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post #1 of 11 Old 02-28-2013, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Changing my search, up to the F430

Hey Fellas,

More an FYI post for people who happen to care...

Been doing some soul (and price) searching. It appears that 2005 Red/Tan F430 Spider F1 cars are dropping pretty close into my price range. I'll have to kick in about an extra 10 percent over my self-imposed spending cap, but that's not a big deal - not gonna break the bank.

I could spend mid- or upper-90's for a clean 360 Spider F1, or spend around $110k (yes, I checked thoroughly multiple times through multiple outlets) for a decent 2005 F430 spider with around 30k miles on the clock. Not worried too much about miles, as long as maintenance is up to speed.

So, since the F430 is dropping close into range, it makes more sense to me from the long term view. I'll be in the F430 for around 6-7 years until the 458 Italia's start to drop into range, probably. Otherwise, I'd be in a 360 for 3-4 years, then upgrade to the F430, then go 458 Italia. This way, I get more car today to drive for a longer term.

Anyway, I'm changing my search to focus on F430's, and since there aren't many appreciable differences from 2005-2007, I'll probably go with a nice 2005 example to stay close to my budget. I've already upped the budget once on the 360 front, so I can do it again for a F430 - what an amazing car! Plus, heck, I've driven a Red/Tan F430 Spider F1 before, and I will testify that it was intoxicating, and was the single most important factor sending me down the road to future Ferrari ownership!

At the perceived incremental cost difference, the F430 presents a compelling case. Also, the annual maintenance on the F430 will be less, and in some cases, perhaps even half the cost of the 360 maintenance. Of course, that depends on the actual car.

So, I'm off to the range. If anyone has any advice, it is appreciated. Thanks guys. It's one of those good, 1% problems to have...

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Since they're so close, I say get the one you like best.
We actually like the 360 better, so would pay more for one vice a 430!
Pluse, the money you save getting a 360 could go towards the future 458...

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Good points David,
I can confirm I personally prefer the F430, given such a choice. Also, I would assume I will have a higher resale / trade in value on a F430 versus a 360 when it comes time to upgrade. Hopefully a safe assumption, but I can't speculate as to the delta right now.
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Good luck either way. You mentioned You drove the F430 F1, have you driven the 360 too?

Either way you can't go wrong with either.

And here you go, F430 below $110k

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Thanks Mike, and I really hope you're enjoying your F355.

As far as the 360 goes, no, I have not actually driven one per se. I have been on a test ride with an owner, and I am able to distinguish the differences. And, like you said, you really can't go wrong either way. Since I know I aspire to a F430, and then eventually a 458 Italia, it seems like a better long-term play to go for the F430 today rather than 3-4 years.

My leasing agent, whom I consult for all matters car related, told me that he believes it will be harder to sell a 360 Spider than it will be to sell an F430 spider, because of the aging population and also the generational evolution from 360 to F430. It's a great problem to have, and as of today and this exact point in time, I will focus my search on F430's.

Thanks for the help.
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the 430 is the right choice for the money. good advice
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My leasing agent.... told me that he believes it will be harder to sell a 360 Spider than it will be to sell an F430 spider, because of the aging population and also the generational evolution from 360 to F430.
We would have to live in, as the Chinese say,"Interesting Times."

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We would have to live in, as the Chinese say,"Interesting Times."
Perhaps. It's all speculation at this time. The F430 finance model I have built is inherently more advantageous than starting with a 360 and trading up to an F430 four years from now.
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I think you've made up your mind with the F430 and that's a great choice

That's my plan in maybe 2-3 yrs

And yes I'm enjoying the F355 very much, haven't driven her as much because we got that horrible snow storm a few days ago. Thanks for asking!

Good luck with your search. I think that's half the fun

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happy for ya!

Happpy for you Raj....you will find the rght one as there are a lot more F430's for sale vs 360's. i think the supply iswhat s driving the pricesstowards 360 land.

your logic is sound!
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Thanks Fellas. The math worked out in my favor. It appears to be less costly to buy one higher priced car today than it is to buy one lower priced car today, then repeat the process in 3-4 years.
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