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post #81 of 82 Old 09-26-2012, 02:28 PM
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In general the California has been very reliable and Ferrari has bent over backwards to fix any problems. Owners, many of whom have never owned a Ferrari, tend to love them and most have been very happy with the ownership experience. The California was built to a different price point so is the only Ferrari in recent history with a 90 degree crankshaft and the first since the 328 with a wet sump. That does not bother California owners at all, since most are not techno-freaks like quite a few of us are.

I think it was a good idea pulling the car over from the Maserati line very early in development. The 2013 model with the handling package and more power promises to be even more fun.

Incidentally, the car initially tested by the press, including Road and Track and all the European magazines, was a ringer with much lower gearing than what was eventually produced.

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post #82 of 82 Old 09-26-2012, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Granucci View Post
FIRST disclaimer: I don't hate the CA, but just listing what I've found via googling and reading other areas.

I am listing ONLY the numerous/greater-than-several reports of real problems. So, things to be aware.

feel free to expand list. This in not intended to be a hate CA post just a FYI, which should prove valuable.

Also, the apparent value of the extended warrarnty was much louded and therefore a great value.

Most issues were the pre 2012 models.

- Numerous exhaust manifold cracking: resulted in a campaign recall, but apparently not solved...then again not particulary anything new. Guessing aftermarket would be better.

- Numerous reports of 'failure on roof top'. Seems the top can unseat during the drive causing a error/warning light. Some mention software, but seems more mechanical. Early models as most these problems seems to be reside, state some sort of flex and therefore alignment problem.

- DCT problems...too numerous to list.

- iPhone/iPod connectivity problems to manily bluetooth and voice recognition also. Some mention software fix and agree. but good luck.

- A/C not working. Just quits. Seems some sort of 'restart' needs to reset the ECU or ??

- trunk problems in conjunction with roof down scenario....not sure it's a true problem but seems many 'stand on one foot and rub tummy' solutions are applied and it somehow works again?

- radio and/or HVAC stops for no reason: Reset via start/stop or battery off technique.


I have never bought a new Ferrari - but this list isn't far off from the 430 list from others I have read accept adding cf issues that weren't addressed like the other problems unless one was pro active.

Good news is - the list doesn't include any fires
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