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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

    £99,995 £99,995

    Grigio Titanio Metallic with Crema Leather Interior, Nero Dashboard and Carpets, Nero Headliner, Crema Stitching, 19” Alloy Wheels with Giallo Brake Callipers, Air Conditioning, CST, Power Hood, Xenon Headlamps, Stereo System with Single CD Player and Security System with NavTrak.

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 12200 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
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    £99,995 £99,995
    Meridien-Meridien Modena Ferrari - Lyndhurst
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  • 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

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    $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
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    £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

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    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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  • FERRARI F430 SPIDER MANUAL 9000 MILES - ROSSO CORSA

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    Information 2006/55 FERRARI F430 SPIDER (ROSSO RED) MANUAL 9,000 MILES Only 9,000 miles from new Manual, Rossa Corsa with Crema interior. Daytona seats with Red carpets. Full Ferrari main dealer service history. Electric seats, Yellow callipers, Electric roof, Cruise Control Climate Control Ferrari wing shields. This rare manual specification will be supplied with a Ferrari main dealer service. Absolutely pristine condition throughout, comes with all original books, tools kit and Cover etc. Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 9000 mi
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  • Ferrari F430

    £92,000 £92,000

    Full service history Ferrari F430 Coupe F1 with extremely low mileage in Nero Daytona with crema interior. Comes with factory shields, colour coded calipers, yellow rev counter and carbon vents. Available to view now at Autofficina, please call 020 8391 0002 for more information.

    • Mileage: 14023 mi
    • Engine size: 4308
    For sale
    £92,000 £92,000
  • Ferrari F430 Spider F1

    £94,995 £94,995

    2005 Ferrari F430 Spider F1. Presented in Rosso Scuderia with Crema leather and Rosso carpets. Factory options on this car include: Rosso stitching, Rosso piping, Daytona insets, electric seats, Crema roll hoops, carbon fibre driver zone, carbon fibre centre tunnel insert, Yellow rev counter, Scuderia wing shields and Red brake calipers. A great example in the ultimate Rosso with Crema colour combination.

    • Mileage: 17711 mi
    For sale
    £94,995 £94,995
  • Ferrari F430 SCUDERIA

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    Our fabulous lightweight F430 enjoys an extra 20 bhp over a standard car from its V8 engine, which in conjunction with its supermodel weight loss of 100 kilos over the full fat version gives this car formidable power to weight ratio. Finished in striking Nero metallic and factory silver twin body stripes with matching Alcantara trimmed carbon fibre sports seating. This example features the fullest specification including carbon fibre interior, 4 point belts, carbon ceramic brakes with yellow calipers, matching wheel centres and dials. The interior is complimented with yellow cross stitch to seating and trim. The car features Scuderia front wing badges. This is a 2 owner car with full Ferrari service history and will be supplied to its fortunate new owner with a fresh service in place to be carried out by Stratstone Ferrari. As you would expect with low owners and mileage this is an unmarked example of the rare right hand drive F430 Scuderia Coupe.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 8800 mi
    For sale
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  • Ferrari F430 Spider F1, Outstanding Example with Low Mileage, Beautiful colour combination, Extensive Carbon Fibre, Appreciating Assett

    £89,900 £89,900

    Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this highly sought after Ferrari F430 Spider F1. Without question the finest example we have seen for many a year and a truly beautiful colour combination of Nero Daytona Metallic complimented with Full Beige Leather Upholstery, Nero Contrast Stitch, Nero Roof and Nero Carpets. A Stunning Specification on this vehicle includes Yellow Brake Callipers, Carbon Fibre for Lower Cabin Zone, Carbon Fibre Dash and Air Vents, Carbon Fibre Instrument Surrounds, Electric Seats, Rev Counter in Giallo, Scuderia Shields, 19" Double 5 Spoke Anthracite Grey Alloy Wheels, Roll Over Hops In Nero Leather, Xenon Headlights, Cavalino Embossed Headrests, Dedication Plate in Silver plus much more . This outstanding vehicle also benefits from an extensive Ferrari and Specialist Service History completed at 8362 Miles, 9681 Miles, 14417 Miles, 16022 Miles, New Clutch, F1 Upgrade Pump and service at 20207 Miles and finally at 21652 Miles. Supplied with 2 keys and all original owners manuals, Tool Kit and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 430 mi
    For sale
    £89,900 £89,900
  • Ferrari F430

