Hi Gentlemen, (and Ladies,)
with great appreciation I've been reading the posts in last month. Awesome community! Help is needed.
Just moved to UAE. Garage is empty, money is in the bank. Wife and two kids who are old enough to sit without child seat or booster. Two cars needed, wife is low maintenance and couldn't care less about cars. But I do, so one SUV and Bentley Cont GT or Maser GT would solve the issue, Bentley better, but the only problem is that Bentley...is not a Ferrari. Since a childhood this has been one of the goals, and now is the opportunity and resources. Like you, I love cars, driving and driving fast. And to have the Ferrari in the garage, paid in cash, is a feeling that "I have arrived".
We live in the gated golf course community, with lot of speed bumbs. My DD doesn't exist, or maybe it's a few mins drive to Golf Club, to the mall and back. Like once a week I am having a highway drive for maybe two hours. Radars are everywhere, even with rental Tahoe got three tickets in first 30 days. But still.
It's either this 430 coupe (which makes me think should there be a three car in the family? Any experience of this?) or 612? Also 599 could replace 430 in this consideration, and Cali for 612.
For 612 I think I would be going for pre 2008, like 2006, is it that bad choice with F1? 430 Spider I've driven for few days in the past, loved it but It's not too convenient since I am quite tall. Got the numb left heel on both occasions. But still. Had a Cali for a spin with my kids, they loved it, so did I. Cali seems to have a mixed reviews here, it also might a bit high priced at the moment. But still.
Any comments appreciated, big fever going on. V8. vs V12? Is 612 too boring? I am 37 y.o. partly looking for thrill, partly looking for well deserved luxury and serene life. Feedback of 612 or Cali as a family car. My last was BMW 7series. Especially comments of reason, emotional aspects and practicality would be greatly appreciated, but also comments on depreciation and maintenance very welcomed. Also all the info about UAE/Gulf specs/cars appreciated.
Prices are here 430's (05-06, 15-30k km's) you can have for 65k Euros, 612 (05-06) for 75k Euros, 612 (09, fully loaded 8k km's) for 115 Euros. 599's (07-08) for 85k Euros and 09 Cali for 100k Euros.
Budget is around 80k, to extend it to 100k might cause a conversations at home I don't want to have.
One more thing to mention, I've kept the one rule for ten years and it is that every car I buy I keep for at least three years. So I am not going to have that day trading kind of circus in my garage now or never. I think best bet for me would be buy something at the end of fast depreciation. I guess both 430 and 612 are getting there, what do you think? That's why consideration is key at the moment.
Thank you for the great community!