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post #1 of 6 Old 02-10-2008, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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New member with a question!

Hey guys!

I joined a while back and have decided to start posting again.

At the moment I own a Maserati Cambiocorsa, and I am very interested in buying myself an F430 or 360.

I know that the Maserati and Ferrari share the a very similar drivetrain, and that the new f430 engine was based on the Maserati Coupe engine, but that is all I know.

What are your takes on the 360 and F430? Are they good cars? Are they reliable? Any tips, tricks, etc.?

Any information would be appreciated!

Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-11-2008, 06:17 AM
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Ferrari engines are not based on Maserati ones, it is the other way around. Since Ferrari took over management of Maserati they have implemented detuned versions of their own V8's in Maserati cars.

Ferrari's are incredibly reliable and have been since the mid-'90ies. The 360 Modena is a great car, and the F430 is just a little bit greater (and more beautiful to boot, IMHO).

Both represent great buys, but obviously the F430 still has depreciation to go and costs more money. The F430 has a bit more torque at low revs, quite a lot more power (almost 20%!), and the F1 gearbox is better. It is a phenomenal car. If you want more of a raw appeal, though, it is hard to go wrong with the Challenge Stradale (based on the 360). The most beautiful exhaust note this side of an F50!!!

You won't go wrong with any of those - just as long as you remember that they are still Ferrari's and they are still cars. What I mean is: just like ANY other car, sometimes things break. When they do, it's a lot more expensive than most other makes to fix. If you budget for that, though (say you keep $10k on the side to take a hit once in a while), then you won't regret your purchase.

Hope this helps a bit.


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post #3 of 6 Old 02-11-2008, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey Jazzy.

The 4.2 liter Maserati engine and the 4.3 liter F430 engine are based off the same block: The 4.2 liter Maserati engine.

A common misconception is that the engine was "detuned" for maserati... where in fact it was "tuned" for Ferrari.

The engine was originally produced in 2001 for the UK 4200... Then in 2002 for the US Coupe (same car essentially), then revamped for the 2005 F430

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In regards to prices, I am fine with the cost of parts and repairs... It is just a car, so things happen :-)
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post #4 of 6 Old 02-12-2008, 11:56 PM
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Hey Jazzy.

The 4.2 liter Maserati engine and the 4.3 liter F430 engine are based off the same block: The 4.2 liter Maserati engine.

A common misconception is that the engine was "detuned" for maserati... where in fact it was "tuned" for Ferrari.

The engine was originally produced in 2001 for the UK 4200... Then in 2002 for the US Coupe (same car essentially), then revamped for the 2005 F430

:-)
Sorry, not true. The engine was developed by Ferrari and 1st commercialized in the Maserati. Which car the block was 1st dropped in is irrelevant. The development was done by Ferrari engineers. Hence it is a "Ferrari: engine.

The last true Maserati engine is the one in the 3200.
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I stand corrected! I never knew that haha!

Thanks Jazzy, and thanks Boxer!

Any other info?
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-13-2008, 09:07 PM
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Drive them both and see which you prefer. Both are very reliable and can be used as daily drivers.
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