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post #121 of 654 Old 11-14-2011, 04:11 PM
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Thanks gentlemen. Taz I always appreciate your sound advice, although you won't remember me since I am not overly chatty , unless there is a serious discussion by adults going on. I don't know much about these cars as I come late to the game, but do appreciate the experience. I believe the economists call it emotional income. It has to be a pretty big deal to get me out of a spyder as the Tucson weather makes up for all of the time spent freezing in Illinois (official slogan: Illinois, you put me in a happy state.). I agree on the paddles, they are amazing devices. It's incredible what humans can come up with when . . . . For now I sort of like the idea of the classic gate and----hmmmm----my wife has not yet opined on the idea that the new one may have to replace the old one. Best regards, Bill
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Bill- I think I do remember you from FChat. Glad to see you here.

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Thanks gentlemen. Taz I always appreciate your sound advice, although you won't remember me since I am not overly chatty , unless there is a serious discussion by adults going on. I don't know much about these cars as I come late to the game, but do appreciate the experience. I believe the economists call it emotional income. It has to be a pretty big deal to get me out of a spyder as the Tucson weather makes up for all of the time spent freezing in Illinois (official slogan: Illinois, you put me in a happy state.). I agree on the paddles, they are amazing devices. It's incredible what humans can come up with when . . . . For now I sort of like the idea of the classic gate and----hmmmm----my wife has not yet opined on the idea that the new one may have to replace the old one. Best regards, Bill
Emotional income - I have heard other versions but like your rendition much better.

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New here, ahem. Anyway, I drove a 550 the other day and it completely blew me away. Tha 12 cyl and gate were so completely differnt as you on this post already know (from the 360/430 F1) My question: 550 or 575 ( if I can find a gated one)? I know, I know, but will I kick myself later? The 550's seem plentiful right now and one can pick color, miles, etc.
It really depends on preference between F1 and 6 speed manual. If F1, then decision is easy - 575, if you want the "gate" then recommendation would be either 550 or 575 with the Fiorano Handling Pack. I have owned both of the "gate" verisons. If I was going to buy another, it would probably be the 550. My 2 cents.
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New here, ahem. Anyway, I drove a 550 the other day and it completely blew me away. Tha 12 cyl and gate were so completely differnt as you on this post already know (from the 360/430 F1) My question: 550 or 575 ( if I can find a gated one)? I know, I know, but will I kick myself later? The 550's seem plentiful right now and one can pick color, miles, etc.
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post #126 of 654 Old 11-21-2011, 01:50 PM
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550 v. 575 - view from a Ferrari Novice

Having lusted after a manual Ferrari with the wonderful chrome gate and seductive gear lever knob, I struggled to come to terms with the concept of an F1 box. When it came to it however, there were several factors which directed me to an F1, and having lived with it for 18 months now and some 8000 miles, I am delighted with my choice. For me factors in car choice included location, mileage, previous ownership, dealer history, colour and options (oh and price!). It will nearly always be a compromise of some of these factors in the final equation.

Whilst an experienced driver, owner of several previous sports cars, and having driven a pretty good selection of performance vehicles, I think I can honestly admit that the F1 box allows me to access more of the 575M's performance than a manual might. I can spend limited time driving my car - Northern Scotland doesn't help, but a daily commute in a long line of vehicles doing 55mph does not encourage daily use (not to mention the cost). Thus it is left to high days and holidays. In these circumstances I am pretty sure that I feel more comfortable with two hands on the steering wheel all the time. Yes I can feel somewhat cheated that I cannot master the full challenge of a manual car, but I suspect my driving skills would always leave me falling short. As it is I can quickly feel comfortable at the wheel, and can push on quite effectively.

So yes the manual may be the true experience, but I suspect there are not that many of us with the true capability to get the best out of the manual car. On the other hand I think the F1 flatters, and will enable those of us with lesser skills to get closer to the real experience. And may I add weight to what others say which is that the real experience has to be experienced to be believed. Such seem-less power - apparently endless in whatever gear you chose - winding the car up to awesome speeds so quickly. A truly addictive experience and one I will not be tiring of any time soon!

Perhaps if I find the need for the chrome gate overwhelming I can justify adding a 308, 328 or a manual 355 to the stable at a later date......
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Hi all,

here the data of my 550 Maranello:

Serial 115799
Blu Pozzi
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Lovely spec
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Welcome to FL Al550

Ferrari's: 360 Modena, 550 Maranello
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The Rest: Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, Porsche 911 2.7s, Porsche 911 3.2 Carerra, Ducati 916... and the Land Rovers
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Al550- Welcome. Introduce yourself down in member introductions so more people can get to know you.

Beautiful Maranello and thanks for the photos.

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Great colour for a 550. Have you had it long?
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Barry, Taz, Boxer - thank you guys so much for such a warm welcome!

I've had the 550 for 15 months now and love every bit of it!
Every time I go in the garage and look at it, gives me the same excitement as the day I bought it. More so my 23 year old younger brother absolutely loves it, although one day he says he will get an F355 spider, Rosso crema, manual of course.

Initially I though the 550 would be a very big car for me as I'm only 5'6" tall, I have test driven five prior purchasing my TDF Blue 550 and remember the first time when I went for a test drive in one, I simply got scared by sheer size of it especially the lenght of the bonnet/hood. I wanted to walk away and politely said to the ever so kind salesman, I'm really sorry I think this car is too big for me-I will probably scrape the bumper-I dont think I could see where the bonnet ends. The salesman being a very cool and polite british carribean chap standing at 6'4" saying "oi come back here and give it a drive -I have a mate who is smaller than you, he is only 5'2" and he has one, he drives it everyday witout a problem". The sales guy's pitch gave me the courage to test drive that particular titanium 550, after adjusting the electric seats taking it all the way forward, and cannot emphasise how easy it was to drive but indeed a very fast car when you want it to be, and more so really addictive!

