Ferrari F430 Buyers Guide


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General Advice

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Introduced in 2004 the Ferrari F430 replaced the Ferrari 360. The F430 starting prices were at £118,000 for the manual car. Ferrari had made many improvements to this new model such as:

- All aluminium chassis making it lighter and more rigid.
- New 4.3L V8 engine using timing chains instead of belts to lower maintenance costs.
- The introduction of the E-Diff an electronic controlled differential that can adjust the torque to each rear wheel depending on traction conditions.
- Manettino steering wheel switch that allows the driver to select one of five different driving settings, that controls suspension, auto gearbox, throttle response and the E Diff.

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Exhaust

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The exhaust manifold welds can crack and if not detected can lead to bigger problems. The manifolds / headers contain catalytic converters and the crack can cause parts of the catalytic converters to end up going into the engine. Unfortunately this is not easy to inspect as you need to remove heat shields to examine the manifolds. A new set of improved mk2 manifolds will cost £4000. After market options also include the stronger Capristo manifolds (£3,700) that will increase performance too. The Capristo exhaust brackets (£500) with their improved design can also help prevent cracking as they allow the exhaust to move more freely.
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Engine

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Generally the 4.3L V8 engine is very reliable although a full service history is still desirable. Servicing starts at £850 for a minor and £1600 for a major every 3 years. There has been a few reports of engines blowing, but this is very rare.
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Gearbox / Clutch

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The F430 is the last manual gearbox Ferrari produced. There is the option of the F1 automatic gearbox. If you can, drive both and see what you prefer. Both are reliable but the manual seems to be less troublesome.
Clutch life depends on how it has been driven but expect it to be between 12,000 - 30,000 miles at a cost of £2,500. The F1 automatic gearbox clutch life is shorter, especially if driven slowly around town.
If the manual gearbox has problems shifting from 1st to 2nd or 5th to 6th and a loose wiggle when in neutral, then most likely the bushing has worn. The bushing is made from plastic and can wear out quickly, this can be easily replace with an aluminium bushing (£50) made by Hill Engineering.

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Bodywork

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Carefully check the aluminium body panels for any minor surface corrosion and also check for surface corrosion behind the front grills. The black paint found in the door hinge area and under the windscreen can flake off to show the body colour. Check each rear light to make sure none of them are loose as the plastic brackets that hold rear lights can easily break. A new rear light unit will cost £230 - some owners have glued them back together. These are all minor items and can be easily fixed.
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Interior

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Check the seats and gear knob for general wear.
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Wheels / Tyres

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The F430 19 inch wheels are prone to damage due to the low profile tyres. Check each wheel to make sure the rims are not bent. A new wheel will cost £700.

Front Tyres - 235/35/19 £206 Each
Rear Tyres - 285/35/19 £360 Each

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Brakes

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The F430 standard steel brakes are very good, but there was a £9,000 optional extra of larger carbon ceramic brakes that use 6 pot callipers instead of the 4 pot callipers. The carbon ceramic brakes do cost more as you can see below:

Brake Pads
Steel Brake Cost - Front Pads £288, Rear Pads £228
CCM Brake Cost - Front Pads £444, Rear Pads £420

Brake Discs
Steel Brake Cost - Front Disc £250 each, Rear Disc £250 each
CCM Brake Cost - Front Disc £1,900 each, Rear Disc £1,950 each

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Electrics

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Suspension

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