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post #1 of 13 Old 09-18-2011, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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If you use a Ferrari as a Daily Driver..

What do you do when you see big speed bumps or have to pull in to a ramp that is oddly angled (in the ferrari case the front end will scrape the pavement before the wheels even get some footing)?

I was looking at the photos of ferraris this morning and was kind of curious lol.
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-18-2011, 08:15 AM
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Drive very slow and try to take the speedbumps diagonally. I've noticed the 360 for example isnt as low as you may think. Cars like the F40 and GT3 are very low but no daily drivers.

I havent had many problems with the Ferrari's to be honest.

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post #3 of 13 Old 09-18-2011, 09:16 AM
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I can pretty much take them straight on - my 308 has the US front bumper and no Euro spoiler on the front. Not a problem at all...



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post #4 of 13 Old 09-18-2011, 12:39 PM
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I have used a 308, 360, and 575 as daily drivers. All worked very well in that role.
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Although my 550 is fine normally, there are situations that you run into. The number plate on this photo was straight an hour before I took the picture - I pretzled it reversing out of a hotel parking. We mounted the plate higher after that. But a couple of years later I took out an underside protection plate on a gate stopper, and yesterday I scraped my front turning on a sharply inclined driveway. You just accept that some damage is part of ownership and you just get it fixed. With careful driving you can avoid almost all damage, but eventually you will run into something somewhere.


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Never had a problem with the 360 in that regard. Lotus Elise was the worst car I ever owned for scraping everything more than an inch off the road.

@Onno, the reg plate below the bumper line is a great idea. Much cheaper to repair/replace than the bumper.

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If you use your Ferrari as a dd and bought it used at todays market it would hold it's value better than any other car on the market.

Fact is these cars are better off when driven regularly - a few touch ups on a Ferrari are no different than any other car.

Any car that is made for a race track is just fine in traffic ... they have their issues but I don't know any that can't be worked out - cept the 458's that caught on fire
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My car is my DD. The last five Corvettes I had, 3 C5 and 2 C6 Z06s all dragged on my driveway. The 575M does not. For whatever reason, the front spoiler on the 575 seems to have more clearance than the 550.

Of course a new spoiler on the Corvette was a 10 minute exchange for $100-200. Not so for the Maranello.

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The most modern F car I owned was a 1997 manual 355 and I do not recall any serious concerns besides routine, common watch outs. w/ smiles Jimmy
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-19-2011, 12:59 PM
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i drive my car on a semi regular basis,,but never as a daily driver...one reason,,i love driving my truck ,,and in fact i need to use it for work,,,two,,for me ., a Ferrari ,, is not an everyday driver,,,its part of an entire ritual,,,that culminates,,in a fantastic feeling .,after a fantastic drive..my 328 is a driving machine,,,period,,i dont use it for transportation...i get in it,,and stay in it,,until the drive is through,,,and its parked in my garage,,
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post #11 of 13 Old 09-19-2011, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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maybe it's a middle class thing but I honestly dont know why people WOULD NOT want to drive their ferrari on a daily basis? why spend the $100,000 (used price?) - $500,000+ on a car that will be spent in a garage? Other than my aforementioned problem with scraping against the pavement (which appears to not even be a problem for most of you), a ferrari (or any super luxury car) as a DD would sound simply fantastic!

the maintenance costs (+ gas) for a ferraris must be high, but if you own a ferrari then the maintenance/gas on this car is mear pocket change.
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What do you do when you see big speed bumps or have to pull in to a ramp that is oddly angled (in the ferrari case the front end will scrape the pavement before the wheels even get some footing)?

I was looking at the photos of ferraris this morning and was kind of curious lol.
Speed bumps are easy, I tend to alternate sides of which I slowly move over the bump in the road, same with anything in the road, really. I tend to watch the road very closely and can't stand driving over rail-road tracks. For ramps, driveways, etcetera, always at an angle and slowly. Same as any real sports car.

The real question is the trick for getting in and out

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post #13 of 13 Old 09-26-2011, 06:36 PM
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Really not an issue on the road. I do have to be careful from the street to my driveway where they meet. I'm thinking of a little more cement or blacktop would solve the problem completely. i go slow on an angle up and down and I'm good to go.
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