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400i 1985 For Sale...Thoughts?

http://www.bestwayautomall.com/Deale...bpVm1HX7DvI%3d

Anyone know this car or if there are things I should be concerned with here?

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-08-2009, 08:22 AM
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The 400 series including the "i" never endeared many people and they are ticking time bombs.

There are tons of things that can go wrong.

They are nice cars with 12 healthy cylinders, but you should know that you could spend more on that car fixing problems then you would have spent to buy the car. If you can do the work you'll need a W/S manual and a lot of time.

There ahs been one for sale for months in Autoweek by a "dealer" in Michigan. I called him about it 6 months ago. he said he was a dealer for 40+ years and never saw such a nice car. What's he smoking.

I asked for photos or a web site and he said he had neither! He said he's send regular pictures! That was 6 months ago. They must have been lost in the mail.

I woudl be very careful. Also in this market, $30K for that car is outrageous. it should be in the high teens or very low 20's!

Good luck with that.

You also might want to pay attention to the ad. It says "red leather"! It looks like light tan or sabbia to me from the photos. Think the seller really knows anything about this car? It's list as a 456GT!

I would say this is a bogus ad.
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I agree with Gcalo. There is no such thing as a cheap Ferrari. You might buy it at a knockdown price, but when you have finished spending on all the things that need sorting, you may well find you could have bought a sorted 308/328 for the same money. A new exhaust system is going to cost you over $10K for starters.

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The 400i can be a great car, but it requires a) a great example, b) a dedicated owner, and c) a decent purse. If you want to bring a good example back to a great example, you're talking $$$. If you want to bring a bad example back from the dead, you're talking $$$$$$$$$$$.

So - would you buy one from someone who advertises it in an ad with incorrect information? Of course not. You should only buy one if you know all about them and have saved up to buy the best on the market.

BTW - what is this OBO thing? Never understood that. Why on EARTH would you offer to pay more if you can buy it for the suggested price?


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Looking at the ad, all I see is a lot of wallet pain.
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The interesting issue is that Enzo drove a 400i quite a bit as his own car!
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The interesting issue is that Enzo drove a 400i quite a bit as his own car!
Well, he had people on site to take care of all the maintenance and rust problems.
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I really like the styling of these cars, although the horror stories keep me well away. Saying that, I'd offer a cheeky offer just to get ahold of the engine, so I could then put it into one of these

http://www.nfauto.co.uk/mk4.htm

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Well, he had people on site to take care of all the maintenance and rust problems.
It just might be possible he didn't have to wash it either...


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Well, he had people on site to take care of all the maintenance and rust problems.
He did not have any rust problems although rumor has it that he was getting a bit "rusty" at that point!
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