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post #1 of 12 Old 10-28-2009, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thinking of buying my first Ferrari (06-08 F430 Spider)

Hi everyone,

I am new to this forum.... and new to the Ferrari world. I am very seriously considering purchasing my first Ferrari. I have currently been looking at several 07s with < 5000 miles on them.... fully optioned except no carbon ceramic brakes.

I live in a state without a Ferrari dealer, so I would have to go do Texas whenever service would be needed.

Aside from this issue, I was wondering what advice or recommendations anyone would have be it good or bad on the issue of a 430.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 04:50 AM
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Hi Matt.
Welcome to F -Life. I can't give you any specific advice re 430s as I don't own one, but I am sure you will get lots of good advice here shortly.

Whatever you decide to go for, your first Ferrari will be an event not to forget. Best of luck!

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Matt. Where you from ? I live in Memphis Tn. Have the same problems. I am currently thinking about 550 or a 360. My nearest dealer is Atlanta. Dallas is a few miles farther but not bad. Good luck on your search and welcome. Keep me informed on your search. Would love to hear any good info about Dallas dealership
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post #4 of 12 Old 11-02-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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Best thing to remember is look over many sources to make sure you're getting the right price. Without a dealership in your state it sounds like you'll most likely be traveling to buy. You might be able to find a better deal by traveling just a bit further.
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Dear Matt,

I have owned a few sport ferraris (355GTS, 360 Modena Berlinetta and currently a 430 Spider carbon-ceramic) and a couple of GT Ferraris (612 Scaglietti steel discs and currently a 612 Scaglietti carbon-ceramic).

Remember, a 430 is made for hard happy driving; hard accelerations, hard braking and hard slick turning. If your budget so permits, go carbon-ceramic! You will know where that extra money went.

Being your first Ferrari I suggest you get totally confident with the car on a track, preferrably with a racing instructor in the passenger seat giving you momentary feed back on how to maintain maximum race pace. The big carbon-ceramic discs with their huge six-pot magnesium calipers are highly efficient. However, the standard brake pads are not for track use and will literally burn up. Try to locate race pads or have them custom made.

Then, switch the manettino to race mode (unless on wet tarmac) and enjoy this fabulous masterpiece of Ferrari engineering as often as you possibly can. I am certain both you and the car are worth it.

Best regards,

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Matt:

Welcome aboard! I own a 430 and have no in-state dealer. My closest is about 150 miles away in Atlanta - which is really not a big deal, seeing as the vehicle has yet to go to the shop for service. When my previous Ferraris needed service (or were bought/sold/traded), they sent a roll-on and the cost was minimal compared to the investment or risk of having a non-certified mechanic fiddle around on the car.

You will love the 430. And, at risk of hurting my arm patting myself on the back, please read my article in the most recent Ferrary Life Quarterly about the 430 ownership experience.

(Getting ready to go drive it in about half-an-hour!! Yeah, it's still that fun!)


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I own a 430 and have no in-state dealer. My closest is about 150 miles away in Atlanta
Guys,
I live in a country which has no Ferrari dealer!! Closest one to me is in Northern Ireland (ok still on the same island) but I wouldn't touch them - they are typically 3 times the price of their English counterparts.

So I get my 360 serviced in the UK and it means about once a year I have to have a weekend away in the Ferrari and get it serviced at the same time (Fled 2.5 being the last one!).

If you ask me it's a perk and not a problem!!! (the old glass half full or half empty Q!!)

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I live in a country which has no Ferrari dealer!!
We have a winner!

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By the way,

I am also new to this forum. It seems like a very friendly hangout and I'm glad I joined.

Salve,

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By the way,

I am also new to this forum. It seems like a very friendly hangout and I'm glad I joined.

Salve,

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Welcome to FLife il Capolino! And you are right it is a very friendly place!!

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Welcome to FLife il Capolino! And you are right it is a very friendly place!!
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Dear Matt,

I have owned a few sport ferraris (355GTS, 360 Modena Berlinetta and currently a 430 Spider carbon-ceramic) and a couple of GT Ferraris (612 Scaglietti steel discs and currently a 612 Scaglietti carbon-ceramic).

Remember, a 430 is made for hard happy driving; hard accelerations, hard braking and hard slick turning. If your budget so permits, go carbon-ceramic! You will know where that extra money went.

Being your first Ferrari I suggest you get totally confident with the car on a track, preferrably with a racing instructor in the passenger seat giving you momentary feed back on how to maintain maximum race pace. The big carbon-ceramic discs with their huge six-pot magnesium calipers are highly efficient. However, the standard brake pads are not for track use and will literally burn up. Try to locate race pads or have them custom made.

Then, switch the manettino to race mode (unless on wet tarmac) and enjoy this fabulous masterpiece of Ferrari engineering as often as you possibly can. I am certain both you and the car are worth it.

Best regards,

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+1 great advice

I want to Race.
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