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post #1 of 8 Old 12-23-2012, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Reality check?

Yet one additional price related thread from a new member, but reading through the boards and checking classifieds and cars.com does not seem to give a solid answer. I have roughly $100k to spend for a "fun" car, I was originally thinking new M5 - but my wife asked why so boring, why not something more thrilling....

So I started to look the other options; F430 would be a dream come true, but is it just dream or reachable in the budget? The car should be ok and not over 25k on it. I could spare $5k annual maintenance, but would not like to be looking immediate $5-8k clutch replacement or similar extra costs (if bad luck strikes naturally so, but not as expected). Coupe / Spider / manual / F1; I could take any... Would not prefer to go to F360. Would probably look for 5k / year driving on it.

So should I look somewhere else or would my dream be within the reach? Other fun car options I have considered are F612 (surprisingly price seems to be lower than on F430); but after discussing with my wife and letting her know that it is a 4-seater she said; isn't that ruining the point? And we have 3 kids...

Porsche 911 Turbo is a good candidate for me as well.

So can you provide me advise, thanks?
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-23-2012, 04:05 PM
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Reality bites.....

Welcome to FL. Congrats on searching for a fun car. I just back in from a 60 minute drive to buy some scotch.....passing many stores on the way. That was fun.

Where are you located? How soft/firm is your 100k price point?

I think a hard 100k will not necessarily get you in the "good" F430 range or even the 612 range. 120K will get you either. A quick search on cargurus.com( no affiliation) reveals all 430's around 100K have 30,50 or 70K miles.

No on the other hand, 100K is a very nice 360, mint 550 or nice 575M......

Check these resources:

Forza :: F430 Buyer's Guide : F430 Buyer's Guide: F is for Fantastic!

Forza :: Welcome to Maranello : 550 and 575M Maranello buyer's guide

In the end, the best thing to do is drive them all and decide.

I will say I am looking at the 612s because also with three children, the lack of seats is little painful.

I came from Porsche and always dreamed of Ferrari. Turbo is a great way to go, but different. It all depends which boxes you want ticked and what it will do for you etc,


G'Luck

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Welcome to FL. Congrats on searching for a fun car. I just back in from a 60 minute drive to buy some scotch.....passing many stores on the way. That was fun.

Where are you located? How soft/firm is your 100k price point?

G'Luck

Scott
Thanks, I am near Philadelphia. 100k is not exact but close to it.
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Sold my 06 612 HGTC for 112k w/ 15k miles 599 wheels special paint 325 list.

The 612 vs the 430 ... the 612 will surprise you.
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Sold my 06 612 HGTC for 112k w/ 15k miles 599 wheels special paint 325 list.

The 612 vs the 430 ... the 612 will surprise you.
Stop reminding me......

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Since you are new to 'the other direction' you'll need some more education. I suggest downloading the buyer's guides which many speak in your price range.

then, get to driving one and compare.

Lastly, I like Forza magazine, which does have an enthusiast nice punch to it, albeit, brief in the articles [about two-three pages at most].

Then, Then I would ask away. A simple price range is not like buying a BMW or like, this is more.

AND I like your wife's attitude!! spot on for her as a partner.

Ferraris are much different than Porsches, and you may want to ask that question more to understand.

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Why so down on the 360? A hundred large will get you the best on the market.

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