my scud, 2 years and 5,500 bat out of hell miles later.........
im happy to report its still here !
apart from an oil change and some expensive corsas the scud didnt require any extra service.
it did fail to start once when i left it playing the 458 for 2 months, but nothing that got me stranded.
i start to develop a loose steering column thing that some has talked about here, but havnt went back to tighten it.
It was the BEST handling and most fun car i have to attack my favorite mountain roads BEFORE my 458 arrived.
90% of my driving is all out without ending up in the ditch style. i dont commute or go eat in this thing and no track where i live, so.
After, the 458 arrived initially, i still think the scud is more appealing, the sound, the raw feel of the steering, the boy racer cabin atmosphere, all that carbon fiber, the imperfections of a ferrari....
but as i learned to really kick the 458 after break-in, i found the 458 to be better at charging the mountains. the faster i go the better and amazed i become.... scud starts to stay home more, and eventually i treat it as a garage queen.
some say the scud might be faster on the track,.... i dont know.
i know its slower, trickier, and harder on my a$$ and front bottoming out suspension makes it more cautious on my "track". While my 458 can just go and go and go, theres no hairpin too tight or corners too deep for the 458. The 458 is my battle ride, and i baby the scud now.
but the 458 isnt as reliable as the scud, but thats for my 458 short story later.
forgot to mention the biggest annoyance of the scud is the front shocks rattle or noise.
it even happens on perfectly paved glass smooth surfaces!
dealer tried to fix mine by changing the shock bushings, hats, and eventually the shock itself but the rattle comes back in a month. Most scud owners have this issue, but if u dont have it, u never will. Some of us local scud owners have gone back to fix this annoying rattle 10 times!!
dealer thinks all 430s have this issue, but they dont hear it because 430s have carpets and sound proofing which we dont.
i will never buy a scud/CS version anything after my scud and 458 experience.
Enzo got it right the first time, he said hes favorite ferrari is always the next one, which makes perfect sense and its in fact true when it comes to fcars and the latest technology.
theres enough discussion and argument on which is better, but please spare me out of it and my post, and just enjoy my scud pics when its all new : my scud..... - Rennlist Discussion Forums my 458, almost ONE year and 4,200 miles later..........
95% of my driving in the 458 are banzai apexing, braking, and fast hard miles. i dont go to the stores but its never been to a track either, but i would agree my weekly hill climbs are almost track like.
my 458 is the best handling fcar in endless tight or fast hairpins driving, bar none. actually its the best and most rewarding ever! when it starts to feel boring, i go faster,..... problem solved!!
because of the compliant suspension and all the electronic wizardry i can do anything to it and it would be fine (fingers crossed) leaving me feeling like superman.
But maybe because my 458 is a 1st production year model, it has problems...
1st, theres the battery circuit board fuse, which left me stranded. I was lucky that it failed parking in my garage, imagine if i was in the middle of no where!! seeing a new car towed and out of service for a week wasnt fun.
Then my transmission lost reverse, 2nd, and 6th gears on 2 occasions in the last 2 months. One of which when i was backing into a space but cant find reverse, extremely freaked out if i cant get outta there. Both times the transmission fixed itself after it was parked for 5 to 10 minutes after restarting. Not fun. I still have yet to go in and do a detailed check, but some say they experienced this and replaced transmissions but i hope mine problems arent that extreme.
Windshield fluid gets doused all over the hood during fast cornering and there is a plastic filter on top of the reservior, dealer cant just suck the solution out. So for the first few months i had to live with soapy water across the hood on my drives till the washer fluid finally ran low enough not to spill out. Now i have to tell dealer NOT to add that which is an annoyance really.
One of my Exhaust valves stuck open, so its always LOUD. this is an equivalent to the "golf tee" mod people do to their valves. I hated it at first, but now have grown to love it. But i do notice that i lost some "pick up and go" from standing starts. Dealer however was great in getting me a new exhaust in couple weeks, but now im just postponing the change because i like the obtrusive noise.
Center vents has developed a buzz humming noise when cruising with throttle input, its not that annoying or loud but its a sign that fcars still can get rattley down the road but it fairs much better than my 430s so far.
Throttle response is twichy like most have observed, but i dont drive slow enough to experience much of that. Just keep it floored and no problems.
and after visiting the factory this year, i learn to ease off the options on the next one. because overpaying for their logistics doesnt seem right, but then again i will make sure my next will be extravagant......., which means more options, .......sigh............
I cant possibly imagine the awesomeness of the 2012 458 and spiders with the improved ECU mapping for throttle and suspenion settings, it will keep mclaren and GT whatevers at bay for quite some time. because my ***** really feels perfect when attacking any mountain.
heres some pictures of the mighty 458, mine is the white one : matt 458 - Rennlist Discussion Forums