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post #1 of 34 Old 09-22-2009, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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I new here. I would like some input from some of you who have a vast more knowledge about Ferrari's.

I am 48 live outside of Mmephis Tn. I have always had a passion to own a Ferrari. My wife was willing to go along with the buying of a New Porsche 911 Targa 4S Malichite Green with Beige interior. I consider my self very lucky to have such a fine automobile but this has just stoked the fire even more for a Ferrari.

My plan is to keep working hard and save for 3-4 more years and make the leap to a Ferrari. My concern is there is not a Ferrari dealer or a repair shop that I can find other than Alanta Ga approx 400 miles one way.

Every thing I read about the up keep on a Ferrari gives me concern. I will be driving the car on a limited miles approx 8-10 k per year.I have no talent for repair work. I do employ a certified repair man who keeps my company fleet and equipment in good order. He has never worked on a Ferrari and he will not be servicing the Porsche. That will be done by the local dealer. I read alot about belt changes I read where the nwer models have chains that I assume will require less service.

Can you lead me in what model would be a good choice that would require less work at a dealer? I dont mind a once year trip to Alanta for major service. I already have in mind a avg of 2-3 K per year avg. I was looking at 430 or maybe even the California Like the 360 but dont know if my guy could handle belt changes?

Any advice would be great. I do plan to Keep Targa Wife loves it.
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Welcome to FL, Gj325. A beautiful state you live in, and lovely country roads too. I won't be of much help with modern models (mine was a 1997 F355B), but others here can help you out. In the meantime, why don't you "show off" (in a good sense) your Porsche ? w/ smiles Jimmy
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I will as soon as I figure out the site a little better.
Thnaks for input.
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welcome gj

many will chime in here, but I'll bet your Porsche or better local mech can take care of your 360, OR even 430 needs for the typical issues: fluids, belts etc.

What you'll first need to do is get a GOOD PPI and from someone rep.
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find a good local mech. Many of those items are not as tough as many make it to be, but on the fixing issue, well, 400 can be daunting, but not to be overlooked. It is not a great price to pay for a truly qualified mech in terms of specific Ferrari issues.

ask away....many are away at the moment, but will chime in.

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Thanks I will give Porsche a ring if they can take care of that part for me.I dont see alot of Ferrari's around execpt this past weekend after I joined Ferrari Life I was leaving local store had a Black 308 and a Red 360 cruise by as I was pulling out they gave me a thumbs up felt good. But I sure had a touch of envy watching them go by. I told the wife it was a omen. Join Ferrari Life see 2 Ferrari's a hour later. I bet I dont see 4 a year in Memphis area much less two out in the country with the cotton and cows.
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we've been known to plant RFDs in new members: sorry.

good news is you'll have something in common with the cat/dog

DO some searching. There is a choice in the two models you mention. One obvious is the 430 is newer and more sorted and It has many nice issues, like a metal timing chaing. Older 360 are quite nice too. Do some browsing and then ask any question you like.

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Live Outside Memphis Tn Born Raised here. So guess you would say American
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TN....well, Ok you can still stay

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Live Outside Memphis Tn Born Raised here. So guess you would say American
Italian would of been better buck a Yank is welcomed too

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I new here. I would like some input from some of you who have a vast more knowledge about Ferrari's.

I am 48 live outside of Mmephis Tn. I have always had a passion to own a Ferrari. My wife was willing to go along with the buying of a New Porsche 911 Targa 4S Malichite Green with Beige interior. I consider my self very lucky to have such a fine automobile but this has just stoked the fire even more for a Ferrari.

My plan is to keep working hard and save for 3-4 more years and make the leap to a Ferrari. My concern is there is not a Ferrari dealer or a repair shop that I can find other than Alanta Ga approx 400 miles one way.

Every thing I read about the up keep on a Ferrari gives me concern. I will be driving the car on a limited miles approx 8-10 k per year.I have no talent for repair work. I do employ a certified repair man who keeps my company fleet and equipment in good order. He has never worked on a Ferrari and he will not be servicing the Porsche. That will be done by the local dealer. I read alot about belt changes I read where the nwer models have chains that I assume will require less service.

Can you lead me in what model would be a good choice that would require less work at a dealer? I dont mind a once year trip to Alanta for major service. I already have in mind a avg of 2-3 K per year avg. I was looking at 430 or maybe even the California Like the 360 but dont know if my guy could handle belt changes?

Any advice would be great. I do plan to Keep Targa Wife loves it.
Welcome to FLife

Depending on if you want to go 8 or 12 cylinder, a 360, 430, or 550/575 should all be good choices and not need much more than a once a year trip to the dealer for service (my 360 certainly did not require anymore than this).

F40s and F50 are also very well built and highly reliable.
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Thanks Boxer.

Got a real dumb question. Maybe you can give me some insight.

Is there any difference in oil change intervals from the 360 to 430.My Porsche I have now has oil changes every 10 k miles. I have had it since May only 3600 miles so far.

Also on cam belts I keep reading many differnt change times. Anywhere from 3 yrs or 15000 miles or 5 years and 52000 miles.(big difference)

If you are just driving no racing etc. I wouldnt say I would be drivng like Grandma but Not pushing the car that hard. Would there be a need to change belts every 1.5 years based on 8-10 k miles per year?

