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Yes I am Insane: 400i Daily Driver

Discussion in '365 GT4 2+2/400/412' started by aleventhal, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. aleventhal

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    #1 aleventhal, Nov 2, 2005
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    Am I crazy? After owning Ferraris for a little more than ten years, I decided that life was too short to save them for nice days and park them for the winter. Still I was not willing to subject my Boxer (#18265) or Dino (#10704) to the salt of a northeast winter, and I wanted an automatic with cold ac and power steering for daily use (I work in NYC). So, a few months ago I sold my 04 Audi A8L (my previous daily) and purchased an 84 400i (#049773) - this car is my new daily driver.

    I have had the car for about a month or two so far, but I have refrained from posting about it as I had an issue with the selling dealer/broker (undisclosed defect) but as that has now been resolved, I am pleased to be able to discuss it. The car is Marronne / Tan, and pretty sound - i need to resolve one issue in the fusebox (bad trace) and an oil burning issue, but it has had a recent $9k major (even by my mechanic, bill pollard, the BEST), and EVERYTHING works, cold dual ac, etc.

    I have about 2k miles on it so far, including a 900 mile drive back from NC where I purchased it, and should cover about 15-20k per year, in all weather, occaisonally with my golden retriever in the car. I need to find regular (non-trx) wheels for snow tires (any ideas?), and i could really use for all of you to keep your fingers crossed for me. So often there is a thread, hey - can i use a 400 (or mondial) for a daily? Well we are about to find out.....I will be the guinea pig!

    Oh, and let me know what you think of the car and especially the plates....

    Alex
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  2. BigAl

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    kewl man thnx for posting. Interesting color, not seen too many in it.

    OO-RAH on your balls out, daily driver approach...
     
  3. Fastviper

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    I like it. I like it a lot.

    Please keep us updated.
     
  4. parkerfe

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    There is an intresting article on the 365/400/412 series in this months Forza magazine.
     
  5. plugzit

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    I'm willing to be you have very few problems driving it daily. Good for you!
    Garage queens s---.
     
  6. Simon

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    This could turn into a truly great thread. Brave man Alexander, I've also toyed with the idea of a 456 or 412 for a daily driver. Here in Switzerland snow tyres are also a consideration, so I'll be interested to hear you experiences.

    If this goes well it may persuade those of us less brave to jump in the deep end :) Good luck with everything and keep us posted with regular updates, wheather good or bad.

    Cheers
    Simon
     
  7. GCalo

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    A Fix It Again Tony license plate does not inspire long-term confidence!

    Very nice car though.

    Suggestion for wheels for snow tires: move to California. You'll save the cost of wheels and tires, and never have to shovel snow!
     
  8. tifosi12

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    Interesting?

    I like the fact that they had an article about these cars, which I think are hugely underrated and I like them a lot. But that article was about as dumb as they come. The interviewer/reporter reported verbatim back what the user had to say without much editorial comments. Some more qualified statements from the reporter would have been welcome. A far cry from Winston Goodfellow's reports.
     
  9. 134282

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    i smell an FML article...!


    Alex, you should cut the top off...! :D Of course, that would be another article entirely... :)
     
  10. ernie

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    Nice ride Alex.

    How about a month by month report on how the cars is doing. Since your car has a TH400 I seriously doubt you will ever have any problems with the trans.

    This should be interesting to see how many miles you put on the car.
     
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    No way. Especially since he's gonna drive it in ALL weather conditions. Leave it as is.
     
  13. PassionIsFerrari

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  14. tfazio

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    I love it. I think the 400i still looks fresh and not dated in my opinion. I am interested to hear what you think of the automatic transmission. I believe it has a gm 4 speed auto box right? How do you like it? Didn't Enzo drive a 400i too? he was as insane as you :)
     
  15. BigAl

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    yeah, great looking 400.
     
  16. parkerfe

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    I once owned Al Garthwaite's(Algar) daily driver 400GT 5 speed. It was a great car. I traded it in on a TR back in the mid-90s
     
  17. aleventhal

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    #17 aleventhal, Nov 2, 2005
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    Did you know i have already done that once...or just a good guess? Not to a Ferrari, but you will remember that the 77 320i never came as a convertible.....all it takes is beer and a sawzall.....

    Again, note the plate - anyone get the joke? Remember this is a CUT CAR!!!
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  18. aleventhal

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    Actually, it is a GM TH-400 3 speed. A four speed would be better, but this is ok. To answer your question, I do like the car alot - a lot more soul than my A8.

    Alex
     
  19. tifosi12

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    You had a breeze of fresh air.
     
  20. sjvalin

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    Don't you mean a bris of fresh air? Ouch! :)

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  21. aleventhal

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    Nope - Bris means circumcision. It is the jewish ceremony where you "cut the top off". The car Had A Bris!

    Alex
     
  22. Anteriore

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    You can read in that very same article:

    Unveiled at Paris in 1976, the new car closely resembled its predecessor; the only visible changes were a small front spoiler, more traditional sets of dual—rather than triple—exhaust pipes and lug nuts instead of knock-offs on the 15-inch Cromodoro alloy wheels.

    Triple exhaust pipes on a 365 GT4 2+2?? Do some research! Never liked Forza for these kind of dumb mistakes, and it seems it gets worse...

    Anyway, Alex: a great car, a great idea and a great thread. Drive & enjoy it!
     
  23. Anteriore

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    By the way: I think your plates are funny...
     
  24. PassionIsFerrari

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    I think its a breath of fresh air to see someone that love Ferrari's as much as you do and be willing to just 'go for it'.

    I too and very curious to hear about the month to month updates. While my Ferrari is not a daily driver, I would love to have another one that was...for me, it would probably be a 456. Financially, its not justifiable right now, but maybe in 20 years when the 456 becomes the new 412, I will. Anyway, look forward to hearing about how it goes.
     
  25. Ashman

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    Nice find Alex. Good luck from another 400i owner and keep us posted on how things go.

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