• Spboudart
    The Ferrari 456 has always been appreciated thanks to its timeless design, worthy of the lineage of the magnificent Ferraris with V12 front engines, with four seats. A very nice entry into the Ferrari world for those looking for 4 seats. The first copies were released in 1992, what do you need to know about it when you're looking for one? What experience can you expect today with a Ferrari 456 GT? What will the maintenance costs be?
    @Spboudart has owned a beautiful Ferrari 456 GT since 2019: a recent enough purchase for current experience and at the same time a look back at the first years of use. And as he is far from being stingy with comments, you will enjoy reading his feedback, even if the Ferrari 456 GT does not interest you. Quite simply automobile passion.

    @Franck : Briefly, what is your automotive background and why did you choose the Ferrari 456 GT?
    @Spboudart :  Quickly: me! to tell a story, it’s just not possible…. I think my biggest fault is precisely being WAY TOO talkative.
    Cars mainly started with my father who always had big BMWs, he even had the first 735i (2nd gen E32) delivered to France…. It was the test model (Midnight blue gray interior if some remember) that the dealerships were not allowed to sell, but a pretty little "pig" weighing 135kg, in the Fontainebleau forest, decided to cross the road just in front of his 735i (1st gen E23). My father therefore found himself without a car and “threatened” the dealership to go to Jaguar if he couldn’t get the E32. He also had other cars such as Audi Quattro and Porsche 944 before purchasing, towards the end of the 90s, collector cars: Jaguar MK X, MK IX, Bentley MK V, Royce Rolls Twenty, Citroën SM, DS presidential, Méhari, Mercedes 190SL, 280SL, Maserati Sebring, Aston Martin DB7.
    For my part, it started with an Acadiane (bought by my father at the estate), an old DDE, it was orange with gray fenders and the rear doors painted with red and white zebras: Magnificent!!! I only kept her for 3 weeks because while playing Fangio in the forest she got caught by three trees. To summarize, there was 50m between the tank (remaining on the first tree) and the opposite side window…. A dirty business!!! We still have the registration document.
    The sequel is nothing exceptional for several reasons. First I did my studies in the US (following the Acadiane episode, my parents did not want me to have a vehicle there), then being an officer in the Merchant Navy, I was shipped up to has 9 months per year at the start of his career. But the main reason is that I always wanted a Ferrari and other cars didn't matter to me. In reality, there are many cars, more than 100 at 1/43, around ten at 1/24 and around thirty at 1/18: Only Ferraris!!!
    Why the Ferrari 456GT: Because I graduated in June 93 at the time of the first deliveries and therefore diploma in hand the objective was to have this Ferrari. I could have changed my mind over time but I wanted a V12, 4 seats, a manual gearbox and then it's the last one to have the historic designation of unit displacement (tradition when you're talking about us!).
    It's a powerful car, even if today 442HP seems low for a Ferrari, at the time it was enormous, it was the first production 4-seater to exceed 300 km/h.

    @Franck : What were your criteria for purchasing a Ferrari 456GT and how did you manage to find your copy?
    @Spboudart : Initially the first criterion was the combo. My miniature collection started with the 1/18 and my Ferrari 456 GT was Le Mans blue with cream interior (in fact all my other 1/18s are red: the 456 already had a separate place!), so This is the one I wanted.
    The first one I went to see had the right combo, it was at Colombo Challenge in Aubagne near Castellet (and also not very far from where I live), but there was no “deal” effect. Phew” expected…. It was beautiful, had very few km, but I found the cream interior “dirty”. Far be it from me to criticize anyone because in reality this interior was perfect, but the seams had taken on a grayish tint: Yuck!!!
    No problem, I intended to take my time, because in hunting or fishing: it’s not just the catch that counts. You have to know how to savor this moment.
    Then there was, on the right corner, the announcement of this Canna di Fucile, with this much warmer “tan” interior which caught my eye. I watched it for several weeks... Canna di Fucile is a historic color of the brand, right? (tradition: when are you going to let go of me?)
    In short, call and meeting planned with the seller on January 27, 2019 at Perpignan airport: BIG BIG favorite!!!!
    Before I even tried it, I knew it was the right one. My baby was intended for the German market, but was delivered new in France by POZZI, she was registered for the first time on August 21, 1995 (same birthday as my second daughter: destiny, you are there too!) . She has always been French.
    My seller, also French, had and still has a business in Barcelona, he reconditions all Spanish rental Opels for resale, but also a magnificent Porsche restoration workshop (https://typ901.net). A great car enthusiast, he bought this Ferrari 456 GT to test himself on something other than a Porsche. According to him, he did work for the equivalent of €25,000 (unfortunately I don't have any invoices for all of this because there never was any), he made his guys work on it during the low times . Still according to him, the car would have been completely dismantled to be repainted, but I readily believe him given the condition it was in after 24 years and 75,000 km. He also had a file several cm thick with all the history.
    It was therefore a Ferrari 456 GT, which certainly had significant mileage, but consistent with its age (3,000/year), which had always been taken care of before undergoing a beautiful restoration. I have always been afraid of exceptional old cars with low mileage... I always wonder why the owner doesn't take advantage of them... and I always find 2 answers: no time or no money! So I conclude a lack of love… that’s my opinion (it’s like a bullet hole: we each have one!).
    On the way back, after reflection, we made a rather low offer (my wife thinking that we couldn't buy the first one we saw)... the seller tried to make a counter offer but my wife didn't. didn't want to give up anything... One day she gave me a bronze plaque inscribed “Mi esposo es el Capitan pero yo soy la Comandante” (I don’t know if it was one of Castro’s or Ché’s wives who said it), that says it all... The seller finally gave in and the deal was done!!!!

    @Franck : What struck you the most about your Ferrari 456 GT in use?
    @Spboudart : First of all, it’s clearly the flexibility of the V12, it’s just impressive! Honestly, anyone can pick it up and will have it in hand immediately (no worries). My eldest daughter just got her license, I offered to drive her, she refused, but I know she could drive it perfectly.
    Next comes its bi-polarity, a lamb below 4,500 rpm and a fawn above.
    Finally, its balance: if you push a little hard in a roundabout, on wet ground or in a hairpin, your ass will go away, but you never feel in danger. It slips but it is managed with the steering wheel and the accelerator with disconcerting ease. Impossible to go to the pile, everything is still under control.

    @Franck : Can you tell us about the costs incurred for normal use of a Ferrari 456 GT (insurance, annual maintenance, major overhaul, unforeseen events, etc.)?
    @Spboudart : 
    Insurance: it’s like for all other Ferraris, around €1,000 with Allianz (I think they are unbeatable).
    As for maintenance and major overhauls:
    - the distribution must be done every 3 years, without removing the engine (because it is located at the front). The previous time (in 2021) I had it done at LMC Auto in Solliés Pont (83). The Ferrari Service Center in Aix-en-Provence caught fire and did not reopen. It cost me €1,700. I have to do it again in 2024 and I will also go to his place.
    - an oil change should be done every year or every 20,000 km. Given its age, the fact that it only does 4,000 km/year and its oil consumption, I only do it every 2 years. The last one in 2022 was also made at LMC Auto for €700.
    - my car consumes around 1L/1000 km of oil, as expected in the maintenance booklet, but this does not represent a big annual blow (40€)
    - I had to replace the clutch which failed before the car reached 80 Mkm: €3,500
    - I replaced my front and rear pads last February, having done the job myself, I did not have any labor, just the supply of parts €230.
    - I had never replaced the gearbox oil (every 2 years or 20,000km according to the manual) since I had the car, so I took the opportunity to also replace the brake fluid (after replacing the platelets). Intervention made this year in Eguilles (13) at the relocated Ferrari Service Center: €700
    - Tires: the annoying subject!!!! When I picked up the car in 2019, the tires were new…. In May 2022, I had to change the rear axle (death I had slicks inside): €1,300!!! They are dead again (not as much as the first train, but a change nonetheless). And there, it’s no longer even a question of price because they are nowhere to be found!!!! I also have to change the front ones but that's no problem. Roughly speaking, a front train lasts me 20,000 and a rear train less than 10,000…. you remember the balance of the car, the sliding, etc.… in fact, I should stop…. but it amuses me so much... and then if we have this kind of car it's for fun!!!
    A guy who goes on the circuit knows that one train = one day! No problem with that!
    No, what’s annoying is not finding them!!!!
    Unforeseen :
    - the AR suspension… the subject that really gets you worked up!!! After my first service, I decided to have my AR shock absorbers reconditioned (slightly leaking and known problem on the forum). Cost: €800… but it was a huge mistake!!!!! Because shortly after I had a shock absorber that exploded. The phenomenon having never been observed by a member of Ferrarista, it was on Ferrarichat that I found the cause (1 car / year for around ten years, in conditions similar to what happened to me: I opened a topic on the forum)
    The 456 is equipped with suspension spheres (like on a DS, but smaller), controlled by the same hydraulic circuit as the power steering pump. As the membrane of these spheres ages, it hardens and ends up sending a “bump” into one of the shock absorbers which bursts (by being slightly leaky it absorbed the shock).
    So towing + 2 shock absorbers (€2,300 each) + 2 spheres (€130 each) + MO = €5,000
    The story does not end there !!!! Because at the time when it happened I was 500 m from my home, and although having heard a noise, I was able to reach my home without worry, it was only by turning in my path that I heard a weird noise coming from the power steering…I realized I was losing oil.
    So a year and a half later my power steering pump which had been running without oil and which had to take a “chestnut” failed: €1,300 to be added to the small affair.
    - Air conditioning… the subject that could have hurt a lot!!! She was walking on fire! One day when I had blown the cigarette lighter fuse (using a “crap” electric jack bought on Aliexpress), I decided to check all my fuses and discovered a 30A instead of a 20A for the air conditioning... obviously and for safety reasons, I replaced it.
    A few weeks later the air conditioning no longer worked... so I gave a 20 again, telling myself that the first one was defective... but after a while it failed! While talking with a friend, he suggested to me that since I had an air conditioning system that worked very hard, it was possible that, on a car of my age, the compressor could have been replaced by a more powerful one requiring 30A: that's held on! No ? Would you have believed it too?
    So I put in a 30A, but it also fails... and I find, miraculously, in my spare fuse box, the one that I had removed a few months earlier. And there, fortunately I had a fire extinguisher in the trunk, because the electrical panel caught fire, and in less than a minute I would have lost the car, but probably also the house! I found a painting in Poland for €1,300. The replacement was done in less than 2 hours….. It seems that I should have taken another board from a specialist because the Ferrari integrated circuits before 2000 were not great. It's been in place for 2 years and everything is fine, except that I still don't have air conditioning.
    Quote from Ferrari for €4,500 replacing the compressor, but having tested the circuit, it seems that it comes from the condenser, I found one... it's in the garage: I have to take care of it. But I think I'm a little scared!!!

