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    550 Maranello

    I have always been in love with this car. I have always wanted to own a proper classic Ferrari (with the open gate metallic manual gearbox) and today prices have stabilised and I have a good opportunity of buying a beautiful 98 car.

    I know it doesn't qualify as a classic but it's certainly in that classic modern cars category along with the gorgeous 355.

    Grant (or anyone else?), I read from your signature that you own one. What do you think about it? I've never driven it but heard it's fabulous, great engine, great balance and with the right exhaust, it makes a fabulous noise.

    I've never driven one so I'd like to know some opinions.

    Thanks.

     


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    I have owned a 2000 Maranello. Blu NART with cuio interior. Lovely car to look; nice interior. Luggage space very limited so try to get one with the factory luggage set. 

    Bear in mind this car was developped in the early and mid nineties. So ut is a different animal to today's supercars. At some point my daily driver was the V10 BMW M6 and the Maranello was in no way a match for this car. I felt bored when driving the Maranello after driving the M6. The Maranello is a quick car in straight line, but cornering is very very average. Tthe car is heavy and feels heavy as well. The brakes are not designed to cope with the cars straightline speed and can even be dangerous when you are used to the stopping power of a Porsche or BMW. Fuel consumption is beyond belief! But the good news is the car has a 100 ltr fuel tank. 

    Build quality is very good with no problems with electronics. Engine is very durable (if maintained well) and service costs are lower than a mid-engined V8 pre-360 Modena. Valves are hydraulic so costly bill for getting these sorted like you would get on a 412 for instance. Gearbox is vulnerable, so handle with care. 

    First gen 575 is not the better car than a well sorted 550. 575's feel even "softer" and "float" in a way what you would expect from an american car. If you like the shape of this car and you have the budget available get the second gen 575 with the GTC-pack. This car has the looks, a proper suspension set-up, much much better brakes and if you want the F1 gearbox. Don't have the budget? Get the best looking 550; enjoy the beautiful look and the fact you are a Ferrari owner and buy a Porsche Boxster S of Lotus Exige to enjoy driving. 


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    Sorry for typing error. In my post I should have typed;

    Re. Valves......so no costly bill for getting these sorted.........


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    I really enjoyed my time with my 550 (owned it for only a year).  It was beautiful (Rossa Barchetta which is a non-metallic deep red - darker than Rossa Corsa which is the traditional Ferrari Red) and saddle interior.

    The motor is fabulous - it has power everywhere from idle to the 7,700rpm redline and it sounded great with the Tubi exhaust (and it was a real dry sump with mechanical throttles - no e-gas nonsense).  Even the starter motor has an incredible whirring sound when starting the motor - it was emotional to use - lots of passion.

    I also loved the gearbox - very positive shifting and the classic gated shifter was fun (LSD worked well and you need it with 420ft-lbs)!

    The car is definitely big and heavy - it is not a sportscar, but it is a fast GT where you can comfortably drive it sideways on slow corners - very controllable.

    The biggest fault was the steering.  I am very particular about steering and the steering in modern Ferraris is no better than in a new BMW M3.  The effort is very light with no real feeling for the road or feedback.  It was quick ratio and accurate, but dead (this is unfortunately the direction of most modern cars).

    The cost of maintenance is much lower than most Ferraris and I was able to do most of the work myself (just an average home mechanic) - this is not possible with newer models.  It is really fun to work on your own Ferrari, even if it's just changing the oil or something easy.

    I always liked the brakes (4-piston Brembos, as on newer Porsches) - they never became soft for me, even driving hard in the mountains.  I changed my own fluid and pads and it's important to bleed out all the air.

    I originally wanted a Daytona (and was lucky enough to drive a couple), but the 550 is much more useable and more reliable.

    You obviously have a fantastic fleet of sportscars already, so you don't need the ultimate sportscar here - if you would like a beautiful GT car and can appreciate it for its strengths (i.e. for touring long distances, it's great), you won't be disappointed.  It is a ton of car for the money (I sold mine for $10k more than I paid).

    Make sure a real Ferrari expert looks over the mechanicals and body carefully before buying.

    Good luck!kiss


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    73 Carrera RS 2.7 Carbon Fiber replica (1,890 lbs).  Former: 73 911S, Two 951S's, 996 C2, 993 C2, 98 Ferrari 550 Maranello1323303989210f550 mtn.jpg


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    Another from my friend's Pantera:1323304135661F550 from Pantera.jpg


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    73 Carrera RS 2.7 Carbon Fiber replica (1,890 lbs).  Former: 73 911S, Two 951S's, 996 C2, 993 C2, 98 Ferrari 550 Maranello


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    BTW, I have the full factory repair manual (electronically) that I can send to you for free if you buy one Smiley


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    73 Carrera RS 2.7 Carbon Fiber replica (1,890 lbs).  Former: 73 911S, Two 951S's, 996 C2, 993 C2, 98 Ferrari 550 Maranello


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    One more:550M interior.jpg


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    73 Carrera RS 2.7 Carbon Fiber replica (1,890 lbs).  Former: 73 911S, Two 951S's, 996 C2, 993 C2, 98 Ferrari 550 Maranello


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    I love it kiss


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    Futch:

    I have always been in love with this car. I have always wanted to own a proper classic Ferrari (with the open gate metallic manual gearbox) and today prices have stabilised and I have a good opportunity of buying a beautiful 98 car.