    £125,000 £125,000

    Full service history Beautiful example of a manual Ferrari F430 Coupe in Rosso Corsa with Crema interior and extremely low mileage. With carbon brakes, factory shields and carbon driving zone this F430 is available to view now at Autofficina, please call 020 8391 0002 for more information.

    • Mileage: 11630 mi
    • Engine size: 4308
    For sale
    £125,000 £125,000
  • Ferrari F430

    £99,995 £99,995

    Rosso Corsa with Crema Leather Interior, Nero Dashboard, Rosso Carpets, Crema Leather Headliner, Rosso Stitching, 19” Alloy Wheels with Rosso Brake Callipers, Climate Controlled Air Conditioning, Electronic Suspension, CST, Electric Daytona Seats, Rear Parking Distance Control, Xenon Headlamps, Yellow Rev Counter, Carbon Fibre Dashboard Inserts, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Airbags, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation, Stereo System and Security System with NavTrak. Ferrari Owners Club Concours Winner.

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 13600 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
    For sale
    £99,995 £99,995
  • FERRARI F430 SCUDERIA LHD 2009

    £162,500 £162,500

    Serving as the successor to the Challenge Stradale, the 430 Scuderia was unveiled by Michael Schumacher at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. Aimed to compete with cars like the Porsche RS-models and the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, it is lighter by 100 kg and more powerful at 503 bhp than the standard F430. ;;Ferrari claims that around their test track, Fiorano Circuit, it matches the Ferrari Enzo, and the Ferrari F430's successor, the Ferrari 458.;;Full details coming soon;;To arrange an appointment to view this car, please call the Showroom: 01223 755 911 or 07738 997 911. Viewing By Appointment

    • Mileage: 8500 mi
    For sale
    £162,500 £162,500
  • Ferrari F430

    £88,000 £88,000

    Full service history One owner Ferrari F430 F1 in Tour de France Blue comes with carbon engine bay pack, factory shields, challenge grill, challenge wheels and red calipers. Tan interior and carbon steering wheel. Available to view now at Autofficina, please call 020 8391 0002 for more information.

    • Mileage: 21125 mi
    • Engine size: 4308
    For sale
    £88,000 £88,000
  • FERRARI F430 F1 - 1 OWNER - FERRARI FSH - LOW MILEAGE

    £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: 14500 mi
    For sale
    £109,995 £109,995
  • FERRARI F430 SPIDER F1 - LOW MILEAGE - BIG SPECIFICATION

    £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: 9500 mi
    For sale
    £104,995 £104,995
  • Ferrari F430 Coupe F1

    £94,995 £94,995

    2007 Ferrari F430 Coupe F1. Presented in Nero Daytona with Nero leather, Yellow stitching and Nero carpets. Factory options on this car include; Yellow rev counter, carbon fibre driver zone, leather centre console, Daytona inserts to seats, Nero alcantara to headlining, Yellow brake calipers, genuine Challenge style wheels, titanium wheel bolts, Scuderia wing shields, front and rear parking sensors. A fantastic low mileage example with a huge specification.

    • Mileage: 12924 mi
    For sale
    £94,995 £94,995
  • Ferrari F430 UK RHD

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    Ferrari F430 UK (RHD), 2008, 11,000 miles, Rosso Corsa with creama leather and Bordeaux stitching, just serviced by Meridian June this year, red brake callipers, carbon ceramic brake system, carbon driving zone, daytona style seats, yellow dial, factory shields, nav track system, parking sensors. This is a very rare manual car and in superb condition. £135,000

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 11000 mi
    For sale
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