    @Franck : In your opinion, what are the points to watch out for on a Ferrari 456GT over time?
    @Spboudart : 
    The V12 of the Ferrari 456 has a displacement of 5.5L (and yes 12 times 456!) and only 442HP, which makes it a not too powerful engine with only 80 HP/L. For example, the engine of a Ferrari F355, sold in the catalog at the same time, produces almost 110 HP/L.
    Even if it is not the only recipe for reliability, it is a robust engine that does not suffer much if regularly maintained.
    I have heard of the valve problem, but not all vehicles are affected. The valve clearance adjustment had been done on mine by the previous owner and I never had any problems in that regard.
    A clutch that does 80,000 km is not a black point either, in my opinion, it remains a wearing part.
    It is therefore on the rest of the vehicle that we will have to focus.
    The Ferrari 456 GT has a major design flaw: the window seals. And there is no solution. I disassembled, tried to adjust, etc... NIL, NADA... The problem is less present on MGTs but remains existing.
    The big point to watch out for, based on my experience, remains the suspension spheres.
    There is no point in taking original Ferrari spheres, they are expensive. The BMW 750il (E92) were equipped with the same spheres and they cost less than €150 each. They can be found on Oscaro (https://www.oscaro.com/accumulateur-de-suspensionabilité-bmw-serie-7-serie-7-e32-750i-5-0-i-300cv-boite-auto-1718- 1369-0-gt), etc... You can replace them yourself with a good jack, there are video tutorials. Regardless, I advise any future Ferrari 456 owner to change them upon purchase, unless they have proof that this has been done. €300 vs €6,300 the calculation is quick.
    If I can allow myself one last piece of advice, it’s to ride!!! A vehicle, whatever it is (boat, motorcycle, car, plane, etc.), which does not run regularly becomes damaged, especially when it begins to reach a certain age. I take my car out at least every 10 days, sometimes just to drive around twenty kilometers, but its fluids circulate in its organs, rise in temperature and enliven the beast.

    @Franck : And if you had to do it again ?
    @Spboudart : No regrets, I would do exactly the same thing again. Apart from changing these famous spheres upon purchase, of course.
    I love my car, its design, its color, its interior, its engine, its handling, its bi-polarity, its mechanical gearbox, the fact of being able to go for a ride with the family, etc...
    It seems that you should never have regrets... but for me, it's very different, I'm living a love story!
    A love which was a platonic idyll for 26 years and which came to fruition almost 5 years ago with “orgasmic” intercourse.
    My friend @Juanitoy keeps repeating: you don't sell your first Ferrari! I think he also has a love story with his family.

    @Franck : How do you use Ferrarista for your experience with your Ferrari?
    @Spboudart : Ferrarista is several times a day. A “click” on “Unread content”, a “scroll down” and if I like a subject, I read, sometimes I respond. But I only have 1,000 posts in 5 years. That's an average of one every 2 days, so sometimes there are 3 in one day (exchanges on a subject) and nothing for a week. But I think I have regular consumption.
    I have been on forums for over 15 years. I even set up one, with a friend, which had a good life and has since closed. I have never been a “keyboard warrior”, have always rebelled against “dictator” administrators or “little boss” moderators and that is what I greatly appreciate here, there is no competition from that who has the longest, the biggest, etc... moderation is perfect!!!
    This is important because it makes the place pleasant to spend time there.
    The mentality of the members reflects this moderation. Here, passionate people who have collections worth several millions rub shoulders with guys who dream of the Ferrari they don't yet have. It is said in my activity that the Captain of the ship dictates the mentality on board… so thank you to you  @Franck and your team for this beautiful place.
    I obviously like this forum for what it provides in terms of technique and shared knowledge, we have some real gems among our members (I won't give any names, but that's just so I don't forget anyone).
    Every day, we learn something new. I adore ! I think it was Mandela who said something like “a day is wasted if you haven’t learned anything”. Thanks to Ferrarista and its members, many days were not wasted for me.
    @Franck : What does the Ferrarista community bring you?
    @Spboudart : Friends, but not those we have on Facebook or other social networks. Real ones, with which we have picnics (during walks – we are planning one this weekend), lunches, dinners, vacations, etc...
    Some of them weren't on the forum and we dragged them there.
    I always thought that one of the main functions of a forum (and even of the Internet in general) was to be a means of communication in order to be able to meet.
    At the time when I was very active on the forums, I loved organizing GTGs (Get together).
    Ferrarista also means great encounters and magical moments:
    I hadn't yet arrived on the forum for the 1st annual meeting organized by the Lyon gang, but I participated in all the following ones: the 2 organized by @camille, the one in Reims and the last one at Mas du Clos: Fabulous !
    Reims was an expedition, 2 days to go up, 3 there and 3 to go down taking the Route des Alpes.
    I also love the other little meetings between members: Galette from @mimix, Lavandes from @ladivademaranello26 . Unfortunately, the schedule of my boardings does not allow me to be there systematically (I was lucky for the annual meetings).
    Whoa! What a wealth of information and anecdotes about the Ferrari 456 GT! A huge THANK YOU to @Spboudart for this long article as we love them here on Ferrarista!
    If you own a Ferrari 456 GT, what advice would you give to a future buyer? What are the reasons to be interested in this model?
    If you're thinking about the Ferrari 456, what other information would you like to know before taking the plunge?
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    In mid-September 2023, the 4th international Ferrarista meeting took place in Auvergne with nearly 80 Ferraris coming from France, Belgium and Switzerland, but also members from Japan and New Zealand! At the beginning of March, in just one weekend, all available places had been taken! Madness.
    For what ? Because it's rare. Beyond all the activities offered, to be shared between enthusiasts, it is the incredible atmosphere which attracts, with this impression of being at home, among one's own, forgetting all your daily problems, for a few days of happiness outside time.
    Okay, but concretely, what was this 4th Ferrarista meeting? Well here are my top 5 of the best moments I experienced there. It will be different for everyone, and I thank you for sharing yours in comments, as the fabulous moments were numerous and varied.


    1. Enjoying the Ferrari ride with the other members
    The Saturday morning ride on the small Auvergne roads got off to a bad start, from my point of view: it was raining. GOOD. Since a long time. The landscape was gray and the road was slippery. My Ferrari Challenge Stradale, in the past, with its Pirelli tires, did not like these conditions. She had several times given me nice, unexpected slides, without particularly riding hard. Extreme vigilance is required in these conditions! Not very fun...
    However, now equipped with Michelin tires, over the kilometers, I gained confidence on these wet roads to the point where I could really enjoy them. And on these small roads, the Ferrari Challenge Stradale is pure joy! Well planted on its supports, with the sound of a racing car invading the cabin, well harnessed in the harnesses, with someone in front (the pilot fish) who sends it well, these are moments that make you adore your Ferrari! A real kick that goes bananas!
    A Ferrarista meeting is also that. Being able to drive in excellent conditions, on selected, magnificent roads, where you would probably never have gone alone, with lots of other Ferraris around, these are moments when you take full advantage of your Ferrari, of what it was designed to do. been designed. You get the most out of your purchase. With small rolling groups adapted to your driving style.

    2. Drive the extraordinary Ferrari F355 Challenge (or the Ferrari of your dreams)
    My first Ferrari was a Ferrari F355. It was the Ferrari of my dreams. One of the most beautiful Ferraris ever produced, in my point of view, with a magnificent Formula 1 sound of the time, and the legendary metal grille for shifting gears. Several times I had looked at the Ferrari F355 Challenge but they seemed too radical for my use. @kani56-Stradale56 came to the Ferrarista meeting with his newly acquired Ferrari F355 Challenge, fresh from a complete restoration by model specialists. Needless to say, it is magnificent and interested me a lot!
    What was my surprise when @kani56-Stradale56 came to see me to ask me to do him “a favor”, without obligation to say yes. “The F355 Challenge is out of gas, I have to run the other Ferrari, would you mind going and filling it up?” What!? It's the kind of offer you can't refuse. We must seize the opportunity.
    It's a real racing car. You have to be flexible to successfully fit into the passenger compartment. All the controls are harder than in a normal Ferrari F355. But you find your bearings relatively quickly, when you are used to the F355 like me. As soon as it is hot, on the other hand, it is very different. Pure happiness. A real kart. It's very light, comparatively, the sound invades the cabin even more, because of the stripping and the freer exhaust. Fabulous ! And therefore a great moment which will also remain engraved in my memory. Something to be experienced, from my point of view, by every Ferrari enthusiast. Because Ferrari is racing, it’s genes.
    This is also what a Ferrarista meeting is: the opportunity to discover and ride in rare Ferraris, which perhaps you are considering acquiring in the future. And being able to get a real experience with the car can change everything, one way or the other. But at least you experience great moments sharing your passion.

    3. Drive your Ferrari on the legendary Mas du Clos circuit
    The Mas du Clos circuit is extraordinary. Everyone (in our Ferrari world) has in mind the fabulous test of the Ferrari F40 LM by Jacques Laffite, broadcast in Turbo on M6. It is above all the location of Pierre Bardinon’s incredible Ferrari collection. A very symbolic place for any Ferrarista. The reopening of this legendary circuit to the public could therefore not be missed, to enjoy it as soon as possible. From our next Ferrarista meeting!
    I was not disappointed, on the contrary, by the difference between the perception of this circuit on video and actually driving on it. It is really very hilly and it is a great pleasure to go around it with your Ferrari. It also seemed wider to me, and therefore less “dangerous” (narrow and without clearance) than in the video. The parade of nearly 80 Ferraris on it was another magical moment, which puts stars in your eyes.
    That's what a Ferrarista meeting is all about: legendary places, steeped in history, potentially linked to Ferrari and a unique opportunity to run your Ferrari on the circuit, in safe conditions. The opportunity to take full advantage of what a Ferrari is, something you cannot fully achieve, serenely, on the open road. With sessions for each level, and for ladies, so that absolutely everyone takes the opportunity to fully drive their Ferrari, pushing all gears up to 8-9,000 revs, in optimal conditions! Often for the first time, whether behind the wheel and/or on the track.

    4. Share your passion with enthusiastic young fans
    Another huge reason for satisfaction during this Ferrarista meeting: the enthusiastic feedback from the young local generation. Not only does such a meeting allow you to meet and share with other passionate owners, in tune with you, but we also had several young people, including women, who tried to experience the event as closely as possible. Young people who are used to following local events, who take photos, share them and were present from the first evening, even before the meeting started the next day!
    It's always a pleasure to share as much as we can with other enthusiasts (see the cars, take photos, get in them, even take a ride as a passenger) and a pleasure to see that the next generation is assured! No, young people are not losing interest in our cars. No, the future will not only be electric. And any Ferrari enthusiast can experience great moments of passion today (and tomorrow).

