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Anyone regret selling their 430 for 458

Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by carguy007, Jan 12, 2022.

  1. stretchgeneral

    stretchgeneral Formula 3
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    This is the video I was mentioning above. Must see......
     
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  3. Jason B

    Jason B Formula Junior

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    Still have 458?
     
  4. carguy007

    carguy007 Formula Junior

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    I can just convert the 430 to manual. It's not hard just costly. I think I could even do the work myself.
     
  5. Sargepug

    Sargepug Formula Junior
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    I've been to many a gathering w/ guys talking converting their auto Ferrari's to manual. You simply cannot lose on your investment to do so, it will make the car much more appealing once you look to sell it and command a lot more than an auto would. I would love one day to see a conversion kit for the 458, I can only imagine how much more insane the last NA and largest V8 Ferrari would be to drive w/ one! Imagine an old skool gated shifter in a 458, WOW!
     
  6. ridege55

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    yes it’s a keeper. As I was driving it yesterday, I was thinking about how the 458 is my favorite of the 4 different Ferraris I have owned.
     
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  8. Jason B

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    Great! Very cool. So of course you’re going to have to add your thoughts on the Huracan/458.
     
  9. ridege55

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    Might trade the Huracan for an F12.

    Aside from the manufactured pops and crackles of the exhaust, it lacks soul. The car is so well made that it feels like driving a Lexus (I hope that makes sense). The looks are stunning and exhaust note great, but the driving experience is not the same as driving a Ferrari.
     
  10. USMCS6

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    I had a beautiful F430 for about 3 years. My first F car. I sold it recently for a 458. Tome, the F430 was way more visceral, More of a race car. You felt like you were in a proper Ferrari. Great car to take out on a nice afternoon, but not made for a 2 road trip on crappy roads. Now the 458 is fine for most any road and a long drive is easy. Its almost TO tame on a easy drive. Now if you let it hang out, its definitely more car than the F430. 458=less emotion more performance.For me at least.
     
  11. Stams

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    These are very interesting comments and love reading everyone’s opinion.

    I feel the 458 has more emotion and visceral interaction than a 488, although my time in a 488 was limited.

    I have never driven a 430 but given the above comments wonder what I would think about the 430 - 458 comparison.




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  13. 430jm

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  14. PMiranda

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    If it’s an M3 vs 430 I think it depends on which M3. I’d drop my F80 in a heartbeat but my 6 speed E90 is my second favorite car.
     
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  15. Testarossa13

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    Hi Dave…your 430 is well cared for.It has a roommate 488 Pista.I’m a blessed man and very thankful.I still have your letter regarding buying her back.You are still number one on my list if I decide to let her go. Tony


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  16. Natkingcolebasket69

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    What kind of exhaust where u running? Stock on
    Both? I didn’t feel that the 458 was less visceral at all… I prefer my 355 to those as far as rawness but the 458 is just amazing… of course cars improved after the 458 but as far as I’m concerned thé it factor kind of got lost


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  17. Nero_Tenebre

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    I have also been considering swapping an F430 for 458 but these are my thoughts as well, though we may have unpopular opinions.


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  18. EhellGuapo

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    I have a gated 360 and a 458 and I am happy. I could be happy w just my 360 but not the other way around. Having both has stopped a lot of my endless debating of my garage composition though. I feel like I’ve arrived at two model/specs that straddle the mid engine Ferrari space in a way that I enjoy most.
    The 458 is completely decatted and straight piped and the 360 is a full decat w a Capristo 3.
    The gated 360, w it’s little 5 valve v8, no ediff, aluminum frame and ability to be lightened to around 2800lb w/o destroying the car, is god tier Ferrari to me.
    The 458 is definitely something more. It feels like a true super car once you straight pipe it. The simple fact remains though that no dct box will ever be more fun than a good manual. No turbo better than a great NA and no electric better the an i.c.e.
    Get a gated Ferrari before it’s too late. You have a little more time on the 458 but the only way I would prioritize it is if I couldn’t drive a stick.
    Two auto Ferraris of successive generations is just squandering precious garage space imo. Pick one or the other or find a way to get a little more variety and you’ll have a richer experience in the long run.
    Just my opinion, if you can’t drive a stick then this is all moot. Good luck!
     
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  19. racerdj

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    It's so great to hear from you! I am thrilled your F-430 has a Pista stable mate. I have one too and my F-8 is ready finally for delivery!
     

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