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post #1 of 26 Old 05-02-2012, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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I thought I knew what year 360 Spider to buy?????

I live in the central U.S. (Missouri), and have decided to get a 360 yea!

Have my heart set on another Spider so that rules out 1999 and 2000 or early 01 I think. After reading all the searches I can find here and other sites it looked like if I wanted a well sorted car with the better F-1 TCU no broken motor mounts etc I should limit my search to 2003-2005 models.

Well 05's are still too high for my budget and if I could afford that I would just stretch and get an early 430 and loose the cam belt issues, so I concentrated on 03 to 04. Have gone to see three and am still seeing oil leaks, Broken motor and transmission mounts etc.

Now I am wondering if these cars with from 9000 miles (that scares me a little) to 35000 miles are going from low-mid 90K's to upper 90K's, should I just fall back to 2001 and get a car with about the same miles and condition that I can get into for say high 60's.

I understand the on going maintenance but I don't want to spend 25-30 thousand more and still have the same problems in a newer car. I know it will be harder to find a well sorted car the older I go that has had the campaigns done to address the early problems but looks like I still see them, abet to a lesser extent on the newer cars.

What say ye.....360 owners.
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There is no bad year for a Spider.

Buy condition.
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I would say go with your budget for the best example (history, mileage, SERVICE history) you can find. New clutch, new brakes etc. for example are always a plus.
If you are worried about the maintenance costs regarding the clutch, opt for a manual version, not F1.

I have a 2001 6-speed and I have been extremely happy with it.

Any year 360 Spider is great and the differences are not that significant
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There is no bad year for a Spider.

Buy condition.

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I looked for an 02 or newer as I believe the variators were upgraded. After that, it was as Brian said, best condition and desired features within my budget.

I wouldn't let mileage scare you, I bought mine with 10K on it and it has 18K now. It drives even better and has been trouble free.

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................I wouldn't let mileage scare you, I bought mine with 10K on it and it has 18K now. It drives even better and has been trouble free....................

I understand what you are saying, I just think an eight year old car with 9000 miles could be much more troublesome for the first year or so of normal use than the same car with 20 or 25 thousand miles.

Seals and gaskets leaking, things like that. Also as this will not be my DD but I plan to drive it each week hopefully the guys with super low mileage cars seem to really place a premium on them dollar wise.

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................I wouldn't let mileage scare you, I bought mine with 10K on it and it has 18K now. It drives even better and has been trouble free....................

I understand what you are saying, I just think an eight year old car with 9000 miles could be much more troublesome for the first year or so of normal use than the same car with 20 or 25 thousand miles.

Seals and gaskets leaking, things like that. Also as this will not be my DD but I plan to drive it each week hopefully the guys with super low mileage cars seem to really place a premium on them dollar wise.

Kim

That problem is over stated. We bought a 10 year old TR with 1000 miles and to this day it has never had a single age related issue. Chances are 50% of the 360's you look at will have at least some leakage from the valve covers. They were that way the day they arrived at the dealer.

A 20 year old car would be different and in reality modern cars and modern materials are not nearly as effected by that as in the old days.


Buy condition, screw everthing else.
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OK I did it! Just committed yesterday on a 2004 360 Spider with 35K miles. WIll go pick it up next week and drive her up to STL. Will post some iPhone pictures of the trip!

I'm stoked

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Kim- Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing photos when you get her.

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Congratulations, you won't sleep the night before you collect it.

I'd endorse others advice - I run an inspections buisness here in the UK focussing on Porsche and Ferrari and condition and history are always more important than miles and minor mid-model changes. Indeed, higher mileage cars with regular use are often a better bet and better value too, not only upon purchase but also in the 6 months after you start to use it - I never buy into the big low mileage premiums some people think their cars are worth.

Also, on number of owners, a very respected dealer told me that cars which change hands via good dealers are always sorted out at that time whereas long term owned cars don't get a fine toothcomb over them by a guy wanting everything right before he buys it.
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Here are a couple of pictures after I got her home.
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Nice addition to the stable. You'll love the 360. Quite a bit different from your 328.

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Kim- Very pretty and matches her older sister nicely.

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Thanks!

I just can't seem to get away from the Red over Black. Tan is so pretty but too hard to keep clean. Wish I could keep the 328 but I have no where to garage it.

Like is tough.......it's tougher if your STUPID.
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Try harder to find storage !

My own 360 Spider, owned for 4 months, tonight goes to its 4th garage, none of them at my home.

Surely one of your neighbours or a local business has a space, your garages are huge compared to the British ones. My problem is a 6'3" wide car won't fit through my 6'0" garage door...so I'm moving house..

Get a grip man, keep both !
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Try harder to find storage !

My own 360 Spider, owned for 4 months, tonight goes to its 4th garage, none of them at my home.

Surely one of your neighbours or a local business has a space, your garages are huge compared to the British ones. My problem is a 6'3" wide car won't fit through my 6'0" garage door...so I'm moving house..

Get a grip man, keep both !
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and put a challenge grille on it
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Absolutely gorgeous, Kim, and I am envious, hope to have a similar post in the next couple of years.

If you need a spot to store...I have a wide open garage just aching for a prancing horse. (no charge, of course)
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Thanks!

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Nice.

Would you think about aftermarket rims? I think the 360 rims are getting outdated now, even though the car isn't.

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Bump? I cleaned my garage with a toothbrush just for your 328.
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