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post #1 of 22 Old 12-17-2008, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hello from Louisiana

I am not a Ferrari owner as of yet, but i have always had a passion for them. I have been driving corvettes for 33yrs. I have researched Ferrari's with a passion & came across this great forum. I have read several of the threads & it has fueled my interest. Being Italian how could i not love these cars. I have always wanted to be an owner of a Ferrari. I can see myself buying in the near future. The only factor that has intimidated me is the cost of maintenance. Perhaps they are more reliable than i have perceived. This forum is going to be a valuable tool to me in my purchase decision.
I am a self employed business man, commercial real estate investor, and pilot. Glad to be on board.
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Hi Grasso, welcome to FLife. I hope that we can give you the answers to help you fulfill your ambition of owning a Ferrari. By the way, maintenance doesn't have to be a drain on your finances if you find the right model and one that has been well cared for. I am a big fan of the 328GTS and they are an excellent choice of first Ferrari as they have a reputation for being one of the easiest and cheapest to maintain with bullet proof reliability, plus they are absolutely gorgeous and an icon to anyone who grew up in the 70's or 80's. Being an ex 328 owner I am not biassed in anyway

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Hi Grasso, welcome to FLife. I hope that we can give you the answers to help you fulfill your ambition of owning a Ferrari. By the way, maintenance doesn't have to be a drain on your finances if you find the right model and one that has been well cared for. I am a big fan of the 328GTS and they are an excellent choice of first Ferrari as they have a reputation for being one of the easiest and cheapest to maintain with bullet proof reliability, plus they are absolutely gorgeous and an icon to anyone who grew up in the 70's or 80's. Being an ex 328 owner I am not biassed in anyway
Thanks for the welcome & info. I have always liked the looks of the 328.
My only concern is that the car is 20yrs old & is lacking power in today's world. I was thinking that a 360 or 355 would be better for me. I have never driven one just going by the performance spec. Another concern would be the handling of the car. Don't get me wrong i would surely love to have the 328 over no Ferrari at all & it's on my short list.
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Welcome to the forum Grasso! You have definitely come to the right place for information about Ferraris.

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Welcome, Grasso.

Ferrari maintenance will be less than a 2,000 hour overhaul for sure, and you can still drive your Ferrari in the soup w/o an HSI!

Corvettes are a world of difference from a Ferrari and once you buy a Ferrari you'll ask why did not do so sooner.

Do your homework, ask a ton of questions here, and then decide.

It's a whole lot more complex buying a Ferrari. So you best be well versed.

Stick around and we'll forgive you for owning Corvettes!!!

BTW, what do you fly?
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Gcalo BTW, what do you fly?

I have a Cessna 172 currently. Pleasure flying mostly on the weekends. Been flying since 1981 great stress reliever.
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310 Cessna and hope to move up to something a little bigger like a C90.
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Grasso, what year Corvette do you currently own?

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Grasso, what year Corvette do you currently own?

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2006 Zo6
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310 Cessna and hope to move up to something a little bigger like a C90.
I had no idea you were a pilot. Next time we get together we'll have to catch up on the subject.
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2006 Zo6
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Haha, I absolutely love the new Z06 and the C5 coupe is my favorite body design of the vette.

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Haha, I absolutely love the new Z06 and the C5 coupe is my favorite body design of the vette.

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Thanks Chrishawk4

The C5 is Pewter/Gray not many produced in this color 1999-2002 only.
How about 26mpg great daily driver.

The ZO6 Silver/Ebony 505Hp 6sp. great performance.

Even if i do purchase a Ferrari i'll keep at least one of these.
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I had no idea you were a pilot. Next time we get together we'll have to catch up on the subject.
I am I am!

Looking for bigger wheels in the future.

Like the power, climb rate, and want the pressurization. I don't care about fuel costs. With terrain out here close to 17K feet I want climb power.

learned that lesson a long time ago coming out of Burbank with a new A36 (80 hours), full fuel, three persons ttl and baggage, and with field temp of 85 degrees at lift off!

There are steep mountains to the North of the field and that A36 did not want to climb they way I had become accustomed! That was in 1978.

Next day I was into twins and by the time I had gotten my private license I had already more than 20 hours in the 310!
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--- Even if i do purchase a Ferrari i'll keep at least one of these.

Sell them both and buy two Ferrari's!!!
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Sell them both and buy two Ferrari's!!!

Don't you mean sell them both & buy one Ferrari? That sounds correct.
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Sell them both and buy two Ferrari's!!!
I'd sell the Z06 and get either a F355 spider or 360 coupe and keep the C5

Perfect world: I'd keep the C5, Z06 and buy a F355 and 360

I am very much a vette lover, that might be due to the fact that I am from Detroit. hahaha

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No.

You have 2 vettes. Sell both and replace with two Ferrari's!!!
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Just another hearty welcome, Grasso. w/ smiles Jimmy
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