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post #1 of 6 Old 10-22-2013, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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New member entertaining idea of owning a Ferrari

Been on Ferrarichat as well, thought I'd sign up here as well to get as much information as possible!

Currently deployed to Afghanistan as a government contractor, looking to purchase my dream car (Ferrari 360) in about 10 months!

I live in Louisville, KY but will be relocating to Ft. Bragg, NC upon return.

Growing up, I've always been a car nut! I went to high school in Germany, hence my love of BMWs. I have a '91 325i that I just completely rebuilt, a 97 M3 with a built motor/turbocharged, and 06 Z4M coupe. I love to work on cars and do all my own work - with the exception of bodywork.

When I get back, I'll be selling the Z4M for a 360 Modena (6 speed manual). I've wanted a Ferrari forever, and I cannot wait to join this brotherhood!
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-23-2013, 09:39 AM
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Alex- Welcome to Ferrari Life and good luck on finding a good 360. If you go to ferraridatabase.com, you can download owners manuals, workshop manuals, and other 360 tech data. Foreign Cars Italia in Greensboro, NC will be the closest dealership when you move and they have a very good reputation.

The 360 is a good first Ferrari, with no engine out requirements, and cambelts every three years are accessed through a panel behind the seats. The 360 is also relatively easy to service with a few basic tools, but the cambelt service may be best left to a pro until you learn a bit about cam timing and belt tensioning.

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-23-2013, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Terry, thanks for the welcome!

I think this will definitely be the route I go. I'll take care of annual service and maybe find a local group that would like to do a tech day. Once I see someone do it, then I won't need to worry about it again.

Verifying timing on BMW motors is relatively easy, and even though a Ferrari is no BMW, the concepts should be relatively similar!

What's your opinion on the 550 Maranello as well? I am kind of torn between the two, with me leaning towards the 360, but damn the 550 looks like a boss!

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Welcome and good luck on the car. Don't forget a thorough PPI before purchase.



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Alex- Never ask a V12 owner about a Maranello vs one of the V8s. Would much rather have a 550/575M than a 360. Big, torquey V12s that have proven to be very reliable, lots of space for luggage for a week-end trip, great for long trips in comfort.

Did I mention they have a V12, like Enzo intended?

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Alex- Never ask a V12 owner about a Maranello vs one of the V8s. Would much rather have a 550/575M than a 360. Big, torquey V12s that have proven to be very reliable, lots of space for luggage for a week-end trip, great for long trips in comfort.

Did I mention they have a V12, like Enzo intended?
Ha! Noted! I guess I'll have to drive both and see which one I like more then

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