    I know it doesn't qualify as a classic but it's certainly in that classic modern cars category along with the gorgeous 355.

    Grant (or anyone else?), I read from your signature that you own one. What do you think about it? I've never driven it but heard it's fabulous, great engine, great balance and with the right exhaust, it makes a fabulous noise.

    I've never driven one so I'd like to know some opinions.

    Thanks.

     

    Buy it you won't regret it.  550 is the most beautiful Ferrari IMO.


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    Thanks guys.

    Project 550 comes out of a discussion I had with friends and how modern cars depreciate these days.

    The idea is to buy second hand modern(ish) car that have already taken their hit but also that have made us dream when we were younger. And the 550 came top of my list, when I first saw one in 97, I melted, so classy, instant classic.

    I still go crazy when I see one on the streets today.

    I've found a Grigio titanium with red interior from 98 with only 20000 km and a very good price. I'll keep you posted, thanks for your opinions, it helped and is what I expected, a great GT indeed.

     


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    I'm no expert but isn't the 575 a much improved version and therefore the one to go for?


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    reginos:

    I'm no expert but isn't the 575 a much improved version and therefore the one to go for?

    nope Smiley the 550 is a far better car Smiley


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    Futch:

    Thanks guys.

    Project 550 comes out of a discussion I had with friends and how modern cars depreciate these days.

    The idea is to buy second hand modern(ish) car that have already taken their hit but also that have made us dream when we were younger. And the 550 came top of my list, when I first saw one in 97, I melted, so classy, instant classic.

    I still go crazy when I see one on the streets today.

    I've found a Grigio titanium with red interior from 98 with only 20000 km and a very good price. I'll keep you posted, thanks for your opinions, it helped and is what I expected, a great GT indeed.

     

     

    I have to admit that I always loved the 550 Maranello and if you can get it for a very good price (you can afford the maintenance, I know that Smiley), why not ? It would be a great addition to your car collection. Smiley

    Just promise to me that you let me drive it once...when we meet...whenever... 


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 997 Carrera GTS Cabriolet PDK, BMW X5M, BMW M3 Cab DKG, Mini Cooper S Countryman All4


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    reginos:

    I'm no expert but isn't the 575 a much improved version and therefore the one to go for?

    Minor changes


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    koko:
    reginos:

    I'm no expert but isn't the 575 a much improved version and therefore the one to go for?

    Minor changes

    bad changes !


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    Re 550 vs 575, I read from media and also owners, that weirdly, the 550 is the much better car, the 575 was too soft, the F1 gearbox slow, the GTC package sorted that out to some certain extent, but somehow, the 550 magic was lost.

    And also I prefer the front of the 550 to the 575.

    It really has that modern classic grace now I think, beautifully proportionned, I think it ages better than the 599.

    RC, if I do the deal, you have a 550 in Paris, it will be a pleasure to lend it to you, really.Smiley

     


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    Futch:

    RC, if I do the deal, you have a 550 in Paris, it will be a pleasure to lend it to you, really.Smiley

     

    Wow...next stop...Paris.  Smiley  Smiley

     


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 997 Carrera GTS Cabriolet PDK, BMW X5M, BMW M3 Cab DKG, Mini Cooper S Countryman All4


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    I remember Chris Harris from Evo had also a 550 some time ago, but I think he sold it already.

    Some years ago, I had the chance to drive a 550 on the Santa-Monica-Raceway in italy. At this time I had 986S and I was really shocked how bad this car was on the track - no fun at all.

    But I don´t think you are buying the 550 for track-driving.smiley

    Blueflame

     

    I have found this former 550-Owner posting - just for your Info Futch:

    Build quality was pretty shocking, it wasn't that mine was a lemon, other 550/575 owners have said the same. Window trim falling off, leather dash unpeeling, paint bubbles everywhere. It didn't sound very good, even with a Tubi fitted.

    The car felt heavy, the controls were well assisted, but it just thumped over bumps rather than riding them.

    It felt quite highly geared to, so didn't lend itself to being hussled. I know it's more of a GT than say a 360/430

    It's thirst for fuel was epic (12mpg on average).

    It looked nice, but erm, that's about it.

     

     


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    Thanks Blueflame, it's so intereting and helpful to read proper owner's opinion!

     


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    The build quality on mine was quite high - similar to a 993 Porsche of the same year.  I also thought the gearing was excellent - all 6 gears are performance-oriented - easy to stay in the meat of the power/torque curve (which extends virtually everywhere).

    And anyone who thinks a 550 with Tubis sounds bad has very different taste from me (and all my car friends)Smiley


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    73 Carrera RS 2.7 Carbon Fiber replica (1,890 lbs).  Former: 73 911S, Two 951S's, 996 C2, 993 C2, 98 Ferrari 550 Maranello


     
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