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Still In Love by An MSN Autos Consumer on 04/18/2011. Trim: 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena Berlinetta, Owned 3 years.
Pros: I think this car (in 6 - speed manual) may go down as the last true driver's Ferrari (sorry 355 drivers, which was a great driver's car, but the performance was not super). I have one button to choose from - Sport and Normal. The only difference in a manual car is stiffness of the suspension. The styling has held up very well. It still gets mistaken as a new car. I bought this model (as opposed to a 430 or 355) because I thought it was the perfect combination of performance, styling and panache. 2 years later I still love it. I think rowing the gears in a 360 on the track is the best supercar experience out there.
Cons: Can be a little tricky at high speeds (especially with Bridgstones as opposed to Pirellis). This is a BIG car. While I feel like I am sitting on the road when going forward, backward and side to side can be tricky for one used to a much smaller sports car. Maintenance is expensive (of course), but better than other models that need engine out service regularly. While the manual transmission is very hard to stall, it is almost impossible to get every shift perfect while driving around town (but is it very rewarding when you pull off the perfect shift). Finally, you really must heel toe it to keep power up in turns due to the relatively low torque rating (which I actually like).
Overall review: Prices are coming down on these, but it is harder and harder to find an unmodified low mileage one owner example. I thought it was a bargain when I bought it 2 years ago and even moreso today. (BTW, if you have kids, the Maserati GranSport is the perfect stablemate. Like driving a Ferrari everyday (but with the less than perfect F1 gearbox). While I get tempted by the "latest and greatest" sportscar offerings, I still come back to this being the perfect car for me. I doubt I will ever give it up.
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