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post #1 of 6 Old 04-19-2012, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from Europe

Hi guys!
I joined this forum a while back, and have been reading it with great interest. I have been into cars and motorcycles since my childhood, and although I have ridden mostly Italian motorcycles - Ducatis and one Laverda that sure thought me a lot about wrenching, I was always more found of German cars, mostly because the circle I belonged to worshiped them as being the tech masterpieces compared to unreliable Italians. And the fact that M. Scumacher raced for Ferrari did not help either, as I admit that he is probably the greatest driver in F1 history, but I could never be his fan. So everything was set for me to one day become a Porsche owner.
But, as I grew older, I realized that I am much more a Ferrari person, maybe because I live only 40km from Italy, maybe because I love Italian food, maybe because I am not just a rationale being, but one of emotions, maybe... I do not know, but as I started to put some money inside my black box to buy a toy for me, I realized that it will be a Ferrari.
So, when I put my financials together, I am still some 25k EUR short, I will be looking to buy either a 360 or 550,575.
Both are amazing machines, I have driven 550 on numerous occasions as my former boss used to own it, that was some 12 years ago, and I would usually drive the car home from meetings and dinners as he liked to drink, and it was ok with me. I have never driven a 360, but, I still have time to decide which route to go. I love the usability and smoothness of a V12, but as a Ducatista and racing fan I love the sound of a screaming V8. Guess I will need to have them both one day!!!
I must say that I am really impressed with the amount of help that one can get on this great forum, so really a big applause for all of you contributing members!
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-19-2012, 05:48 AM
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Another Ducatista here. Welcome to the forum.

A 360 or a 550??? Decisions decisions. I faced similar decisions myself some years back and went with the 360, probably because I fancied the idea of the mid-engined race car over the continent crushing GT, but if I were faced with the same decision again I would find it very hard to choose.

In an ideal world your garage would have both, but in the meantime, it's a personal preference.

What kind of driving do you intend to do? Will you drive it daily? Long distances? Track time? all of these questions will probably point you in the direction of one or the other.

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-19-2012, 10:30 AM
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Tarlin- Welcome. Both the 360 and Maranello are great driving cars, attacking the problem from two different directions. Good luck in your hunt and hope to hear from you often.

If you have not heard about it, you can download owners manuals and workshop manuals for both at ferraridatabase.com.

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post #4 of 6 Old 04-19-2012, 11:01 AM
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360 vs 550 : You have choosen wisely. Tough spot to be in for sure. Drive the 360 for a final compare.

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post #5 of 6 Old 04-19-2012, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Barry and Terry!
First of all, thanks for the warm welcome, I really appreciate it. I do understand that both are very different cars. If I would be on the market at this very moment, I guess I would go for the 360, simply because Maranellos are too grown up, and since I am only 35 years young, there is still time for that. Because of our family lifestyle that is quite sports oriented, both my wife and I own VW Multivans, and they are staying. So, my Ferrari will not be everyday car, but no garage queen either.
But I remember driving that Maranello like it was yesterday and it sure is a true gem in the GT class, and they are very accessible these days. Either way, I will be taking it step by step, and I am looking forward to the process.
First I will take Terrys advice and study the manuals/thanks for the info!
Terry thanks very much
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-19-2012, 12:01 PM
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Very welcome to FerrariLife. I wish you that one day we'll read here that you made the step into the Ferrari world. The good thing is that the time to get the money together, you'll have a lot of pleasure to read, discover, compare and test drive different models When the finance will be ready, you'll know exactly what you're looking for And chasing the right one is a very enjoyable job
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