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    Hi guys,

    Looking for some advice here.....I'm selling my Ariel atom and looking at buying a 360 just need some help.

    What should I be looking for, for around 45k?

    Manual or f1 box?

    What's the running costs? Service etc?

    What should I look for before buying? Are there any good companies that specialise in checking scar out before I buy?

    Many thanks

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by smclean35 View Post
    What should I look for before buying?
    All the previous threads asking exactly the same question is a good start

    Here's a couple

    http://www.clubscuderia.co.uk/forum/...g-to-buy-a-360

    http://www.clubscuderia.co.uk/forum/...4-Buying-a-360
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    Quote Originally Posted by smclean35 View Post
    Hi guys,
    What should I look for before buying? Are there any good companies that specialise in checking car out before I buy?
    360 buying guide from one of our sponsors :- http://www.walkersport.co.uk/360-buying-guide.htm

    I'm sure that Tim (from Walkersport) would carry out a PPI - he has a very good reputation.

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    Hi

    Like you, I am looking for a 360. Have been for a few months now. Tim at Walkersport has been very helpful on the telephone and I would reiterate that his buying guide is excellent.

    My budget was also 45K, it seems to have crept up a bit now! I have decided to look at late, lowish mileage, F1 box spiders in Red/TDF Blue/ Yellow or Black, preferably with a cream interior. Everyone taste is different though.

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    Potentially welcome to 360 ownership

    As you will know, there are a few weak spots in the design such as ball joints, alarm system battery etc. but these are kind of minor compared to their reliability. 360's were clearly made for all conditions and anyone to drive them, go shopping, commute and go very fast.

    It seems that most people go for an F1, but I most definitely wanted a manual, with which you can expect a slower change and often cold 2nd gear reluctance. Who knows, maybe manuals will become more rare and perhaps more desirable as the 360 gets older and everyone's daily has an F1 system.

    360's are as diy as most other cars apart from the SD1 computer stuff for belts and F1 clutch setup.

    Be prepared for the fuel consumption you would expect from such a car. Annual services seem to run around 500 and I would go for a well know independent establishment for the service history. I would not be interested in a car which had a full Ferrari service history, because IMHO whilst they do what it required, they do not necessarily go the extra that an independent will in servicing and preparing your car each year.

    When I was looking for my 360 last year there was only one that fit my requirements of spec./mileage/cost in the country. I bought it from the Ferrari Centre in Kent. The car needed around 4500 worth of work as part of the deal and so I came away with a 360 with ALL the common issues freshly sorted including ball joints, belts service, alarm battery, some paint work, and two pages worth of bits and pieces that needed sorting all with new parts. The work was documented and photographed and so in my mind I started with a much better car than one where I wasn't particularly aware of what had been done on it. The Ferrari Centre carried out all the work to the standard expected, but did not particularly detail the car. I think perhaps a smaller independent would spend more time and detail the car better and this comes from experience. That wasn't a problem for me and I was perfectly happy with the service provided by the Ferrari Centre.

    This left me with my new toy, which was fully sorted but in need of some tooth brush action. I spent about a month detailing it, removing the wheels, various arch liners and just cleaning everywhere. This was the fun bit

    Check out the exhaust silencer if it is still a standard one. The insulating material behind the outer casing of it is poor quality and breaks down to emit endless amounts of white powder all over your lovely clean engine. I have carried out an autopsy on one and the best solution is to fit an after market silencer if you can live with it being louder.

    You can read my running journal of ownership (and previously 308 ownership) and see some pictures as I went through the car here

    https://www.facebook.com/OwningAFerrari360

    and here

    http://leegriffiths.blogspot.com/

    Lee

    ps, happy to answer any more questions if I can

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    Hello Lee, been a while. I was not aware you bought your car from KHPC. They PPI'd mine and did some of the initial work.
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    Many thanks for the comments,

    has anyone bought from this garage? was looking at this 360 spider.....thoughts:

    http://www.ktc-supercars.co.uk/produ...c.php?car=2654

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    Keighley Trade Centre. You can search them easy enough.

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    yeh I've had a look online, are they a good/reliable dealership ?

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    I just wanted to jump in with my experience, I bought a 360 last year and I am just finishing off my first year of ownership.

    Manual or F1 is your choice, drive both, see what you think. After doing that, it was manual for me. The centre console in the F1 seemed wrong to me, not Ferrari looking or right.

    Get any car inspected, properly, as people have said, Tim is good here. But there are plenty of good independant specialist who will do the PPI if it is too far for Tim. Listen to what the person or the report says and take it in, there are bad 360s out there and you will end up with a huge bill if you don't.

    A good service record is vital, but not for the stamp. The fact the servicing has been done is what you need to know, failure to properly service these cars leads to problems. People think you can skip the gearbox oil or brake fluid change every major service. You can't.

    I looked at a car with full service history and Ferrari main dealer bills for parts dating back years, looked good until the car was inspected and it turns out the brake fluid had never been changed and the ABS modulator and Brake master cyclinder were knacker, 2.5K to sort. The gearbox oil was at leats 8 years old and was like syrup.

    Service is not as cheap as you think, the basic service may be 500, but I doubt you would ever get a 10 year old car serviced and MOT without any issues, even if you do low miles per year you need to allow a good amount for maintanence per year. 1.5K seems reasonable for minors, 2.5K for the major. To put it in perspective, my car was inspected and pass with good colours last may. 900 miles later and the service bill for the major was 3.5K this week.

    Would I have done it differently after knowing what was in store? Hmmmmm, nope. Nothing like driving a Ferrari down a country road at 8K rpm. Anyother point, these cars work all weather, mine was out in the snow and ice, rain or sun. I used mine over winter, no issues, started first time, traction control took care of the ice and it was fun.

    Buy a good one and start smiling

    Neil

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