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post #1 of 11 Old 08-01-2015, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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F430 Spider - would this concern you?

I've been looking at this car and talking to the rep. I like that the car has had only one owner. I like the price. But the mileage and the service records concern me. It has had regular maintainence, but then had one whopper of a $22,000 service bill. Also, headers have not been done for example. Of course if I go further I would have a PPI done, but I'm not sure given the mileage I should even bother.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-01-2015, 02:52 PM
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mdb123, welcome to FL.

Looks like a fine Ferrari there.

Personally, those items would not concern me as long as the overall condition and records look good. If that 430 was regularly maintained and well cared for, it should be fine. Parts are bound to fail and require attentions. Make sure the F1 system and gears are in order. That large bill may not matter depending on when and for what it was for.

I am sure other 430 experts would chime in soon.

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Could easily happen. For example, if the top had to be replaced $10K, belts $1.5K, clutch $5K, bubble in the leather dash $5K. All of the above are not unusual issues. It would be interesting to see what was done for the $22K.
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Hi guys - the car goes in for the PPI tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-10-2015, 03:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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I'm afraid the car failed the PPI miserably. 3 of the 4 tie rods were bent, headers were never done, AC was broke and needed to be replaced, roof was broke, all four tires were completely bald and starting to bubble, numerous parts were cracked, dried or rotten (the car had sat in the sun baking for something like two years). What a bloody shame.

To even get the car to pass a safety was going to be a MINIMUM of $16,000. Then fixing the AC, replacing the headers, etc. was going to be more.

To be honest, I became very disillusioned by the whole Ferrari ownership thing. Either I was looking at a car with high miles, low price, but needing me to spend lots of money in repairs just to get it up to snuff or I was looking at a car that cost a heck of a lot more, had very low miles and often 5-6 owners - which really bothers me. When a 7 year old car has had 6 owners, you begin to get concerned....or at least I do.

So, on Friday, I bought a 2015 Porsche 911 GTS cabriolet. In the future, I may revisit Ferrari again.

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post #8 of 11 Old 08-10-2015, 05:11 AM
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Mike,
Frederico Galliera of Ferrari recently stated that "driving a Ferrari Spider is a rare and unique experience."
As you've no doubt read in the forum or buyers guides, there is a reason this is so.
You learned a very valuable lesson while avoiding pain and expense. Not all Ferrari buyers are that lucky.
Good luck with your next search.

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Mike - enjoy the 911, it's a great car!

Don't give up on the Ferrari dream and experience too easily.

I've owned three Ferraris, one for 20 years and another for over ten years.

It's best to find the right car to have a good experience.

You'll find most F car guys accepting you to drive alongside in your 911 and join their events.

All the best.
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Sounds like you made the right decision to walk away from this Ferrari. How does one bend 3 tie rods? I live in a part of the USA where pot holes are prevalent, but trashing 3 rods? Wow!

Enjoy the journey so much you don't care how long it takes to get there.
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Mike, sorry to hear the negative experience. Not the kind of thing one wishes for but still is a learning experience.

My take is that you need a trusted mechanic/shop that can support your interests. Even with that kind of peace of mind, things still breakdown draining one's resources.

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