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Purchasing a "high" mileage 458...

 
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Purchasing a "high" mileage 458...

General question to anyone who might have an educated opinion as to the inherent risks involved in purchasing a high mileage 458... anything to be concerned about? When I say high mileage, I'm talking 20ish thousand miles or so. That seems to scare a lot of people when talking about Ferrari's. I'm currently driving a 911 Turbo S and it loves to be driven.

This wouldn't be a daily driver, just a weekend toy. I would like to know any issues with these cars... parts that need to be changed, maintenance or service that would creep up on you around those miles, or anything in general to be concerned about? Thanks for advise and options.
 
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Is it a dealer inventory car? Ferrari has its' own internal rules for selling "used" cars, and they have to pass muster/inspection (such as no paint work, etc.). That said, the true story isn't always as they portray it. So, caveat emptor ALWAYS applies even with dealing with authorized Ferrari dealers.

Still, I would be frightened off just by the mileage itself. Lots of these cars sit. And sit. And sit. Which isn't good. Better, maybe, to have a car that gets regularly used. Check clutch %age wear (easy SD2 or SD3 diagnostic). Maybe you can glean something out of the service records of the car, if they're available. Make sure you get a PPI, but a LOT of dealers and shops are starting to refuse to do them out of their own liability concerns.

Does the car have Classiche certification? Useful and, arguably, adds some value (but, IMO, Classiche is a farce and nothing more than a profit center for SpA that produces meaningless documents about a car at a single point in time).

Where's it been serviced and by which tech? Talk to that tech. Talk to the service manager. As a 458, it's likely still under the 7 (or is it 8?) year included maintenance program. Check to make sure it's been properly maintained.

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Originally Posted by CornersWell View Post
Is it a dealer inventory car? Ferrari has its' own internal rules for selling "used" cars, and they have to pass muster/inspection (such as no paint work, etc.). That said, the true story isn't always as they portray it. So, caveat emptor ALWAYS applies even with dealing with authorized Ferrari dealers.

Still, I would be frightened off just by the mileage itself. Lots of these cars sit. And sit. And sit. Which isn't good. Better, maybe, to have a car that gets regularly used. Check clutch %age wear (easy SD2 or SD3 diagnostic). Maybe you can glean something out of the service records of the car, if they're available. Make sure you get a PPI, but a LOT of dealers and shops are starting to refuse to do them out of their own liability concerns.

Does the car have Classiche certification? Useful and, arguably, adds some value (but, IMO, Classiche is a farce and nothing more than a profit center for SpA that produces meaningless documents about a car at a single point in time).

Where's it been serviced and by which tech? Talk to that tech. Talk to the service manager. As a 458, it's likely still under the 7 (or is it 8?) year included maintenance program. Check to make sure it's been properly maintained.

CW
Lots to think about, thank you for your detailed input!
 
 


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