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Old 04-09-2012, 10:47 PM
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I took the car to my fiancée's parent's house and my family's house on a 600 mile Easter road trip (first time both have seen it since I bought it in October). Overall it was a hell of a fun trip (cruise control would have been nice though!), but needless to say, parking it on the driveway in both neighboorhoods caused quite the stir with people knocking on the door, kids pooling in the driveway, ect. It was all positive attention, I gave at least 10 different people's first time rides in a Ferrari, but almost every single person asked me how much it cost (and every single person thoght it was a 2012 -- is a 2001 360 so it was fun to correct them "nope, she's 11 years old!"). I was seriously asked "how much" about 10-12 seperate times in 3 days. I usually just said "well, it's 11 years old, so about the same as a new BMW or Mercedes" but some pressed further and wanted the number. When my soon to be mother in law asked me how much, and I gave that reply, she said "well how much is that" and I told her but it really did feel wierd. I guess some people were telling her I spent over a million dollars most likely on it, which is about 15x too much!. I dunno, it just feels wierd when someone asks that question and I am surprised how commonly it is asked.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:07 PM
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You can always psychoanalyze them. "I don't mind telling you, but I'm curious why you ask...". If they persist just keep responding with questions.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:09 PM
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:18 PM
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I don't understand why we have to make up mumbo jumbo. Sometimes it gets tiresome to be answering questions like that, but I think we should all be able to take it in stride and take a moment to just be nice. Is it that difficult?

I always tell folks, "It was quite expensive for me, but worth the sacrifices."

If they ask for a specific figure, I always politely say, "I'm not sure how much they go for now, but I'm sure it's floating around somewhere on the Internet."

It's somewhat funny too because a good handful of other Ferrari owners ask me the same set of questions but proceed on with a lot more "chest thumping". How much did you pay for it? What do you do? Oh, I paid 100x more. I do this and this. I have x, y and z.

To be honest, I'm more annoyed by such owners' questioning and sword-swinging than the passerby's curious questions. There have only been a handful of folks who actually talk about the car/experience/passion, which to me is a darn shame because that's where all the worthwhile conversations are.
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:57 AM
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Maybe people ask "how much" because they like the car and want to see if it's within reach.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:10 AM
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I have had my car 90 days and was asked this question for the first time on the road on sunday. I was waiting at a red light when I could here in the car next to me, a dad telling his son to look at my car, "Isnt it beautiful?" he asked his boy. I turned and he started to ask what year, was the car reliable, and then..."so what's one of those cost, like 100 grand?"
"Nah, much less", I answered. Funny thing was, I was in a 25 year old Ferrari and he was in a late model BMW 7 series.

The key thing I think we all have to remeber is that these cars function on many levels for us, and for the people that are curious about them that we meet. They are rollong Roshach tests of a persons psychological well being or lack there of. For many people these cars represent a fantasy like dating a famous actress or being a pro athelete. Part of that fantasy, for many people, is that these cars MUST cost a zillion dollars otherwise they would have one too.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:10 AM
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Enjoy the stupid questions.

I sold the 360 and have a CLS63 and GTR now and no one cars about either car.
Really??
I have 2 modded Lexus and I get those stupid questions all the time. I know your cars must have mods.

Actually, I can't wait to get a Ferrari. I really don't mind the questions I get now and realize it will get worse with an F car. Sometimes I ask dumb questions too. Not how much it costs but things like how reliable it is or how often is it driven.

I also understand the guy who takes off when they see me coming. It's cool, it's their car and have a right to be rude.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:18 AM
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I took the car to my fiancée's parent's house and my family's house on a 600 mile Easter road trip (first time both have seen it since I bought it in October).

When my soon to be mother in law asked me how much, and I gave that reply, she said "well how much is that" and I told her but it really did feel wierd. I guess some people were telling her I spent over a million dollars most likely on it, which is about 15x too much!. I dunno, it just feels wierd when someone asks that question and I am surprised how commonly it is asked.
Your future mother-in-law can be excused. She is just sizing you up on the resources you bring to the party.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:47 AM
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I had quite the reverse experience over the weekend. As I got ready to pull out of my gas station, a middle-aged guy on a superbike, in full leather attire, asked me to "make some music" as I got onto the road. As I accelerated away from the station, he made a bowing gesture! That's a guy who appreciates what it's all about! Fred
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:01 PM
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Lots of laughs in this thread! I'm surprised to the classic F&F line brought up, good one Jason!