    5. And... chat during a wonderful aperitif in the garden
    Finally, if I have to choose only five, I would also include, personally, among these top moments, the aperitif organized on Friday evening in the hotel garden. A large garden with trees, with tables and chairs everywhere, to sit and chat. Encourage meetings. The weather was nice and there was a particularly pleasant atmosphere, with the dozens of Ferraris parked all around, the low light of the setting sun, the mildness of the Indian summer, the jazz group playing nicely, the bar serving impeccable, the smiles of all participants, aware of the chance to participate in such a unique and promising event, because it was then just getting started...

    Whoa! It was very difficult to choose only 5, and at the same time, the exercise allows you to paint a synthetic picture of the 4th Ferrarista meeting. To engrave very good memories here, for those who were lucky enough to participate. To describe a little more, without too much length, what to expect, if you wish to participate in the next one.
    I could also have told you about my intervention on the subject of Ferrarista.club, allowing me to give perspective to the members, the very good restaurants discovered, all the thumbs up and the positive feedback along the roads, the Modena Sport dealership from Toulouse, extraordinary partner, which allowed members to test the Ferrari Roma and 296 GTS, the Ferrari F40 and 458 Challenge present for baptisms on the circuit, and above all the extraordinary organization set up by @Calif38, califette, @chtisuisse, @grhum and all the members who helped as pilot fish (leader of a driving group), grid girls, photographer or videographer, instructor driver on the circuit. A colossal job. A big THANK YOU to them!
    A big THANK YOU also @Ferruccio for his superb photos illustrating this article.
    This top 5 only reflects my personal choices. If you were lucky enough to be able to participate, what were your top moments from this meeting, from your point of view, with a little hindsight? What was great and what would you like to relive at the next Ferrarista meeting? What could we improve?
    If you weren't able to participate, what did you find great in one of your previous outings that we could draw inspiration from?

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    The Ferrari California appeared in the Ferrari catalog in 2009. Followed by the Ferrari California T in 2014, replaced by the Ferrari Portofino in 2017, it allowed many owners to access the Ferrari myth, with an easy-to-use car. everyday use, equipped with a V8 engine, two small seats in the rear and a retractable roof. It was clearly going to hunt on the grounds of more general brands and the success was there.
    What to look for if you're looking for a Ferrari California? Which options to favor? What are the points to check? What to expect in terms of usage costs? How can you make your Ferrari experience a dream come true? The best thing is always to get feedback from an owner who has owned the model for a few years.
    @FCT-95 owns a Ferrari California T, equipped with a new twin-turbo V8 compared to the Ferrari California. He tells you his story with his Ferrari. The opportunity to learn a lot about this model.

    @Franck: What is your automotive background and why did you choose the Ferrari California?
    @FCT-95: Having spent my time working, I realized at 38 (in 2007) that it would be time to treat myself. So I bought my first 4-wheeled toy: a BMW Z3, 2.8l - 193 hp, English green, cream interior. Then in 2016, a BMW Z4, 35i (306 hp, 7 double clutch gearbox, midnight blue, ivory interior, crazy sound system). The criteria were the same each time: convertible, excellent engine, long hood. I then looked towards Stuttgart, forgetting the pleasure of the long hood. In the 911 (997 or 991), I had the same sensations as in the Z4, in short a German, nothing more. After much hesitation, I dared to go to Pozzi with some ulterior motives and still looking for a convertible with the engine in the front.
    @Franck: What were your criteria for purchasing a Ferrari California and how did you manage to find your copy?
    @FCT-95: The Portofino not being in my budget, I put my project on hold for a few months and discovered the Ferrari California T. I wanted it red, Cuoio interior, with all the maintenance invoices. At the end of 2019, I returned to Pozzi. They had one on consignment/sale. I sat on the quality of the sound system. I loved the carbon steering wheel with its LEDs. 3 days later, after trying it, I signed. 14 long days later, I went to pick her up with my son. An unforgettable moment !

    @Franck: How do you use the California T on a daily basis?
    @FCT-95: Over the last 4 years, with the Ferrari California, we have participated in the Italian Meeting in Montlhéry (this is the opportunity to tour on a circuit with 2 banking). We filmed at Les Ecuyers then at Mas du Clos during the 2022 then 2023 meetings of Ferrarista.club. Clearly the Mas du Clos is the most suitable for our cars. I'm not a pilot. The circuit allows me to have fun letting go of the horses (and grilling the atmosphere). On the other hand, I am not a fan of heavy braking when entering corners.
    My real use is a few romantic weekends each year (Bordelais, Burgundy, the Opal Coast, Normandy, SPA, Champagne, the Loire). I take care to always have a closed parking lot. But I admit that having left it several times just anywhere during the day, I haven't had the slightest problem yet.
    We went to the Le Mans Classic with the club and we did the Route des Grandes Alpes (Thonon to Menton via the highest French Alpine road passes). The two have nothing to do with each other but are great! In my countryside, I take one or two rides a month for the pleasure of hearing the V8 sing and for the thumbs-up from the kids and bikers. Incidentally, this allows the fluids to rotate, which is good for our beautiful machines.
    I forgot, after buying your Ferrari online, you are invited to the launches of new vehicles in always nice settings.
    @Franck: What struck you the most about your Ferrari California in use?
    @FCT-95: Its "everyday" comfort, this phenomenal and infinite acceleration, the pleasure I have in looking at it both from the outside and from the inside, this noise it makes when you accelerate enough but not too much, the smell of leather. On the irritating side, the steering wheel sometimes forgets to go back down to the driving position when I turn on the ignition and there is this incessant squeaking in the passenger seat (when there is no passenger). Sometimes I just sit in there for fun. Late one evening, I discovered that my son was already in the car :-).

    @Franck: Can you tell us about the costs incurred for normal use of a Ferrari California (insurance, annual maintenance, major service, unforeseen events, etc.)?
    @FCT-95: My Ferrari California dates from 2015 and had a 7-year warranty. I haven't had any unpleasant mechanical or other surprises yet. The 2023 revision cost ~€1,800 at Pozzi. Thanks to @Jérôme46 and the article on last year's 458 Special, I changed Allianz insurance agent to join the Parisseaux firm in Le Mans. I now pay ~€1,000/year for 7,000 km.
    @Franck: In your opinion, what are the points to watch out for on a Ferrari California over time?
    @FCT-95: The squeaking of the passenger seat and the little electrical problems that I spoke about but I think they are insoluble (by Pozzi's own admission). But is this the answer to your question? Nothing to report on a car that is a little over 8 years old.

    @Franck: And if you had to do it again ?
    @FCT-95: I will take the same one again. It's simple, the MIF (Meeting International Ferrarista) is an opportunity to look at the Ferraris of other members of the club, to get in them, to take a ride as a passenger, to chat. Well, after hours of discussions with friends, I can't think of a better car and I happily sit back behind the wheel of my Calif.
    @Franck: How do you use Ferrarista for your experience with your Ferrari? What does the Ferrarista community bring you?
    @FCT-95: Every year, I participate in the F1 predictions competition hosted by @Zaz (thanks again), the calendar, the MIF (thanks also to @Stradale V8 and @Calif38). In the club I find a common passion, common interests, a way of thinking that suits me, nice members that I enjoy meeting.
    A big THANK YOU @FCT-95 for all this information for those wishing to know more about the Ferrari California T!
    If you own this model, what other advice would you give to a future buyer? What to pay attention to when purchasing?
    If you are interested in purchasing one, what additional information would you like?

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    The Ferrari 308 is a classic Ferrari model, much loved and particularly popular with those who watched Magnum's adventures on television in the 80s. But beyond the dream, what can you expect from a Ferrari 308 today? today? How do I find a good copy? What points to watch in particular when buying? What to expect in terms of maintenance?
    As always in the "Long-term test" series, it's an owner who will answer all these questions, that is to say the best placed person! Thanks to
    @OliveBdr for agreeing to play the feedback game, to make the Ferrari 308 better known.

    @Franck : Quickly, what is your automotive background and why did you choose the Ferrari 308?
    @OliveBdr :  Like many enthusiasts, it started very early. As a child I collected posters of beautiful Italian cars from the 70s/80s (Ferrari Testarossa, 308, Dino and other Lamborghini Countach). Of course, I also devoured the few American and English television series that regularly showed these cars.
    More than anything, it was their line that moved me. I notice that it is particularly the paw of Malcom Sayer (E-type) and that of Leonardo Fioravanti which marked my youth.
    I then understood the merits of “light is right”. The Caterhams and Lotus Elans that I had the chance to own showed me the virtuous side of this approach. So I quite naturally lean towards small cars, not too heavy. In the Ferrari universe, this logically led me to the Ferrari 308 because I couldn't touch the Dino grail.

    @Franck : What were your criteria for buying a Ferrari 308 and how did you find this copy?
    @OliveBdr : For lack of means, I very quickly learned to take care of my motorcycles myself, then my cars. This is now an integral part of the pleasure they give me. Knowing how to use them and how they work, in detail.
    The only really complementary criteria for me were therefore the pedigree, the history, the traceability and the "complete" side of the car. After two years of searching, I was about to give up. It was finally a member of Ferrarista who put me in touch with an owner who was thinking about selling his car… It corresponded perfectly to my expectations.

    @Franck : What struck you the most about your Ferrari 308 in use?
    @OliveBdr : It is a rustic car, simple to use and simple to maintain. Accessibility to the majority of organs is generally good but the parts are expensive. It is therefore necessary to study the maintenance history in order to correctly define its purchase price.
    In use, the steering is hard when stationary, firm at low speed, but simply perfect on small roads. Its performance makes it perfectly consistent with the joys of security repression. Its dimensions allow it to fit easily into traffic, even in town or on small, narrow roads.
    Despite my meter eighty, it is remarkably comfortable even on long journeys. Braking is a bit dated, especially compared to modern productions. But its cornering behavior is delicious as the running gear faithfully communicates the road. In the winding, we find many points in common with the Lotus Seven.
    The cockpit is exquisite. All the aesthetic codes of the sports cars of the 60s/70s are there. It is also fun to compare it with a Dino. The small rockers, the large needles, the speed grid and its lever that slams when you handle it at a sustained pace...
    The materials are solid, carpets and leathers are thick. Only the reflection of the meter cap in the windshield is annoying. The entire dashboard deserves a matte, flocked material like that of a 246.
    The sound volume is quite bearable with its original exhaust. You can carry on a conversation without pushing your voice, even on the highway. It is also surprising to observe how well it is soundproofed, because the sound volume outside is much more demonstrative!

