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post #1 of 23 Old 04-05-2013, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Making the trade, 575 for ??

so firstly, my apologies if i should have posted to the for sale portion of the site. i own the 575 pictured below and i want to trade for a 550. what's this, you say, downgrading to a 550?? not so!! i used to own a 550, back in 2006-07. comparing the two cars, i like the engine idle sound, interior, wheels and headlamps of the 550 more. they're both pretty quick and have the same basic shape. i think long term, i will be happier with a 550. anyone out there looking to "move up" to a 575?

My 575 is a 2002, with 10600 miles and a belt change last july and no known mechanical issues. it has racing seats, tubi, and FHP. i want to trade for a car with 30k+ miles. i have owned a couple of low mileage ferraris and they gave me nothing but mileage angst. the cars just sit in the garage and i fret over the mileage--no way to own a car.

i dont want to trade with a dealer, and prefer cars that are not red or black (my old 550 was red). euro spec cars very cool, as are rare colors. but dont forget the "high" mileage requirement!! as for that big service, i'm not particular as long as there is service history for all those miles.

PM me (john) here or send me email obelix53-->hotmail. thanks!!
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post #2 of 23 Old 04-05-2013, 07:55 PM
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Bubbles- That should be an easy swap, but I would not rule out dealers. FHP and racing seats makes her pretty desirable.

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Bubbles,

I agree with Taz. and beautiful 575 BTW .

don't see anything wrong with getting the car you'll be most happy with. good luck with sale.

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thanks for the nice words about the car. i forgot to mention that i am looking for a 550 with model years 1997-99.
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Is there a price you have in mind?
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John- Why an early one? More likely to have Scaglietti options, which came out in around 1999, for the late models. Hopefully you do not believe that old wive's tale about pre-cats. None of the 550s had pre-cats. US early, US late, European, ROW, none of them.

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taz, hehe, yes the old wives tales indeed. i was under the impression that beginning in 2000, 550s had something new in their exhaust systems that reduced the overall power. i further understood that an X-pipe would resolve that issue, but i wanted to avoid the hassle of buying the car and making the change. if this is not true, then i will gladly remove the model year restriction.

355dreamer, i would be happy with a selling price over 100k and under 110k.
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Bubbles- No difference in early and late US 550 exhaust systems, so that should give you a lot more choices. Only the 575M has precats, and there were early and late exhausts for that car, the later one having straight pipes instead of the center muffler/resonator. Bradan has a nice set of straight pipes they fabricate and sell. V12s and 180 deg crank V8s do not need x-pipes. They are essentially two 6 cylinder and two 4 cylinder engines on the same crank, and exhaust gasses are extracted just fine. An x-pipe gums up the flow just slightly, but is still way better than the OEM center muffler.

Replacing the center muffler with straight pipes will give you maximum hp and torque, but some people prefer the sound of x-pipes. Difference seen only on a dyno and maybe a little shaved time to 150 mph, which is not a big problem for us in the US.

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taz, thank you for the clarification--i feel much better knowing the 550s were all the same. almost makes me want to change out the center muffler on my 02, only to hear the difference. but i will stick to my 550 dreamin'.
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Actually makes perfect sense to me (no disrespect for the 575 intended). I have owned both a 550 and a 575. If I was to buy another it would probably be a 550.
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Interesting observation Boxer.I know that you owned a 575 manual with FHP and would be interested to know why you would go for a 550 next time. This is not to try to say that a 550 is better than a 575. They are both gorgeous variations on the old school Ferrari V12 Berlinetta theme and it would be great to hear from an experienced enthusiast who has owned both.

What I do know is that each time I walk towards my bluebird, it is an occasion that I hope never fades away!

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Interesting observation Boxer.I know that you owned a 575 manual with FHP and would be interested to know why you would go for a 550 next time. This is not to try to say that a 550 is better than a 575. They are both gorgeous variations on the old school Ferrari V12 Berlinetta theme and it would be great to hear from an experienced enthusiast who has owned both.

What I do know is that each time I walk towards my bluebird, it is an occasion that I hope never fades away!
Hard to put a finger on it but I just liked the ride and set up in the 550 better than the 575 with the FHP.
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Hard to put a finger on it but I just liked the ride and set up in the 550 better than the 575 with the FHP.
i am a little of the opposite mentality. i remember the 550 being a bit rough, while the 575 with FHP offering a perfect mix of tight handling (for a heavy GT car) and pleasant ride quality for the less than perfect roads around here.
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to broaden the market i am also happy to trade for a euro-spec testarossa, preferrably red.
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Early 88s and earlier TRs are 25 years old and importable with no DOT/EPA requirements. Just a small import tax and shipping.

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Early 88s and earlier TRs are 25 years old and importable with no DOT/EPA requirements. Just a small import tax and shipping.
true, haven't mustered up the courage yet to buy a car from overseas.
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Would you need to change the gauges to miles if you did? Not many LHD markets with imperial units.


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Onno- Only if you wanted to. No requirement like there is in Australia. My 308 GTS worked fine in the UK with metric gauges for three years.

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Hi John,
I and you are completly different ..., I had a 550 and i changed two month ago for a 575 F1 HGTC, and have not regretted it ....
I agree that externally the two cars are so equal, and also the power is small increase, all two beautiful cars ...
Personally I prefer the interior of 575 and the front i think is much linear design, for the future i don't know ...
Sometimes I think to the manual gear arm .... but F1 is lovely and in total the 575 is light to drive in respect to the 550.

Certainly 550 not have F1 system is a vantage for the affidability and maintenance in the future.

Enjoy your actual and next Ferrari ...

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