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post #1 of 5 Old 07-20-2013, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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2 Questions about 360 purchase.

I'm sure I know the answer to my questions, but I want to make sure I haven't overlooked something. As I begin my quest to purchase my first Ferrari, I've been reading, study everything I can. 3 rules, in no particular order:

1st the car WILL have complete service records. 2nd the seller must allow a ppi. 3rd, a cheap Ferrari could end up being very expensive. 3 rules that seem set in stone and I will follow.

I've spoken with a few different dealers around the country about a few different cars. The cars varied in price from 70k's to 100k's. I was asking the dealer about one car and asked about a compression check, to which he replied a 360 doesn't need a compression check.

My question is shouldn't a person get ANY Ferrari compression checked?

My second question involves clutch life. The dealer said a manual doesn't have to worry about clutch life and can not be checked. My thoughts were never trust the computer clutch
life reading and get an actual measurement anyway because people can reset the computer reading. The question is the clutch life can be checked and should always be a concern?
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-21-2013, 04:18 PM
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the clutch can be checked manually, there is a inspection plate.

I would not do a PPI without a leak down test at which point a compression test is easy to also do, but a compression only is kind of useless in my opinion.

Cant answer the rest, I bought my 360 without a PPI or even seeing it until after the seller had my cash and i was picking up the car for a very long drive home.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-21-2013, 06:25 PM
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In my search for my 360 and now looking to go to a 430, I have asked 2 dealer service departments and 2 independents about compression testing. All said the same: 360s and 430s don't require compression testing unless they are high mileage (didn't define) or there are performance issues, exhaust smoke or other symptoms.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-21-2013, 09:13 PM
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Shawn, adding to mikeyr's reply, if the 360 you're considering is nearing a 30k interval and the car passed all visual/mechanical to your liking, you might choose to do the compression with leakdown for a piece of mind and at the same time replace the plugs.

Remember to check for sticky parts, leather shrinkage and get a full SD2 report if you're out of state and haven't seen it first hand.

Good luck & keep us posted.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-22-2013, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input guys.
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