    @Franck : Can you tell us about the costs incurred for normal use of a Ferrari 308 (insurance, annual maintenance, major overhaul, contingencies, etc.)?
    @OliveBdr : The price of insurance is quite reasonable, even with a general insurer. I pay less than 600 euros for all risks per year. Fuel consumption is also reasonable for a V8 designed in the 1970s… around 10 liters per 100 when driving gently. The cost of maintenance depends mainly on the ability to do it yourself, and on the condition of the car at the time of purchase. It takes a ticket of 15,000 euros (+50% labor) to catch up on neglected maintenance. Then 1000 euros per year (+50% labor) for monitoring if you drive little (5000km per year). Again, it's light, rustic and strong...it helps a lot.

    @Franck : In your opinion, what are the points to watch out for on a Ferrari 308 over time
    @OliveBdr : Probably the same as those of the 206, 246, 308 Dino and 328. But also the same as all the car production of the 80s. Let me explain. These cars sold for the price of a Dacia 20 years ago. They were therefore neglected because the cost of maintaining them was not commensurate with their purchase value. Also, their maintenance record rarely followed the car. It is therefore often necessary to start all over again at the time of purchase.
    The points to be monitored are mainly the gearbox linkage seals, the sealing of the shaft covers with the ignition, the ignition cables, the fuel pump, the axle oil seals, the silent blocks of the gears, rack, ball joints and shock absorbers, engine silent blocks, timing and valve clearances. On the carb versions... the carbs! In short, more or less the same thing as on a Citroen DS or a Peugeot 403! We said it was rustic, right? Ferrarista is also a wealth of extraordinary information for diagnosing and maintaining our old cars.

    @Franck : And if we had to do it again ?
    @OliveBdr : I would do it again, but sooner. The 308 and 328 have an extraordinary line. Mix of dynamism and softness. The proportions are perfect, exciting but never vulgar. Looking at her would be enough for me. The engine is very well designed. It is the parallel of the light aviation twin engine. These are two independent 4-cylinders that work together. You had to think about it! With the type E, the 308 is for me the culmination of my definition of the automobile passion. Made to be admired, and to take its driver to the other side of the world!!!

    Thank you @OliveBdr for this exciting feedback on the Ferrari 308!
    If you too own a Ferrari 308, what other advice would you give to someone interested in owning one?
    If you're thinking about buying a Ferrari 308, what other questions would you want to ask an owner?
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    After a first meeting in the Jura, organized by the Gang des Lyonnais, and the second in the Gorges du Verdon, organized by the Squadra du Sud, last year, no less than 70 Ferraris met over three days in Champagne mid-September 2022. Incredible! And yet this figure was reached very quickly and limited by the accommodation capacity of the hotels. Coming from all over France, Switzerland and Belgium, what had their owners been looking for? What did they experience during those three days? Why didn't they want to go back?

    Day 1 : Circuit des Ecuyers
    The first day, Friday September 16, was a day on the track! Why ? So many Ferraris on the circuit? The big advantage is that the circuit allows everyone to stay static in the same place, to facilitate meetings from day one. The Ferraris were parked by model, in order to allow exchanges between owners of the same model and to obtain an even more beautiful parking lot for the photos.
    Driving a Ferrari isn't always easy: they're expensive cars, a dream come true, and owners don't want to damage them. However, over the years, more and more members are taking the plunge. This is an opportunity to enjoy your Ferrari to the fullest in complete safety, without fear of the police. A majority of owners have taken their Ferraris to the track, in addition to the parade, which offers great photos of all our Ferraris on the track.

    The Circuit des Ecuyers, which had been selected, is a very secure circuit, with wide grass clearances. It's a technical circuit where you never go very fast. A hilly circuit more interesting than a flat circuit. The women's session, organized for the first time, was a huge success, with many getting behind the wheel of the Ferrari for the first time!
    Another big success of this first day were the Ferrari 296 GTB tests organized in collaboration with the Charles Pozzi Ferrari dealership. Thirty half-hour tests were done in one day, which is huge. There were many more requests than places, unfortunately. The feedback was very positive on these tests and on this new Ferrari
    A huge success also for the instructor pilots who were absolutely in demand all day. Having an instructor driver reassures, especially beginners, and helps them to progress quickly, quickly getting their bearings on this circuit and analyzing the particular points to improve in order to progress.

    Lunch, inside the circuit, was provided by the caterer Les Réceptions Bertacchi. The people in charge of the circuit told us that it was exceptional to bring together on the circuit so many cars of a single brand, that never happens again, and even of a brand as prestigious as Ferrari.

    It is the Hôtel des Francs in Soissons, which welcomed the participants to rest after the trip and this first day on the circuit. Their hospitality was exceptional, with, among others; the hotel manager, himself, helping the Ferraris park in the underground car park to make everything perfect.

    A tombola was organized at the time of the cocktail with a lot of Ferrari-related prizes, some of which offered by Francorchamps Motors Ferrari dealership and by Emilia Parts, the Ferrari parts specialist. Each participant left with at least a good bottle of champagne and glasses engraved with the image of the famous prancing horse. A beautiful souvenir to take home.
    Day 2 : Tourist circuit in Champagn
    The second day of this Ferrarista meeting started with very beautiful Champagne roads, almost empty on a Saturday morning, between Soissons and Reims. The objective was to visit the automobile museum of Reims, which offers one of the five largest collections in France. A great opportunity to dive back and talk about these cars that rocked our childhood and that we no longer see on the roads.
    Lunch was organized next door, in the famous Domaine des Crayères which has 2 stars in the Michelin guide. The car park was reserved for a magnificent lunch that will be remembered, as everything was perfect: the champagne of course, the delicious dishes, the impeccable service, the magnificent setting, etc.

    The participants then took the beautiful road between Reims and Epernay. The afternoon was devoted to visiting the cellars of Champagne Mercier, the only house capable of accepting such a large group of people. Their little train travels part of the 18 kilometers of underground cellars. The return to Soissons was on very beautiful roads, on the slopes of Champagne, between small typical villages, with very beautiful views.
    The evening started with a cocktail, during which was briefly presented the history of Ferrarista, where it is today and the prospects for the future. This beautiful evening was also marked by a surprise gift offered by the Hôtel des Francs in Soissons: a cake in the shape of the Ferrarista.club logo, made of marzipan. A very delicate attention, much appreciated.

    Day 3 : the Reims-Gueux circuit
    On Sunday morning, the Ferraris took other very beautiful country roads between Soissons and Reims, with the pleasure of admiring the long line of Ferraris winding through the valleys, with the smiles and thumbs up of onlookers.
    The objective was the mythical circuit of Reims-Gueux, where Ferrari won several victories. Thanks to a prefectural authorization, the 70 Ferraris were authorized to park along the famous restored grandstands of the circuit. Thanks to the Association des amis du circuit de Gueux, we were also able to have lunch in the stands opposite, with our Ferraris lined up in front of us. Exceptional there too!

    Special Thanks
    The weather was exceptional during these three days, which helped a lot to make it a memorable Ferrari meeting, like the previous two. It was also exceptional thanks to the 140 participants, their enthusiasm, their smiles, their benevolence, their lively exchanges.
    Nothing would have possible without @Stradale V8, who counted neither his time nor his passion to make this Ferrarista meeting in Champagne superb and specific. Thank you also to his family, who actively participated in the organization, as well as to all the members who wished to help during the meeting: @bernard, @Blaze, Califette and @Calif38, @Blaze, @joel, @aspym, @raff, @JNico, amongst others.
    If you were lucky enough to be able to take part in this meeting, what did you remember? What was the best moment from your point of view?
    If you are a Ferrari owner, will you be present with us at the Ferrarista 2023 meeting?
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    The Ferrari Mondial Cabriolet may not be the most beloved Ferrari, but to drive around in your Ferrari listening to the sound of the V8 hair in the winds, with your whole family, for a reasonable purchase and maintenance budget, with full of sensations from low speeds, there is no better! Produced from 1983 to 1993, the Ferrari Mondial Cabriolet is rare. Feedback from an owner is also essential to know how to choose the right model. @chagui fell into the Ferrari world when he was little and is therefore a true enthusiast as we like them on Ferrarista. Discover his fascinating story and his advice following the purchase of his Ferrari Mondial Cabriolet 3.2.

    @Franck : What is your automotive background and why did you choose this Ferrari?
    @chagui : I hope the readers have the time because to answer this question I will have to tell you about my life... Like Obelix, I fell into it when I was little. It is often said that the first memories are established around the age of 3, for my part it is a little earlier: the oldest memory of my life is directly linked to Ferrari, it is the Ferrari exhibition in the Cartier Foundation in 1987, where in particular, a large part of the Bardinon and Setton collections were exhibited. What wonders! There was also in the gardens, under one of the hot air balloons, a Ferrari Mondial Cabriolet 3.2 ...
    I had traveled from Bastia to Paris on my mother's lap, in my father's Ferrari 308 GTB, something unthinkable today! I made a sign to my father by opening my hands to ask him to take out the retractable headlights… But my Ferrari virus is even older, it was from my first days that my parents took me for walks in my bassinet in the back of the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 that my father bought a few months before I was born (and which is still in his collection). And it is naturally that I tried to imitate the V12, long before I knew how to speak!

    The weekends of my childhood were often punctuated by outings to old car clubs, especially since Corsica is conducive to the arrival of many rallies. As a child, I remember admiring the Ferrari California SWBs of Antoine Midi and Brandon Wang parked by the roadside in the village of Venaco, during a Rally Story! I was also able to visit the Mas du Clos, I was 5 or 6 years old, and I had amazed the curator of the Bardinon collection who was visiting us, because I knew the difference between a P4 and a P3 /4, in this case #0848 and #0860 which were side by side, at the back of one of the rooms in his museum.
    As a child, I also loved watching the VHS of Jacky Setton's collection over and over, and in particular a car that has always impressed me, namely his Ferrari 308 GTB Gr4 Pioneer. When at the age of 16 I came across an advertisement for a Ferrari 308 Gr4 in Pioneer colors, I hastened to bring the magazine to my father explaining to him how great it would be if it arrived to negotiate this car. And a few weeks later, in exchange for a nice balance, a Porsche Carrera 3.0 and his Ferrari 308 GTB (standard) he came back with this marvel, which he still has today. In 2005, he treated himself to another gem, namely a Ferrari BB512 Competizione prepared by Bacchelli and Villa. And to finish a Ferrari 360 Modena in 2015.
    As you can see, it was natural for me to focus on Ferrari. So I chose a profession, both passion, and allowing me to achieve my primary objective, namely to offer me a Ferrari as soon as possible! Passionate about navigation, I started a course as a Merchant Marine Officer and with my youth savings and my first salaries as a cadet and then as a lieutenant, I intended to treat myself to my dream, namely a Ferrari 308 carburetor. At 22, not yet having the budget for a Ferrari 308, I got caught up in an Ebay auction, and within a few hours I found myself the owner of a Ferrari Mondial 3.2 coupé in Belgium for only 20,000 €. It was in 2006. It had 160,000 km on the odometer but presented very well. A friend of my father, a Belgian collector, went to confirm its apparent good condition and a few days later my father and I went to pick it up. I had never flashed on this car, but I found the look of the 3.2 and the T much more pleasant than the 8 or the QV.

