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I was just wondering, since almost all of you own a Ferrari, which one of them is a nice Ferrari "beginners" car?? What is yours experiences?

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I respectfully disagree with Boxer (doesn't happen that often), and I suggest you buy the model you really want if you can afford a good example of it.

My first F was/is my 550 and I would not have wanted it any other way. It was the car I wanted most, and I'm still very happy with it. A mate of mine bought a 308GT4 2+2 as his first Ferrari, that he is still very happy with, and another a Mondial (those are V8's but not 2 seaters). Vitalone had a 246GTS and a 512BB as his first two Ferraris.

So no, you don't have to go the traditional V8 mid engine 2-seater route. Just do your research, pick what you like, try and find the funds, and go for it!

I do want to stress one point: the V8 2-seat Ferraris are great and relatively affordable. Don't get me wrong - I love them. But they are not the only lovely cars Ferrari has made, and they are not the only way into Ferrari ownership.


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Boxer makes more sense i guess with a first timer V8 less horse and lighter, V12 too much power a lot heavier. F-car is like any super car not just a drive like a Benz or BMW, can break down not that reliable at times.
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Hey, you are talking to someone who has actually done it, you know. Can you claim to have owned or even driven any of the cars mentioned? The 550 was the right choice for me as a first Ferrari. Period.

W.r.t. reliability, Ferraris are fine just as long as you spend money on them and drive them often. And, BTW, I know plenty of unhappy BMW and Benz owners, they are not the tanks people make them out to be.

As for running costs, Boxer is quite right that the V8's are frequently lighter on the wallet, although this is not quite true for the F355. It all depends on your financial situation. As I said before, do your math and make your choice! Just keep an eye open - V12's are more affordable than you think, and it may just be what you were looking for. It all depends on your preference.


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Looking at the market today, as a 1st Ferrari my recommendation would be either a 308QV/328 or a 360 depending on if you prefer classic or modern. Reco is based on a mix of buying price plus running costs over a 3 year period.

This is of course if you have not fallen in love with a particular model. If you have, follow your heart.
 

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your 1st Ferrai

my first Ferrari was a Mondial 8 of 1985.... second one was a Mondial T of 1991... very nice model.... and my actual one is a F355 F1 spider blue... just beautifull !
 

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Can you claim to have owned or even driven any of the cars mentioned? [/QUOTE]

I am sorry Onno if i have upset you, no need to get personal and yes i am a car nut, for the cars i have mentioned i do have a few Benz ML65, SLK55 a boring E350 and CLS350 all four in three years, my first F-car was a Testarossa now i have a F355, listen all i am saying is that this kid ask us a question as a beginner's Ferrari and as a beginner lets say he is a young man i would recommend him to any V8 range from ferrari "Boy Racer" as for your 550 that is nice but when you're young you don't really want a GT car yet, when i first got my testa wow it looks nice but the size the weight and V12 it was not that easy to handle as a beginner! BTW i also work my ass off at the office just like you, at least you get to sit in a jungle with fresh air!
As for the F355 you are right it can be a financial disaster if you buy the wrong car!

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When I bought my first Ferrari.... I was 44 years old ! I was a beginner.... so thks for the 'young man' David ! ;-)
 

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I am sorry Onno if i have upset you

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I'm not upset but I don't understand why you say that a 550 is not a good choice as a first F (he said nothing about it being entry-level, in which case I would agree with you). All I am saying is that it depends on your situation. He might be young but I loved the 550 when it came out and I was 26. Maybe I'm just weird. Anyway, end of discussion - you have your views and I have mine.

Come to think of it, though - why would you ask which Ferrari to buy? I knew every model and what I liked/disliked LOOOOONNNNNGGGG before I ever bought one! You need to buy what you like, not what the neighbours will be impressed by.

Lulu - Blu Pozzi is a gorgeous colour and an F355 looks great in a dark shade. Just beautiful! Congrats.


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You're right Jazzy.... first question will be How much can you put (monney) for a Ferrari ? depending on this amount, you will have the choice between precise models ! I love a lot my F355 but a 550 is a top one too ! V12 is very very nice and not much difficult than a V8...
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I know which one i'd really like. Testa, and the F-430. These are the cars that I love from Ferrari. So yes, I know about lot's of Ferraris, but I asked because I have never driven one. Im sorry if i did not make myself clear the first time.

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As for running costs, Boxer is quite right that the V8's are frequently lighter on the wallet, although this is not quite true for the F355.

Hi guys, Sorry for changing the topic a bit or if this question has been asked before in the past. I've seen a few times now mentioned in different threads that the running costs on a F355 are quite high and I just wanted to ask why is it more expensive on a F355? Is it due to the design of the car being how the engine and components are situated or manufactured? Is it also the labour that is being taking into account that plays a part in the cost too or are you guys just talking about the parts that may be needed?

Could the running costs of an F355 be compared to a 360 Modena or is that a silly question I've just asked :crazy:
 

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The F355 is known to be a little bit fragile. But the biggest contributor to costs is the fact that needs the engine removed for several jobs, particularly changing the belts. This is an elaborate process that costs a lot of money due to the hourly rate of Ferrari mechanics.

There are specialist that say they can change the belts without removing the engine, but that doesn't change the fact that F355 servicing is more difficult than most other Ferraris. For the 360, they made the engine bay a lot more accessible and this combined with better reliability (not that the F355 is that bad, mind you) helps keep costs down.


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