Finding the right 458

Finding the right 458

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Ra11rah

Original Poster:

8 posts

2 months

Friday 17th May
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Hi all, first post here but lurking for years!

Looking to purchase my first Ferrari and my first ‘super car’.

I’m looking for a 458, I had actually arranged to view one next weekend at Kent specialist cars but someone jumped in and put a deposit on which is a shame so I’m back on the hunt - though they seem a little thin on the ground in my budget.

I’ve been looking for a while, I’m lower end of the market and I don’t want to finance ideally so max is 130k. Seem to have missed on a few I liked so my search is slowing up somewhat ideally I’d like to have one to enjoy at least some of the summer.

I have seen one for sale for a while with BAM specialist cars in chesterfield (I cannot link as I haven’t had my account for 14 days - it’s on PH) - I’m from Norfolk so I’m also limited to cars with lift as I worry I’ll need it on our roads here!

It seems to fit the bill mostly probably not my ideal spec but interested in people’s thoughts why it hasn’t sold? I did notice a gap in the MOT so I’d assume that’s the problem - reg FJ11EOH

Cheers all

Chris355

798 posts

199 months

Friday 17th May
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A 458 is actually quite high, are you sure you need lift? I never found that I even got remotely close to catching mine anywhere!

Coxey

429 posts

110 months

Friday 17th May
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DMB have a nice one. If you can stretch your budget you could get one from the Ferrari network. Give it a go….

Ra11rah

Original Poster:

8 posts

2 months

Friday 17th May
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Coxey said:
DMB have a nice one. If you can stretch your budget you could get one from the Ferrari network. Give it a go….
I had seen this, it’s certainly nice - I’ve been dismissing due to lack of lift… plus I’d like yellow brakes but guess that’s minor to change?

Ra11rah

Original Poster:

8 posts

2 months

Friday 17th May
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Chris355 said:
A 458 is actually quite high, are you sure you need lift? I never found that I even got remotely close to catching mine anywhere!
I mean I just assumed I’d need it? Not that I’d do it all the time but occasionally I’d be on a single track road with grass in the middle… I had an R35 GTR couple years back and that was fine in such scenarios I just assumed the clearance would be small?

andyr

369 posts

287 months

Friday 17th May
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You don’t need lift for UK speed bumps. I’ve never needed it.
However it’s essential for getting in and out of entrances with a ramp - think hotels in Europe etc. I’ve needed and used lift many times in these circumstances

supersport

4,138 posts

230 months

Friday 17th May
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I’ve driven mine around some Norfolk roads and it felt fine.

In reality the only time I’ve had a problem is roads that have a high crown in the middle. My front number plate holder is an expandable bracket on the bottom spoiler, it’s had a grating but is a lot lower than the bumper. I think it happened in Scotland.

F355GTS

3,726 posts

258 months

Saturday 18th May
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You really don't need lift 👍

andyr

369 posts

287 months

Saturday 18th May
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I have needed lift many times. But not for speed bumps.

I wouldn’t buy a 458 without lift.

FuzzBuzz

107 posts

109 months

Saturday 18th May
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Never needed lift for highway driving, but definitely needed for some car parks.

Gibbo205

3,572 posts

210 months

Sunday 19th May
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Owned a 458 for five years and covered 17,000 miles and it never scraped once, did not have lift.

andyr

369 posts

287 months

Sunday 19th May
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You obv never drove in Europe.

Ra11rah

Original Poster:

8 posts

2 months

Sunday 19th May
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Thanks for the replies guys, I’ll perhaps open the search for one without lift… still doesn’t currently leave me with a huge amount of cars (the DMB one has sold) and those that are for sale have been clearly for some time - is that an issue?

BobTurner

397 posts

213 months

Tuesday 21st May
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Horrible road, no lift and no scraping smile

mwstewart

7,769 posts

191 months

Wednesday 22nd May
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BobTurner said:


Horrible road, no lift and no scraping smile
I wish the bad roads in my county were like that. The potholes are one thing but the moon surface like undulations are another. 'tis a disgrace.

Ra11rah

Original Poster:

8 posts

2 months

Wednesday 22nd May
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Glad it seems like it’ll cope without lift. Other things are probably the age old questions of mileage to buy on (I was aiming 20-35k) and whether number of owners really makes a difference?

Order66

6,734 posts

252 months

Wednesday 22nd May
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Another vote for no lift - the clearance is high and the profile of the front means on everything but the most extreme angles you will never need it. It's also another complex system to go wrong and none of these cars are getting younger. I used to have a 996 GT3 clubbie and THAT car needed lift....this doesn't.

Number of owners - can be getting high, these cars often went through high numbers in their first few years as they were used as fashion statements until they found serious owners. This isn't a bad thing as they tended to go through dealers who would insist on fixing any small issue before marketing them again. These are also up to 14yr old cars. 5+ owners wouldn't be unreasonable.

ANOpax

860 posts

169 months

Wednesday 22nd May
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Seriously, people.

The youngest of these cars are getting on for a decade old. The oldest are 15 years old. To hell with number of owners and mileage. Buy on condition and drive the damn things. You’re a long time dead.

We are now three generations on from the 458. Buy what you like and drive it like you stole it.

Ra11rah

Original Poster:

8 posts

2 months

Wednesday 22nd May
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ANOpax said:
Seriously, people.

The youngest of these cars are getting on for a decade old. The oldest are 15 years old. To hell with number of owners and mileage. Buy on condition and drive the damn things. You’re a long time dead.

We are now three generations on from the 458. Buy what you like and drive it like you stole it.
Yeah I agree entirely but wouldn’t make sense for me to buy a low mileage one at a premium if I intend to drive I guess - getting the balance right imo

Thorburn

2,405 posts

196 months

Thursday 30th May
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Ra11rah said:
I mean I just assumed I’d need it? Not that I’d do it all the time but occasionally I’d be on a single track road with grass in the middle… I had an R35 GTR couple years back and that was fine in such scenarios I just assumed the clearance would be small?
Single track roads the width of it would probably be more of a concern than ground clearance - the mirrors stick out a long way so it's about 2.2m from side to side.