Well fellow Fchatters, in what is likely to be the most time I'll ever have to drive my new car, I put 1,000 miles on my new to me 2005 F430. While it's not the first Ferrari I've driven, it's my first Ferrari purchase, and it fulfilled one of my childhood dreams. I left the Luxury Auto Collection dealership in Scottsdale, AZ and drove it to Austin, TX with a quick overnight stop in Alpine, TX near big bend. The car left AZ with 22,6xx miles. I know many owners stress out about mileage, and whether these cars are capable of long drives, but hopefully this puts some people at ease. Thought I'd write a little about my thoughts and experience. The car: Comfort - I'm 5'10, average weight, and felt comfortable for about 6 hours of straight driving, without cruise control, however I really started hurting at about 8hrs. The car drove well. The weather was cool/cold. Wind was gusty, yet the car was planted. Temp/pressure gauges remained normal for the entire drive, even during hard driving. The car drove exceptionally well. Speeds between 75-95 for most of the regular driving, however I did get to push the limits between Alpine and Fort Stockton. On the first day I drove 10 hours straight (only stopping for gas, and snacks). Followed by six hours of sleep at the Hampton Inn in Alpine, TX, before an hour of hard runs in the desert and 5 more hours of highway back to Austin. Happy to report, no mechanical incidents. Just an electrical gremlin, the trunk light stayed on for a short period which I've read is an issue. However, the car still allowed me to engage the gear and drive with it on (after some fiddling it eventually went a way, looks like a loose connection). The stock radio was mostly useless for the trip. I can't figure out if it has bluetooth or not, but I used some Bose noise cancelling headphones to make calls, and as a respite from the road noise. I just found out that the previous owner had unplugged the vacuum lines and plugged the hoses to maintain pressure. That didn't surprise me; I'd questioned the sales person as to whether it had aftermarket headers because its seemed louder than stock, and the muffler was stock, now I know why. Ferrari and public interaction: Some people would try to keep up and take pics, also the occasional person who I could tell wanted to a little show to which I obliged (if the road was clear). One person brought their kiddo out to see the car and I waved them over so they could look inside. I let the kiddo have a seat in the car. Mostly positive reactions in a variety of settings. Only negative thing - At some point between Scottsdale and El Paso someone stole the paper plates and the rear K40 radar detector. In fact, I had no clue this happened until I got to Austin. Whoever did, was quick. I just remember that the radar was suddenly telling me that the rear radar was disconnected. Being a new (to me) car, I thought this was an issue with the wiring. Turns out all of it was gone. No one bothered the car at the hotel, but I arrived late and left early. Overall, I would (hopefully will) do it again, but with more time to enjoy the scenery and the drive. For those on the fence, I wouldn't hesitate to take a well maintained F430 on a cross country road trip. My only regret is not taking a pic of the car as the sun rose in west Texas, with mountains in the background, and miles of empty road in either direction. For now, this stallion is in its new stable, and I've begun working to unearth whatever issues may be been hidden away. We've already started taking things apart and making a to do list to identify any critical items to address them.