F430 daily driver updates?
F430s have now come down in price quite nicely ... a good one can cost less than a brand new base model 911 carrera, or even a v10 R8, which we all know make great daily drivers. Except that neither of them excite me nearly as much as a Ferrari. For about the same money then, the F430 potentially presents itself as a great alternative to a 911 purchase for such use. Factory warranty can also be applied yearly until 12 years old, of course.
There are some older threads on the use of F430s as daily drivers, however most of these are somewhat old.
The general consensus seemed to be mechanically fine to drive every day, practicality the main issue. The only issue mechanically seemed to be clutch life when using daily with stop-start traffic, reversing to park, etc.
Is there anyone out there with more recent comments to make about using an F430 as a daily driver, now that the F430s are getting a bit older? Especially interested in how hard it is on the engine to use it for relatively short trips (eg 10-20 minutes to work and same back home again each day), reliability and servicing demands for such use, and clutch life.
I've read the posts on conditions which wear down the clutch, but can anyone give us all an idea of their experience with clutch life coupled with some sort of description of how much start/stop/hills/etc they do, such as time spent typically per daily trip spent in traffic, etc?
Difficult questions to answer I know, but some posts on experience from frequent F430 drivers might help paint a general picture of how the F430 actually stacks up as a daily driver.