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Ferrari F430: Buying guide and review (2004-2009)

Ferrari F430: Buying guide and review (2004-2009) Classic and Performance Car
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Released in 2004, the F430 was the latest in a line of mid-engined V8 ‘entry level’ Ferraris, taking over the mantle from the 360. It featured Enzo-inspired sharp-edged styling, and was considered by most to be an improvement on the 360’s somewhat rounded lines. 
 
The engine was an all-new unit with size upped to 4.3-litres, and a commensurate increase in power and torque. With 483bhp trumping the 360’s 400bhp and a wider power band, performance was much improved. A new E-Diff ensured that all that power was more equally distributed between the rear wheels, and an updated F1 transmission cut shift times significantly. The 430 was also the first to receive the now ubiquitous manettino switch, which allowed drivers to select from a variety of pre-programmed suspension, throttle and electronic differential settings. 
 
All this technology made for a class-leading vehicle in 2004, and the Ferrari F430 is still a rapid and desirable junior supercar today, with few new cars able to offer a similar level of speed and style for the money. 
 
Which one to buy?
 
The F430 was initially made launched as a Berlinetta, with the Spider following a year later. This was the last mid-engined V8 Ferrari offered with a manual gearbox, and not many were specified with this option at that. Their rarity does mean that they carry a premium over the F1 paddle shift examples. Carbon Ceramic brake discs were optional until 2007 when they became standard fitment. The standard discs are fine for road use (and some say they provide better feel) however the ceramics are recommended if regular track days are going to be on the agenda.
 
The 430 Scuderia is a lightened and more powerful version that made an appearance in 2007. This was followed by the Scuderia Spider 16M in 2008, which was released to celebrate Ferrari’s 16th World constructors championship in Formula 1. With only 499 16Ms produced, it’s very difficult to find one for sale today.
 
The paddle shift gearbox is much improved over earlier attempts, and received some upgrades during production to improve shift times and smooth changes at lower speeds. Clutches do wear out quicker than the manual counterparts while driving in heavy traffic can further increase wear. Compared to the latest transmissions, the F430’s system can feel a bit outdated but it is still a pleasant system to use.
 
Colour and trim specs were not limited to the traditionally red/cream or red/black combos of the ‘80s so you have a far wider choice of trim. The Scuderia examples featured distinctive twin lines running the length of the car, as well as modified bumpers.
 
A number of track-only cars were produced, called the F430 Challenge, and racing versions such as the F430 GTC and F430 GT3 campaigned successfully in a number of championships around the world.
 
Performance and specs
 
Ferrari F430 Berlinetta
Engine 4308cc 32valve DOHC V8 
Power 483bhp @ 8500 rpm 
Torque 483lb ft @ 5250rpm
Top speed 196mph 
0-60mph 3.8 seconds 
Fuel consumption 15.4mpg 
Insurance group 50
Gearbox Six-speed manual/Six-speed F1 electrohydraulic manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2600mm
Length 4512mm
Width 1923mm
Height 1214mm
Weight 1450kg
 
Common problems
 
• The F430 is a generally reliable car with no real problem areas. Servicing costs can be cut significantly by using a reputable specialist rather than Ferrari main dealers.

• Clutches on the F1 gearbox cars do not last long with some examples needing replacement every 15,000 miles or even sooner.  Manual cars are a bit easier on their clutches but heavy actuation and a high catching point will indicate a replacement is due soon. Flywheels require replacing every second clutch change.

• Camchains replaced cambelts in the 430, so the dreaded three-yearly engine removal of older mid-engined Ferraris does not affect this car. 

• Exhaust manifolds can crack, which is a relatively common problem. Some specialists can weld-repair them, saving you the exorbitant cost of buying a new one.

• The suspension bushes wear out relatively quickly leading to the complete wishbone assembly requiring replacement. Once again, specialists can re-bush the existing items at a reduced cost.

• Carbon Ceramic brakes were an option from the beginning and became standard from 2007 onwards. The discs are meant to last the life of the car, but the pads are very pricey to replace. Standard discs and pads on the earlier models are well up to the task of retarding the car and are cheaper to replace, however over the life of the car the extra expense of the steel disc replacement can reduce the overall savings.

• Rust is not an issue yet, however it is worth checking over the bodywork for signs of accident damage. Rear light brackets can break causing the lights to move around in their mountings. A replacement unit will be required if this is the case.

• Some owners have complained of fragile wheel rims, which buckle easily if driven over potholes so it is worth checking if there are any cracks inside the rim face.
 
