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Old 10-24-2012, 05:26 AM   #1
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Default 430 Spider in the Rain

I know this is an "odd" question but how many of you drive your cars, specifically Spiders, in the rain? The premise behind this is simply that my lovely wife and me are planning to drive out to our close (personally not geographically) friends house about 4 hours away (can't wait to run it.) However, I have concerns over it due to some potential weather moving in and with the open slits in the engine bay cover will this be detrimental? Advice/thoughts welcomed.

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Old 10-24-2012, 05:50 AM   #2
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I've been driving my 430 in pouring rain (big thunderstorms) with no issues at all except driving at a very very slow speed on the motorway which looked more like a swimming pool!

Water is not going that much in the engine bay from the window openings, it comes more in there from the rear wheels. You'll be fine even if its raining a bit
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Thanks so much for the reply. This makes me feel much better about the decision. I am actually replacing all the tires (originals are still on it) and I will feel much better with new rubber making that kind of a run!

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I drove my 430 spider through some of the worst rain I've ever seen when on holiday in France 4 years ago. Like Stef's experience above, the autoroute surface looked more like a river than a motorway but I put the manettino into wet mode and the car was absolutely fine.


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Perfect! It's going to be quite the experience running it for more than 15-45 minutes at a time!
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My 16M goes out in the rain all the time on Pirelli tires.

I truly hate Pirelli's - looking forward to changing them this spring.

The longest drive for me so far was 90 minutes - it was simply awesome!

Be safe - no need to speed
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I have driven a large number of Ferraris in the rain including both the F50 and F40. Not a big deal at all. Just be careful and drive to the conditions.


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About an hour away from taking it out. Put new Michelin PS2's on it so I feel much better about making the run. Will report back on the trip and whether I run into the weather that is expected in the Northeast of the United States this coming weekend! Thanks again for the responses...believe me, my hesitancy is now gone with the reassurances!

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My 16M goes out in the rain all the time on Pirelli tires.

I truly hate Pirelli's - looking forward to changing them this spring.

The longest drive for me so far was 90 minutes - it was simply awesome!

Be safe - no need to speed
Same for me...the longest has been about 90 minutes so I am sincerely looking for a good stretch to run. I may run up the speedometer a couple times but nothing insane that may risk my life along with others! I don't want this to be my LAST run in it
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I have driven a large number of Ferraris in the rain including both the F50 and F40. Not a big deal at all. Just be careful and drive to the conditions.
Thanks Boxer...well, if you've had the 40 and 50 out in it I surely have no hesitations taking out mine in the weather! Thanks for the response...look forward to posting my round trip "affair" with the 430...

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Have a look at post 224 and 216.

Rain should pose no problem

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About an hour away from taking it out. Put new Michelin PS2's on it so I feel much better about making the run. Will report back on the trip and whether I run into the weather that is expected in the Northeast of the United States this coming weekend! Thanks again for the responses...believe me, my hesitancy is now gone with the reassurances!

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Check your wiper condition too if you know you'll get caught in some rain. I'm a fan of the original RainX for the outer windshield too; 40+mph enables you to run without wipers, pretty cool.

Dude rain is one thing; nor'easter with 75mph winds is a different story - plan your departure if you return Tuesday. Looks like we're in for another Halloween surprise.

Safe travels.
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Check your wiper condition too if you know you'll get caught in some rain. I'm a fan of the original RainX for the outer windshield too; 40+mph enables you to run without wipers, pretty cool.

Dude rain is one thing; nor'easter with 75mph winds is a different story - plan your departure if you return Tuesday. Looks like we're in for another Halloween surprise.

Safe travels.
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I very rarely use my wipers - hate those things swishing back n forth.
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Stick with Michelin PS2's they are quality tyres.


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Check your wiper condition too if you know you'll get caught in some rain. I'm a fan of the original RainX for the outer windshield too; 40+mph enables you to run without wipers, pretty cool.

Dude rain is one thing; nor'easter with 75mph winds is a different story - plan your departure if you return Tuesday. Looks like we're in for another Halloween surprise.

Safe travels.
Funny, I am in Pittsburgh right now and it is absolutely beautiful...knowing clearly I will be heading home on Sunday due to our "fun" storm heading to the Northeast. However, ff you see a Ferrari swirling in a circular pattern at about 3,000ft in the air that'll be me...and my wife. I checked out the wipers but have not tried the RainX...going out to get some today!
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Stick with Michelin PS2's they are quality tyres.
I absolutely put the PS2's back on it and as expected they are wonderful!
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I very rarely use my wipers - hate those things swishing back n forth.
I'm running out today to get it...I would love NOT to have to run with them on.
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I absolutely put the PS2's back on it and as expected they are wonderful!
+1, on wet and cold roads, with the PS2's, I can still drive my car in the winter without sweat, while before, with the PZero's, it was purely suicidal My PS2's are still good for a season but I can't wait to put the Michelin PSS tires.
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Well, 8 hours in the 430 and about 700 more miles on the odometer...and it was GREAT! While not as close as comfortable as our other vehicles, we thoroughly enjoyed the run. While we did run into some heavy downpours at times, overall it was an uneventful trip. Had the chance to open her up a few times and was waiting for my wife to tell me to slow down but rather she said "keep going"; believe me, I rarely hear that in ANY situation with her. Regardless, the experience and overall trip was great! Now, time to clean up and put back in the garage for a few days!
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Well, 8 hours in the 430 and about 700 more miles on the odometer...and it was GREAT! While not as close as comfortable as our other vehicles, we thoroughly enjoyed the run. While we did run into some heavy downpours at times, overall it was an uneventful trip. Had the chance to open her up a few times and was waiting for my wife to tell me to slow down but rather she said "keep going"; believe me, I rarely hear that in ANY situation with her. Regardless, the experience and overall trip was great! Now, time to clean up and put back in the garage for a few days!
Very glad to hear that it all went well.


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