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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 Spider

    £149,995 £149,995

    Variant: Manual - 2006 55 Rosso Corsa with Nero Soft Top Roof, Beige Leather Interior, Nero Dashboard, Cuoio Carpets, Rosso Stitching, Giallo Instrumental Panel, 19” Alloy Wheels with Red Brake Callipers, Carbon Dash Inserts, Beige Large Racing Seats, Battery Charger UK + Prewiring, Roll Bar in Beige, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Airbags, Security System with NavTrak.

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 18000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
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  • 2008 Ferrari F430 Scuderia

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    Ferrari F430 Additional Information Metallic Nero Daytona with Nero Alcantara and Yellow stitched interior. 2008/58, one previous owner. The Scuderia is 220 pounds lighter in weight than the standard F430. Complete with the balance of Ferrari warranty until 16/10/2011. PLEASE CALL KEVAN HUMPHREY ON 07733 366 530 (ANYTIME).

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 10100 mi
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  • 2006 Ferrari F430 Spider F1

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    Ferrari F430 Additional Information Stunning 2006 Ferrari F430 Spider. For the Ferrari owner who wants something a little different. This is the classic alternative colour combination of Tour de France Blue complemented by a gorgeous Crema interior, this colour combination rarely becomes available. This 430 has been meticulously main dealer maintained and has 29,000 miles on the clock. The current owner has added red brake calipers and blue seat belts, supplied by Ferrari and fitted by us here at Autofficina.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 29900 mi
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  • 2009 Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16m

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    Ferrari F430 Additional Information Only 499 manufactured worldwide, a future classic. Being 80Kg lighter than a standard 430 spider with 510BHP as opposed to 479BHP. Main dealer service history details; January 2011 at 1,839 by H.R Owen London. April 2012 at 3,848 by Dick Lovett, Swindon.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 7050 mi
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  • 2008 Ferrari F430 Spider

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    Ferrari F430 Additional Information Grigio Silverstone with Sabbia leather Daytona style seats with grey inserts. Black carpet. Roll bar and rear bench in leather with dark grey stitching. All Ferrari models are supplied with the Autofficina in house Premier Warranty covering your purchase and giving you peace of mind for 6 months* or 6000 miles whichever is sooner. *Option to upgrade to 12 or 24 month Premier or Premier Plus Warranty at extra cost. Conditions apply. T&C''s available on request.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 9490 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 Scuderia 16M Spider

    £344,950 £344,950

    The F430 Scuderia was unveiled by Michael Schumacher at the Frankfurt Motor show in July 2007 and was the most potent road-legal version of the 430 produced by the factory. A gap had been left since the 360 Challenge Stradale production ended in 2005, and this model filled the void by being lighter, more powerful, rawer and technologically more advanced than its standard sibling. 

Thanks to a high compression motor with re-mapped engine management and a sports exhaust, output was increased from 483 to 510bhp, this being developed at an unchanged 8500rpm. This increase in performance gave the Scuderia a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 197 mph. The F1 transmission also came in for some attention, Scuderia's used Ferrari's latest generation 'Superfast' software that reduced gearchange time to just 60 milliseconds. Other important developments were made including a new traction control system that combined the E-Diff electronic differential and the F1-Trac traction and stability control in a single integrated system; E-Diff-2. Ride-height was dropped by 15mm, firmer springs and dampers were installed along with bigger carbon ceramic brake discs. The front ca

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  • Ferrari F430

    £159,993 £159,993

    Variant name:SPIDER F1 ,Variant: SPIDER F1 - One Owner From New, Only 500 Miles. World Class Example 'Here's a milestone car. The F430 was the first no-buts Ferrari, the first Maranello product for which no excuses needed to be made. It was regarded by most critics as, if not perfect, as close to theoretical Ferrari road-car perfection as a Ferrari had ever been' (John Simister, EVO magazine, March 12th 2013). Unveiled at the Geneva Salon in March 2005. Styled by Pininfarina under the guidance of Frank Stephenson, the F430 Spider features a reinforced windscreen and twin steel rollover hoops and can retract its fabric roof under an aluminium 'double bubble' tonneau cover in twenty seconds. The elliptical air intakes which dominate its nose recall those of the Ferrari 156 'Sharknose' F1 car, while its tail treatment echo that of the marque's revered Enzo hypercar. Naturally, such throttle induced music is best enjoyed roof down aboard a Spider! Notable as the penultimate naturally-aspirated, V8 mid-engined Ferrari and built in smaller numbers than its 458 successor, the F430 remains a 'tour de force' for any enthusiast driver. The 8th digit VIN is 'C' which denotes that it was built to right-hand specification for the UK market. F430 production finished in 2009 and so presumably the Spider was dry stored until being first UK road registered on 26th July 2012. This particular example has formed part of an extensive London-based private collection since new. With just over 400 miles to its odometer, this stunning F430 Spider is offered for sale with original book pack and invoices detailing H.R. Owen services at 92, 225 and 336 miles plus one from Jack Barclay for £2,700 worth of colour styling. A true contender for the best example in the world.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 500 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
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  • Ferrari F430 Spider F1 |

