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    Good evening to all, my first post here.

    I am looking to buy a Ferrari but I have no idea which one would suit best. I have owned a F355 about 6 years ago and loved every minute of it but I have to say this was pure luck. I had no real clue about cars then and not much more now ;) I just happened across the right car for me; single, no kids, high disposable income etc.

    Anyway, the requirements are:
    At least 2 adults and 1 child (in child booster cushion)
    I have about 35K to spend.
    It will be a second car for me as I will use my Range Rover for every day stuff.

    So from reading these forums I have sort of got to the 456. 4 seats and quite practical. Nice looking as well. Plus I really like the GT style of car anyway. I had considered an Aston but all the nice looking ones are 2 seats. So my questions about this model would be things like:
    How reliable is it?
    Manual or auto?
    Any years of maufacture to avoid?
    What are servicing requirements?

    Sorry for so many questions on a first post but this will be a 5 year thing for me at least so I am really keen to avoid mistakes. All advice gratefully received.

    Regards

    Dom

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    Dom, welcome to CS.

    Sounds like a 456 is the ideal (and almost only) Ferrari for you. Only a very late Mondial T or a 412 are the other options.

    456's suit dark blues very well, though the two I saw last weekend in silver which are owned by people on here looked very good indeed.

    Not heard many horror stories about reliability and late 20k's is the starting price for an early car.

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    as richard said the 456 is your obvious choice...

    There were a few TDF with grey leather in VDG for sale in the last couple of months which were selling for 30 - 33 K

    I don't particuarly like the design but I was tempted myself TBH

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    Welcome to CS.

    "Anyway, the requirements are:
    At least 2 adults and 1 child (in child booster cushion)
    I have about 35K to spend.
    It will be a second car for me as I will use my Range Rover for every day stuff".

    Sorry for the blatant punt but there is a lovely C4S in the For Sale section that meets all of the above criteria (apart from it not being a Ferrari)

    Chaz

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGF View Post
    .....there is a lovely C4S in the For Sale section that meets all of the above criteria (apart from it not being a Ferrari)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmdferrari View Post
    OUCH !!!!

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    Lots of advice if you search on '456 buying' including this thread

    http://www.clubscuderia.co.uk/forum/...ead.php?t=3232

    The other alternative might be to finance a brand new California in a year or two !

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    Hi
    I have owned my 98 456m gta for two years,and use it all the time.10k miles in the two years.
    Servicing costs can be vastly different between dealers and speacialists.some non main dealers don't cover all the Ferrari listed items,and if you ask them to add them in,the price goes up to that of a main dealer.( I know I've just been through this). You will need to get several quotes,and compare,ensuring you get a list of what will be done for your money.
    These cars have a few common faults to check for,but mine has been as reliable as any other car I have owned.I like the auto,it's great for long journey's and is why I bought the car.
    Annual service
    6250 miles
    18750 major service,includes Valve clearance check
    Cam belts every 3 yrs
    Hope this helps
    Phill
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    Thanks everyone, some sound advice and good reading there.

    OK, narrowing down then. Silver is definitely not an option. Having run Mercs for a few years I am up to the back teeth with the land of silver

    The blue sounds nice. My favourite colour too. The servicing doesn't look too bad either when one considers I just paid nigh on a grand to have a C service on my Merc E500. (at least Dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask!!)

    So really it is a choice of manual or auto. Now I always have auto in my everyday cars since I can't be bothered with all that stirry stick rubbish, but, for such a car as a 456GT would a manual be more engaging to drive? Also, despite trawling the web I can't seem to find details for the auto. Is it a 4 speed? My E500 is a seven speed auto and that's just too many. It never seems to be in the right gear at any given moment. Most irritating indeed.

    Anyway Gents, much obliged for the input. As I said, this really is a long term thing for me and I intend to use it a lot as well, probably between 8 & 12k miles a year. The search beginneth

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