458 What to look for when buying a 458?

Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by infinitest, Feb 10, 2021.

  1. infinitest

    infinitest Rookie

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    I'm looking at buy my first Ferrari and the 458 has caught my eye. I've found a 2011 with < 20,000 miles that is visually in great condition, but I'm terribly unfamiliar with 458s.

    What are the things to look / look out for when buying a 458? I'm more familiar with Porsches and the "must-have" options/packages and I'm guessing similar things exist on 458s.

    Thanks in advance!
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  3. Avi Das

    Avi Das Rookie

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    Great video about what to watch out for and 458 in general.

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  4. greyboxer

    greyboxer F1 World Champ

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  5. infinitest

    infinitest Rookie

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    One that I've found has 8 owners. Is that normal for a car like this?
  6. spyder625

    spyder625 Formula Junior
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    8 seems high, but these cars are pretty bulletproof.. but just make sure whatever you pick you love on the spot.. you'll know it when you see it.. good luck
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  8. 3POINT8

    3POINT8 F1 Rookie

    Jan 23, 2014
    nothing comes to mind. other than have a PPI, inspect the car personally, etc. age of the tires is always good to check
  9. axlesofevil

    axlesofevil Formula Junior
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    Look to make sure it has wheels, tires, engine. Steering wheel if you're into that sort of thing.
  10. VelocityTexas

    VelocityTexas Karting
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    If you can't see the car in person have the seller do a very detailed walk around video. The MOST IMPORTANT thing is get a detailed PPI by a shop that has no tie to the seller.
  11. Stams

    Stams Karting

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    I found a 2015 one owner with low miles. I wanted a car that was well cared for and as a first time owner the search was equal parts exhilarating and anxiety producing.

    I personally moved away from multiowner cars. If they were leased then I worried about the high chance of abuse. Cars at this price point are so beautiful it is easy to make them look good.

    Lots of good info on what to look out for here. The interior of these cars hate the heat so look for sticky buttons, leather pulling on the dash, and falling headliners due to degeneration of adhesive.

    Also look for oxidation of the paint - often in wheel arches.

    This forum was a great resource for me. Plenty of into here to help you feel comfortable when you find her and pull the trigger.

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  13. italiafan

    italiafan F1 World Champ

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    Steering wheel LEDs.
    CF interior bits are generally well-received.
    Scuderia shields.
    If racing seats make sure large size.
    Some like premium hifi, others don’t care.
    Front lifter is not essential IMO.

    There are no specific significant mechanical issues to look for, just get a thorough PPI and make sure maintenance receipts check out.
    I personally would look for a car that averaged 2000-4000 miles/year.
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  14. dgunn365

    dgunn365 Karting

    Dec 15, 2006
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    Re the 'lifter' question; depends a great deal on where you live and drive regularly.
    Any area where "dips" are common the kit will save you much grief. Driveways and other entrances/exits are a pretty common concern everywhere but areas where they build dips for drainage in regular roads are a serious problem.
    My TR had a sacrificial AL strip on its long overhang front; the lift kit on my 458 is a far better idea.
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  15. RayJohns

    RayJohns F1 Veteran
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    May 21, 2006
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    Usually best to buy from a dealer who has first hand knowledge of all the previous owners and/or who has done the service on the car throughout its life.

    Also, the rear backup camera on the 458 is a life-saver and very, very helpful. I'd almost call the rear backup camera a must have for any 458 which you plan to daily drive.

    Check the condition of the rotors and pads, especially if the car has over 15K miles.


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