2001 360 Spider - Too Old?
I'm considering expanding my search from the MY 2004 cars to earlier models. I've found a couple of 2001 Red F1 Spiders which seem to be well loved. I know there are some issues which I'd have to deal with if I went back that far, and want to know if the reduced price is worth it.
1. I believe there was an update from a 30A fuse to a 50A fuse for the transmission pump in the later years, correct?
2. Was the F1 transmission "less smooth" in the 2001 model year than the 2004? Or, are they equal from a hardware & software perspective?
3. I know the keys to these cars are HISTORY and CONDITION. Provided those two tests are "passed," is there any general diapproval for the 2001 MY versus the 2004 MY? The 2004 cars I'm seeing have like 4+ owners, which concerns me. The older cars seem to have fewer owners, go figure.
And yes, I'll do a 3rd party PPI on whatever car I'm serious about, regardless of age. I basically want to know from this group the disadvantages (if any) of buying a 2001 over a 2004. Lower resale is probably one disadvantage. Hopefully, when I go to turn this car over in 4-5 years, the difference would be nominal, but I can't be sure about that.
If the answer is "it depends on the car," then I have already figured that one out! My leasing agent says the car has to be able to stand on its own, and if you put a 2001 side by side with a 2004, and the 2001 has a better history and condition, then the 2001 wins regardless of its additional age. What I'm hoping for from you guys is a little bit more detailed technical analysis of the choices.
Last edited by IDriveM5; 07-11-2012 at 11:30 AM.