frustrating issues on my new F430 Spider
I guess this type of thing is part of the Ferrari ownership experience, however, this type of thing has not really happened to me before. Its frustrating but hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel. I purchased my F430 Spider from a reputable Toronto dealer last November and immediately stored it for winter. Unfortunately the weather here in Toronto has not really cooperated this Spring so the opportunities to drive it on weekends have not really materialized as hoped. Not only has the weather been quite cold but we've had buckets of rain. I did manage to have one nice drive with a locally based club, and then decided to add some additions to my car, and that's when the troubles started. The first thing I did was install a Blackvue Dashcam (don't ask me why I did it, it was probably a mistake, and an impulse decision I now regret because I didn't need one for the 3 years I owned my previous 575M Maranello). After that was installed I immediately started to have battery issues, with the battery going dead at the shop that did the install when I went to pick it up, and then again at my home when I planned to bring it back to the dealer for a full PPF (clear plastic paint coat protection) install. When I initially questioned the shop about using my trickle charger while the car was stationary at home (as well as a friend who has one on his Porsche but drives it every day), I was told there is not need to do that because along with the dash cam they also installed something called a Multi-safer which is supposed to control the voltage usage and turn off the dash cam if its too much. It seems that they were both wrong, as when I brought the car back to the shop to do the PPF install, my battery died again and not only that, it was so bad we initially could not get the top to go back up because of too much battery drain. We had to let the car charge (with a trickle charger) for a few more hours before we could get the top to go up, and until I could leave. During the stay at this shop, I also asked them to do a track inspection and they found 3 issues with the car, the first being a leak in the F1 pump hose, the second a broken exhaust bracket, and the 3rd being a loose tie rod. So after leaving that shop I immediately drove my car back to the dealer who sold me the car. I expected the battery to be charged after the 30 minute highway drive to get there, but apparently it didn't because when I turned the car off, it wouldn't start. In discussions with the dealer they fortunately agreed to look after all the other issues found (exhaust bracket, F1 pump hose leak, tie rod replacement) but the battery replacement is on me. I asked them to have someone in from an media shop that they use to install dash cams for their clients just to double check the install that the other shop did, and they found that the Multi-safer I originally purchased for the dash cam to save the battery is not appropriate for Ferrari use, so I had them install the appropriate component. Then while servicing the car to replace the broken exhaust bracket at the dealer a technician did not screw back the rear diffuser properly and so it fell, taking the bumper with it and causing a tear. They were honest enough to tell me and will fix it. I can't very well say I am happy about this turn of events but I guess "shit happens". I guess all the love and care I planned for my car to protect it has achieved the opposite. Very frustrating, and part of it is that I now have to wait another two weeks for my car to be ready and may miss the track day. Such is life.
Last edited by tifosi_; 05-23-2017 at 07:32 AM.