    £97,850 £97,850

    Specification MAKE Ferrari MODEL F430 Spider F1 COLOUR Nero Daytona YEAR 2008/08 MILEAGE 12900 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional low mileage Ferrari F430 Spyder. Finished in Nero Daytona with Crema and Nero Carpets. Supplied with our 12 month warranty. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Electric Windows, Electrically Adjustable Exterior Mirrors, Electrically Adjustable Seats, 19" Alloy Wheels, Air Conditioning, OPTIONAL EXTRAS Yellow Brake Calipers, Daytona Style Seats, Carbon Fibre Rear Moulding, Heated Front Seats, i-Pod Connectivity, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Radionavi System, Bluetooth Telephone Connectivity, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Roll Bar in Crema, Daytona Upholstered Rear Bench, High Power Hi Fi with Subwoofer, Black Soft Top, Yellow Instruments. TRANSMISSION F1 Style Gearbox ENGINE CAPACITY 4308 STANDARD POWER (BHP) 483 PRICE £97,850 Interested in vehicle × INTERESTED IN VEHICLE Ferrari F430 Spider F1 Submit Close Form Print vehicle details E-Mail to a friend × E-MAIL TO A FRIEND Ferrari F430 Spider F1 Bramley have a Ferrari F430 Spider F1 avai

    • Mileage: 97850 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 4,3 Spider F1

    €101,400(£90,408.24) €101,400(£90,408.24)

    Ferrari F430 4,3 Spider F1 Equipment: Ekstrem fin stand Fuld service bog medfølger manualer værktøj Lommelygte osv Velegnet til Leasing ring for tilbud.

    • Year: 2006
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  • Ferrari F430 F1

    £109,995 £109,995

    The F430 is sensational. It isn’t as fast in a straight line as some of its competitors, but the blend of drivability, excitement, immediacy, and purity is unmatched. It sings to you and embodies everything we love about Italian cars. The car has a 4.3 litre naturally aspirated V8, still in use in modified and direct-injected form in the current 458 Italia. It's the totality, the greatness of the entire package that mesmerizes here. The Pininfarina-styled aluminum bodywork looks stunning from every angle, the aluminum space-frame chassis forms a rigid base for the suspension to operate with utmost precision, and the 4.3-litre 490hp V-8 revs to a rarefied 8500 rpm. The angry cry of stressed metal and most high-strung exhaust note this side of Formula 1 leave an indelible impression. Weight is 3,200 pounds, but big tyres and some very advanced computer software (including the stuff it took to run a lightning-fast-for-its-day 60ms paddle-shift transmission) meant 0-60 took a mere 3.8 seconds. Every review of the car glowed with praise. Handling was supposedly fantastic. This was the first car that started the now-cliche trope that the electronics actually helped the driving experience

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 109995 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 Coupe F1

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    Make: Ferrari Model: F430 Coupe First Registered: 25/07/2008 (08) Mileage: 24,491 Previous Owners: 0 Engine: 4.3 Ltr Transmission: F1 Paint Colour: Rosso Corsa Red Trim Colour: Beige Leather Carpet Colour: Red Doors: 2 Seats: 2 MOT: TBA TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 24491 mi
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  • 2006 Ferrari F430 F1 Spider

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    (SOLD) This like new Ferrari with only 12,000 miles is an amazing car. It is vibrant Giallo Modena with black leather complementary stitched in yellow throughout. The car is fit with Daytona seats that are power-operated and it has carbon fiber trim elements that are seen on the upper and lower dash, plus the radio surround and center console. Leather is utilized on the rear shelf and door panels, again with the visually inspiring yellow stitching. The stereo sound system features a factory subwoofer and CD changer. The tachometer is distinctive with a yellow face, while the balance of the instrumentation features black gauges. Through the steering and suspension, the F430 superbly connects the driver to the road. This is one of the top cars available for maximum driving thrills. The car includes books, tools, maintenance records, and a clean CarFax.

