difference between the 2 besides the obvious:
2. maintenance expenses?
It sounds like the 430 is a more complex car and may be more prone to issues???
I am toying with the idea of counting all my pennies to see if i can stretch my budget. not sure if it is worth doing so. I read an ad once and i bought the into it: "Buy your last grill first." Whichever F car i buy, i do not intend on selling. I will buy the best i can afford even if it means, i'll have to pack a lunch to work instead of eating out.
Remember, I'm just a buyer looking from the outside in. Here's what I have learned.
1. I think the reliability is a function of the maintenance history of the car. If you can afford a well-maintained example of either, then there probably isn't going to be a noticable difference here.
2. The major services are the biggest difference, with the obvious Belt Service in the equation. Most people say it isn't just the belt service which costs the dough - it's the other stuff you do while the belt service is in progress. It's sort of a domino effect. The major services on a F430 CAN be less money, because the belts are removed from the equation. However, IMHO, you should still plan on saving at least $1,500 per year for maintenance on a F430, whereas it might be better to save $2,500 per year for a 360. Will $1,000 per year REALLY make a big difference to you, Mr. Big-Spender-Looking-To-Buy-A-Ferrari-Dude
3. I don't think I've read anything saying that, since the F430 is "more complex," it's more prone to issues. I also don't think you should look at it as a Ferrari to take to the grave. Maybe it's more of a fun indulgence that will keep you wanting more! Don't box yourself in before you've even started. I'm sure plenty of guys have said the same thing, but once you've been bit, it's hard to shake.
And if you start packing lunch instead of dinng out, just go eat while standing next to the Ferrari and you'll be totally fine with it. PB&J with a view of a Ferrari beats oysters inside a seafood restaurant with a view of the lobster tank ANY DAY.....