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post #1 of 23 Old 12-14-2011, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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New F430 Spider owner ... with Q's

Hello everyone ... Paid for my F430 spider yesterday and expecting it to arrive next Sunday can't wait.

It's a 2008 model silver exterior and red interior with a red soft top all carbon and challenge rims, got only 1800 miles on it. Will post some pictures soon.

Since this is my first Ferrari and I've never owned a sports convertible I got a couple of questions I hope you would help me with:

1. Speaking of best F1 practices, is it advisable to slow down (say before stoplights) using the F1 or would the brakes be a better way to get the speeds down? I read somewhere that putting the car into neutral slowing down is much easier on the clutch. And I wana keep my F1 system happy.

2. Any care/maintenance tips for the soft top to keep it working properly and in good shape are greatly appreciated.*

Great forum, learned a lot from you guys these past couple of weeks.

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post #2 of 23 Old 12-14-2011, 04:49 PM
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Sounds Beautiful!

Congrats and Welcome to FLife

Bet you are one anxious fellow

I did the same thing - has someone check it out wired the cash and after 12 years of business the dealer went broke the next day!

Took me a week or so to get the car and another few weeks to get the Title but it all worked out - feel bad even posting this but sharing is caring.

The F1 - tossing the paddles in neutral vs shifting down the gears is a lil bit of a saver - the brake acts as a neutral so it's really not necessary yet for some reason I do it often.

The top no clue on but there are some serious 430 guys here who will chime in soon.

Hope the Ferrari arrives asap - congratulation and I look forward to seeing your new ride
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post #3 of 23 Old 12-14-2011, 06:23 PM
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To keep the top looking good, all I can recommend is to keep it clean and out of the sun.
I always leave the car with the top up and keep the car covered in the garage during the week. I've only washed the top once in the 18 months I've had it. Just used water to rinse it off. It has been very low maintenance.

Others will chime in on why the top is happier when it is stored up, but it seems to minimise any glitches with cycling it up or down.

Congrats on the Spider, you're going to love it!

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I always leave the car with the top up and keep the car covered in the garage during the week.
How do you manage to keep the car covered during the week? I would have to keep uncovering it each and every day just to look at it
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Sorry but I forgot to add congrats on your new purchase. Enjoy!
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Congrats!!! You're going to love it!
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How do you manage to keep the car covered during the week? I would have to keep uncovering it each and every day just to look at it
Celeste frequently catches me going down into the garage to look at the car. I stopped making excuses and now just tell her I'm going to the garage. She know I'm going down to look at the car.

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Brake pads are always better to wear than the driveline... specially when just coming up to a red light. you may want to enjoy downshifts into the corners though. remember that an f1 is still a conventional manual transmission. Congrats on a great car. you will be in love at first sit.



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Welcome to Ferrari Life Mo T. Congrats on the 430. Enjoy in good health... And get the pics up

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Hi Mohammed, Sunday will be THE DAY All the best with the delivery of your new beauty and welcome to FL

Regarding slowing down, I would say to use the brakes in priority especially if you have CCB's (Carbon Ceramic Brakes). Such brakes tend to stay a bit too cold if you're not using them and may surprise a bit if you need to brake hard at once. Brakes need to be used and most of the time with city or street driving, we don't use them enough. But of course you can combine both : 1. brake 2. downshifting

Once you'll have your car, you'll see, it comes very naturally
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Mohammed- Welcome to Ferrari Life. If you just drive your F1 car like you would any three pedal car, you will be happy. If you drive it like it was an automatic and let it do all that automatic downshifting, you will not like it as much. Have fun.

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Mo - congrats and welcome to Ferrari Life. I think everyone has given you great advice on the F1. What climate are you in? F430 Spiders haven't been on the road long enough to know long-term top issues IMO. The F355 top had/has frequent problems but the material itself lasts a long time. A regular wash of the entire car will keep the top clean and in good condition. Lots of sun will be its enemy.
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Thanks everyone for all your valuable input, I picked the car yesterday and got a couple of shots just before sunset, what a ride, just looking at it sitting in the shade I can't have enough of those beautiful curves.

Would anyone recommend lubricating the soft top's mechanism? It's pretty hot here in Saudi and it's a 2008 car. I read about filling-up the oil reservoir but am not sure where can I find it?
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Mo, a very nice car! Congratulations!

Best that you cycle the top up/down at least monthly to keep it in working condition.

Does your garage have windows (left of pic?)

(Killer, you need a garage with a wall of windows like mine so you can look at your cars and bike and not be so obvious. Rent the Ferris Buehler video for Celeste to warm her up to the idea).
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Mohammed- Beautiful car. Be very careful filling the oil because one of the worst things you can do is overfill the car with oil. It can cause all kinds of damage. If you read the owners manual, it will show you where everything is in the car, but adding oil is one of your least worries because the car carries 10 liters of oil and there is 1.5 liters between the min and max marks on the measuring stick. You will likely never use that much oil between services.

If you go to ferraridatabase.com, you can download a free F430 owners manual for your hard drive and you can read and learn about the car at night and drive it during the day. Have fun.

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Beautiful car - congratulations!


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+1 on storing the car with the roof up. Also cycle it up/down once a week and you should be fine.
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I like the interior color. Very pretty. Congrats. w/ smiles Jimmy
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post #20 of 23 Old 12-23-2011, 09:05 PM
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Great looking car!

To make it looking even better, I would advise you to add the Hill Ingeneering polished exhaust tips. These sleeves just slide on the existing exhaust tips and weight only 330gr. It's a 5 min. job with great results. I've mine since several years now and they still look 100% perfect.

More info can be found here: Ferrari Parts : ET430 : ET430 - Polished F430 Exhaust Tips (Set of 4)
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