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 12500 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari F430 SPIDER

    £84,995 £84,995

    Make: Ferrari Model: F430 Spider First Registered: 04/01/2006 (55) Mileage: 25,908 Miles Previous Owners: 3 Engine: 4.3 Ltr Transmission: F1 Paint Colour: Argento Nurburgring Trim Colour: Nero Daytona Leather with Rosso Inserts Carpet Colour: Rosso Doors: 2 Seats: 2 MOT: 12 Months TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 25908 mi
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  • FERRARI F430 Spider F1

    £99,950 £99,950

    Satellite Navigation Bluetooth Telephone Carbon Ceramic Brakes Yellow Brake Calipers Challenge Style Alloys Carbon Fibre for Driving Zone Carbon Fibre Rear Moulding Challenge Style Grille Giallo Instrument Dial iPOD Connection High Power HiFi with Sub Woofer Scuderia Shields Front and Rear Parking Sensors Large Racing Seats Giallo Special Stitching Throughout Carbon Dashboard Inserts Carbon Fibre Front Splitter Sports Exhaust LED Light Upgrade UK Supplied Great Condition Throughout 19' Alloy Wheels Adjustable Steering Column Carbon-ceramic Brake Central Door Locking F1 Paddle Shift Gearbox Hi-Fi system with bluetooth Delivery Available Financing Available Full Service History

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 18000 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 Coupe F1

    £79,995 £79,995

    Make: Ferrari Model: F430 Coupe First Registered: 01/09/2006 (56) Mileage: 47,686 Previous Owners: 2 Engine: 4.3 Ltr Transmission: F1 Paint Colour: Grigio Silverstone Trim Colour: Tan Leather Carpet Colour: Tan Doors: 2 Seats: 2 MOT: 12 Months TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 47686 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari F430 Scuderia

    £139,995 £139,995

    Make: Ferrari Model: F430 Scuderia First Delivered: 22/07/2009 Mileage: 33,977 Miles - 54,682 Kilometers Previous Owners: 1 Engine: 4.3 Ltr Transmission: F1 Paint Colour: Rosso Scuderia Trim Colour: Carbon Black Grey Red Carpet Colour: N/A Doors: 2 Seats: 2 MOT: TBA TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 33977 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari F430 Spider F1

    £104,995 £104,995

    This was the first car that started the now-cliche trope that the electronics actually helped the driving experience rather than detracted from it. Some called it the best car in the world, ever, and would ever be, a divine presence, a distillation of all of man’s achievements into a single machine. The F430 Spider's shape is the result of lengthy testing and features a pronounced rear lip spoiler which is integrated into the end of the engine cover, new bigger rear air intakes that emphasise the car's muscular stance, and a new rear valance that incorporates a diffuser of competition derivation. Ferrari's soft-top includes a number of important technical features which give hints of the car's F1 pedigree, starting with the innovative electronic differential (E-diff), steering wheel-mounted rotary switch, known to the Scuderias drivers as the 'manettino', which allows the car's traction set-up to be adjusted easily and quickly. This low mileage, UK example comes in Rosso Corsa with Crema leather/red carpets upholstery. Long list of extras include electrically adjustable and heated 'Daytona' style seats, upgraded sound system with subwoofer and Becker CD player with satellite naviga

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 104995 mi
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  • 2006 FERRARI F430 GT2

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    This Ferrari F430 GT2 has a huge racing history and was raced in:  - 2006 - FIA GT driven by Peter Kutemann, Antoine Gosse and JP Malcher  - 2007 - Le Mans Series  - 2008 - Le Mans Series, 24h du Mans (4th in its category)  - Various races in 2009 (Winter Series, Le Mans Series), 2010 and 2011 (The whole racing history of this Ferrari F430 GT2 is available upon request.) This F430 GT2 chassis 2450 was in the same ownership since new and was raced and serviced by JMB. The engine has been overhauled by Michelotto in November 2012 and a shakedown has been completed two weeks later. The car never raced since. This Ferrari F430 GT2 is for sale with a spare engine and a lot of spare parts.

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  • Ferrari F430 Spider F1

    £106,995 £106,995

    Today the car presents in exceptional condition throughout and has covered just 7,100 Miles from new. It has just received a new set of tyres and a major service, and the current owner has owned it for just under ten years and is only the second owner. Accompanied by its complete and original book pack, spare key, Ferrari tool kit and tracking fobs this superb 430 Spider is located in our showrooms just outside London and available to view immediately.

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  • 2007 Ferrari F430 Spider

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    Nero Exterior with with Rosso Leather, Carbon Race Seats, Carbon Fibre Driving Zone, Rosso Leather Roll Bars, Red Brake Calipers, Carbon Fibre Rear Grille, Wind Deflector, Scuderia Shields, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, iPod Input and Nav Track. This is a superb example in great condition throughout. There is also added comfort in the knowledge that this F430 F1 Spider has a Full Ferrari Service History.

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  • Ferrari F430

    £87,990 £87,990

    Carbon Fibre Driving Zone, Full electric daytona seats, Scuderia ShieldsWe are pleased to offer this rare 2005 Ferrari F430 Spider for sale. Presented in Argento with Nero hide and titanium wheels this car looks stunning. This very well specified car comes with electric Daytona seats, Scuderia shields and carbon fibre driving zone.These cars have been increasing in value for some time now, and with a comprehensive service history and just 18,000 miles covered this car makes sense both as a very usable supercar and as an investment., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 18000 mi
    • Engine size: 4308
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