    The advantage of the Ferrari Mondial 3.2 over the T is of course the ease of access to the straps. I then discovered a car of very high quality, well finished, it was like new despite its mileage and ran like clockwork. Good handling and stable in fast corners. Smooth and responsive engine. Honestly, what qualities! But I kept my dream of a Ferrari 308 and less than a year later I came across a red carb GTS in Porto Vecchio. As often in this kind of purchase, an affinity is created between the seller and the buyer and this gentleman kept the car for me while I sold my Mondial. I had also bought a 1973 Alfa Spider 2L in the meantime and I managed to make a profit on these two sales to afford this 308.

    Unfortunately 5 years later I had an accident with it and twisted the chassis. After reflection and having seen quotes higher than the price of the car at the time (in 2013) I preferred to resell the car by having selected the only buyer who wanted to restore it rather than selling it in spare parts... It was a great heartbreak for me. I was planning on getting another one, seeing a Ferrari 328 or Ferrari Testarossa, which were still affordable at that time, but at the start of 2014 the Baillon sale took place and the start of a surge that quickly tripled the price of cars that interested me. In the meantime, I bought a house, got married and in 2015, still not having the budget, I flashed on a much more affordable Jaguar XJS V12 convertible.
    5 years later, my wife pregnant with our second child, and the Jaguar having only 2 seats, I decided to seek the best compromise while returning to Ferrari. My very good memories of the 3.2 and my budget directed me towards this car. But in terms of line and rarity, as well as the pleasure of driving hair in the wind in Corsica, I absolutely wanted a convertible. I find it more slender and elegant in this version. There are only a little over 300 copies in European version and left-hand drive, and then it is the only Ferrari having been used to transport a Pope! You rarely find more than one or two for sale in France and it took me patience to find one, as well as to sell the Jaguar. Fortunately I came across a professional and true enthusiast, Christophe Macé, from the 312 Classic company. We discussed a recovery of the Jaguar and agreed on a payment to make this exchange. Here again, the affinity between us was a triggering point and Christophe Macé understood that I, in turn, intended to pass on my passion to my son who was waiting for this Ferrari and that we absolutely had to do business.

    @Franck : How do you use it? Since when ?
    @chagui : I use my classic cars very little, a few hundred kilometers a year. Never in the rain or without knowing where to park them without risk. Only for pure pleasure or not to leave it too long without rolling. I have had it for a short time, at the end of 2020. I will sometimes just lift its tarp in the garage to look at it…
    @Franck : What were your purchase criteria for this Ferrari and how did you find this example?
    @chagui : As mentioned above, I absolutely wanted a European model, with its original rims and in very good condition. I hate Ferrari Mondials with non-TRX rims. No really precise color combination even if I don't think I would have succumbed to a black or a white one. The experience of my previous Ferrari Mondial with its 160,000 km did not make me fear a high mileage because well maintained, it supports it very well.
    However, I couldn't have timed it better. Mine had only 38,000 km, 1st hand until 2018 when it belonged to the wife of an Italian collector. It was then bought by Colombo Challenge in Marseille, which sold it within the year to 312 Classic in La Baule, after a general overhaul. The car has its original booklet as well. Christophe used it a little then it arrived in my garage. I did some cosmetic work (see forum "detailing my Mondial" on Ferrarista) to restore its shine and erase the few defects due to time, but it was already in superb condition. I bought a Ferrari car seat to take my 4 year old son for a walk, a Dustcover cover, completed his tool kit and here it is in competition condition!

    @Franck : Immediately after the purchase, what struck you the most at the wheel of this Ferrari?
    @chagui : Since it hasn't been driven much in recent years, I have noticed that the tires are very dry. There is not even the year inscribed on them, which means that they are over twenty years old. Although new in appearance, I planned to change them because I feel a difference in grip and precision compared to my old 3.2 coupe.
    Otherwise it's a real pleasure to rediscover the sensations of a Ferrari, especially after having had a cruising car like the XJS.
    However I remain careful with it, I want to keep it in the best possible condition.

    @Franck : Can you tell us about the costs incurred for normal use of this Ferrari (insurance, annual maintenance, major overhaul, contingencies, etc.)?
    @chagui : Generally I do as many things as possible myself or with the help of my father and mechanic friends. It's part of the fun of these old cars and part of my choice to avoid cars that are too complex. My father is very well equipped with tools (2 bridges, goat, pit jacks and innumerable sets of tools…). We can do just about anything. In case of specific advice, we are friends with Philippe Gardette as well as Antoine and Marc Leone, all recognized as being experts in this field.
    For insurance, it is in all risks for about 700€ per year. The gray card is collection.
    At the moment, I just had a little problem with the engine sometimes drowning out during semi-hot starts. I suspected the cold start injector. I unplugged it and it's been fine ever since. I dreaded the sudden cold starts in winter but it still leaves at quarter turn. It is therefore not very useful in the end!

    @Franck : And if you had to do it over again, what would you change?
    @chagui : Nothing ! It is perfect for my use.
    I don't think there is a Ferrari more versatile, reliable and so inexpensive to buy and maintain than this one!
    @Franck : What advice would you give to someone looking for this Ferrari? What are its flaws? What to pay attention to? What improvements can be expected?

    @chagui : Be patient ! As mentioned, it is a rare model.
    If you're not a fan of its design, go see one in person. Ferraris always look better in real life than in photos, and above all try it, you will be won over.
    Driving is old school, it remains virile compared to modern ones and the sensations are present even at low speed. However it remains very soft if it is not brutalized compared to Ferraris with carburettors.
    If you don't mind the look of a US version then you can find one at a lower price. The mechanics are reliable and if it has been serviced and there is no corrosion then everything should be fine.
    It is a simple car and the soft top is manual. This is a big advantage when you know the price of the mechanisms of the electric hoods of recent Ferraris (from the Ferrari F355) and especially the hassle it is when it breaks down in the middle of the sequence! The downside on the Ferrari Mondial is that the soft top is long and the kinematics a bit complex compared to a two-seater. Not easy and not quick to handle. And once folded, good luck clipping all the press studs on the hood cover! Personally, there is always one that I cannot put on because everything is too tight. It creates flutter at high speeds. If anyone has a solution, I'm interested…
    Therefore I top down in May and top up in October, so I don't bother too much!
    Also make sure that the soft top is stretched to the maximum when closed, otherwise there is no sealing on the top of the windshield.

    @Franck : How do you use Ferrarista for your experience with your Ferrari? What does the Ferrarista community bring you?
    @chagui : It's great to find all these enthusiasts. I use it mainly for sharing technical information when I'm in trouble! There is a lot of knowledge in this community. And kindness. I don't know any better in the Ferrara world.
    We are not in a snobbish environment, of owners looking for an outward sign of wealth, I only see real enthusiasts and lovers of the brand.
    @Franck : Thank you @chagui  for your very interesting feedback to read! If you own a Ferrari Mondial Cabriolet, what is your experience with this model and what other advice would you provide? If you are interested in the Ferrari Mondial, what more would you like to know?

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    You would want to change the door sills of your Ferrari F355 for several reasons. First of all because they are damaged. The rubber used by Ferrari may have aged badly, water may have infiltrated and your door sills may then rust from below: deal with it before it's too late! Then you can do it for aesthetic reasons. The rubber used for the "Ferrari" logo is cheap, carbon door sills will match better with your carbon bucket seats, if your Ferrari F355 has them, and take on the style of the Ferrari F355 Fiorano kit.
    Where to find your door sills for Ferrari F355 and above all how to install them correctly? Is it a complicated operation, before you embark on this project? What does this actually consist of? @ferdi_ has just done it on his superb Ferrari F355 and details 4 simple steps to change the door sills of your Ferrari F355.


    Step 1: Materials neede
    - A Ferrari F355, well yes, without it will be complicated!
    - A spatula
    - A cutter
    - A heat gun
    - A Phillips screwdriver
    - A product to remove rust
    - A roll of double-sided tape
    - A little glue
    - Elbow grease, not a lot but enough, we will see later...

    Of course, you also need door sills! Carbon door sills for Ferrari F355 are available in several places, at different prices and quality. The most important in the choice of these is the mesh of the carbon fiber.
    I found mine here: https://www.shineautoproject.com/portfolio/ferrari-f355/
    Ken, the owner of this company is well known in the Ferrari world. He even owns, among other things, two very beautiful Ferrari F355s. He is American and actively participates on the appropriate forum ending in chat.
    A bit pricey it's true, but the quality is felt and there are no rough edges for adjustments. Don't forget to ask him about the availability of the aluminum "Ferrari" script. This is a fairly rare part and not always distributed by known spare parts suppliers.
    Step 2: Remove the screws from the old door sill
    Identify the threshold! It's not complicated, there are two like dad...one on the right, the other on the left. In order to avoid being repetitive, we will concentrate on a single threshold. It will obviously be necessary to practice in the same way on the left or right one, it all depends on which one you start! lol
    Well then you tell me... I start with the one on the left!

    It would be better to turn off the battery at the circuit breaker, you will work a good time with the door open, although the light on the edge of the door will not drain your battery
    The threshold is held by 4 screws, and glued wildly, or not ... 3 screws are easily spotted, under the rubber seal, the 4th a little less. It is located under the tab in Ferrari script, here (see photo above). You understand, you will first have to unscrew them. Keep them with their washer, they will serve you later.
    Step 3: Remove the old door sills from your Ferrari F35
    Then, using a heat gun and a spatula, you will slide it slowly but firmly between the chassis of the car and the old sill while heating it with the gun. Go gradually, there's no point in rushing, the point of the exercise is not to destroy the old threshold.

    I forgot to tell you, before any attempt to take off ... protect your paint, especially the painted edge. You will see it in the photos. The perforated plates are not necessary, but very practical. I used them to gradually advance the intervals once the threshold lifted off. Simple way to prevent the sill from sticking together.

    You should end up with this:

    Then take a cutter and remove the mounds of glue, so as to flatten the surface. You may find some rust, especially around the 4th screw, which I did. Take the opportunity to treat rust, with a product such as this

    Clean, vacuum, degrease as much as possible! Your surface must be as clean and smooth as possible... Indeed your carbon threshold will not appreciate the differences in thickness and could structurally break on a simple pressure.

    Congratulations, you have successfully removed the old door sill from your Ferrari F355!


    It is in immaculate condition, because you have been progressive in the task and you have endeavored not to bend it but to play with the spatula!


