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  1. gomezoscar

    gomezoscar Rookie
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    Hi,

    I'm new to FerrariChat, but serious car enthusiast with plenty of sports car experience.

    I'm looking for a driver Ferrari that's been loved and serviced - ready to put more miles on it! Hoping to buy something at the bottom of the depreciation curve.

    Strong preference for manual cars and clean titles. Some preference for cars that don't require engine-out service.

    Located in Los Angeles - please DM me your car leads, thanks!
     
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  3. Kokose7en

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  4. Tarek307

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    you should probably list your budget so you don't waste time...even a 550 entry level beat car will be over $110-$120k
     
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  5. gomezoscar

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    I'd prefer to say that I'm willing to pay commensurate with the vehicle, that way we don't anchor a price before understanding the car. Worst case scenario, if it's more money than I'm looking to spend, maybe someone else on here will find the perfect car for them!
     
  6. dr_rob

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    Disclosure - I have one.

    Don't write off the 456M GTA. If the Ferrari is going to be the only sports/GT car, then you might be underwhelmed by the auto. However, if like me, you have other 3-pedal cars in your garage, then it makes for a tempting proposition.

    Pros - you get into a V12 Ferrari at what looks like the bottom of the depreciation curve, the auto box is very drive-able (especially in LA traffic), and once you're on an open road you forget that you're in an auto. My kids fit in the back no issues, so for us it's the family weekend car - think Napa, Monterey, etc. Great community of fellow enthusiasts on here who know the cars inside-out. I personally love the understated appeal - if you know, you know.

    Cons - it'll never be worth what the comparative manual goes for, and if you are looking for the true gated experience then you'll probably be left wanting. Also a 'cheap' Ferrari will leave you with expensive repairs, so as always do your due diligence. The 456s have a few things to watch out for, but I found a lot of help in the forums here when I was doing my search.

    Best of luck in your search, go out and look at lots, and I hope you find 'the one'.
     
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  8. alex

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    There is nothing as expensive as a cheap Ferrari!:(
     
  9. PeterS

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  10. ScottS

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    Not wood but run….

    A Mondial is a great car. In Cab form. Well sorted. Even a Mondial is exceptional expensive to get right when off even a little. And it is an engine out service.


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  11. technom3

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    I'd say that the reflection of a wall with paneling or texture reflecting off of the headlight cover.
     
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  13. PeterS

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    You may be right, sure looks like a piece of Doug Fir!
     
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  14. Turbopanzer

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    That is not a block of wood. It is an environmentally approved aftermarket replacement headlight reinforcement kit.

    Feel better knowing this? :D
     
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  15. malex

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    Tough to go wrong with a 328. Great styling. Dependable (by '80s Ferrari standards). And relatively easy to service for a competent diy'er.
     
  16. PeterS

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    YES!
     
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  17. Turbopanzer

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    I love happy faces! :D
     
  18. Davidspop

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    Define "high miles"?
     
  19. Shark01

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    So much more info is needed so you don't waste OUR time:

    Budget
    What model years would be acceptable
    Maintenance expectations in $$$
    Would you accept a car that hasa clean title but has been in an accident
    Usage type
    Would you accept a single clutch transmission (I wouldn't for example)
    HP desired
    Your car history
    Your knowledge of the brand
     
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  20. gomezoscar

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    #17 gomezoscar, Dec 1, 2021
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    Ok so, I've had air cooled Porsches, Aston Martins, and pretty much anything else German or British at this point. I'm familiar with service costs, I just don't want $15k engine-outs every 3 or 5 years. I want a car that's been enjoyed and serviced responsibly by prior owners.

    I'd consider an 80s Ferrari, but they don't do much for me personally. I love 355's and think 348's are cool, but imagine I'd get as much pleasure from a 550 or 456 with less service requirement.

    @Shark01 I am about as familiar with the brand as one can be without having owned or raced a Ferrari. Not interested in an F1 or auto trans.

    I am financially flexible and a cash buyer - not solving toward a budget frankly at all, even though this sounds like a budget thread for yet another first-time Ferrari buyer. It's not, I buy a few cars per year.

    By high mileage, I mean above 50k miles and I frankly wouldn't mind a 200k mile car if such a thing existed if it were properly loved along the way. Buying to drive and enjoy!
     
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  21. PeterS

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    With all due respect, you said "I'm familiar with service costs, I just don't want $15k engine-outs every 3 or 5 years". Do you not plan on properly servicing a car that you would like to buy that has been properly serviced? Splain please.
     
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  22. gomezoscar

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    @PeterS I am diligent at properly servicing all my cars on time with OEM or better parts and marque experts, hence why I value well-maintained cars over cars with lower mileage - it's the pattern of ownership I aim to continue - driving, maintaining, and enjoying! Hence why I'm also cognizant of which models have more involved service protocols than others (say a 355 vs. 550). Does that help clarify? Thanks guys!
     
  23. PeterS

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    Very good. Welcome and tell us more about yourself.
     
  24. gomezoscar

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    Thanks for having me!

    I'm a lifelong car fanatic - really all kinds. First job was cleaning transmission parts at a Mercedes restoration shop. Worked for a well-known transportation company with dealerships / logistics / racing and other businesses after grad school, and am now a social entrepreneur building technology for volunteers and organizers of global community service programs. I advise a lot of tech startups and social enterprises. Living in LA, but have also lived in SF, NY, CT, MA, and even London very briefly.

    I love restoring old 4x4's, taking dialed in sports cars for canyon drives, and going on extended roadtrips and overland trips with loved ones.

    Current fleet includes a Europa G Wagen, Laforza, Puch 230GE, Rover L322 Autobiography, and no sports cars. So I've got the itch and hence why it's time for a gated gearbox!
     
  25. vandevanterSH

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    550 probably checks most of your "boxes"....High miles, gated 575 even better but not many of those in US.
     
  26. niftyfivefifty

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    I am planning to list my grigio titanio on grigio 2001 550 with carbon interior package/Daytona seats and ~48k miles. It has been maintained and updated for daily driving and reliability. PM if interested and I can share more details.
     
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  28. jag-oo-r

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    Check my f430 just listed in the classifieds on this forum. 53k miles, $90k

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