Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Steve- Read the 575M and Superamerica Technical Thread for some insights.
Leather work can be done at your convenince and in no way affects the operation of the car. Annual maintenance costs on a 360 and 575M are virtually identical. The 360 requires belt changes every three years, the 575M every five years, but the 575M belt change is a bit more expensive. Both get terrible gas mileage. The 575M is quite a bit quicker in a straight line, but the 360 corners better. The big V12 is probably a bit more robust than the smaller V8, but both are long-wearing engines.
If you can afford it, there is an HGTC 575M on the market for a bit more than the 03 you are considering. It is a much better investment and HGTCs will eventually be the collector cars out of the Maranello family, along with the Barchetta and Superamerica. Way less than 100 built.
Note 575Ms built from ~Dec 2003 have significant upgrades over earlier models, but those would not make me hesitate to buy an earlier car if the price were right.
Later 360s also have significantly improved F1 ECUs/TCUs fitted.
According to Daniel at Ricambi, he rarely gets calls for 575M repair parts. Only 2064 built and those tend to be ultra-reliable.
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Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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