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2Fun 09-13-2012 09:54 PM

Best year F430 to buy?
 
Fellow enthusiasts,
Do you recall the anticipation and the excitement before purchasing your first dream machine Ferrari?
I have had the good fortune to own many fine vehicles but now,well, finally at the age of 54 the day to fulfill my dream and buy my first Ferrari has come, damn those who think it is mid-life crisis....lol, a true enthusiast has the love and passion from a young age and will most likely take it to garve.
Forgive me for the long essay, just trying to share the moment.
I am in the market for a clean F430, no matter a coupe or Spyder, would actually prefer the old school manual transmission but those are so hard to find.
I would be deeply grateful for your kind insight as to what to look for, best year to buy etc.
I am willing to go up to $200K. if I must.
Happy motoring, be safe.
2Fun.

tazandjan 09-14-2012 09:55 AM

Welcome to Ferrari Life. On the F430, there have been numerous changes during the production run, but all years have been very reliable with the exception of cracked header problems normally fixed under warranty, and an early thermostat problem. The F1 ECU/TCU has been updated on an almost annual basis since introduction, but even the early ones work fine and F430 clutches have not caused too many problems.

In general, just buy the best and latest car you can afford. Starting in Summer 07, CCMs became standard, as did a CTEK battery maintainer. Forza recently published an F430 buyer's guide and back issures are available. Many potential owners have asked exactly the same questions you have, so searching for earlier posts will increase your knowledge. Also, Stef has made an F430 section below that you can read through for more data.

There are enough three pedal F430s our there that you, or a broker, can find one if you hunt around. They built F430s through 2009, concurrently with the Scuderia and 16M.

scotts 09-14-2012 05:28 PM

2Fun:

Good luck. There are several out there- I just bought one this summer. Try these resources as well:


http://www.forza-mag.com/issues/119/...e#.UD6Z2VHvh8E


http://www.ferrarimarketletter.com

Scott

2Fun 09-17-2012 03:18 PM

Thank you Terry
 
Thank you Terry for your kind and most informative letter, I am deeply grateful to you and others who have taken the time to share your insights.

Many thanks and happy motoring, be safe.

Peter.



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Originally Posted by tazandjan (Post 214142)
Welcome to Ferrari Life. On the F430, there have been numerous changes during the production run, but all years have been very reliable with the exception of cracked header problems normally fixed under warranty, and an early thermostat problem. The F1 ECU/TCU has been updated on an almost annual basis since introduction, but even the early ones work fine and F430 clutches have not caused too many problems.

In general, just buy the best and latest car you can afford. Starting in Summer 07, CCMs became standard, as did a CTEK battery maintainer. Forza recently published an F430 buyer's guide and back issures are available. Many potential owners have asked exactly the same questions you have, so searching for earlier posts will increase your knowledge. Also, Stef has made an F430 section below that you can read through for more data.

There are enough three pedal F430s our there that you, or a broker, can find one if you hunt around. They built F430s through 2009, concurrently with the Scuderia and 16M.


Global Autosports 09-27-2012 09:49 AM

We have close to 100 on our website for sale: Ferrari F430 - Ferrari F430 For Sale

2Fun 10-01-2012 07:50 PM

Thank you for the information Ariel.
Peter.

champagne612 10-01-2012 08:37 PM

Peter

Welcome to Flife and best of luck on your search.

Don't give up on the F1 so quickly - if you don't mind me spending your money go for the 16M.

There is a wonderful example on e-bay that has a very eager seller ... my .02 :)

markjayw 10-01-2012 10:08 PM

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If you have a 200k budget, 2009 Scuderia all day long. Should be able to get a mint example in any color, less than 3k miles inside your budget.

2Fun 10-10-2012 04:35 PM

Thank you "Champagne612",
Your insight is most welcome and yes, I have been considering the Scuderia or 16M ONLY if I could find one with 3 pedals.........................lol.

2Fun 10-10-2012 04:41 PM

Thank you Mark for your kind insight,
I am hearing the same comments from other fellow enthusiasts which I deeply appreciate.
If I was not so damn stubborn about finding one with manual transmission, the search would be so much easier.


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