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Want to Drive: F355 6-speed Berlinetta near Georgia...

Discussion in 'South Central - USA (TN, MS, AL, GA)' started by F_NERO, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. F_NERO

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    Would anyone be willing to allow me to drive their's? I know this may be faux pas, but I had to ask just in case there was a small chance of there being a "YES."

    Hello FChat community. I am a new member looking to enter into the Ferrari ownership world. I really want to buy an F355 Berlinetta with the gated 6-speed, but I have never driven one to know if I truly like it. In addition to that, the available options are not close to me to even test drive so I wanted to pose a question...

    Local to Atlanta would be great, but SC, TN, AL, FL... I wouldn't mind taking a road trip to see just how awesome this car is AND get some first hand experience from an actual owner.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Smyrna355Spider

    Smyrna355Spider F1 Rookie
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    Kevin, I am not trying to be sarcastic, but what you are asking is a lot like asking someone to test drive their wife because you want to get married. :D

    I know that is a pretty extreme simile but a lot of us really love our Ferrari and giving a ride is a lot different than handing over the keys to someone. I suggest you go to a dealer and if you are a serious buyer you will be able to drive the car you are considering. JMHO :)
     
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  4. F_NERO

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    I knew it was a long shot, but if you don't ask the question you won't get the answer.

    I understand your position, but there are some people out there that don't mind sharing (experiences). For me, if there was a genuinely interested enthusiast looking to join in on the Ferrari fun, I may be inclined to help bring them along.

    In regards to test drives, there is essentially one available in my area and after seeing the car in person I can confirm I am not interested in that one. It was in such bad shape that I did not want to ask about a test drive because there was NO way I was going to buy it for what they were asking.

    Thank you for your input tho and I understand where you are coming from, but I do know people who would give me the keys to anything they own (including Ferraris) for the weekend without blinking an eye. In this particular situation my search is unique and I do not know anyone who owns an F355 6 speed.
     
  5. Smyrna355Spider

    Smyrna355Spider F1 Rookie
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    I am sure you are right. If I had enough money to buy multiple f cars, I would probably toss you the keys as well. However, I cannot afford two much less three or more, so I just couldn't do it. :)
     
  6. Gatorrari

    Gatorrari F1 World Champ
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    If I could have afforded a 355 at the time I wanted to buy a Ferrari, it would have been a 6-speed (and a GTS) but I couldn't afford one. Today I could afford to sell my 328 and buy such a 355, but now I'm happy with what I've got.
     
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  8. stibbett

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    I don't think his request is far fetched. It's just a car!

    I mean people throw me their Ferrari keys at a track so surely someone can let a potential owner drive one on the road just to get a feel. ;)

    The 355 is one of my favorites, such a pretty car, simple and elegant. Good luck!
     
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  9. andy308

    andy308 Formula 3

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    I can offer up a 360 stick but not a 355, sorry.
     
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  10. steved033

    steved033 F1 Rookie
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    I'm on the other end of the spectrum with a 348.

    sjd
     
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  11. F_NERO

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    Did you have an opportunity to test drive before you made your purchase?
     
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  13. F_NERO

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    Thanks! I know it is a far fetched request, but I had to ask.
     
  14. F_NERO

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    Andy,

    Thank you so much for the offer!
     
  15. F_NERO

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    I can't wait to get one and meet you guys!
     
  16. Gatorrari

    Gatorrari F1 World Champ
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    I drove the car about 10 minutes, but I was pretty sure I was going to buy it anyway.
     
  17. Gatorrari

    Gatorrari F1 World Champ
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    Tell him that, as a bonus, he can also have a Fiat 500 drive!!:D
     
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