I live in the county so most of my miles will be trips of 60 to 80 miles very little stop and go. Just drives in the county roads.

No track Days yet the wife is very unwilling on that for now. Got her coming around who knows maybe one day when all the children are grown.
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If you drive 8 - 10k miles per year, on 60 - 80 mile journeys, most Ferraris would be perfectly content. They hate standing, and they hate short journeys where the oil doesn't get warm enough. If/when you buy one, make sure it has been running regularly in the past 2 years, so you don't have to iron out the wrinkles.

I've driven 9k miles per annum in my 550 since 2007 and my specialist (who really knows what he's doing) does not see any need to service more often than every 3 years. The cost for that in January this year was $4k.

I would recommend any of the not-quite-the-latest models (550/575, 360, 430). It depends on what you want from your car, but as a daily driver I would go for the 12 cylinder (550/575) rather than the V8's (360/430). They're just a little more comfortable and a bit more understated for the every day run. And my 550 has been very reliable indeed.

Finally, and there will be Ferrari owners that disagree with me here, but I would not go for an F1 transmission given your geographical situation. They destroy synchros after 30k miles or so and repairs are always costly.

Hope this helps - good luck on your search!


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Thanks Boxer.
Is there any difference in oil change intervals from the 360 to 430.My Porsche I have now has oil changes every 10 k miles. I have had it since May only 3600 miles so far.

Also on cam belts I keep reading many differnt change times. Anywhere from 3 yrs or 15000 miles or 5 years and 52000 miles.(big difference)

If you are just driving no racing etc. I wouldnt say I would be drivng like Grandma but Not pushing the car that hard. Would there be a need to change belts every 1.5 years based on 8-10 k miles per year?
Oil change should be a minimum of once a year or more frequently depending on mileage (I would do it every 3-4k).

On the cambelts, it depends on the model. The 430 uses chains so not an issue, the 360 is every 3 years, and 550/575 is now 5 years in the US (I believe this is a recent offical Ferrari change http://www.clubscuderia.com/forum/sh...10&postcount=9 ). Even on the race cars (I used to own a 360 Challenge) the belts were only changed once a year. For more insight on cambelts, suggest you take a look at: http://www.ferraris-online.com/Artic...cleindex.shtml and the article from Feb 07 http://www.ferraris-online.com/pages...=SCM_200702_SS
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If you drive 8 - 10k miles per year, on 60 - 80 mile journeys, most Ferraris would be perfectly content. They hate standing, and they hate short journeys where the oil doesn't get warm enough. If/when you buy one, make sure it has been running regularly in the past 2 years, so you don't have to iron out the wrinkles.

I've driven 9k miles per annum in my 550 since 2007 and my specialist (who really knows what he's doing) does not see any need to service more often than every 3 years. The cost for that in January this year was $4k.

I would recommend any of the not-quite-the-latest models (550/575, 360, 430). It depends on what you want from your car, but as a daily driver I would go for the 12 cylinder (550/575) rather than the V8's (360/430). They're just a little more comfortable and a bit more understated for the every day run. And my 550 has been very reliable indeed.

Finally, and there will be Ferrari owners that disagree with me here, but I would not go for an F1 transmission given your geographical situation. They destroy synchros after 30k miles or so and repairs are always costly.

Hope this helps - good luck on your search!


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Thanks for the information.
I love the 550 I like the lines . Esp the Hood that is one reason I kind of like the new California.

Does the engine have to come out to service the belts?

Thanks Gj
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Thanks for the information.
I love the 550 I like the lines . Esp the Hood that is one reason I kind of like the new California.

Does the engine have to come out to service the belts?

Thanks Gj
No. The only cars that you need to pull the engine to service the belts are the BBs, TRs, 512M, 348, Mondial t, and F355.
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Oil change should be a minimum of once a year or more frequently depending on mileage (I would do it every 3-4k).

On the cambelts, it depends on the model. The 430 uses chains so not an issue, the 360 is every 3 years, and 550/575 is now 5 years in the US (I believe this is a recent offical Ferrari change http://www.clubscuderia.com/forum/sh...10&postcount=9 ). Even on the race cars (I used to own a 360 Challenge) the belts were only changed once a year. For more insight on cambelts, suggest you take a look at: http://www.ferraris-online.com/Artic...cleindex.shtml and the article from Feb 07 http://www.ferraris-online.com/pages...=SCM_200702_SS
Great info. I apprec. the links Good stuff.
Wish I would had found this site before I bought the Porsche. I could have had a Ferrari But not all is lost Wife loves the Porsche. She selected the color was told by the Porsche that it is the only Targa made in that color last year that was sent to US Dont know if that is true you cant trust salesmen. I will post some photos soon in the New Members tell me what you think of ride. Once I bought it is was great but boy now I want a Ferrari so bad. Save Save Save is my new motto
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No. The only cars that you need to pull the engine to service the belts are the BBs, TRs, 512M, 348, Mondial t, and F355.

Thats Great Thanks May have to lean towards 550
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Thats Great Thanks May have to lean towards 550
550 and 360 are both great cars. Just depends on if you prefer GT or Sports.
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GJ,

Welcome to the site.

A friend of mine has Testarossa in Nashville,
I'm not sure who he uses. I'll get you contact ASAP.

Closer then Atlanta.

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