Ferrari 458 Speciale
Owning a Ferrari is a wonderful experience. The cars are great drives and they make you feel special whenever you get behind the wheel. You also have plenty of people admire you car wherever you go (unless perhaps you live in a place like LA, where they are a fairly common sight).
However, everything about owning a Ferrari is not perfect. We have put together a list of 5 things that suck about owning a Ferrari.
5. Very Low Ride
Many Ferraris sit very low to the ground. This is a great thing at the track or on well maintained highways, but in the real world it can be a problem. We witnessed this first hand last weekend as we saw multiple Ferraris (most where 458s) go into a drive way to turn around. Both on entry and exit of the driveway the cars scraped the ground. This is a problem with many high end sports cars and not solely those wearing prancing horse, but it would be nice to have some better engineering when it comes to lifting the front end (you can buy this on the after market for many models).
4. They Just Sit In The Garage
Ferraris are special cars that when you drive them brings a sense of occasion. Having said this, the problem is that they often spend a lot of time in a garage. This is a large reason why you find many from the ’80s that still have well under 30,000 original miles on them.
The cars are great to drive, but usually they aren’t driven more than once a week. They are very different that say a Corvette that one would use as a daily driver. This is partly because of not wanting to park the car just anywhere and partly because they are so special that you don’t want to have to stop for very long when driving.
3. Too Flashy
A Ferrari is a status symbol that says I have a lot of money. This makes them a bit flashy and many are put off by people that own them.
Other performance cars like Porsches and Corvettes don’t have as much of the same problem as they are more common. In many parts of the country a Ferrari (or Lamborghini or McLaren for that matter) is a very, very rare sight.
Maintenance costs on a Ferrari can be very high. Perhaps this is another reason that you don’t see too many daily drivers. Some models actually require that the engine be removed every 10,000 miles to perform maintenance items.
One can learn to do some things themselves, but when you do have to take it into the shop to get fixed, prepare to open your wallet very wide.
This is a reason that even though you can buy an affordable Ferrari, you need to be able to truly afford the car before making the purchase. So, you have to be prepared to lay down some serious cash to get your Italian sports car back on the road.
1. Not Many Places To Use Their Performance
This is true of most high performance cars, but it can be an even bigger deal with an Italian exotic. Some Ferraris do fine at lower speeds and they are still enjoyable on the road (although they are most enjoyed on a track). However, some of the higher performance models can be a bit touchy for the road and many have been known to overheat when sitting in traffic too long.
An extreme modern case would be the F12berlineta. The cars is powered by a monster V12 that puts out over 700 horsepower. While you can drive it on the road at normal speeds, all that power really needs a track or an unrestricted road to fully be enjoyed.