    Step 4: Glue the new door sills of your Ferrari F35
    The simplest, the most trivial...
    You will notice that on the old sills, you have a rubber lip, peel it off, and stick it on the new one. This lip allows the possible flow of rain, it is necessarily useful. There she is:

    Then glue double-sided, not too thick, on the back of your new threshold, and affix sparingly small mounds of glue. Just enough to make contact...

    Mark with tape your mounting holes. This will allow you to locate them once your threshold is placed under the rubber seal

    There you go, you put everything back where mom was supposed to welcome dad... and find, with the means at hand, something to put pressure on for a few hours, the time it takes for everything to take

    You can replace the 3 screws under the seal. You are done, you should get this result

    Pretty cool, no?

    Now gently close the door of your Ferrari F355, hoping it closes and doesn't come and sabotage your work! Lol!

    I for my part asked a company to cover my thresholds with a PPF Xpel in order to avoid any scratches caused by the soles of shoes. Indeed this material regenerates! Lol!

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    As a Ferrari customer, a Ferrari dealership may offer you a test drive of a new model, such as the Ferrari 296 GTB which has just been released. How's it going with Esperienza Ferrari? What to expect? What experience will you benefit from? What could you really test? Can you really make up your own mind? @cheki, owner of a Ferrari 599 GTB, has just taken the opportunity to test the Ferrari 296 GTB in Italy. He gives you the details of his experience during these tests and his return to the Ferrari 296 GTB.

    Quick background
    My father and I are after-sales customers of the Francorchamps Motors dealership in Brussels. I had been invited to CERAM to try the Ferrari Portofino M but, not being available, I had specified to the young woman from marketing that I would like to try the Ferrari 296 GTB. She then offered me to come and try it in Italy, over two days. Quick leave, plane tickets and rental car and the deal was done!
    Not much to do since everything else is taken care of by Ferrari. The concession offered me to take a private flight with them and take advantage of the shuttle to reach Salsomaggiore, but at €3,000 for the plane ticket (vs. the €27 I paid), I preferred to allocate my good money to other things.
    Take off from Brussels at 6:20 a.m. (good at 14€ the ticket should not be pushed either), landing in Bergamo around 8 a.m., in an already trying heat (27 degrees). Pick up the rental car and head to the beautiful town of Cremona, for a breakfast break, while waiting to reach Salsomaggiore for the scheduled start of the program at 12:30 p.m

    Arriving on the spot at the appointed time, a few Ferraris and two Porsches (?!) show that some owners (French, Dutch, Germans) weren't afraid to put miles on their fine cars for this event.
    Room check-in and delivery of accreditations with the two-day programs. Very nice hotel, quite large and in the form of a maze for certain aspects. In the room, a beautiful photo book of the Ferrari 296 GTB and a welcome letter are available to guests.
    Day 1: 50 kilometers on the roads around Parm

    Quick lunch before moving on to serious things, I find the other guests of the concession as well as the hosts. Human warmth, quite characteristic of Belgians, means that you quickly make "friends". I have an appointment at 2:50 p.m. for the briefing and then the test drive. So on to the briefing:

    Very marketing explanations from the brand manager and in French please! As some have fairly rightly pointed out, very, very strong insistence on the fact that the car is "fun to drive" and that the sound has been particularly worked on. It's funny, that's precisely all I blame the Ferrari 488 and F8 duo.

    The Ferrari F8 Tributo precisely! I share this slide, which I found very symptomatic of something that jumped out at me throughout the presentation:

    As you can see, without any subtlety, the goal is to bury the Ferrari F8 Tributo with the arrival of the Ferrari 296 GTB. I found the presentation almost "insulting" to Ferrari F8 owners. The message was clearly "the Ferrari F8 Tributo is not fun to drive, the sound sucks, the Ferrari 296 GTB is just the opposite". I am magnifying the line but frankly it "swept" strongly from the speech.

    They explain the loop to us: 50 kilometers of ride, making it clear that it's a taste, before being able to discover the true potential of the car the next day on the track. Reminder of safety rules and speed limits, smothered in laughter ... we are in Italy. Anyway, enough talk, let's get down to business, heading to the parking lot:

    Arrival in the car park and discovery of a myriad of Ferrari 296 GTBs, in three main configurations:

    - Giallo TS, charcoal carbon bucket seats, diamond rims.

    - Rosso Imola (launch colour) comfortable seats, original rims.

    - Rosso Corsa, comfortable seats, diamond rims.
    I pass on the one and only Assetto Fiorano Grigio Scuro delivered Giallo, which I have not had the opportunity to try, unfortunately.

    First purely aesthetic observation: it is frankly more successful in real life than in photo! It's a pretty stocky car, just the way I like them. Still a bit of trouble with the front end, which I find a bit too neutral, but nothing alarming. It has a nice presence and I find it more homogeneous, as a whole, than the Ferrari F8 Tributo
    So we go for a walk in the province of Parma, alongside Ivano, a trilingual (including French) Sicilian, really very nice and hyper permissive in terms of the pace given to the car. A remark to start: a lot of audacity on the part of Ferrari, in terms of choice of roads. We start on very winding roads and in poor condition, in short everything that could highlight the faults of a car. Well, I'm not going to take four paths, I was literally amazed by this first approach.
    The engine to start with: the first acceleration with my feet in it really took me by the guts, an acceleration of the suffocating kind, with a two-stage engine, which pushes hard at the bottom and which gives a big blow towards 4,000 revs/ min without running out of steam up to 8,500 rpm. It's rather very physical and exciting. The exact opposite, for me, of the powertrain of the Ferrari 488 and F8, which I found linear and tasteless as possible.
    The sound is generally very present inside, muffled at low revs and melodious in the revs. The small V12 side didn't jump out at me (it must be said that the sound of the Ferrari 599 GTB is quite metallic). It doesn't look like much known from Ferrari. It sounds like a nice V6 and I admit that I like the sound of the V6.
    The box: nothing special to say about it, except that it is therefore the new BV8 of the Ferrari SF90. It is surgical and super fast. Nice little hit in the neck in RACE, soft and fluid in the modes below.
    In Sport I've noticed sometimes it doesn't respond right away to my paddle input, but there's so much going on electronically in this car that there must be a reason.
    The gunshot effect when upshifting and downshifting (in bursts) is particularly nice. Without the stupid pop & bangs that are so fashionable today.
    The sound is generally very present inside, muffled at low revs and melodious in the revs. The small V12 side didn't jump out at me (it must be said that the sound of the Ferrari 599 GTB is quite metallic). It doesn't look like much known from Ferrari. It sounds like a nice V6 and I admit that I like the sound of the V6.
    Brakes: same as for the box, reassuring touch on the road and strong deceleration force (accompanied by the small retractable spoiler) on heavy braking. We will talk more about it on the circuit part.

    Chassis/damping: this is certainly the part that impressed me the most in the test circumstances. I remind you, the roads were in a rather deplorable state. And yet, the car behaves imperially, but truly imperially.
    At low speed, it manages the roughness of the road with very surprising comfort and as soon as you put on the pace, even a lot of pace, you end up with a super serene car, a very directional front axle followed by a rear axle. which accompanies serenely without a sudden stall (as long as you don't mess with the 830hp waiting behind).
    I didn't use the "bumpy road" button, really no need despite the circumstances. The car is clearly fun to drive, it's not a small car but it's nimble and really easy to drive around.

    In short, a moment of real driving pleasure.

    I pass the speech on the fact that the power is really too much for the open road, it would be a little reductive for the rest of the car which really gives the driver a great time. Once again, it's the opposite of my feelings when testing the Ferrari 488 GTB.
    And the hybrid part will you tell me? I didn't mention it! It's true and for good reason, I did not focus my essay on this part.
    I drove a little in full electric, good bah it does like all the others: silent, lively on the 0 to 50, nothing special to say about it. Perhaps two remarks that are important:
    The autonomy is only 25km, it may not seem like much but it can be enough to cross a ZFE.
    And the other point where Ferrari demonstrates that they have the best engineers in the world is the management of energy recovery. In Hybrid or Qualifying mode, the car goes from 0 to 100% battery in just 10km. This means that overall you have all the power (thermal and electric) almost all the time.
    For me this BEV unit is definitely more of a KERS in its use than a PHEV. And it's that positioning that I think best suits a Ferrari. Kudos to them for choosing this angle!
    Quick observation on the inside: the best meets the worst.
    On the better side: enormous progress in terms of perceived quality. I liked the steering wheel, smaller than on the Ferrari Roma, the new "travel" of the paddles is quite nice, although more digital than before.
    On the worse side: the 100% tactile is really lame, apart from the fact that we end up with fingerprints everywhere and that we press commands without doing it on purpose. The simple fact of no longer having a nice button that materializes and "sensationalizes" the firing of the engine really bothered me. It completely breaks the magic of the start-up.
    Return to the hotel enthused, sharing feedback with staff and guests. Going to the bedroom for a shower and putting on your cocktail dress before the evening gala dinner. Not much more to say about it. Good Italian food, I made some friendships with other enthusiasts like me, so I had a very pleasant dinner.
    The guests moreover, for me there were three clans: the enthusiasts like all of us here, the show offs for whom it is above all important to have the latest Ferrari that will accompany the RM, the Berlutti and the total Vuitton panoply/ Prada/Hermès and finally a significant number of prospects and/or new buyers of the Ferrari 296 GTB, who are very interested in the car and in the Ferrari universe.

    Day 2: test on the Varano circuit

    It's the day most awaited by everyone finally ... not by everyone, since the second category mentioned above didn't give a damn.
    Departure therefore for the very small circuit (2,500 m) of Varano 50 kilometers from the hotel, by the small roads of the province of Parma. In the same way as for the choice of roads the day before, big-up to Ferrari for having dared to choose such a small track to present a big berlinetta of 830 hp. This shows (if we still doubted it) that they are particularly proud of this car.
    The choice of a small track also makes it possible to avoid excessive speed, and therefore risks, for a cast of guests who are little or not used to riding on the track, at least for 90% of them.

    We start with a real briefing on the basics of piloting: position of the hands, choice of trajectories and explanation of the course of the day.

    In the program :

    - A lap of the track as a passenger to understand the track.
    - An "ability contest" consisting of a timed lap on an agility course in 100% electric mode.
    - Three sessions of 5 laps at the wheel of the car, accompanied.

    So off we went for a lap as a passenger. Here is a short video with the Ferrari F8 Tributo for you to get an idea:
    A bit perplexed on the choice of the track but finally quite excited by the physiognomy, there is everything you need to have fun.

    Ability contest :

    There too, I was a little perplexed about the interest of the animation, but ultimately it was quite playful and we quickly got into the game. It's quite easy and fun to do it in full electric. Very proud that I am, I want to tell you that I finished 6th for the day, out of 60 guests, and that I would have finished first if I had not hit a cone at the end of the lap. It was necessary that for Ferrarista!

