@Boxer. I re-read the buyer's guide and it stated on one of the last few pages that MY2001 and above was ok. For some reason I always had 2002 fixed in my mind. I think it was a Michael Sheehan article(s) I read.
Anyhows, thanks for the reminder. This means I can include 2001 MY in my search... Until I read Taz's comments about mid 2002 MY having the better/upgraded ECUs.
@Granucci. Thanks for the advise. Agree that service records would be critical. On a related note, I have seen the threads on independents vs. F-dealers. Plus the nuance of some independents having more expertise in certain types of F cars (i.e. Enzo era vs. Fiat era vs. current, etc.).
To clarify, I am not concerned with invesment value. My take is that "mass produced' 360s will continue to depreciate. Difference being a 2001 MY 360 that I drive for 3 years will depreciate less vs. a 2005 MY 360 that I drive for 3 years when I sell after 3 years.
Regarding the 430, the more I look at the 360s, the more I like the 360s. I understand the 430 is even more technologically advanced, but that is a moot point for me because it is beyond my budget.
@Taz. Wow.... That is why I love this forum. Was clearly not aware of the specifics about which assembly lines and when, but was only aware that MY2002 and up had the improved ECUs.
Your knowledge and insights mean that even an early MY2002 will likely have the older ECU. One more thing to look out for that I will put on the list.... : )
Regarding mileage, I figure I will put in 3K to 5K miles a year so buying an ultra low mileage car (less than 10K?) and paying the premium for it will be negated by me driving it vs. staring at it everyday in the garage. Plus the mileage would be even higher if not for the fact that Chicago pretty much is snowed it from Dec till Mar.
Agree that the research and the chase is half the fun. : )