What would put you off owning a Ferrari?

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Apart from the high cost of aquisition what would put you off from owning a Ferrari? Would you consider any other exotic car instead?
 

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You can get supercar performance in the comfort of a large saloon these days. Audi's S8 comes to mind. Sadly, price is still prohibitive for mortals such as me.

Mercedes Benz and BMW also offer silly money luxo rockets.

As for a Ferrari, I'm not sure I like the image that goes with it. Nor do I like the noise and uncomfortable interior.
 

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Depreciation is the biggest downside in my opinion. Plus there isn't any credibility with Ferraris anymore, not with the main 360s, 355s etc anyway.

Seeing how you can get real supercar beating power for £20k or less, combined with the appreciation and fun of building it yourself, there's just more appeal there for myself.
 

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Well their nice cars and I've always said to myself (and others) that if I had a lot of money (i.e. Lottery win) then I would like buy myself a dozen or so cars and a Ferrari would be one of them. But as for saving for one, well I guess the biggest turn-off would be the cost of running it (fuel, services) and maintenance when it breaks down.
 

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I suppose if you've got £200,000 plus to invest in an exclusive car that's only made in limited numbers then depreciation probably is not too much of an issue. You'd probably sell it for the same price after a year anyway, especially if it's done minimal miles.

But, the question is, why buy a driving machine to leave sat in the drive?

Even if I did have the cash I wouldn't buy a supercar such as a Ferrari or Lamborghini because I don't like the image and, frankly, they're bloody hard work to drive, and very, very uncomfortable.

I've had the privilege to drive a Ferrari 328GTS back in the early 1990's and, to be honest, it's not that much of a privilege really. Manual steering, heavy clutch, stiff brakes and a hair trigger throttle makes for hard work.

It's fun for an hour or so.
 

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2 words ariel atom.

does 0-60 in 2.8 secs and is more reliable, easier to service, and i can guarantee id have buckets more fun in that than a ferrari.

oh and the stupidly low price helps.
 

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But no boot or doors or roof! Blistering as it may be, it's not gonna get the women (or men) is it? I can't remember if the Atom has 2 seats or not!

My tuning car of choice would have 4-5 doors, just for the sake of occasional practicality.
 

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is the atom even avalible in monty carlo a dont think it ££ enough.

plus the atom runs on a honda type r engine with a supercharger bolted on to 300bhp. works out at 600bhp/tonne just a little less than a enzo never mind the 360 or 355

with the honda engine i know the 1 fitted to the s2000 can be tuned to 420bhp. i have seen much more packages for the civic engine so the same could be obtained. just thinking another 240bhp/tonne (840bhp/tonne ) 0-60 and ingear acc would just be scary fast. who really cares if its only got 1 or 2 seats it gets much more glances than a ferrari, lambo bugatti etc
 

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It still doesn't have a roof though, which is fine in Monte Carlo but it rains 154 days a year in sunny 'ol UK.

I don't think there's anyone that isn't enticed or attracted by a Ferrari, as long as you don't act like a pompous arse. I think that's the main issue with owning a Ferrari, you're possibly a knobber.
 

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nothing would put me off a ferrari....just got to not be a knob head poser,as for hard to drive,hair trigger thats the fun,my car is massive fun cos of its temperment,if i turn off the traction control in the rain its deadly,but damn fun lol,and nothing prepares you for the amount of people pointing and staring when they hear the engine
 

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is the atom even avalible in monty carlo a dont think it ££ enough.

plus the atom runs on a honda type r engine with a supercharger bolted on to 300bhp. works out at 600bhp/tonne just a little less than a enzo never mind the 360 or 355

with the honda engine i know the 1 fitted to the s2000 can be tuned to 420bhp. i have seen much more packages for the civic engine so the same could be obtained. just thinking another 240bhp/tonne (840bhp/tonne ) 0-60 and ingear acc would just be scary fast. who really cares if its only got 1 or 2 seats it gets much more glances than a ferrari, lambo bugatti etc
way better than any supercar i agree:D
 

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Italian build quality,

and standards of workmanship. They still don't convince me they are anywhere near the top of the tree for this.
 

