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Anticipating Issues

So I recently bought a F430, last year, since then I have turned into a bit of a car fanatic you could say. This completely opened my eyes to the world of motoring.

I have an 05 F430 F1 Spider. I am using this as my daily driver stateside. I just hit 20,000 miles. I do around 1,500 miles a month/18,000 a year.

I have the power normal warranty and am eligible to renew it one more time upon expiration.

Are there any anticipated issues with placing high miles on these cars? IE gearbox failures? Primarily big ticket items.

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Chris- In general, they have been very reliable and the more you drive her, the happier she will be. There are always outliers with F1 or E-Diff problems, and cracking exhaust manifolds on early cars, but generally few problems.

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+1 Chris, the F430 is really bullet proof and if you drive it that often, your car will be the most reliable. Mine has over 35.000 miles now and 100% zero engine or drivetrain issues. Unfortunately, I can't use it as a all year round daily driver because we have a lot of snow here during the winter. Otherwise, I do drive a lot my car during the rest of the year. If you're a bit "hands-on", it is always good to remove all the engine bay panels and wheel mudguards and do some indeep cleaning, especially the rubber hoses and clamps. This will avoid too much dirt starts attacking soft material.
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Chris,

How is it as a daily driver? I am looking at employing a 360 as my DD.

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Awesome, thank you kindly for the advice.

Out of sheer curiosity, why do the less frequently driven or "loved" you could say vehicles develop the issues?

I can understand from fluid stand still, but that is such a mundane issue.

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Chris,

How is it as a daily driver? I am looking at employing a 360 as my DD.

Thanks,

Matt

Hey Matt,

It is absolutely superb. Granted the attendant at the gas station does know me by name now. I live in LA, with the traffic combined with high way driving I get on average 150-175 miles per tank. 7-8 mpg.

Other than that, it is expensive service wise. I do itemized budgets for myself pretty heavily and am anticipating the following for 2013.

500 20,000 miles (oil change) - Completed
2,000 25,000 Miles Major (all fluids, wheel alignment, accessory belt)
500 30,000 Miles (oil change)
500 35,000 (oil change)
4,000 Clutch Job
1,500 4 new tires
2,000 brakes service



Are my numbers correct for pads/rotors (brakes) and for the clutch replacement?
I did just pads at 15,000 miles, I want to say it was 1,100? Not sure how much with rotors.

I have been contemplating going to the 5.2 liter R8 Spider, but that R-tronic transmission is just terrible. Also at the end of the day, I am going to sound like an asshole, but it is an Audi.

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Chris,

Thanks for posting. As a future F430 owner, i am really glad to read about the positives of the F430 from a reliability standpoint. All too often we get to read more about the issues and problems with these cars on the forums. I wish i could drive my future F car to work daily but i work in a not so great part of town. The F car could turn into the "F'd" car real quick. Sorry i can't contribute to your question but am glad you posted.

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Cheng, no worries about the car. I live in Downtown LA, great building in the middle of a poverty stricken area. As long as you keep it parked somewhere secure you won't have any issues...

What metropolitan area are you around? Secure park lots are often in close proximity to all downtown hubs.

If there is a will, there is a way! Any luck with your search yet?

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