    I have attached two videos that could be called "two rooms, two atmospheres" with the same thermal and electric lap.

    You'll see that even from the outside it sounds pretty good, at least for the first two thirds of engine use, even though under full load it mostly whistles. The sound is the exact opposite of the Ferrari 599 GTB, in the latter, the exterior takes full esgourdes, while inside it is almost silent. The Ferrari 296 GTB is the opposite, modern times what do you want? 

    Track Sessions:
    This is the high point of this presentation for me. Frankly, very pleasantly surprised by the fact that Ferrari does not hesitate to test its car and its customers on relatively long track sessions, not very usual in Maranello.
    The first session is done a little in discovery mode of the car and discovery of the track. Special mention to the approach of the instructors: pedagogues, absolutely not restrictive, and even rather pushes to crime!

    What stands out more compared to the test of the day before?
    - The front axle always, really very directive and precise. You really feel that it likes to be loaded under braking to then allow you to fine-tune your trajectory as much as possible.
    - The rear axle follows with a lot of liveliness while being particularly stable: the electronics help a lot.
    - The engine: always this phenomenal punch, with an extension and a musicality that allows you to realize where you are at RPM.
    On the Ferrari 488 GTB, I was quite surprised by the limiter (700 rpm less also), on the Ferrari 296 GTB, it never happened to me and yet I can guarantee you that it works! Always amazed by this double-stage character which is often the prerogative of (good) atmospheric engines.
    - The brakes, less convinced than the day before on the road to be honest but as you will see later, certain circumstances can explain it. The digressive is rather easy to do with a very hard pedal which allows you to be calm and to place the car correctly. But what bothered me was the lack of consistency. I always had a form of apprehension at the bottom of the straight, wondering how they were going to react this time. Nothing dramatic though, but it's worth noting.
    - On the damping side, I found it a little soft for the exercise we were dealing with, but hey, it's still a road car. Didn't have the opportunity to test the Assetto Fiorano which is firmer. But overall, the dive and the roll are well controlled.
    I really liked the format offered, it allowed you to really enjoy the car, to raise your level but also to stop at the right time and not go around too much, the one that sends you into the wall . I did two of the three sessions with the same instructor with whom I hooked up well and I loved his advice and the speed with which progress appears.
    We come out of the car not very proven: ease of handling, electronics which help a lot and very efficient air conditioning mean that we benefited well but that we are not like Verstappen in Miami either.

    Last point on driving, electronics precisely. It would be vulgar to say that this car is ONLY electronic, but we can't deny the fact that it's omnipresent in the driving experience.
    There are two configurable aspects:
    - The classic manettino on the right with the modes we know: low grip, rain, sport, race and ESC Off.
    - A selection of electric thermal mode on the left of the steering wheel: full electric / hybrid / performance / qualifying
    Being well seen and in good confidence with my instructor, I was allowed to ride in RACE and in Qualifying mode while 90% of the other guests were forced to ride in Sport and in performance mode (qualifying for some).

    I did the first session in Sport and frankly you can feel and see, with the ASR lights, you can do almost anything and the electronics handle the rest. In my setup, RACE and Qualifying, the auto was much more permissive and directive, I didn't see (with the lights) or feel the electronics popping up but I'm 100% sure it helped me. That's also Ferrari's strength: making you believe that you're the boss and that you're going super fast when it's the one holding your hand.

    But electronics has its limits for the most gamers:

    And the electronics also brings up completely unknown phenomena, we wait for the gentleman to finish looking carefully at the brakes:

    We look at the four discs and what do we see?

    Yes, these are CCM disks that are almost dead, normal given the use you will tell me? Not quite since it is the rear brakes that are in this condition! The electronics are so forced to pinch the rear wheels to compensate for the lack of progressiveness of the apprentice pilots behind the wheel that the front discs stay relatively cool while the rears become real cheese graters. That too is the evil of our time

    We take advantage of the Ferrari hospitality one last time before going to lunch and leaving for France.

    Two small remarks of the small indiscretions gleaned here and there:
    - The Ferrari Roma would be a commercial flop: the dealers cannot sell their executive vehicles and the order intake is close to nil.
    - I found the Ferrari staff to be very "pushy" on the buying intentions of the guests on the Ferrari 296 GTB and on the FUV. It is a feeling shared by all the guests present. We clearly feel that they want and "need" to do a lot more volume than before.
    - A lot of purchasing intentions and information gathering from the guests, Ferrari seeming happy with the order taking. But many interested parties are waiting for the Ferrari 296 GTS before signing the order form.
    I had a great time, the impression of being truly privileged in the holy of holies beyond the pleasure felt by testing this car which frankly I liked. I don't have 300 K€ to put in a car today but I completely understand those who are going to be tempted, it's a well-bred car, well in its time, but with a real character. Congratulations to future owners!
    That's it ladies and gentlemen, that's all for me, I hope I was informative, don't hesitate if you have any questions or requests for clarification
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    The Ferrari 458 Speciale is the last Ferrari released with an atmospheric V8, and as such the most powerful, with this sound so characteristic and so much sought after now that the legislation no longer allows it! It is part of the special versions, such as the Ferrari Challenge Stradale, the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and the Ferrari 488 Pista, more radical and low-diffusion versions.
    What do you need to know before buying one? What are the associated costs? What points to check when buying? Today it is not one, as usual, but three owners of Ferrari 458 Speciale who give you their opinion. Even better to fill up with information on this superb model of Ferrari.
    @Franck: What is your automotive background and why did you choose this Ferrari? What is your use of it? Since when?
    @ceflotron: I have always been attracted to sports cars. The first one I bought was a gorgeous white Renault 5 Turbo 2 when I was 22-23. I kept it for a few months. Then followed all the Golf GTI models (1.6, 1.8, 16S, G60, VR6) then, family obliges, I switched to the BMW M (M3 and M5), then Porsche (G, 993 , 996 , 997 ) and finally Ferrari. Kind of a culmination for me.
    It is my fourth after a Ferrari California, a Ferrari 458 Italia and a Ferrari 550 Maranello that I will keep. This Ferrari 458 Speciale replaces a Porsche 991 GT3 Touring that I really enjoyed for two and a half years. This is the model that makes me dream the most at Ferrari, already having a V12 in the garage. I like the idea of having both and especially having a vintage and a modern one. I had been offered several times the purchase of a new Ferrari 488 Pista but, even if I find it magnificent, nothing to do, I do not get used to the very smooth character of the V8 turbo Ferrari. 
    I use it very regularly (weekends and outings with friends) for an average annual mileage of 7,000.

    @FF78:  I had my “sports coupe” period, starting with the Audi A5 coupe, then the RS5 with its big V8 atmosphere. Then a "hunting break" period with the Audi RS6, the last step before my first Ferrari, an FF. These beautiful GTs have marked my automotive career with their exceptional performance for family cars, real "fire engines". My dream of supercars then materialized with the Ferrari 458 Italia, then the Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder and the Ferrari 458 speciale. Today these last two, of exceptional character, share my garage for my greatest happiness.
    @Jérôme46: Since my first steps, I have been fascinated by the automobile and I quickly fell in love with the Prancing Horse. I like all sports cars, but Ferrari has an extra magic for me. However, I only took action very very late. Family and frequent moves to different countries made the dream inaccessible from a practical point of view. I took the plunge with a Porsche 991 GTS. Then the disease progressed very quickly: Ferrari 458 Italia, then Ferrari 458 Speciale, Ferrari F8 Tributo and the youngest: a Ferrari 812 GTS (not forgetting a small Alpine A110).
    The desire for a Ferrari 458 Speciale came to me when I had the Italia. I saw the Speciale as an Italia +++: more sassy, more beautiful, more bewitching. I found mine in September 2019 and have done 4,000 kilometers since then. These are essentially road trips over a few days or weekend outings with friends (especially with the two friends here).
    @Franck: What were your buying criteria for this Ferrari and how did you find this example?
    @ceflotron: I wasn't necessarily looking for a car in new condition because that's not my priority and I consider that cars are made to drive, so they wear out more or less. Rather between 10,000 and 20,000 kilometers but above all the possibility of having it checked in the network, in order to obtain a Power guarantee, which covers in particular the gearbox whose reliability is not perfect.
    On the other hand, I was very demanding on the configuration because there are essential options for me (size L seats, harnesses, reversing camera, lift, etc.) and I wanted an original color. In short, I was looking for a blue one but they are extremely rare and therefore difficult to find.
    After about a year of active research, I finally found this copy, by chance, on a classifieds site in Sweden. Luckily she was in the network. It is a rather exceptional model because it was configured by the factory for a show with more than 100,000 euros of options. It ticked all my criteria except a slightly high price but, when you want a blue one, you don't have much choice... I bought it in two hours without even going to see it.

    @FF78:  I was looking for an original French origin with less than 10,000 kilometers in an ideal configuration for me, rosso corsa, NART strips, harness. Moteur&Sens found me this rare pearl, a first-hand French car with 6,000 kilometers, in new condition, the original tires were barely worn, fully filmed and a clear maintenance book. Its gold rims add a racing side to it in reference to old racing cars. 
    @Jérôme46: Initially I was looking for a Rosso Corsa with NART stripes, matte gray rims, with lift, less than 10,000 kilometers, ideally in the network, and with the carbon engine bay. Unlike David and Fabrice, harnesses were not a must have for me. When I started my research, I was living abroad and initially I saw a lot of cars that had the right configuration…but not the right COC.
    A friend ended up finding one in Belgium, off the network, with the right COC and the right configuration except… the color: it was Giallo! Everything else (COC, NART strips, lift etc…) was ok, even the carbon engine bay, and even a complete film… But the color questioned me.
    I found the yellow even more visible than the red and I was not too sure to "assume". The fact that it was off the network also stressed me out a bit, even though it had the Power warranty. In the end, I didn't hesitate very long: I told myself that the yellow went well with the spirit of the Speciale and, the more I looked at the photos, the more I found it beautiful. Today I wouldn't change color for anything in the world... In short, after a test drive by my friend in Belgium, expertise and a bit of patience... I was behind the wheel!

    @Franck: Immediately after the purchase, what stood out the most to you behind the wheel of this Ferrari?
    @ceflotron: I was surprised by the difference with the 458 Italia. It is an exceptional car that flies over the road with great fluidity, consistency and responsiveness. The feeling is much more precise and rigorous than in the 458 Italia. Braking is much better too. The power of the V8 atmo remains reasonable and does not destabilize the car as would the colossal torque of the current V8 turbos. I had bought a 991 GT3 after having read and heard that it was the ultimate engine but the V8 Ferrari is much better at all levels (resume, character, power, sound...)