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Don't even talk to me about that. I own 2 Fiats and one of thems modified quite a bit :embarrest:

I remember being naive enough to buy an Alfa-Sud Sprint. Beautifully built engine, just like most Italian engines as I subsequently found out as I re-built a Fiat OHC 4-cylinder and was very impressed with the engineering. It made the Vauxhall/GM OHC four cylinder I had re-built previously look like something made by the local blacksmith with the rough, simple engineering standard.

But the rest of the car was a nightmare; you couldn't take a bucket of water near it as it would have trouble starting. At night time you could hear parts of the bodywork falling off.

I thought things might have changed over the years but sadly not. We have thirteen examples of Italian-built helicopters here that must cost well over 12 million dollars a piece and un-believably, bits even fall off them.
Our engineers are dumb-founded.
 

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sadly imo ferrari is put in 3 categories of owner
(1) the rich man who wants to show of his wealth buys a supercar and think it makes him/her the best driver in the world and all lesser cars/drivers have to abide to what ever they want cause they own a ferrari (sad i know but true)
(2) a rich car fennatic who want's the best car possible for the track then wants more power and handleing cause a ford escort cosworth (or equivelent) left them for dead on the bends
(3) a true car fannatic (usually race car drivers) so still have lots of money but know how to use the car like it should

now for me the lamborgini falls into the same bracket

but the modern porsche seems to be the supercar that the average working man could still afford and still get brilliant performance and handleing (if trained right)

but to me apart from the above stated i would rather spend £100k on a mk3 astra and have something quicker, better handleing and something more unique than owning a bog standard car that only rich pr!cks can afford!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bigsmile:
 

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but to me apart from the above stated i would rather spend £100k on a mk3 astra and have something quicker, better handleing and something more unique than owning a bog standard car that only rich pr!cks can afford!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bigsmile:

I'm with you 100%. Imagine the look on the drivers face when you whip him in a mk3 Astra lmao.
 

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I'm with you 100%. Imagine the look on the drivers face when you whip him in a mk3 Astra lmao.

this is my point mate why spend £250,000
on a car that is just a status symbol (unless in the right hands) when you could spends £100,000 on a car that is more rare/unique and handles better and goes faster (whatever base car you use!!) :cool:
 

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Same reason as already mentioned for me. I'm a fan of Saloons and some of them are monsterously quick... new RS6 for example!!
 

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Same reason as already mentioned for me. I'm a fan of Saloons and some of them are monsterously quick... new RS6 for example!!

You'd get no distress noises from this camp. All the super-cars are much about ego and vanity.
"Hey, look at me I must be famous."

Some people prefer to enjoy quick cars with a quieter approach and believe in the addage.
"Don't bring attention to yourself." or "Don't make yourself famous."

Not having an identity problem or the need to "put one over" on anybody.... much prefer the Q-car type of approach; e.g. a de-badged good-looking car with a monstrous engine, drive-train and capable chassis and suspension/steering/brakes.
It's a preferred approach for some, and much more practical to these people than owning some exotic, high maintenance, highly strung "pose-mobile."

But there are exceptions to the norm....if the choice was an un-adulterated super-car that was a 100% effort for engineering excellence and mechanical power, then I could be tempted with just one of these examples (track version):-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1KmxJ6Daic
 
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The ferrari 360 is really well built, reliable (from experience so far...), easy to drive and totally quiet when you want it to be.

I think either some people are not talking from experience or are considering possibly older generations of Ferraris.

From monte carlo to halfway up the A1 in a day and had no bad back, could hold a conversation without raising voice etc, its even pretty good on fuel considering! 25mpg +

Its not mine btw :p
 

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I can only speak from a friends experience, he had hankered for a Ferrari F430 for ages, finally saved up for one only for it to go back to the dealer on three separate occasions plus some oik decided to peel the badge off of the bonnet with a screwdriver causing £5000's worth of damage! He has now sold the Ferrari!
 