Model history

2004: Ferrari F430 released, replacing the 360. Initially only available in the hard top Berlinetta body style. Six-speed manual and six-speed F1 style electrohydraulic manual transmission options available
2005: F430 Spider body style introduced
2007: 430 Scuderia released featuring a more power (503bhp) and weight reduced by 100kg. Improved transmission software decreases shift times. Carbon Ceramic brakes become standard
2008: Scuderia Spider 16M introduced in a limited run of 499 units. Featuring more powerful engine and weight reduction as in hard top 430 Scuderia
2009: Final F430 built making way for its 458 successor
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk
• independentferrariservicing.co.uk
• www.ferrariclubracing.co.uk
 
Summary and prices
 
Higher mileages are more common than with other Ferraris, as their reliability and ease of use meant that many owners used them as regular transport as well as a weekend toy. Early F430s start at around £70,000 with a premium paid for the Spider and manual examples.
 
Scuderia’s range between £130,000 and £180,000, with the 16M Spiders closer to £300,000. As these cars are more collectible, low mileages and few owners significantly affect the asking price. 
 
The Ferrari F430 is a great supercar car whatever specification you choose, it still delivers great performance and an engaging drive today. With reasonable running costs and a decent amount of choice available, you can find the perfect car to suit your needs.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 9th Dec 2015
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  • Ferrari F430

    £142,995 £142,995

    Variant: Scuderia This particular F430 Scuderia was supplied by Charles Pozzi Paris (main Ferrari importer to France) one previous french owner, imported to the UK in 2015. Presented in imaculate Nero daytona metallic with Carbon fibre racing seats, factory fitted sound system & speakers, Xenon headlights, tyre pressure monitors, Red satin car cover / seat covers / battery conditioner, 20" forged grey rims (matching the body stripe), tracker. Supplied with complete Ferrari book pack and two sets of factory keys. Optional extras & upgrades: Grigio corsa stripe (factory painted), Nera alcantara seats with 3d fabric centres & extended matching roof lining, full factory fitted 3 point race seat blets / black with matching Yellow stiching Galio Fly Yellow stitching throughout interior with Ferrari head rest emblems also in Yellow, Galio Fly Yellow rev counter, Galio Fly Yellow brake calipers, Galio Fly Yellow and alcantara floor mats , Ferrari wing shields, Alcantara fitted across the rear firewall, Road leagal fatory fitted roll cage covered in alcantera, extra alcantara on the inside sills & driver / passenger footwells, carbon fibre interior package inc paddles & door sills, carbon fibre steering wheel with led"s, upgraded sound system (new speakers & head unit / original supplied), Front half of the car, side sills & rear diffuser covered in paint protection film. Main dealer service history, charles pozzi paris, 31/03/2010, 08/04/2011, 12/09/2012, 25/06/2013, 03/10/2014, 04/12/2015 then Foskers Ferrari specialists 04/12/2015, 08/12/2016, 24/11/2017. In 2016 this Scuderia won 2nd in class -Gold award at The Ferrari Owners Club annual Concours. For more information about this Ferrari 430 Scuderia for sale in Kent, or to arrange an appointment, please contact our sales team on 01474 874555 or 07515 430430.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 24482 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
    For sale
    £142,995 £142,995
    Foskers-Foskers
  • 2008 (08) FERRARI F430 COUPE 4.3 SCUDERIA 2DR SEMI AUTOMATIC

    £129,995 £129,995

    Just arrived, please note listing is yet to be updated AMARI is delighted to offer you this fantastic, stunning example of the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, Semi Automatic, which has just arrived into stock, and truly is a great example, ready for the summer! This is a 2008 / 08 Left Hand Drive (Originally Supplied new to France) Registered Example, having covered only 24,730 Miles by 2 Lucky Owners from New. EXTERIOR The exterior is presented to you in the Rosso Corsa, featuring Grigio (Grey) Alloy Wheels, with Rosso Brake Calipers also Carbon Fibre Exterior Mirrors. INTERIOR The Interior is upholstered in Nero throughout the Race Style interior and Ferrari Race Seats, featuring Racing Harnesses in Nero (Black) also with extensive amount of Carbon Fibre all around. SPECIFICATION / OTHER INFORMATION The specification insists of: Radio/CD Rosso Brake Calipers Giallo Rev Counter All Original Manuals, Keys and Covers New Clutch Purchased in 2015, Approximately 4,000 Miles Ago New Tyres Fitted All Around in 2016 (Hardly Worn) HISTORY We have all Original Handbooks, Service book, and 2 Sets of Keys. If you would like more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact our sales team on 01772 663 777. Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

