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Made the leap yesterday-98 550

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  1. riverflyer

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    #1 riverflyer, Mar 12, 2004
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    So far all I can say, is these cars are so mesmerizing in person and up close. I have seen them on the road and gawked them at the dealer but to really get down with it and think about buying it, wow. Our negotiations took place in front of a Ferrari shop that had just inspected the car and lasted several hours with multiple test drives, and discussions and faxes with the former owner in addition to the present one. And often while on one hand being super critical of any and all flaws, I would look up and just lose myself in the lines on the car, especially the so flowing rear quarter section.
    My last car was a blown Viper that was a true beauty. 700 hp, black, loud, very very fast and very sinister! Beautiful in its own right and a blast to drive, but much more work, much much less refined. The 550 is like butter, just so smooth and linear in its power delivery. I was able to put only about 80 miles on it and left it at Fof SF for service. The service history is spotty and although the car runs very strong and only has 6200k on it, it is a s. cal and arizona car and the heat and sun have taken a toll on some of the rubber so I figured the belts might also be a bit brittle or prone to wear so "better $afe than $orry in this case. Can't wait to really get her out on some open roads though, but first, I am going to go top to bottom and fix everything she needs so I can drive with complete peace of mind(or as much as a 6 year old car can offer). This is very exciting and I thank so many f chatters who have offered help and answers to the many questions I have posted and to the board in general for the great wealth of info available here.
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  3. noony

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    Congratulations-especially nice interior!
     
  4. ILuv4Res

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    Congrats!!!

    She's BEAUTIFUL!!!!
     
  5. riverflyer

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  6. Texas Forever

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    Congrats. You'll love the car. Also don't forget to ask the Ferrari Dealer about the Power 1 warranty.

    DrTax

     
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  8. Chiaro_Slag

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    Nice interior! Congrats!
     
  9. riverflyer

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    Dr TAx, I want you to know that more than once, I thought of your positive love for this model car and you are so right. Very nicely balanced car with awesome power and so readily available. In addition, such a beautiful package. The only reason I am here to write this, is because she is in the shop, otherwise, I would be out driving!! thanks again for your help


     
  10. bobafett

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    John: sorry I missed you until it was too late. Major congrats on the purchase! When do you expect FoSF to have her out? Talk to Brett if he's there, tell him you're a friend of mine, and that he better show you some love! :D

    And then join us on the next drive!

    --Dan
     
  11. ghost

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    John,

    First off, congratulations! I saw this car when it was being offered on eBay, and I'm glad somebody bought it. I looked into it briefly when I was seriously considering a 550 (especially given the Titanium color), but did not get a response from the owner, so didn't pursue it. You clearly had better luck. :)

    Thought I remember this being a Euro -- is that true?

    Probably the smartest thing said on this board today. :D Good luck with it, let us know when she's out, and post many, many pictures, for the car is a beauty.
     
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  13. JOEV

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    Well done Riverflyer - the 550 is my dream Ferrari and yours is a beauty. Enjoy her in good health!

    Regards,
    Joe
     
  14. 575Mike

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    John, it's a stunning car! I am thinking of buying a used 550 myself. You don't have to answer this question, but what did you pay for the car? It would help me and others in determining the true market versus the artificial one like the one found in the Ferrari Market Letter.

    Thanks John.
     
  15. writerguy

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  16. Texas Forever

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    Geeze, how can he miss....
     
  17. BigTex

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    That was a good pic of your new "car lot" too!

    Your cover is blown!
     
  18. riverflyer

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    No, US model
     
  19. ralfabco

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    That was a Kodak moment in Texas.

    Congratulations.

    So much car for so little.

    Enjoy her.
     
  20. scycle2020

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    great car, great color, you will love it...ferrari rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  21. riverflyer

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    Mike, lets just say the price was even better than I had hoped for. If you want to pm me we can talk about it in more detail. John
     
  22. JOEV

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    Jim - is that really Dale? What was the occasion? Where can I find the thread/more pics? Thanks.

    Regards,
    Joe
     
  23. writerguy

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    Look under Texas for Italian Festival of speed or under GFD for Took the Maranello on the track...


    Yup that is Dale "duck if you see it coming" Tax
     
  24. Senna1994

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    What a great color combination, congradulations.
     
  25. Tomf-1

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    It's simply stunning. I'm envious......Congrats.
     
  26. whart

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    Good for you. I had 2 550's and enjoyed them immensely. The silver/tan is also a more European throwback combo, which i really like. Get a Valentine, some fresh tires and after some serious fettling by a knowledgeable mechanic, drive that monster some distances on back roads. (I took my first one from NYC to Maine right after i took delivery. It helped me acclimate to the car, too, since you don't really get to know it in local, short hops). Biggest suprise: the power steering at low speeds. Nicest feature: the level of comfort for such a high performance car, yet still very involving to drive, not like any other "GT" i had ever experienced, where the trade-off for luxury created a disconnect with roadfeel.
    Oh, and watch the low clearance in front on things like parking dividers. Enjoy.
     
  27. riverflyer

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    Thanks all, and Whart, shes got new rubber and you can bet the back roads are the first place we well be heading once the service is done. I am having a major jones just thinking about it!!
     
  28. colo348

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    RiverFly,
    Great car! Congratulations on owning a beautiful Ferrari. Have a fun time.
    Stay in the fast lane,
    Jim
     

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