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post #1 of 11 Old 02-14-2017, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dream... Realized.

Still pinching myself. Drove home in my 03 Ferrari 360 spider yesterday.

Had a picture of a Ferrari on my wall as a kid. Took a selfie with a Polaroid and pasted my head in the driver's seat.

Now I have the pleasure of owning one.

Just blessed to be able to post this reality here.

I welcome any tip and tricks!

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-14-2017, 07:45 PM
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Congratulations, hope you enjoy her.

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Congratulations, hope you enjoy her.
Second that and show us your proud GF too.

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post #4 of 11 Old 02-15-2017, 03:28 AM
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Congrats and welcome to the forum and the ownership club. I think the Spider is a particularly good choice for your first, of course I am somewhat biased....

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post #5 of 11 Old 02-15-2017, 03:40 AM
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Here's my tips and recommendations:
- Keep the top up when not driving it, and cycle it periodically
- Drive it!! The more you do, the happier (and better) it is.
- Keep it on a battery tender
- Don't neglect routine maintenance, the results can be very expensive otherwise
- Get an OBD reader and a copy of the Ferrari codes

Lastly, ENJOY IT !!

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Still pinching myself. Drove home in my 03 Ferrari 360 spider yesterday.

Had a picture of a Ferrari on my wall as a kid. Took a selfie with a Polaroid and pasted my head in the driver's seat.

Now I have the pleasure of owning one.

Just blessed to be able to post this reality here.

I welcome any tip and tricks!

-Citizen X
Hello Citizen,
compliments for the choice, 360 spider is a very nice car, i have a friend who have one yellow .. wonderful.
Have you pictures....?

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Here's my tips and recommendations:
- Keep the top up when not driving it, and cycle it periodically
- Drive it!! The more you do, the happier (and better) it is.
- Keep it on a battery tender
- Don't neglect routine maintenance, the results can be very expensive otherwise
- Get an OBD reader and a copy of the Ferrari codes

Lastly, ENJOY IT !!
Thank for thee tip!

This is my first convertible so please forgive me if this is a dumb question... Why keep thee top up when not driving and what is cycling?
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Not a dumb question at all.

Some owners have found that after leaving the top down for long periods, it can be a bit finicky during raising and lowering. The top may hang up mid cycle or the dash light indicates it is not fully stowed or locked. My own experience is that if I leave it down for more than a day or two, I can expect the top to stop halfway up the next time I raise it. Or, once raised, the dash light may not extinguish, indicating it is not up and locked. Usually, raising it and lowering it (cycling) a few times seems to clear it. However, there were a few times I had to shut the car off and disconnect the battery to fully clear the issue. If you do a search for 360 tops issues, you'll find others have had similar experiences.

Although I have not seen anything from our resident experts here, I also wonder about the effects of having the top folded against itself for long periods.

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Thank for thee tip!

This is my first convertible so please forgive me if this is a dumb question... Why keep thee top up when not driving and what is cycling?
Citizen, congratulations and welcome! Drive your car and enjoy the hell out of it!

But as others have noted, not a dumb question at all. At the very beginning of Ferrari production back in 1947 (note the Scuderia and factory are this year celebrating their 70th anniversary) Enzo Ferrari ordered that there be built into every Ferrari road car one deliberate defect - a defect that all purchasers since then have had to discover and correct; the Commendatore's purpose was simply to ensure that all of us buyers were awake. ;-)

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Thank for thee tip!...This is my first convertible so please forgive me if this is a dumb question... Why keep thee top up when not driving and what is cycling?
of course, only kidding, C-X. Seriously, there must be something about Italian super car convertible tops; my Maserati Spyder has a reputation for the top having problems, straps failing, costly repair. I haven't had a problem since I treat the Spyder as a berlinetta and drive with the top up (my dermatologist told me years ago to avoid sun). And seriously, again, enjoy the heck out of your dream car!

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Well...

I popped my cherry yesterday.

Got pinged going 90 in a 55 by a local cop getting on the highway.... he tagged me on the slow down. I had peaked at 120.

I played the "in-law" is a State Trooper card... because it worked when I used it the last time he gave me a warning in my Chrysler Aspen.

Thankful he reduced the speed to 85 or else I'd be typing this from the inmate recourse room at the local jail.

I'll post some pix of the car soon as I just had it on a lift and really got a good look at the car.
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