    • Mileage: 24730 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
    For sale
    £129,995 £129,995
  • Ferrari F430

    £179,990 £179,990

    Variant name:SCUDERIA ,Derivative:1 ,Variant: SCUDERIA Porsche Centre Cardiff are delighted to offer this very special car for sale that is an absolute stunner in all respects. The 430 Scuderia F1 is a very special machine that looks gorgeous and sounds incredible but the drive of it is really what the car is all about. Quite simply a breath taking experience. The 430 Scuderia was unveiled in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motorshow by Michael Schumacher and the car has been designed to be lighter and more powerful than the 430. The Scuderia is lighter by 100kg and more powerful producing 503Bhp @ 8500rpm. The gearbox has gained the superfast2 software to give the gear changes a quicker and sharper shift time. There is a new Traction Control system that combines the F1-Trac traction control from the 599GTB and stability control with the E-Diff electronic differential This Scuderia accelerates from 0-62mph in 3.6 secs and has a top speed of 198mph This car has is a Left Hand Drive model and comes with a full service history. The car was last serviced this year, by Dick Lovett Ferrari in Swindon. It is in fantastic condition and comes with all the original books and documentation. Please give us a call on 02920350911 f you would like further information or if you would like us to send you a video presentation of this fantastic piece of engineering.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 3000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
    For sale
    £179,990 £179,990
  • Ferrari F430

    £104,995 £104,995

    Variant: F1 Coupe Rosso Corsa with Crema Leather Interior, Nero Dashboard, Rosso Carpets, Crema Leather Headlining, Rosso Stitching, 19” Painted Alloy Wheels with Red Brake Callipers, Air Conditioning, Electronic Suspension, CST, Electric Daytona Seats with Heating, Front and Rear Parking Distance Control, Xenon Headlamps, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Carbon Fibre Inserts, Carbon Fibre Driving Zone, Giallo Instrumental Panel, RadioNavi System, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation and Stereo System with CD Player.

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 11500 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
    For sale
    £104,995 £104,995
  • Ferrari F430

    £87,000 £87,000

    Variant: Spider Ferrari’s F430 Spider is perhaps the company’s ultimate useable convertible. It offers just as much excitement and agility as the Berlinetta, but with the added bonus of being exposed to the howl of its 483bhp mid-mounted 4.3-litre V8. With acceleration from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 195 mph. Ferrari’s F1 gearbox, as fitted to this example, was upgraded in the F430 with cutting-edge software to allow gear changes taking just 150 milliseconds per shift. Contemporary road tests by the motoring media remarked that the drop-top lost nothing to the closed car in terms of performance, so it is arguably the more desirable model. The F430 came with adjustable suspension as standard, which - along with the electronic differential and transmission settings - is controlled by the steering wheel-mounted Manettino switch. This F430 Spider is presented in lustrous black (Nero) paintwork with the superbly comfortable and supportive electrically-operated seats in full beige leather. The exterior is highlighted by the bright red plenum chambers visible through the glass rear deck, 19-inch alloy wheels and the optional Giallo painted brake calipers. The F430’s first owner specified the optional Scuderia Ferrari wing shields, Giallo rev counter, carbonfibre dashboard trim and centre console. Inside the F430's luxurious cabin you’ll find climate control, electric windows and door mirrors, push-button start and satellite navigation. The original factory tool kit and very rare space saver tyre, not to mention the complete and original book pouch, remain with this beautiful Ferrari. Front and rear parking sensors round off the list of extra equipment on this beautiful Spider. This fantastic Ferrari has clearly been very well looked after by all of its previous owners, who have driven it sparingly, accumulating just 21,382 miles from new. For more information please contact our sales team on 01474 874555 or 07515 430430.

