Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,866
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.
Present: 575M 135171
Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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