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355 Spider F1 or 360 Modena F1 (both 99)

I realize that I'm about to ask a fairly loaded question, but I desperately need some feedback/advice. I am looking to purchase a Ferrari and currently have two options: 1) a 355 Spider F1 in FLA or 2) a 360 Modena F1 in Cali. Both cars are: 1) 1999, 2) about the same price 3) about the same mileage and both appear to check out on carfax (service records are mostly complete, the 360 having more accurate records). The 360 is a private sale and the 355 from a dealer.

I like both styles, so that's hard to use as a differentiator. I think I've done my research on both models, but I'm sure I have not covered it all.

Anything I should know about either model that may sway me one way or the other?

Thanks in advance for all your feedback/advice and any experiences you can share to help me through this decision.
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Bear in mind that the 355 was first generation of the F1 and it could present a few more issues than that on the 360.

The 355 spider is a stunning car but the 360 is a refined beauty.

The 355 has had considerable problems that need to be checked and carfax will not tell you anything about those issues-headers, cats, and valve guides. This can be a $15K service bill if not previously done!

Both cars are great but the 360 is a more advanced and less problematic vehicle.

Make sure you know what you are buying ahead of your purchase excitement.
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Gcalo - Thanks for the prompt reply and helpful hints. Holding back on the purchase excitement has been hard to do (this being my first Ferrari purchase), but the more I dig the more I realize there's a lot to do/research before making the right purchase.

One more question (related to knowing what I'm buying): Do you/could you (or others reading this) know of/recommend a trusted technician in the Los Gatos area who could do a pre-purchase inspection, including compression test, etc.? Unfortunately, Ferrari of SF and Silicon Valley say they won't do the inspection due to liability.

Thanks in advance for any info/advice you could provide.
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Let me see if I can find who is well-recommended in the Los Gatos area. I am 30 miles North of there but don't know service people in that area. I have contacts who can advise me, however.

If the 360 is a private sale some of us may know the owner and may be able to offer advice. You could PM that info to me if you wish.

You want to be very careful because there are many "gott yah's" when buying a Ferrari. 360's don't havve major issues, and the 99's are actually a bit better in terms of performance. They do not have pre-cats!

However, early 360 F1's were a bit of a problem somewhat cured by the 2002 M/Y software updates.

For a 99 you must be assured that the factory Variator campaign has been done. That is critical to engine life! It is the drive gear sector of the timing cams.
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Gcalo - You've been great! Thanks!
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Sure just advise if anything else.
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I've owned both. Loved both. But the difference in handling and driving is stunning. The 360 is a considerable advance in technology and enjoyment over the F355. Of course, I had the opposite issue: F355B and 360 Spider, so you'll have to decide how much it means to have the top down!

Good luck and enjoy!
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I owned both... my F355 spider is very problematic spend most of the time in service center. The 360 is much more reliable. I actually love the F355 design more than the 360 but it's just giving too much trouble and costing loads of $$$ to maintain it.
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Super... these are definitely the types of experiences I needed to hear about. Thanks!
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Super... these are definitely the types of experiences I needed to hear about. Thanks!
Will this be your first Ferrari?
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Indeed, the first. I'm trying to consume and absorb all I can to make sure the purchase is a good one. I truly appreciate all the feedback and welcome any and all advice/suggestions.
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Indeed, the first. I'm trying to consume and absorb all I can to make sure the purchase is a good one. I truly appreciate all the feedback and welcome any and all advice/suggestions.
Assuming it won't be your last (based upon my experience) I would suggest that you start with the F355 and work your way up the scale. As I posted before, I've gone 308GTS-QV, F355B, 360 Spider F1, to F430 F1 presently. The 'roots', if you will, have made me understand and appreciate the lineage of Ferrari so much more thoroughly.

If you feel this is your one shot at a Ferrari, get the 360. Just my 2 cents. Or 3 cents, adjusted for inflation...
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Valid point indeed... and for what it's worth, I love the 355 design!
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BTW, can anyone recommend a shop to do PPI in Los Gatos, CA? (this if I pursue the 360 in CA). The problem I'm having is that the two local dealers in CA won't do PPI's due to liability. The recommended non-dealer shop nearby may do it, but they seem to only want to do the PPI if I will become a repeat customer (coming from the East Coast, that's unlikely). Thanks in advance for any further feedback!
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Valid point indeed... and for what it's worth, I love the 355 design!
Me, too. Here's a favorite photo of my prior F355B...
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Beautiful car.

Does that have a black int?
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Beautiful car.

Does that have a black int?
Thanks! The interior was tan. Don't know the Ferrari nomenclature for it...
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WOW! Gorgeous!
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Thank you - it was a great car. Starting to miss it...

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BTW, can anyone recommend a shop to do PPI in Los Gatos, CA? (this if I pursue the 360 in CA). The problem I'm having is that the two local dealers in CA won't do PPI's due to liability. The recommended non-dealer shop nearby may do it, but they seem to only want to do the PPI if I will become a repeat customer (coming from the East Coast, that's unlikely). Thanks in advance for any further feedback!
Just want to make sure this doesn't get lost. Let me know. Thanks!
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