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Old 05-01-2009, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Oh man, Ferrari's are EXPENSIVE!

I like the Ferrari F355, and now it's a poor man's Ferrari as it can be get cheap around the $40,000 + range! But here's an ebay Ferrari with only 40,957 miles on it... it had a recent $20,396.94 REPAIR BILL - they had to replace an engine though, but at 40K miles? That's suffering reliability! eBay

I was just cruising ebay wishing I had a Ferrari. I especially like the F50.

Look at this repair bill too!
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It's like people hardly drive their Ferrari's! Too much people attention, costly maintenance, and they depreciate a lot unless you get a classic like the F50!
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Nova Scotia
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Sorry none of your links are working
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:53 PM
 
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Just so you know, a "high-mileage" Ferrari is anything over 10,000 miles. Most F-cars are garage queens, as the owners usually have several other cars to choose from.

The 355 is very maintenance instensive ($$$); engine must come out for many services. You'd be money-ahead to spend the additional $ on a 360, as that model is easier ($$) to maintain.

Realize though that although some older F-cars are now priced at a point that seems reasonable, you will still have to pay standard prices for service and parts from Ferrari dealers, and those numbers can make your head spin.
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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F40 for me...
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Where the hell are you finding F355s for 40 grand? 328s in decent shape still cost that much and more. Any 355 selling for 40 grand has either been wrapped around a tree, put in the bottom of a lake, or has 80,000 miles on it.

If anything is a "poor man's Ferrari" it's the Lotus Esprit. You actually can pick up one of those for 40 grand, even a twin-turbo V8 model. Shop around hard enough and you can pick up a 2.2L 4-banger for 30 grand, and even the 4-cylinder model (from about 1991 up anyway) will give an F355 a serious run.

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Old 05-01-2009, 11:30 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Lotus Esprit is a bad idea. It's impossible to get them serviced and the parts cost a fortune. An Acura NSX would be a saner choice.
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:05 PM
 
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This is true...the Esprit is the 'Harley Davidson' or 'BSA' of Exotic Sportscars....you have to WANT to work on it, to keep her running but then there is the 'Ghee-Whiz' aspect of having one...

Ferraris...well....if you can afford one why would you even CARE if it has to go in the shop ?

But the Acura NSX really was built to be affordable, fast, comfortable, flashy AND reliable...

...and I'll STILL take a Suzuki Hayabusa and SPANK the living bee-jeezus outta ANYTHING lesser than a Bugatti-Veyron, coming away from a light...

...just NOT in the rain...lol...
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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How much easier or harder is it to get a Lotus serviced versus a Ferrari? Live near a major city where there's a dealer or two or three, you're fine. Live in the sticks, it'll be a PITA.
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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How much easier or harder is it to get a Lotus serviced versus a Ferrari? Live near a major city where there's a dealer or two or three, you're fine. Live in the sticks, it'll be a PITA.
Seeing that there are only about 40 Ferrari dealers and under 100 Lotus dealers in the US, the odds of having choice are VERY limited unless in NY, California, or Florida and even then you still have to travels a few miles between dealers.
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Old 05-02-2009, 03:32 PM
 
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corvette is the way to go. a vette can take a lambo(i have no idea about a ferrari), it can be serviced easier and is much less expensive.
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