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post #1 of 16 Old 01-07-2017, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Mi chiamo Roberto. I just bought a 2003 360 F1 Spyder. Years ago I had a 308 GTSi, and before that a Maserati Sebring. (Wish I still did.) Currently, I have the 360, a Maserati CambioCorsa Spyder, a 74 Alfa GTV, and the Alfa Quatroruote Zagato pictured below. I've spent a lot of time in Italy, and love all things Italian, especially the cars! Over the years I've had several other Maserati's and Alfa's. I'll probably have lots of questions as time goes on, and before I forget, I'll ask one now, as part of my introduction: I've read elsewhere that 360's deplete their batteries rapidly when not run. I won't be using it much this winter (I'm in Baltimore, we had our first snow today and they already ruined the roads with salt). I would like to keep a battery tender on as I do with my other cars, but I'm not sure how or where to attach it. Is the only access point through that panel on the passengers side, or can a tender be hooked up somewhere else? Also, I've heard of "pigtails," I guess leads that are permanently attached and left in place. Could I use unobtrusive thin wires and have them permanently coming out from the panel? (A tender puts out very low amperage.) Finally, anyone know of any reason to not use an ordinary tender with a gel battery? Thanks for any advice, and, again, greetings to everyone. Roberto
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Benvenuti nel forum Roberto.
I think you will like it here, a high percentage of owners, experienced professionals, and no drama.

I use a Deltran charger on my Spider. A very popular brand/type, they comes with two pigtails, one is perfect for the 360: you can leave it attached and route the end around the footwell panel. I leave it tucked under the front of the passenger footwell carpet, it takes just two seconds to plug in.

We frequently come up to Inner Harbor for dinner at Chinghiale and in Little Italy. We will have to meet there some time. You should plan on coming to C&C in Annapolis as well.

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Welcome! And very, very nice selections, I see.

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Ciao Roberto, benvenuto nel forum!
Welcome in Flife, there are more friendly people here ... 👍👍👍
Wonderful your red 360, and compliments for the other cars ....
Where you were in Italy?

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Thanks

I find this forum confusing to use, so excuse me if I don't post correctly to the intended recipient or thread, but thanks for the replies!
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The most beautiful city in the world, Roma!
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Ciao Fabio, ho vissuto un po di tempo a Roma, ho passato un po di tempo in Sicilia, vado ogni tanto a trovare un amico ad Ivrea. Tu, dove sei?
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Thanks, this is very helpful.
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That would be nice. Annapolis in the spring or Cinghiale in the winter.
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Mi chiamo Roberto. I just bought a 2003 360 F1 Spyder. Years ago I had a 308 GTSi, and before that a Maserati Sebring. (Wish I still did.) Currently, I have the 360, a Maserati CambioCorsa Spyder, a 74 Alfa GTV, and the Alfa Quatroruote Zagato pictured below. I've spent a lot of time in Italy, and love all things Italian, especially the cars! Over the years I've had several other Maserati's and Alfa's. I'll probably have lots of questions as time goes on, and before I forget, I'll ask one now, as part of my introduction: I've read elsewhere that 360's deplete their batteries rapidly when not run. I won't be using it much this winter (I'm in Baltimore, we had our first snow today and they already ruined the roads with salt). I would like to keep a battery tender on as I do with my other cars, but I'm not sure how or where to attach it. Is the only access point through that panel on the passengers side, or can a tender be hooked up somewhere else? Also, I've heard of "pigtails," I guess leads that are permanently attached and left in place. Could I use unobtrusive thin wires and have them permanently coming out from the panel? (A tender puts out very low amperage.) Finally, anyone know of any reason to not use an ordinary tender with a gel battery? Thanks for any advice, and, again, greetings to everyone. Roberto
Welcome to tbe forum.
I have a 2004 360 yellow spider that i simply love. I have a ctek battery tender and took the easy route. i just plug it into the cigarette lighter and just leave my window slightly down.for the wire.
It has worked great.

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I find this forum confusing to use, so excuse me if I don't post correctly to the intended recipient or thread, but thanks for the replies!
I would have to second that comment. The prior old fashioned format was more friendly.

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I'd be a little worried, the owners manual specifically says to not use the cigarette lighter.

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I'd be a little worried, the owners manual specifically says to not use the cigarette lighter.
+1 They are already known to be a bit fussy electronically...

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It has been four years that i use my ctek with the cigarette adapter that was included and have never had any issues.

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ctek

I am using Ctek and it has worked well.Bought it off ebay for about $50(US). It even has a Barrett-Jackson logo on it.

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Ciao Fabio, ho vissuto un po di tempo a Roma, ho passato un po di tempo in Sicilia, vado ogni tanto a trovare un amico ad Ivrea. Tu, dove sei?
Ciao!
Io vivo a Cesena, in Romagna non lontano da Rimini, vado spesso in Sicilia in vacanza d'estate.

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