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post #1 of 9 Old 03-12-2012, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys!
I am starting to do my homework on Ferrari's, especially the F430, and 458. I have never owned an F-car, but own a Porsche GT3 RS(keeper). I am wondering if you guys have some advice for me on which dealer to contact that is trustworthy.
Thanks for all your help and look forward to owning my first Ferrari in the not too far future.
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-12-2012, 11:28 AM
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california only ?

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Welcome to Ferrari Life sanchezdds.

A 430 or 458 will be a fine introduction to Ferrari ownership. Unfortunately I can't assist with a dealer recommendation but I'm sure someone who can will be along shortly. Good luck with the search.

PS, How do you like your GT3RS? Tell us a bit about it...

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Welcome to Ferrari Life. Ferrari of San Francisco is owned by Boardwalk and I have had good luck with that organization. Niello was a Ferrari dealership many years ago, before the requirements got too tough/expensive for them, and are still a Maserati dealership. They may still service Ferraris, but I would check with them, especially for the 458. You really need access to MODIS to do complete service on a 458, so FSF would be your best bet.

The main differentiator between an F430 and a 458 is price. If you can afford a 458, it is probably the best sports car in the world right now.

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Welcome to Ferrari Life sanchezdds.

A 430 or 458 will be a fine introduction to Ferrari ownership. Unfortunately I can't assist with a dealer recommendation but I'm sure someone who can will be along shortly. Good luck with the search.

PS, How do you like your GT3RS? Tell us a bit about it...
Thank you guys for the welcome and recommendations. I live in California, so I want to be able to deal with someone face to face. I'm not adverse to buying out of state either. I bought my recent purchase from Florida, a Porsche 911-2010 GT3 RS.

@Barry- I love my 997.2 GT3 RS. I have been looking for a car that would please my senses for a very long time. I 've had AMG, M5-6, Aston Martin, Porsche Turbo S, and finally the Porsche GT3.
I love the surgical/precise handling of this car. The sound and the pure rawness of the GT3 is something to experience. The car puts a smile on my face every time I take her out for a run.
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Sounds like you may want a Scuderia, then. Rawer than a 458, even if not quite as quick.

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Sounds like you may want a Scuderia, then. Rawer than a 458, even if not quite as quick.
I think you are right! I have driven a 430 spyder a few years ago, and it felt somewhat heavy to me. Gorgeous car, but I think a Scuderia might be the way to go. Is there something that I need to know about the Scud? I'm sorry, I'm fairly new to the world of Ferrari's.
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Hairshirt Ferrari, just like the GT3 RS is a hairshirt Porsche, except the Ferrari will ride much better and is generally pretty civilized.

Go to ferraridatabase.com and you can download an owners manual for the Scud. Not as useful as the old OMs, but will give you a feel.

You should download the C&D comparison test of the Scud vs something, maybe a Porsche, that is fairly recent. The Scud won.

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I think you are right! I have driven a 430 spyder a few years ago, and it felt somewhat heavy to me. Gorgeous car, but I think a Scuderia might be the way to go. Is there something that I need to know about the Scud? I'm sorry, I'm fairly new to the world of Ferrari's.

I'm in California, northern California actually, and if you need any local help or advice don't hesitate to ask. I don't know how much "homework" you've done at this point, but I suggest really getting to know the model you decide on. The Scuderia has all kinds of "issues" that are very different from a Porsche. Chief among them is of course being cost, and I mean maintenance costs. The Scuderia is a fantastic car, every time I have driven one it feels special in every way. The Scuderia is an amazing "bang for the buck" right now. If you would like feel free to send me a PM, I would more happy to lend a hand to a fellow Tifoso.

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