Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,859
Gery- Here in the States, there is no premium for the F1 transmission and the three pedal cars are sought after because they are relatively rare at around 10% of production. The clutch can be replaced on the three pedal cars without using the factory SD3 computer diagnostic tool. On the F1 cars, an SD3 is required to set point of initial slippage (PIS) on new clutches. F1 cars also usually require a relatively expensive clutch position sensor, not found on the three pedal cars, when the clutch is changed. Finding a dealer with an SD3 is not a big deal in the UK, where there are so many dealers and independents within a 2 hour drive. It can be a problem here in the States, where distances to dealers can be much longer.
The three pedal cars share a weak shifter bushing with the 360, but Hill Engineering makes an aluminum replacement for the OEM plastic bushing that is an easy fix for that problem.
In general, the F430s have been very reliable, including the F1 system, which had upgraded components and software compared to the 360.
Present: 575M 135171
Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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