Although a lot of friends have asked why I didnt get a red V8 as my first Ferrari (although, I love F355s, 360s and F430), I feel though the 550 was made for me despite owning it some 12 years after it was produced. I plan on keeping it forever, I will cherish it!

So why a 550 at the age of 30? Thirteen years ago, when the 550 was almost brand new I promised myself one day I woud get one. All novelties tend to wear out after a few years, and being a teeanger at the time who also very much likes the F355 and then soon after 360 comes out gradually more attention is paid to a 360 for its sporty looks-expected of any 20 year old at the time. Then years later when I was ready to get my first Ferrari and having test driven both the the 360 and the 550 back to back, the feeling was as if I had been waiting all my life to drive and own a car like the 550 (its something like a fairy tale equivelant if you guys know what I mean). Years ago I used to imagine "a car being so fast powerful, with meaty gear changes and the 550 is exactly that"!

I love it more and more each day! Being of South Asian origin most guys are married by my age, my friends tend to joke that the 550 is my wife, but to me it's my child as the love for it is unconditional ;-)

So guys, please tell me about your prancing horses, I would like to hear about them all, im so intersted in these models 550,575,456,F355,360 and F430 and many more! And tell me why you have the Ferrari you have.

Perhaps one day we could all arrange our very own Ferrari get together??

P.s apologies for going on and on, I just love talking about Ferraris
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Model: 550 Maranello
Year: 2000
Country: Originally delivered in the Netherlands, 1 August 2000
Steering: LHD
Chassis number: 120139
Ferrari colour: Custom colour - Porsche Nightblue (original)
Interior colour: Tan, blue carpets, blue piping
Mileage: 44,300km (Nov 2008)
Options: Red calipers and Scuderia shields

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JazzyO, such a beauty!! I see you live in Jersey Channel Islands, in the late 1990s I used to work in Jersey and I remember only seeing one red 550 back then. Are there many 550s in Jersey? Having owned my TDF 550 for 15 months I still get very excited on the rarest occasion when I see another 550 in London (thats if I'm luck enough to see another 550)!
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Perhaps one day we could all arrange our very own Ferrari get together??
A group of us regularily meet to go for drives out near Windsor. Let me know if you are interested in joining.
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Barry, Taz, Boxer - thank you guys so much for such a warm welcome!

I've had the 550 for 15 months now and love every bit of it!
Every time I go in the garage and look at it, gives me the same excitement as the day I bought it. More so my 23 year old younger brother absolutely loves it, although one day he says he will get an F355 spider, Rosso crema, manual of course.

Initially I though the 550 would be a very big car for me as I'm only 5'6" tall, I have test driven five prior purchasing my TDF Blue 550 and remember the first time when I went for a test drive in one, I simply got scared by sheer size of it especially the lenght of the bonnet/hood. I wanted to walk away and politely said to the ever so kind salesman, I'm really sorry I think this car is too big for me-I will probably scrape the bumper-I dont think I could see where the bonnet ends. The salesman being a very cool and polite british carribean chap standing at 6'4" saying "oi come back here and give it a drive -I have a mate who is smaller than you, he is only 5'2" and he has one, he drives it everyday witout a problem". The sales guy's pitch gave me the courage to test drive that particular titanium 550, after adjusting the electric seats taking it all the way forward, and cannot emphasise how easy it was to drive but indeed a very fast car when you want it to be, and more so really addictive!

Although a lot of friends have asked why I didnt get a red V8 as my first Ferrari (although, I love F355s, 360s and F430), I feel though the 550 was made for me despite owning it some 12 years after it was produced. I plan on keeping it forever, I will cherish it!

So why a 550 at the age of 30? Thirteen years ago, when the 550 was almost brand new I promised myself one day I woud get one. All novelties tend to wear out after a few years, and being a teeanger at the time who also very much likes the F355 and then soon after 360 comes out gradually more attention is paid to a 360 for its sporty looks-expected of any 20 year old at the time. Then years later when I was ready to get my first Ferrari and having test driven both the the 360 and the 550 back to back, the feeling was as if I had been waiting all my life to drive and own a car like the 550 (its something like a fairy tale equivelant if you guys know what I mean). Years ago I used to imagine "a car being so fast powerful, with meaty gear changes and the 550 is exactly that"!

I love it more and more each day! Being of South Asian origin most guys are married by my age, my friends tend to joke that the 550 is my wife, but to me it's my child as the love for it is unconditional ;-)

So guys, please tell me about your prancing horses, I would like to hear about them all, im so intersted in these models 550,575,456,F355,360 and F430 and many more! And tell me why you have the Ferrari you have.

Perhaps one day we could all arrange our very own Ferrari get together??

P.s apologies for going on and on, I just love talking about Ferraris
Hi AI550 and welcome to FL from (yet) another proud 550 owner. Looks like the Maranello owners will be taking over this Forum..
Great post, keep it coming! (and more pics...!)
Enjoy the car and this forum!

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Al- Obviously many of us here, especially me, think you made the correct choice with a Maranello. They are the most car you can buy for your money right now. I am 5'7" and fit my car fine. The driving position is adaptable to just about any size driver, with none of the compromises of earlier Ferraris.

Always great to see someone so enthusiastic about their car. Look forward to many years of posts from you.

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That's a beautiful Maranello, Al. Congratulations. Drive it in good health.

Post some pictures of the interior!

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