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Under a year 6 12.24%
1 Year 4 8.16%
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Length of Ownership Modern V8s

Not sure if it is just perception or reality but it seems that owners of the more modern Ferraris tend to change there cars every 18 months to 3 years. Is this the case? I know it certainly has been in my case.

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I've owned my 360 since 2007. Five years this April. No intention of ever selling. I must admit I find it hard to part company with any car/motorbike I've ever owned.

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Once I know that I've got a good one, I'm a keeper. I will never sell my F430 manual for another car because it's the last modern manual and I would never find again such a pleasure driven it. The best thing that can happen is that I add another modern Ferrari like the 458 but for now, after several test drives, I'm not really crazy of this car
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Fifteen months with my 360 Spider, I envision keeping it for at least 5 years or until the 458 Spiders have reached 80% of their depreciation.

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Kept my 430 manual coupe for 2.5 years, coming up for a year with the 16M and planning on keeping it!


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I will never sell my F430 manual for another car because it's the last modern manual
One of the best reasons ever to keep it. If I had a manual 430 I don't think I'd ever sell it either. It represents the end of a Ferrari era.

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My first Ferrari was a 1997 355 manual. It was a wonderful car and I thought I it was a keeper at the time. It was me, my state of mind, that changed. Under three years of relationship. My new affairs were Dino and BB. w/ smiles Jimmy
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Interesting question. I've owned my 360 for seven years and have no intention of selling it. I'm sure I'll add another Ferrari one of these days, but the 360 is a keeper. 45,000 miles, all updates, well sorted and reliable, looks almost new, and it seems like the design will age well. I've owned my 993 Carrera S since '99. However, had I not had my racing accident which requires me to drive a "two pedal" car, I really believe I would still have my 328 which I bought waaaay back in '89. It was such a beautiful and wonderful car.
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However, had I not had my racing accident which requires me to drive a "two pedal" car, I really believe I would still have my 328 which I bought waaaay back in '89. It was such a beautiful and wonderful car.
Sorry to hear this Dave, it always give me a chill in my spine when I read this. Take care.
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Once I know that I've got a good one, I'm a keeper. I will never sell my F430 manual for another car because it's the last modern manual and I would never find again such a pleasure driven it. The best thing that can happen is that I add another modern Ferrari like the 458 but for now, after several test drives, I'm not really crazy of this car
It would be interesting to find out what did you not like of the 458, Stef ? Thanx in advance. w/ smiles Jimmy
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I love my 360 and have had it for 7 years now; the TR for 15+.

I *might* sell the 360 one day and go to the dark side and buy a "Italian tractor' but I would find it extremely difficult to part with the sweet symphony of the 12 cylinders in the TR.
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It would be interesting to find out what did you not like of the 458, Stef ? Thanx in advance. w/ smiles Jimmy
Jimmy, once I went for a test drive with my F430 because I wanted somehow to feel, after the test drive, if I would be frustrated once back in my F430. I surprised myself feeling very happy to go back to my car . No doubt the 458 is very very impressive and so so efficient that it makes the job somehow too easy. If you have to respect the speed limits (which obviously we have to do here in Switzerland as fines for overspeeding depend on your income!), I believe that the 458 would be easily "boring" to drive. But you have to consider that my 430 is a manual which makes day and night difference with the Italia. Even at normal speeds, I really do take a lot of pleasure to drive it without getting bored. It still has something a bit brutal or manly while I found that the 458 is getting too smooth
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Jimmy, once I went for a test drive with my F430 because I wanted somehow to feel, after the test drive, if I would be frustrated once back in my F430. I surprised myself feeling very happy to go back to my car . No doubt the 458 is very very impressive and so so efficient that it makes the job somehow too easy. If you have to respect the speed limits (which obviously we have to do here in Switzerland as fines for overspeeding depend on your income!), I believe that the 458 would be easily "boring" to drive. But you have to consider that my 430 is a manual which makes day and night difference with the Italia. Even at normal speeds, I really do take a lot of pleasure to drive it without getting bored. It still has something a bit brutal or manly while I found that the 458 is getting too smooth
Thank You, Stefan, for that comment. That is very interesting, which reminds me of my respected friend's comment (he's driven most of the modern Ferraris) when he test drove 458. He said the car was very, maybe too "drivable". I think he meant by that, easy to drive.
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Sorry to hear this Dave, it always give me a chill in my spine when I read this. Take care.

Thanks. It was way back in '99 at a Mid-Ohio National in my Formula Ford. I had raced for nearly 20 years, and then it happened.
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Thank You, Stefan, for that comment. That is very interesting, which reminds me of my respected friend's comment (he's driven most of the modern Ferraris) when he test drove 458. He said the car was very, maybe too "drivable". I think he meant by that, easy to drive.
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I think I said something similar after my first drive in a 458. Simply too good.
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I think I said something similar after my first drive in a 458. Simply too good.
I suppose that I would never know. I do see these latest cars here and there, but I just cannot envision myself owning one, probably more of a problem with myself. I have no doubt they are splendid cars. w/ smiles Jimmy
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good thread , i have had my 89 328 for 12 years , i cant forsee ever selling it , im undecided as to what my next sports car will be ,practicality says i should go with a 2006 twin turbo porsche , i really like that car so much , its an everyday kind of car , that i can beat the piss out of regularly and be confident in the german reliability ,i also really like the 512 TR as well as the 355 GTS or Berlinetta , i like the 400 HP V8 M3 and the new 1 series M Coupe , the 550 and 575 are also apealing to me , having a front mounted V12 ,would again really tie me to the pedegree ,im in no position at this point to make a purchase , im thinking in 3 years for my 50th birthday, sometime over the next several months im going to pick up an 08 / 09 Hyabusa.,i cant wait to have 187 + HP under my azz, 2nd to 3rd gear power wheelies are going to be quite thrilling on that beast !!
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I haven't owned a V8 yet so can't comment. But I do plan to sell on the 458 after about 2 years, once I've taken delivery. We'll see how attached I become....


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I haven't owned a V8 yet so can't comment. But I do plan to sell on the 458 after about 2 years, once I've taken delivery and my 458 spider is ready. We'll see how attached I become....


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I haven't owned a V8 yet so can't comment. But I do plan to sell on the 458 after about 2 years, once I've taken delivery. We'll see how attached I become....


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I will watch this with interest. My guess is you will either sell it after 6 months or keep it for 3 plus years.
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