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 21382 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
    For sale
    £87,000 £87,000
  • FERRARI F430 2008 Auto 22500 Petrol Black SPIDER F1

    £94,950 £94,950

    ***CURRENTLY UNDERGOING FULL RETAIL PREPARATION, MORE UP TO DATE PHOTOS TO FOLLOW***;S G GROUP ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER TO THE MARKET A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF AN APPRECIATING SUPERCAR. THIS F430 COMES COMPLETE AND UP TO DATE WITH A FULL FERRARI SERVICE HISTORY, HAVING HAD ITS MAJOR SERVICE JUST OVER 4000 MILES AGO AND SERVICED THIS MONTH BY FERRARI. AS YOU WILL ALL KNOW IN 2008 THESE F430 HAD A COMPLETE OVERHAUL, SO EXTRAS SUCH AS CERAMIC BRAKES COMES AS STANDARD WHICH COST A FORTUNE IN PREVIOUS MODELS. THIS F430 HAS DAYTON SEATS WITH A VERY SLIGHT YELLOW STITCH WHICH BODES WELL WITH THE CARS APPEARANCE WITH THE YELLOW BRAKE CALLIPERS AND THE YELLOW GIALLO REV COUNTER. THIS F430 HAS HAD AN EXTREMELY EASY LIFE AND IS A CREDIT TO ITS FORMER OWNERS AND NOT ONE TO BE MISSED. PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO CALL IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU MAY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS OR ANY OF OUR OTHER CARS. VIEWINGS CAR BE ARRANGE AT EITHER OF OUR SUSSEX OR SURREY BRANCHES. PART EXCHANGE WELCOME, FULL DEALER FACILITIES AND FINANCE AVAILABLE.

    • Mileage: 22500 mi
    • Engine size: 4.308
    For sale
    £94,950 £94,950
  • Ferrari F430

    £119,995 £119,995

    The performance is simply breaktaking, with acceleration from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 195 mph. Fitted with a 6 speed Manual gearbox the F430 comes with adjustable suspension as standard, which - along with the electronic differential and transmission settings - is controlled by the steering wheel-mounted Manettino switch. This F430 Coupe is presented in the striking combination of Rosso Corsa with sumptuous, Crema hide with Red stitched seats. The stunning bright red plenum chambers are showcased through the glass window on top of the engine bay. Scuderia Ferrari wing shields, Red brake callipers. Cabin equipment includes climate control, electric windows and door mirrors, Ferrari stereo, yellow rev counter and push-button start. The original factory tool kit, complete book pouch accompany this Ferrari F430 Coupe. Foskers have freshly serviced. For more information about this Ferrari F430 Spider F1 for sale in Kent, or to arrange an appointment, please contact our sales team on 01474 874555

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 29000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
    For sale
    £119,995 £119,995
  • Ferrari F430

    £94,995 £94,995

    Variant: Coupe This stunning example was ordered with Metallic Black paintwork, with Yellow brake callipers. It is fitted with a 6 CD changer, and electrically operated "Daytona style" seats, Scuderia wing shields, tyre pressure monitors, Front and rear parking sensors, extended leather to headlining, Hi Fi Subwoofer. The car comes with climate control, 5 spoke alloy wheels, anti skid reduction, ABS, electric windows and mirrors, Power steering, Adjustable traction control via a steering wheel Manettino, Yellow rev counter, and a carbon drivers zone. Supplied by Maranello on 15.06.2007. 07.07.2008 Joe Macari, annual service @2970 07.08.2009 Joe Macari, 6250 service @5912 31.08.2010 Joe Macari, Annual service @6634 12.10.2011 Joe Macari , Annual service @7376 02.10.2012 MOT @8305 02.10.2012 Joe Macari, Annual service @8321 The car was then stored and then mot'd on 12.06.2014 MOT @ 8561 21/12/2015 @8,792 miles (annual 2 service) 17.12.2015 MOT @ 8774 21.12.2015 Joe Macari, Annual service @ 8792 17.12.2016 Foskers Annual service and clutch read at 50% worn @ 8904 17.12.2016 MOT @ 8904 Jan 2018 Foskers service @ 8993 For more information about this Ferrari F430 for sale in Kent, or to arrange an appointment, please contact our sales team on 01474 874555

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 8993 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
    For sale
    £94,995 £94,995
  • Ferrari F430

    £85,000 £85,000

    Full service history Ferrari F430 F1 in Rosso Corsa with Nero leather interior and Nero soft top. Factory shields and red calipers. Available to view now at Autofficina, please call 020 8391 0002 for more information.

