The 360 was launched in 1999. The 2000 therefore is not the first year model, unless you call the 3rd quarter 1999 model a year 2000 model. that you have to press the accelerator a little more to I had a 2000 model that I bought new. Contrary to the negative comments by other owners and readers, the car did not give me any problem. The complaint about the earlier model is centered on the gearbox. The 2nd generation gearbox ECU was not "refined". So to 'take-off' from standstill you have to to press the accelarator more than normal car and that will make the car "jump" and you have to back off immediately. So in a traffic jam this can be bothersome. But once you get the hang of it it's no problem at all. The other niggling thing is that when you stop for a long time and the gear is in 1st, this can cause overheating of the clutch and then the "alarm" will come on. So what I do is to disengage the gear and I do this everytime I stop at the traffic light. So I don't get that overheating. When I sold the car last July, the clutch was perfectly all right.
The troule with new owners is that they treat the F1 gearbox like an automatic, especially in traffic jam. This will cause the clutch to overheat and shorten it's life. I have very little problem with my 360. I had the "immobiliser" unit changed because it was draining my battery. I had 3 battery change since new until the mecahnics found the real problem.
When I heard that the 2001 models had a new gearbox ECU and it was better, I had mine changed. It cost me only about US750 and it worked well. Of course the ECU has the one on my Stradale and the one on the Enzo have been improved tremendously and it's almost perfect. But I don't know if you can buy those units now.
If you are thinking of the 'manual 6 speed' then you won't have to worry about the F1 gearbox, but to me that would be going back in time. All sports car manufacturers are now offering F1 type gearbox, so it must be the way of the future. But in any case make sure the cam belt has been changed.
I have had more problems with my F355 than I had with the 360. So don't be afraid to plunge into owning the 360, it's a beautiful car to drive. But make sure you have it checked by your mecahnics and most of ll make sure the cam belt is changed. Even better if the clutch is changed as well. The 360 was my third Ferrari after the 328GTS and the F355 GTB and it was the best of the three.