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2009 Ferrari F430

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$41,605 — $446,129 USED
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2 Seats
13 MPG
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Overview

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(4.0) 3 reviews

The Good

  • Heritage
  • Exclusivity
  • Performance potential
  • Handling prowess
  • Resale value

The Bad

  • Price
  • Maintenance and repair costs
  • Minimal cargo space
  • Difficult entry and exit

What to Know

about the 2009 Ferrari F430
  • Scuderia high-performance model
  • 490-hp, 4.3-liter V-8 (base)
  • Coupe or convertible
  • Electronic differential
  • Evolved from Formula One racing

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Vehicle Overview
Ferrari's F430 sports car is a two-seat, mid-engine coupe or roadster with a high-revving V-8 engine. The most elite F430 variant is the track-special Scuderia, which joined the lineup for 2008. Competition comes from exotics like the 2009 Porsche 911 GT2.

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Exterior
Largely hand-built in Italy, like other Ferraris, the F430 features an aerodynamic shape that incorporates contemporary competition technologies — specifically, a flat underbody and a large rear diffuser, which increase downforce.
  • Personalization program offers 16 exterior colors
  • Upper and lower air intakes sit to the rear of each door
  • Enormous, nearly flat back window allows V-8 to be seen from the outside
  • Body barely clears the ground
  • Four round taillights sit high on the deck, flanking a relatively subtle spoiler
  • Four exhaust outlets
  • Long nacelles behind seats in convertible trail into the rear deck, alongside the engine's viewing panel


Interior
Ferraris are known for snug cockpits, and the F430's two-passenger space is no exception. There's a red engine-start button and, on F1 models, paddles control the operation of the automatic gearbox.
  • Interior can be customized with carbon fiber or aluminum inserts
  • Additional storage behind seats
  • Personalization program offers 12 leather colors and eight carpet colors


Under the Hood
The F430 holds a 4.3-liter V-8 that develops 490 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 342 pounds-feet of torque at 5,250 ...
Vehicle Overview
Ferrari's F430 sports car is a two-seat, mid-engine coupe or roadster with a high-revving V-8 engine. The most elite F430 variant is the track-special Scuderia, which joined the lineup for 2008. Competition comes from exotics like the 2009 Porsche 911 GT2.

(Skip to details on the: Ferrari Scuderia)


Exterior
Largely hand-built in Italy, like other Ferraris, the F430 features an aerodynamic shape that incorporates contemporary competition technologies — specifically, a flat underbody and a large rear diffuser, which increase downforce.
  • Personalization program offers 16 exterior colors
  • Upper and lower air intakes sit to the rear of each door
  • Enormous, nearly flat back window allows V-8 to be seen from the outside
  • Body barely clears the ground
  • Four round taillights sit high on the deck, flanking a relatively subtle spoiler
  • Four exhaust outlets
  • Long nacelles behind seats in convertible trail into the rear deck, alongside the engine's viewing panel


Interior
Ferraris are known for snug cockpits, and the F430's two-passenger space is no exception. There's a red engine-start button and, on F1 models, paddles control the operation of the automatic gearbox.
  • Interior can be customized with carbon fiber or aluminum inserts
  • Additional storage behind seats
  • Personalization program offers 12 leather colors and eight carpet colors


Under the Hood
The F430 holds a 4.3-liter V-8 that develops 490 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 342 pounds-feet of torque at 5,250 rpm. Either a traditional six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed sequential manual can be installed. Ferrari says the Formula One-derived sequential gearbox cuts shift times down to 150 milliseconds.
  • E-Diff electronic differential optimizes traction
  • Steering-wheel-mounted commutator switch controls vehicle dynamics systems
  • Ferrari-sourced zero-to-62-mph time of 4 seconds; 3.6 seconds in Scuderia
  • Optional braking system uses carbon-ceramic discs


Safety
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Traction control


Ferrari Scuderia
The F430's predecessor, the 360 Modena, had a high-performance, track-ready version named Challenge Stradale. The F430's version of that track package is the Scuderia.
  • Diffuser modified for additional downforce
  • Scuderia uses carbon fiber everywhere possible to lessen weight, including the driver's seat
  • Scuderia bumps power to 503 hp at 8,500 rpm and is only available with the F1-style sequential gearbox, which has been improved for even faster shifts than the regular F430's transmission
  • Larger brakes with carbon-ceramic discs
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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(3.7)
Reliability
(3.7)
Value For The Money
(4.0)
(2.0)

Fragile Ferrari

by Mr. Reliable from Dallas on November 1, 2010

The Ferrari F430. Fantastic exterior with mediocre interior and even worse mechanicals. Like everything made in Italy, this car looks great on the outside but it falls apart in a very short time. One ... Read full review

(5.0)

My Favorite Car

by Rabbitlover from Souderton, PA on April 22, 2010

I love this vehicle. It is so reliable, and the fastest I've ever driven. I love riding this around town. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Ferrari F430 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Ferrari F430 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ferrari

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    24 months / unlimited distance

  • Powertrain

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Registered within the past 14 years

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    101-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The F430 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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