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My New 599 HGTE

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  1. Skidkid

    Skidkid F1 Veteran
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    I finally took the plunge and jumped from my 360 Spider to an '08 599 HGTE. I don't have the car yet but we settled on price, have the paperwork ready, and we are wrapping up the final details so I can get it shipped to its new home. And yes, after almost 13 years I posted my 360 in the for sale.

    The 599 is VERY well optioned, fully serviced, clutch and brakes are good, shocks have been replaced, and several other known weak spots addressed. As you can guess, I am VERY excited to have the new ride.

    Factory Options:
    - Leather Upholstery on Seatbacks
    - Yellow Brake Calipers
    - Carbon Ceramic Brake System
    - Carbon Fiber Driving Zone
    - Carbon Fiber Lower Cabin Zone
    - Red Safety Belts
    - Daytona Style Seats
    - Handy Fire Extinguisher
    - Home Link System
    - Giallo Rev Counter
    - iPod Connection
    - Scuderia Ferrari Shields
    - Inner Electrochromatic Mirror
    - Navigation System
    - Front and Rear Parking Sensors
    - Rosso Seat Edge Piping
    - 20" Monolithic Rims
    - Full Electric Seats
    - Leather Headliner in Beige Leather
    - Leather Rear Shelf in Beige Leather
    - Rosso Contrasting Stitching
    - Daytona Seat Stripes in Rosso Leather

    Dealer Installed HGTE Package: ($41,000 Value!!!)
    - Stiffer Springs
    - New Calibrations for the Magnaride Suspension
    - Lowered Ride Height
    - New 20" Wheels
    - New Optimized Tires
    - New Exhaust System
    - Quicker Shifts through reprogramming of the ECU
    - New Front Grills
     
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  2. tazandjan

    tazandjan Three Time F1 World Champ
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    John- Congratulations, she is a beauty.
     
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  3. Dave rocks

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    Awesome!! Huge congrats! :)
     
  4. tomc

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    The 599 is a gorgeous car, and yours is a beautiful example. Enjoy the heck out of it. Congrats...T
     
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  5. Potenza430

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    Congratulations! Love the spec!
     
  6. Rex71

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    Beautiful car, congratulations.
     
  7. Nospinzone

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    Congrats and I wish you good luck with it!
     
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  9. DZ-96

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    Very nice spec.

    Enjoy this beauty.

    Daniel
     
  10. Ron328

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    Congrats! That's exactly how I'd like my 599 to be if I ever get one.
     
  11. Ferrari 360 CS

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    Stunning 599 HGTE. enjoy the V12!
     
  12. phil the brit

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    Love my 599 HGTE, you'll love yours too. Take time getting used to it's power or it will kill you!
     
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  13. bigsquat

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    Congratulations, that car is beautiful. I love everything about the HGTE except for the factory HGTE seats, which I really dislike, so I think it is great that you don't have to suffer with them. I was test driving 599's last year because I am really in love with the looks but I had an intersting reaction to it. Like you I would be selling my 360 to get into one but I felt that the 599 seemed very 'adult" in its behavior, which is what I thought I wanted but did not seem to get the same thrill as I get from the 360. How do you feel about that aspect of it? I thought I was done with the mid engine but now find myself moving more and more towards a 458 which is still a little out of my budget range for a nice one at this time. Maybe it's different if you really get on it but one of the great things about the 360 is you can rev it out without killing yourself or going to jail. Most of my driving is done with trips of between 30 and 100 miles and i would imagine the 599 would be an incredible cruiser. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
     
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  14. Skidkid

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    The 599 is a GT so much more refined/gentlemanly than the 360. I do LOVE my 360, there is nothing like the sound at redline. I am loath to sell it but I don't think I will have the time for two cars, I definitely don't have the space, and my finances would prefer that I only have one toy at a time. My wife doesn't want to ride in the 360 longer than MAYBE 1 hour so that limits the use a lot. She will like the 599 a lot better so it will likely get more use for the two of us and I will get to drive it more. Only time will tell I guess. For now, the 360 is for sale but I guess I could change my mind and keep both. Of course the wife would have to park outside then and I wouldn't win any points on that.
     
  15. henryr

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    u should drive it back..
     
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  16. Skidkid

    Skidkid F1 Veteran
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    I seriously considered that option. Could detour through MT to see my mom and stop at Glacier. BUT, my wife isn't ready to take that much time off until the end of August so I will have it shipped. THEN a nice long weekend somewhere.
     
  17. tazandjan

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    Any lack of excitement in a 599 is instantly overcome using the throttle and backing off on the nannies. Works on any of the V12s. Compared to a Ferrari V12, the earlier V8s do not have enough torque to pull the fuzz off a dandelion. The 458 does, however, even if it is at pretty high revs.
     
  18. Skidkid

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    A quick update.
    - Car arrives tomorrow. I am VERY excited. Good thing I am going out with the wife tonight because I probably wouldn't sleep much anyway. I will post some pics when they deliver.
    - A big thumbs up for Cauley Ferrari. They have been honest and great to deal with. Their service was doing final inspections and they found a rattle in the exhaust. They offered to ship it and pay for the repair or they could fix it but it would take a few days. Since it is an HGTE exhaust I let them fix it, didn't want parts to be my issue. All around great service.
     
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  19. George Vosburgh

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    Congratulations John! I was considering that car myself.
     
  20. flash32

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    Congrats .. beautiful looking car

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    Great car, John. Congratulations. You're going to love it.
     
  22. Skidkid

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  24. flat_plane_eddie

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    Congratulations on a beautiful car! I'm a big fan of the 599.
     
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