    @FF78:  A real scalpel on the road, surgical precision at the wheel, exceptional road holding, a full V8 at all speeds and peaking at 9,000 rpm, a total absence of inertia both in the engine and in the steering. The gearbox/engine couple is a marvel, the reports are linked instantly without any loss of load despite pleasurable jolts for the pilot. It's a car with which you really become one, so much the feedback, the dynamic qualities and the sensations are extraordinary, and what a line! Nothing to throw away, it is beautiful from all angles, one of the most beautiful Ferraris in my opinion.
    @Jérôme46: I share the opinions of Fabrice and David. The Speciale is more rigorous than the Ferrari 458 Italia, it is more precise in the placements, including during braking. It is a very homogeneous car and very pleasant to drive, with a gearbox/engine/chassis combination at the top. It is more brutal than the Ferrari 458 Italia, without being temperamental.
    Be careful to get the tires up to temperature before pushing and be careful when it rains. It is also less soundproofed than the Ferrari 458 Italia; therefore, in the passenger compartment, you can hear the car more “live and come alive” (for example the projections in the wheel arches). On the other hand, the engine sound surprised me: I find that it is much more "round", more serious than that of the Ferrari 458 Italia. We lose the treble in the high revs.

    @Franck: Can you tell us about the costs incurred for normal use of this Ferrari (insurance, annual maintenance, major overhaul, contingencies, etc.)
    @ceflotron: I have had it for a short time and it is still covered by the maintenance of the 7 years supported by Ferrari. For insurance it is 1,300 euros in all risks without deductible for 7,000 kilometers per year.
    @FF78:  The costs of use are reasonable for a supercar, compared to other brands, with reliable and widely proven mechanics. An annual maintenance of around €1,500, insurance for less than €2,000/year. To this must be added the classic expenses of consumables. Possibility of having a Ferrari Power guarantee to cover major mechanical breakdowns (box/engine, etc.) (allow €3,500/year)
    @Jérôme46: The next overhaul will be my first out of the 7 year Genuine Maintenance program. I'm counting on 1000-1500 € and it will take about 1000 € for the pads. The tires are still original (12,000 kilometers including 4,000 with me) and they have 55% wear. I am thinking of submitting a Power Guarantee to cover the big risks. In insurance, I pay €1,000 for up to 7,000 kilometers per year

    @Franck: And if you had to do it over again, what would you change? What advice would you give to someone looking for this Ferrari? What are its flaws? What to pay attention to? What improvements can be done?
    @ceflotron: It is for me the best Ferrari, apart from perhaps a LaFerrari, but the question does not arise. And I think I would be too stressed to drive it. It is not for nothing that the Speciale is part of the podium of the best sports cars of all time by the famous English magazine EVO.
    I don't have any specific advice except to be patient: it's better to wait a bit and choose "your" ideal configuration. I didn't care whether it had done a little bit of circuit or not, as long as it was well maintained and with brakes in good condition to avoid the 20,000 euros needed to replace them. When I'll change the tyres, I'm thinking of switching to Michelin Sport 4S (replacing the Sport cup2) because I use it 90% on the road and 10% on the circuit and they are much safer in the event of rain.
    @FF78 : Nothing, she's just perfect for me. My advice, be patient, investigate the off market (the market is so tense that cars don't even have time to find themselves advertised). Be ready to draw quickly to seize the opportunity if it arises.
    Two flaws in my opinion: its price obviously, which continues to climb, which is good for lucky owners but excessive or even unaffordable for new buyers. A second flaw is the original sound, which is too muffled for my taste. Indeed, my Ferrari 458 Italia made more noise thanks to a more permissive catalyst, due to the less restrictive standards at the time of its release (2010). A sports catalyst should do the trick for her to regain her full voice.

    @Jérôme46 : I really like the sound of the engine, but I admit that sometimes I would like a slightly wider range of sounds, with in particular a slightly more metallic sound at the top of the rev counter. For tires, Cup 2s are great for the circuit, but for most of my uses, 4S would suffice. So, like Fabrice, I'm going to think twice about it when I have to change the Cup 2s (why not 4S).
    Regarding research, there's no secret: you have to be patient as my two comrades say, especially if you want a fairly precise configuration. In my opinion, no concessions should be made on the clarity of the history, but I would not say that the fact that it is in the network is an imperative. It's a plus, of course, but if its logbook and history are clear and you can put a Power guarantee, then I wouldn't snub an off-grid car. If in doubt, an independent expert can be commissioned.
    @Franck: How do you use Ferrari for your experience with your Ferrari? What does the Ferrarista community bring you?
    @ceflotron: I log on to the forum almost every day. It's a great mine of information of all kinds, I particularly appreciate the experiences of the members necessarily different from mine. I also watch a lot of events and outings. I also sometimes organize them.
    @FF78: The happiness of sharing his passion with others, his experience, giving valuable advice and receiving it. This forum is a nugget whose scope and reputation do not exist anywhere else

    @Jérôme46:  Usually, I start my day with Ferrarista. I look at the messages during my breakfast. It is a source of information and exchanges, where people are rather benevolent. There are also organized events, which are an opportunity to enjoy your car and meet other enthusiasts.
    A big THANK YOU to @ceflotron, @FF78 and @Jérôme46 for your very interesting feedback on your Ferrari 458 Speciale!
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    The Ferrari Mondial is highly sought after by Ferrari enthusiasts who want to enjoy their Ferrari with their family for a budget, which can remain reasonable compared to other Ferraris. Produced by Ferrari from 1980 to 1993, four models succeeded: The Ferrari Mondial 8, the Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole, the Ferrari Mondial 3.2 and the Ferrari Mondial T. Which one to choose? What experience to expect behind the wheel? For what costs? What weak points to watch out for? @XAV88 talks to you in detail about his experience with his Ferrari Mondial 3.2 which has been owned for over 7 years.
    @Franck: What is your automotive background and why did you choose this Ferrari?
    @XAV88: Since my early childhood, I have been passionate about the automobile in general and motor racing in particular. I admired a neighbor who raced regionally and also owned a Ferrari 308 GT4 as a hobby car. For me, he was really a hero and I dreamed of doing the same.

    As a result, I first competed with a Renault Clio Group A, in hill climbs and the French Circuit Cup, then I decided to stop and I bought Porsches, which are more accessible, dreaming of Ferrari. And I decided to sell my 911 to take the plunge and buy the Ferrari 308 GT4 of my dreams. I went to see two of them but their condition did not inspire me. I finally decided to take an interest in the Ferrari Mondial which, at first, I liked less, but which I found more and more beautiful as I became interested in it.
    So I bought my first Ferrari, a Mondial T, which I got rid of at a loss after a very short time, following several breakdowns and quite a few expenses. It was, however, a superb first hand with 34,000 km from new, but it had been driven too little in recent years.
    At the time, I told myself that I would only buy a Ferrari when I could afford a new one, but seven years ago, when I saw a Ferrari Mondial on the street, I completely fell in love with its quirky faux Berlinette look and decided I absolutely needed one.
    I absolutely wanted a 3.2 because I don't really like the black bumpers of the previous models and because I no longer wanted Ferrari Mondial T, because of my bad experience, but also because they are more expensive to maintain, due to the obligation to remove the engine at each major overhaul. So I bought a Ferrari Mondial 3.2 which I am very happy with.

    @Franck: What is your use of it? Since when ?
    @XAV88: My use is purely recreational. I participate in the many Sunday morning outings that exist in the Paris region. I also went several times to Le Mans with, and even to England, to one of my sisters who lives there. Thanks to the rear seats of the Ferrari Mondial, I was able to make the trip with my two children.
    I also had the opportunity to drive on the Montlhéry circuit during the Italian Meeting. Basically, I just wanted to do a few laps to see but I had so much fun that I ended up doing more than 100 kilometers of circuit at the end of the day. I think I enjoyed it more than with other theoretically more track-focused cars I've owned before, such as my Hommell or my track-equipped Porsche 911 SC.

    @Franck: What were your purchase criteria for this Ferrari and how did you find this copy?
    @XAV88: I had the classic criteria of a Ferrari buyer when I was looking for this one. I wanted the most complete history and a car of European origin without traces of accident.
    But it turns out that I particularly liked this one. I had already spotted it a few years before and I had flashed on its modifications, whereas paradoxically I am rather a purist and normally prefer an entirely original car. But I wanted it and went to get it in the east of France, after I have had it checked by the Ferrari dealership in Mulhouse to validate its condition.

    @Franck: Immediately after the purchase, what struck you the most at the wheel of this Ferrari
    @XAV88: I appreciated its fairly versatile and easy to drive side. It was equipped with a QuickSilver exhaust by its previous owner which adds a sporty tone but is not tiring on long journeys and it is very pleasant.
    @Franck: Can you tell us about the costs incurred for normal use of this Ferrari (insurance, annual maintenance, major overhaul, contingencies, etc.)?
    @XAV88: The car is insured in collection with AMV for just over 500 euros for all risks and the running costs are not excessive due to accessibility. In 7 years, I did 2 major overhauls which cost me less than 2,000 euros each, and otherwise simple oil changes and a few odds and ends. I had no unforeseen events.

    @Franck: Et si c'était à refaire, que changerais-tu ? Quels conseils donnerais-tu à quelqu'un recherchant cette Ferrari ? Quels sont ses défauts ? Une attention quoi faire ? Quelles améliorations peuvent être à prévoir 
    @XAV88: I don't think I would change much since I didn't have any bad surprises with my Ferrari Mondial. I think a Ferrari Mondial 3.2 has no major flaws. On the first Ferrari Mondial, there are sometimes electrical faults which appear in some cases to change the fuse box but the more recent the models, the less frequent these problems are.
    The only downside compared to a Ferrari Mondial Test is the lack of power steering. But personally I like the feeling of being one with the car. On the other hand, the slots propel a little force, especially on mine equipped with wider tires.

    @Franck: How do you use Ferrarista for your experience with your Ferrari? What does the Ferrarista community bring you?
    @XAV88: The Ferrarista community brings me a lot. This allows you to have a lot of technical information because there are very good connoisseurs and it allows you to find people for the meetings.

    I remember that during a meeting at Le Mans Classic, I heard a metallic noise that worried me. A member ( @33manu not to mention him) had inspected my car at length and concluded that there was no problem and that the noise was coming from my air conditioning. This had allowed me to end the weekend peacefully and the problem had been solved the following week with a simple air conditioning recharge.
    So thank you to you @Franck for bringing this friendly community to life, which allows us to use our beauties more serenely and to share our pleasure with other enthusiasts.
    @Franck: Thank you @XAV88 for your very informative feedback with your Ferrari Mondial 3.2! 
    If you also own a Ferrari Mondial, what additional advice would you give to someone interested in this Ferrari model? What is your experience with your Ferrari Mondial? If you are looking for one, what other points would you like to see addressed?
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