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post #1 of 9 Old 06-25-2012, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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2006 f430

I am considering the car shown in the attached link. I've never owned a Ferrari. I plan to drive this myself and also do a ppi. However, if anyone would care to comment on the price or tell me things to look out for, I would really appreciate it.

2006 Ferrari 430 $129,900 - Elite Motorsports Austin Texas 78726

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-01-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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What did I do wrong

The post I sent in was my first ever. 60 views and no replies. What did I do wrong. Posts that came in after mine have replies.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-01-2012, 03:16 PM
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It's summer and people are too busy driving the snot out of their F430s.

Seriously though, it looks like a very nicely optioned F430 at a reasonable asking price. Make sure the history is clean and no accident damage (via PPI..carfax is just 1st step). There's not a ton to worry about on these cars. If the car checks out and you can get it below $120k, scoop up it up and smile!

Read up on the F430 "Buyer's Guide" in this month's Forza magazine - edition 119.
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-01-2012, 03:16 PM
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I've no idea as I'm a newbie too.

However I would pitch a guess that there may have been considerable previous 'what should I look out for' threads on the F430 and I may even recall seeing a 'buying guide' so the search facility could/should be your first port of call?

Can't comment on price from this side of the pond but car looks nice

All IMHO of course.

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post #5 of 9 Old 07-01-2012, 03:49 PM
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Looks nice.

If you can suggest an 07 - the ceramic brakes were standard.

The 430 looks clean just make sure you get a full PPI.

You need to know clutch belt brake wear etc. and ask for all the service records.

Price is right and it's a good combination.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-01-2012, 09:35 PM
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From the photos, it looks very clear and in great shape.
It's got all the right options, and the price is good.
If the PPI checks out, grab it.

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post #7 of 9 Old 07-01-2012, 09:58 PM
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As mentioned before, make a serious PPI and put especialy attention on the exhaust headers/brackets which is the main (and only) weakness of the F430. I would request also a full SD3 (Ferrari diagnostic system) print out and go through the different values. If you have doubts/questions on some values, don't hesitate to post the report here.
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-07-2012, 11:03 PM
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Small world I guess. I know SW-the owner-I bought my very first ferrari from him. I flew down and met him about 5yrs ago, visited his home and saw his private collection of about a dozen cars. He is a private collector and also runs a few cars on the track-not the ones he sells. The guy is honest and knows Ferrari's well, I would buy from him again site unseen. The car I bought from him never had a single issue.
I know the front driver door on that 430 you are looking at has been repainted. I would be shocked if he hasn't already told you that. I think he sold that car last year. He gets a lot of return customers who come back and trade up. Having said all that sometimes even the most honest people don't know of a problem with a car they are selling. So since you don't know him- spend the money and get a PPI. I would pay 125-not more. Good luck

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post #9 of 9 Old 07-08-2012, 02:02 AM
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There is a very good buyers guide on the 430 in the latest issue of Forza. Well worth reading.

One thing I would check are the manifolds and exhaust mounts. There are know issue with both.
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