1940, when the indy ment something. (PS BMW run three minutes? I think a slant six would run normally if they qualified for cash for clunkers.)

  • avatar
    obbop

    Plop an early pre-Iron Duke Vega engine into the thing to vastly improve reliability.

    Or a late-model crate anything.

    It is a rwd, right? Alter driveshaft, plop in a late model tranny that fits the engine and perhaps have the last running BI-turbo.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • avatar
    Daniel J. Stern

    @FrankCanada:
    They say the English are the best mechanics in the world because of the kind of cars they had to learn on.

    They say in heaven the police are British, the chefs are French, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian, and it’s all organised by the Swiss, while in hell the chefs are British, the mechanics are French, the police are German, the lovers are Swiss, and it’s all organised by the Italians.

    • 0 avatar
      montecristo

      Reading all those negative “sort” of posts about a car that probably no body drove or maybe ever see from far, explain how ignorant (in a good sense) certain people is.
      Running a car that at the time was much ahead of his time (in USA) for technology compare to the the average American vehicle (still with Jurassic distribution (single camshaft with lifters….  ) with material that in Europe were used not even in the pre-war era like cast iron for cars that supposedly were sporty (Mustang, Camaro, Corvette…) it is surrealistic. Maybe would be more realistic to state that no body (mechanics) in America have the knowledge and sensibility to take care of something that was light-years faraway from the engineering development of engines in your country (Canada included).
      Now; any body would tell you that would be probably the same to run a Corvette or a mustang in Europe with costs of maintenance comparable to a Tupolev Tu 154 , POS on wheels like those above mentioned vehicles that barely make it in strait lines (80th models, 90th as well) build with a crappy fiberglass body and a shady RV like sub-frame (corvette) are the heritage of your industry. Plus, you guys are talking about POS when you still have leave spring as rear suspensions!!!! on a freaking 2011 model year Corvette …).
       
      Let just say, that if you really know about cars and you have at list took apart couple of BMW M3 E30, Porsche 944turbo, or Mercedes 190E 2.316v and some Maserati 222, 228, ghibli…and compare them with some of your lets call them ehm… “pearl” “muscle” cars  (5.0 liters 5.8 Ford or 5.7 V8 GM to produce power of a  1.8 liters 4cyl.) . By the way just to remind you a 2.0 V6 biturbo Maserati engine of 1993 was putting out 330hp!!!!!! Adding the fact the those cars from 87 up were reliable if not more as the competitors like BMW M3, Mercedes and Porsche. You would probably re think what you are stating in all the above shady statements. This above comments are definitely real (decrepit) clunkers words…..

  • avatar
    Accords

    Hmmm
    Ya know…

    This kinda shit bothers the hell outta me.

    And I know this is one major LEAGUE bad ploy for people to revert to their consumer (dont EVEN EVER get me started on how I HATE THE WORD CONSUMER, ((worse than the pain of 10k suns!!))) role, and go out and buy something..

    But for CHRISSAKES..
    DO ya have to sacrafice this beaut to the pile?

    I mean c’mon.
    Im only in my early 30s and I wont ever get to see one of these on the road.. Is this the kind of shit we are going to see in the future.. perfectly good looking and rare automobiles.. sacraficed to the giant crusher.. cause some sensor gave up the ghost?!

    What kind of world are we leaving our loins when this beaut goes away?!

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