Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Ferrari F430 sports?
You won't be surprised to discover that our regular reliability surveys don't often cover Ferraris.
Like many supercars, Ferraris have had a bit of a reputation in the past for being temperamental. It's been generally accepted that if you have a car this powerful, it's undoubtedly going to have some problems. However, although the F430 will doubtlessly need regular and careful maintenance, we see few reasons why it should misbehave if this schedule is stuck to rigorously. The build quality of Ferraris in the last few years has improved immeasurably. The fit and finish are as tight as you'll find on any German sports car, and even the paintwork is superb. The F430's mechanical parts are works of art, and since it's these that get most of the engineers' attention, they should be unbreakable if looked after.