Here's a question for the FCar/ exotics owners, I'm only 18, but with a common passion for all things cars and Ferrari. If I see you pumping gas or somewhere, and I want to engage conversation about your car, what can I say to get a positive response? I know not to ask questions like "how much was it? How much do you make? What's your SSN...", so in my experience, I'll try and start with a simple, "Hey, nice car!". That's worked a couple times and the owner will begin to tell me about his/her car. But usually they just say thanks and drive off. I'm not sure if they just were not in the mood or if I am just doing it wrong. So, how are you guys engaged when the rare passerby actually does want to talk about the car/experience/ passion?
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:04 PM
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Lots of laughs in this thread! I'm surprised to the classic F&F line brought up, good one Jason!

Here's a question for the FCar/ exotics owners, I'm only 18, but with a common passion for all things cars and Ferrari. If I see you pumping gas or somewhere, and I want to engage conversation about your car, what can I say to get a positive response? I know not to ask questions like "how much was it? How much do you make? What's your SSN...", so in my experience, I'll try and start with a simple, "Hey, nice car!". That's worked a couple times and the owner will begin to tell me about his/her car. But usually they just say thanks and drive off. I'm not sure if they just were not in the mood or if I am just doing it wrong. So, how are you guys engaged when the rare passerby actually does want to talk about the car/experience/ passion?
they were probably in a hurry to get somewhere.. gas stations, toll booths, etc.. they are going somewhere, those are not usually hangouts as you know. Once in a while during gas fillups someone talks to me and I take a few minutes to chat if they are nice.

I suggest going to C&Cs.. owners are there to socialize. I enjoy talking about the car and anything car related.. so ask away.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:34 PM
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they were probably in a hurry to get somewhere.. gas stations, toll booths, etc.. they are going somewhere, those are not usually hangouts as you know. Once in a while during gas fillups someone talks to me and I take a few minutes to chat if they are nice.

I suggest going to C&Cs.. owners are there to socialize. I enjoy talking about the car and anything car related.. so ask away.
That's very true, I've only managed to catch one guy who was about to leave who stopped to talk to me.

I have been meaning to go since the beginning of March! I need to stop making excuses not to go and start finding excuses TO go! Thanks, I will hope to see you there!
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I have been meaning to go since the beginning of March! I need to stop making excuses not to go and start finding excuses TO go! Thanks, I will hope to see you there!
I see you're from Atlanta.. I'm not
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:24 PM
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I see you're from Atlanta.. I'm not
Woops, forgot I was in 360/430 and not South East... My apologies
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:57 PM
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Lukie, hope to see you at some local events. The Atlanta owners I know are great.
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I had quite the reverse experience over the weekend. As I got ready to pull out of my gas station, a middle-aged guy on a superbike, in full leather attire, asked me to "make some music" as I got onto the road. As I accelerated away from the station, he made a bowing gesture! That's a guy who appreciates what it's all about! Fred
That's awesome wish I got that. Instead I get the mustang, challenger, Beamer etc burn off or hit the throttle beside me thinking I'm going to chase them.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:03 PM
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One of my favorites is...how much it set you back? I say it's a house on wheels...you can live in car but can't drive house lol
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:04 PM
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Lukie, hope to see you at some local events. The Atlanta owners I know are great.
I really need to do a better job of keeping up with when/where events are being held. I'm just North of you in Dahlonega.
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Two favorites - one already posted "less than you think" and the second "jeez, thanks man, I'm trying to forget "

There's lots of "duuches" driving these amazing cars (none are FChatters ) - best we can all do is promote the fact that good, decent guys drive F Cars too.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:54 AM
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That's awesome wish I got that. Instead I get the mustang, challenger, Beamer etc burn off or hit the throttle beside me thinking I'm going to chase them.
Over twenty-five years ago two young guys in a jacked-up old Corvette pulled alongside me while I was driving one of my Dinos. They wanted to race. I told them to pick on a car with a more equal engine displacement, and paused while they roared away when the light turned green. One thing is certain: there is never a shortage of idiots who think that life is one drag-race/ego match. Keep your dignity, and let them collect the speeding tickets! Fred
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