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post #1 of 7 Old 04-24-2013, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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New F430 owner

Hello everyone, I have been following this forum for a few months now. Was planning on buying my first ever Ferrari and I finally received it today. I have very little experience as I've only driven a 360 on track in netherlands once in the past so I had a few noob questions: how do i get the maximum mileage out of my clutch givrn that I have 15meter alley heading into my garage so there will be alot of reversing and which drive mode should be used for everyday cruising? sorry for asking dumb questions, just want to be cautious before i get the hang of it.

its a 2009 F430 with 4,000miles done on it 85%clutch left.

will upload pictures soon Thank you all any help would be much appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-24-2013, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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i uploaded the pictures as an album. Don't know how to upload here via cell phone
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-24-2013, 05:46 PM
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Congrats on your purchase. If you need any help please let me know.If you need any parts or accessories please let me know. I make great mats . Please visit my Facebook page.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-24-2013, 08:48 PM
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Maz- Welcome to Ferrari Life. In general, drive her like a three pedal car with no clutch pedal and you will love her. Reversing on level ground is not as bad as reversing uphill, and Ferrari fixed the 360's reversing problem on the F430 with both a lower reverse gear and a stronger clutch. So I would not worry about reversing on level ground. Just avoid reversing uphill and parking in spots that require an uphill start.

Most people think Race mode is easier on the clutch, Not convinced myself, but that is what "they" say. Big question is whether the box really is double clutching on downshifts like it says in the workshop manuals, or just raising the revs to match engine and drivetrain. To be honest, I doubt if it makes much difference whether you are in Sport or Race, so try each and see which you prefer. Race also stiffens up the suspension and changes the point where stability control begins. If it is raining, I would not use Race unless you are Prost.

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-24-2013, 10:01 PM
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Congrats Maz with your new baby and welcome to FerrariLife In dry conditions, I drive the car always in Race mode and in summer CST OFF. CST OFF deactivates the E-DIFF but ABS/ASR remains still active.
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-24-2013, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Taz, Alex and Stef you guys are great these tips are really helpful. so race mode it is i guess it feels lil smoother aswell. @Stef your book on 430 is brilliant stuff been reading it since i got up. @Alex will definitely check out the facebook page as i am looking forward to purchasing somd accessories, any idea on the shipment procedure and how long it takes from States to Dubai?
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