    • Mileage: 25621 mi
    • Engine size: 4308
    For sale
    £85,000 £85,000
  • 2005 Ferrari F430 Coupe

    $112,500(£0) $112,500(£0)

    Chequered Flag is pleased to offer this Incredibly Well Kept and Heavily Optioned 2005 Ferrari F430 F1 Berlinetta in Grigio Silverstone on Nero Leather with only 17k miles. Options include: Ceramic Composite Brake System with Red Brake Calipers, 19” Challenge Wheels, Electrically Operated / Heated Daytona Seats, Ferrari Sport Exhaust (Dealer Installed / Original Included), Extended Leather: Door Sills, Rear Shelf, and Headliner, Silver Contrast Stitching, Red Tachometer, Carbon Fiber Vent Trim, HiFi Sound System w/ Subwoofer, Alpine Headunit with Bluetooth Connectivity (Factory Headunit Included), 6-Disc CD Changer, Protective Skid Plates, and 3M Clear Bra. Impeccably nice example, absolutely superb condition inside and out. Mechanically Excellent, with maintenance up-to-date with fully documented service history, which includes: Annual Service at GTO Engineering 3/17 with Clutch reading only 14.51% worn / 85.49% remaining. StickyRX refinishing on interior switches / handles. Leather Pouch with Owners Manuals, Spare Key, Tool Kit, and Air Compressor included. It would be tough to find another F430 as lovely, complete, and well taken care of as this one. For more information please

    For sale
    $112,500(£0) $112,500(£0)
  • 2006 FERRARI F430 4.3 COUPE 2d 479 BHP

    £129,990 £129,990

    Features For more info on this vehicle call our showroom on 01708 687670 This car has covered 13700 miles, is a 5 owner vehicle and is VERY LOW MILES, RED PIPING, FERRARI SERVICE HISTORY, DAYTONA SEATS, VERY RARE MANUAL CAR, SCUDERIA SHIELDS , CARBON INTERIOR, EXTRA LEATHER. Air Bag Driver, Air Bag Passenger, Alloy Wheels - Unspecified, Anti-Lock Brakes, Body Coloured Bumpers, Central Door Locking - Remote, Climate Control, Computer - Driver Information System, Deadlocks, Electric Windows - Front, Electronic Stability Programme, Head Restraints - Front, Immobiliser, Power-Assisted Steering, Seating Capacity - Two Seats, Seats Electric - Driver/Passenger, Traction Control System, Upholstery Leather Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information but errors may occur. Please check with a salesperson.

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 13700 mi
    For sale
    £129,990 £129,990
  • Ferrari F430 F1 Spider 2005

    €89,950(£0) €89,950(£0)

    Ferrari F430 F1 Spider 2005 fully dealer maintained This Ferrari was new delivered in 2005 in France. The F430 Spider F1 was provided with the beautiful Grigio Titanio (Ferrari nr. 2138) paint and original alloy wheels. The Ferrari was always dealer maintained and a lot of invoices are present. Recently the car has had major maintenance for more than € 16.000,-. Since maintenance the car has only driven 500 kms. The beautiful tailor-made interior is furnished with burgundy red leather. The driver has an on Formule 1 inspired steering wheel with startbutton and flippers. This F430 drives really great and is an impressive experience to drive. Since 2005 this F430 has driven 77.100 kms. The original V8 engine produces a marvelous and recognizable Ferrari sound. Car has Belgian title. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 2005
    For sale
    €89,950(£0) €89,950(£0)
  • Ferrari F430 SPIDER

    £79,995 £79,995

    About this Ferrari F430 SPIDER The Ferrari F430 is a sports car that was produced by the Italian car manufacturer Ferrari from 2004 to 2009. A successor to the Ferrari 360, it debuted at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. Its successor, the Ferrari 458, was unveiled on 28 July 2009. This particular example (formally my own car) was first registered in 2006 has been maintained to the highest degree by Ferrari with most recent service (clutch/brake pipes etc) carried out by reknowned specialist SMDG to the tune of over £5000. Stunning in Nero Daytona Black with matching black leather, hood and carpets.

    • Mileage: 33000 mi
    For sale
    £79,995 £79,995
  • FERRARI F430 SPIDER F1 - NERO BLACK METALLIC

    POA POA

    Information FERRARI F430 SPIDER F1 NERO BLACK 24,000 Miles Nero Black Coachwork Full Tan Leather Interior F1 Gearbox Active Suspension (Sport Mode Manteno) 19" Alloy Wheels (F430 Special) Becker Satellite Navigation Scuderia Wing Shields Rear Parking Sensors CD Changer Enhanced Sound system Creme Daytona seats with Ferrari Crests Fully Electric Seats Xenon’s lights with LED panels Full Climate control Wind Deflector Tracker System Full Ferrari Service History Original Tool Kit All the Manuals Present Carbon Fibre Interior Package Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 24000 mi
    For sale
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