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Apart from the high cost of aquisition what would put you off from owning a Ferrari? Would you consider any other exotic car instead?

Always been a fan of the 911 turbo myself, if I ever won the lottery i'd be round to the porsche dealer within minutes of finding out.
 

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i wouldnt buy a ferrari, not big headed or nothing, but i see them pretty much every day, there like a common car now. thing with me i like to be different thats why i wouldnt own one
 

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ferrari's are amazing cars but just to common these days. bankers, footballs and posh people have them. id rather spend £70,000 on the nissan gt-r r35. as it has the looks of a ferrari. handles better than 1 and has the same power. also its enginered to perfection.;)
 

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Hi all
I’m new to this site but I can’t believe what I’m reading…….comparing a modern Ferrari with a Ariel Atom, your kidding right??????? A skateboard with wheels to a car with breading and distinction.
You have obviously never owned one!!
If its all about speed go and get a fireblade.
I’m getting the impression that all the guys that are putting this car down have never owned one, if that’s the case, go hire one first, then slag it off trust me you will find lots of things to get annoyed about, like you cant sit in first gear, it puts you back in neutral if you don’t start it with 30 seconds you have to lock and unlock it again ect ect you cant drive it everyday as you would end up with a spinal injury, everyone looks at you like you just slept with their daughter!! (OK you probably did well lets face it the car has got some good points.)

This car has character, yes you do have the badges nicked and the occasional numpty will spit at it, but the sound of that engine and the feel of the drive is amazing, I have been lucky enough to have owned one, sold it in 9 months due to the way you get treated in it, not because the car was bad, because it brings out the worst in idiots.

I recommend you drive a 355, 360 or 430 if you get the chance its not just about speed, the car has something special about it your never entirely sure what it is but it makes you smile the minute you open the door.
 

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there are other supercars that are comfotable, you can drive everyday and wont break your heart,
its called the honda nsx and before someone replies its not in the league of a ferrari, its only a honda
well its only an expensive fiat, and thats why i wouldnt buy a ferrari

welcome to the forum biagio
 

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I agree 100% with the if you're gonna buy a kit-car thing just buy a bike comment. However, I have driven a 360 and it's a very good car but I couldn't justify the £80k+ price tag, it just doesn't feel like you're driving an 80k car. Well it's not really is it. Let's face it you're paying £80k for a badge and a posing-mobile. Honest truth my Punto GT is way more fun to drive.

I know two people that have had nice 'rari's and they both sold them after a short period time mostly for the very reason you say, the way people act towards it and the whole image of looking like a posing pratt. With some people it's down to jelousy but you can't deny you see the same sort of blokes driving by in red Ferrari's with Ray Bans on and a tight top.

Real men with that sort of money buy RS200's or Lancia Hyena's/Stratos, rich hairdressers with little furry dogs buy "soft" Ferrari's.

All in my opinion of course.
 
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Decrease is the biggest problem i think. Plus there isn't any stability with Ferraris currently, not with the key 360s, 355s etc anyway.
 

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If money no object non of supercars will get my (real) attention. I do like to see them on streets and hear them accelerating but i don't see myself as Ferrari owner.
Blistering performances is something you can't use often, altough I would like too feel some of it.
In other hand there is matter of being different kind of filthy rich man than ussual.
My choise could be some Wiesman, or Morgan (very unknown here!), or heavily tuned Supra or Delta Integrale...
Maybe Jag XK120 or 150....
Altough, speaking of Ferrari 250 GTO comes to mind.
Or just plain Porsche 911 (993) Carerra 4s black with brown lether and no mods - even with stock wheels...Is that an blasphemy here? :lol:
Just daydreaming!

So, the final answer would be - because there is a lot interesting cars, but almost everyones minds is set into Ferrari. Let's show some more insight.


EDIT: And of course some of Aston Martins are highly ranked in my style list!
 
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